A Blank Page

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Jumping into the unknown fathoms of starting a new novel this week has left me beginning to panic!The image above exactly represents how I feel when starting a new novel. I write down the concept in a special notebook for each new concept for a new novel. Except this time, I don’t have a title, per se.  So, when beginning a new novel, I often make up things I need to do first. For instance,  like reading the news, old magazines, walking, shopping, and trying not to panic by doing yoga or crocheting. Yes, I do crocheting and I almost have a blanket now.  After a while, I run out of excuses, take a few deep breaths and jump into a fathomless pit of indecision. Suddenly, the squeaky mouse, turns into a brave tiger and an hour later – viola – I have 10 pages written, that need lots of editing and maybe tossed in the wastepaper basket before the day is over, but it is a beginning!

So, other writers, what is your experience when facing a brand new blank page?

 

 

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K. D. Dowdall

Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. “Books of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world.

16 thoughts on “A Blank Page

  1. When I’m faced with a blank page, I almost view it as a challenge, it’s saying something like, “Come on, don’t leave any blank spaces!” And that makes me want to slay it, in true hero fashion. I can relate completely to what your post describes, it’s a rush to jump into the unknown, scary and then exciting as things progress and creativity thrives.

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    1. Wow. Katya, We do think a like, except you are braver than me and I thank you. I will think of you when I sit down tomorrow and face another blank page and I will say, “What wold Katya do and I would remember! By the way, your avatar is perfect! 🙂

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      1. What a compliment! I am happy you’ll give slaying a try. Remember to keep your best weapon close (well sharpened pencil), and be sure your rations (coffee cup) are full. And thank you for the avatar compliment, I made it hoping it’d reflect my craziness, and it seems to be successful, haha!

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  2. Hi,

    When facing a blank page I try to switch the medium, if I am struggling with the Word file, I will switch to a notepad to write down my ideas and concepts.
    I try t allocate time to writing during my day, this means I have a time limit on writing which means my mind switches into a mode where writing is much easier.
    Other times I would use sticky notes and write down all my ideas on them, but instead of at the table I would do it on the floor or in the kitchen. Just try to throw myself out of the comfort zone for a little while can help.
    Last but by no means least I try to limit distractions, internet would be off and I would put some mellow/rocky music depending on my mood to drown out all else.

    From
    Ru

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    1. Ru, thank you so much for commenting and I love all of your “tricks of the trade” for overcoming the “blank page terror” and I will definitely try all of them! I really like the sticky notes idea since I have many distractions! Great idea. Thank you again, Ru! It’s nice to know we are all in this together! Karen 🙂

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      1. The sticky notes idea is really good if you have to many ideas, that way you can put them all into a box and pull out a few ideas. You can stop once you feel you have enough to form a storyline 😀
        Best of luck with your writing.
        From
        Ru

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  3. The blank page scares me and can only be faced once there is no other choice left. So I will even clean the oven (ugh!) before sitting down to write. And I REALLY hate cleaning the oven.

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    1. Purpleanais, I am often as scared as you relate and I really relate to your comment and it made be laugh. It is so wonderful to know we are all in this together. Thank you so much for commenting. I will keep these comments, type them up and put them on the wall in my office! Karen 🙂

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  4. I will slay the blank page – hero style – by golly! You are also a very creative artist! Also, I do have a dozen pencils ready to and my favorite coffee cup that states, “Everyday is a New Adventure”! Karen 🙂

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  5. Thank you for a wonderful post! When I face that blank page, I usually become excited, like a little kid who has just received a new toy! But then, again, in many ways, I have maintained my inner child, and I think it informs my writing. Does that make any sense?

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  6. By the time I get to the blank page I have been thinking for quite a while about what will go there. It doesn’t stay blank for very long. I throw everything on the page that I have been thinking about.

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    1. Hi John, that is a very good thing to do. I do that sometimes. Often, I wonder if what I have to say is important enough to write on that blank page. It is far easier for me to write a novel, a short story or a poem. Usually, I choose something fantasy, supernatural or paranormal. What do you usually write about that you have been thing of? Thank you for comment. Karen 🙂

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