How to Defeat the Empty Page

Far be it from me to presume that I know anything more than anybody else about creativity and getting that spark going, but I had some thoughts I wanted to throw into the ether in case they helped somebody else.

WD-40 lubricant with straw for easy-spray.

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The blank page is a scary place for many of us. It’s like staring into the abyss and feeling it staring back into us. And yet, that’s where we all start. But the first few lines or letters are always the hardest.

So sometimes I’ll put a word or two on the page to get me started. If I’m working on a person, place or thing, I’ll write something I know about it. Something simple. Like “Hole in the Wall Tavern”. That takes care of the stigma of having a blank slate.

From there I can mind map, brainstorm, scribble, or whatever – but the wheels have been spritzed with a bit of WD-40 and that frees up the part of my brain to try and fill the rest of the page.

What kinds of tricks do you do when you’re stuck creatively? Leave a comment and share your techniques!


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