12 Days of Creepfest: How do you overcome the fear of the blank page?

When I graduated from college I felt lost without direction as far as what to write, and that fear of the blank page led to a couple years away from writing fiction. How do you stay on top of writing so this fear does not prevent you from writing? When you notice this fear, what do you do?

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Timothy C. Ward is a former Executive Producer for Adventures in SciFi Publishing. His debut novel, Scavenger: Evolution, blends Dune with Alien in a thriller where sand divers uncover death and evolution within America's buried fortresses. Sign up to his author newsletter for a free ebook before it releases March 31 and a chance to win a signed paperback. His first printed story, "The Bomb in the President's Bathroom," released in the Amish SciFi anthology, Tales from Pennsylvania. Signed copies are available in his store: Spike Publishing.

0 Responses to 12 Days of Creepfest: How do you overcome the fear of the blank page?

  1. Usually I have a clear visions or idea of where I want a story to go and that makes it easier. If I don’t have that clarity on what I’m writing, I tend to lose focus or have a hard time starting.

    I find that it’s good for me to have a couple writing projects going at once, so if I draw a blank anywhere along the line of a story, I can just jump to something else until I get the inspiration I need. Other times, I just walk away for awhile and do something nonwriting related and let my brain relax — that usually helps let ideas flow freely. Writing is not something that can be forced. :)

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  4. I am a full-fledged, card-carrying plotter! I have a bunch of worksheets that I use when outlining, so that helps me to get all my crazy ideas out before I start writing. Of course, I have to make sure I don’t spend all my time plotting and not doing any writing, but I find it does help me to work out any kinks or go through different story possibilities so I know exactly what I’m writing. Not that my story always cooperate – they do have minds of their own sometimes :)

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      I get some crazy ideas out before writing, but I have a really hard time filling in the pieces until I’m in the scene building off actions and dialogue. Now that I finished another draft, I have the opportunity of plotting and trying to outline my next novel. I think that fear builds in the plotting stage, and to overcome it I have to just start writing.

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