So you are all geared up for some great writing, you have even been jotting things down in your many note books. However, when the time comes to actually write it down the muse fails you and a blank page leaves you feeling terrified. Sound familiar? Yes, it has happened to most of us, so you are not alone. The one that gets me though is when you have all these brilliant ideas, but the writing down of these ideas never matches the perfect prose you have inside your head. I can’t be the only one this happens to, can I? I wonder if that whole host of successful writers such as Stephen King, Martina Cole, Zadie Smith and Danielle Steel, have this kind of trouble? If they did at one point, the fact they are so prolific and have written a number of bestsellers means they have found some way to overcome this common problem.
So how to overcome that blank page feeling and up your productivity ante? I am sure I have alluded to this in the past, it is all in the planning. First things first, you must allocate time in your day to commit to writing, It doesn’t matter when it is, I personally prefer evenings or late nights, but many writers prefer early morning. Once you have decided on your time of day it is vital you stick to it. There is something about establishing a daily routine that does the mind and your writing the world of good. You need to get to the point where you miss your writing if you have not done any. Writing should not be an afterthought if you want to make progress on any projects, it demands to be taken seriously. If that is, you are serious in the first place!
Now, there is nothing wrong at all with writing for pleasure, it is highly relaxing and a very creative way to express thoughts and ideas. Many people use writing as a safe way to off load things in their lives, some pleasant and some not so pleasant. Whatever your reasons for wanting to write the upshot is if you wish to get published then sticking to a routine can only help.
A blank page should not be a problem for long if you to write regularly. You do not have to commit loads of time, even as little as ten minutes a day can be enough of a window to get a few ideas down for a short story for example. The trick is not to see whatever you are working on as one big project; aim to break it down and work on it over time. Don’t forget to set a deadline though. It should then not seem quite as daunting which can have the effect of ‘freezing’ your brain so to speak and leaving you twiddling your thumbs with a very pained expression on your face!
Until next time, happy writing, S.