The Tyranny of the Blank Page


There’s something terrifying about a blank page: a blinking cursor, an empty journal, a note unwritten.

Getting started is the hardest part. Everyone wants to be a writer, but few people write. We all have a great story or a great novel in us, but the tyranny of the blank page terrifies us into surrender. Blank pages don’t go gently into that good night.

A blank page used to be reassuring: a chance to make your mark, a new beginning, a clean slate. And one might think that in our age of internet anonymity and digital disposability, the blank page would submit easily to our creative communicative demands.

But that isn’t the case, is it?

You probably have something you should write.

A report.
An e-mail.
A sermon.
A thank you note.
An apology.
A marvelous work of staggering genius.

Rebel against the blank page. Write something, even if it isn’t what you need to write. Just start writing.

Once the tyranny of the blank page has been overthrown, you’ll be amazed at what you can write.

What’s keeping you from writing right now?

This week, while we're on vacation, I'm hoping to write like crazy, though little will be posted here.

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