Fear of the Blank Page

“You must not come lightly to the blank page.” ~ Stephen King

Writers write. I know that.

But I fear the blank page.

It is no great secret, the secret of writing good fiction.

If you don’t write, then you’re not a writer, and if you do write, then you are.

But how do you conquer the dreaded blank page?

That fresh white slate that is waiting to change someone’s life.

Can a blank page be fearsome?  Make a grown man cry?

Gnash his teeth in disgust and–if an actually piece of paper–ball it up in his fist?

Heh, as if that’s going to make it all go away.

Questions fill the head–at least it does mine–and some remain unanswered.

How do I start?  What should I say?  What if it’s crap?

Vision.

The act of perceiving before receiving.

Vision is staring down that blank page and seeing the transformation trapped inside.

The possibilities of the blank page are endless until you begin.

Like a ball of clay waiting for the human touch.

Molding, pressing, smoothing–writing, editing, deleting…

Wanna know the secret to good fiction?

You must not come lightly to the blank page.

Why?

Because once you put ink to that blank page…

…it can change your life.

so go on…put that pen to paper….

stroke that keyboard…

change your life.

BW.

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