It’s another Monday, so it’s time to look at what the trouble with writing is once again. This week, we’re looking at blank screens. I give credit to my conversation last night with one of my Twitter friends for this topic.
Blank screens are the enemy of every writer. I don’t care how experienced you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re completely new to writing, or if you’ve been writing for years and have several books out. A blank screen is still you’re enemy.
It freaked me out when I started a second book. The first book (okay, I guess it’s technically my second, but the first one didn’t go anywhere so I’m calling this first) I didn’t really think about it. I was just some kid (okay…legal adult. I was 19. I still consider myself a kid) with this great idea completely different from anything I had every heard before. So, I began writing without stopping to think about the blank screen.
Then came November. You know what that means, right? Of course you do. NaNoWriMo came around. At first, I wasn’t going to do it. I really wasn’t. Then it filled my Twitter page. That was all I saw. So, guess what I did? I gave into peer pressure. Sigh.
The blank screen for my NaNoWriMo project freaked me out. It was the first time I really realized that I was looking at a blank screen that I was expected to fill with words that people would read. You can imagine how much that made my anxiety go up!
Then came my third book. Again, the blank screen freaked me out. I didn’t know how I was going to fill that entire screen up… I’m managing, though. Somehow.
That’s the trouble with writing, though, isn’t it? We all look at blank screens and they can intimidate us.
I use deadlines to overcome the blank screens. What do you use? Feel free to let me know in the comments!