Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Insecure Writers Support Group: The Initial Blank Page

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I have a new story rattling around in my brain. I've even jotted some notes about this new story as ideas whirled through my mind. But since I can only work on one project at a time, I forced the new story to wait its turn.

And it's almost time.

A few more weeks revising my other project and I'll be ready for the new one. But that means opening a new document--a blank new document--and allowing ideas to pour out and become something.

No matter how many stories I've started, that initial blank page, staring back in all its white emptiness, is a very creepy thing.

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  1. Me too. I finally just started putting words on the page. Wish the rest of the manuscript isn't feeling the same way.

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  2. I just started a new project after three years of working on my last one. It wasn't so much the white page that did me in, it was exactly how bad my first drafts are. I'd forgotten (and in all honesty I hoped I'd learned enough to do better first drafts) It was a little frustrating.

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  3. I hear ya. And you have more patience than me. If a story is in my head, it'll give me a creative belly ache until I purge and throw the words on the page.

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  4. I know what you mean. It is intimidating. I usually start with a bunch of sticky notes.
    You are sort of a feature on my blog today. ;)

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  5. After waiting so long to get started on a new project, I didn't find the blank page intimating. But I've had to face the blank page while doing edits, when I realized I have to add a new scene or chapter. I get a moment of, "What am I going to write?" followed by the reply, "Anything. Just get something down and you'll edit it out later." Works every time. :D

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  6. Very excited for you, Barbara! It's always such a huge transition going from a polished project to a new project (good to remind ourselves exactly how long it took to get to that polished project so we don't freeze up in those early stages), but that sense of promise is the best.

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  7. I'm with you on that one! I know a lot of writers that say the excitement of something new is their favorite part of writing. And it is exciting--but man, it can be intimidating, as well. I'm writing shorts right now, so I have to look at that blank page on a nearly weekly basis and wonder if I'll be able write anything as good as the stuff I've already had published.

    But the good part is that once you get past that initial creepiness, you can put it behind you and dive into your world. Well, until the next time comes around.

    Good luck on your new project!

    J.W. Alden, stopping by for the IWSG

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  8. I call it scary, not creepy, but same idea. That blank page is so intimidating. But it feels oh so good when it's filled with our words, doesn't it?
    Karen

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  9. Yes. I always wonder how in the world I'm going to fill it with letters that make words that form the scenes . . . Yet it happens. It will happen for you, too. I have no doubt. Here's to your next creation.

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  10. I agree! It takes me FOREVER to start because I find that blank page so intimidating. Good luck with it!

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  11. Ah, the dreaded blank page. I hear you. I try to just get words down in the first draft, even if they are terrible. I can always go back and rewrite.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  12. I hear you. I dread the next big project, but have no problem starting lots of little ones in between.

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  13. This made me think of a quote I came across once: "All right. We're on the diving board. The cold water lies tranquilly below. The blank piece of paper. Think of the first sentence. Type." --H.R.F. Keating. All we can do is just dive in, right??

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  14. Creepy and scary unless you've got an idea begging to be written and then it's almost cathartic.

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  15. I love the new idea stage. But you're right: it's so quickly followed by the blank page stage!

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  16. I can totally relate to you. I have so many ideas in my head that I'm forced to keep them in (until I find a time to write them down for a few hours). You're not alone, Barbara and I'm here for you, too! :)

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  17. You'll get those first few paragraphs down in record time. Have fun with the new project.

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  18. Just stopping by from the IWSG to say hi :)

    Ahhhh, yes, the blank page, its scary isnt it.

    Good luck with your next project Barbara.

    xx

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  19. That's been the tough thing about wring a trilogy for me . . . there's so many other stories floating around in my head and I can't work on them yet! Good luck with your blank page:-)

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  20. I love it when a new story comes to life. When I started my last manuscript, I didn't think I'd ever get enough words down on paper. But, I did and so will you.

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  21. Ugh, I hate the blank page, be it for writing or for art. It never fails to be so incredibly daunting. Good luck overcoming it for your new story!

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  22. I agree! A new blank page is both exciting and stressful. Sometimes you just have to start typin and know that you can go back and change things. Best of luck! :)
    ~Jess

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  23. I love the first page. It's around page 100 when I start saying "I can't do this."

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  24. Glad you're almost done with revisions! I can only work on one project at a time as well.

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  25. You sound like me - I don't get authors who can work on so many at a time. I admire them, but I'm so not that way. Glad you're almost done - I hope I am.. although every step brings some other thing I need to take care of. X

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  26. Yes it is! It's also a thrill to start something new. Such a mixture of emotions.

    Welcome to IWSG. :)
    (I'm currently #170 until Alex culls the list again.)

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  27. It is a bit daunting, isn't it? I have a new idea that's been pressing me too but i won't start it yet. I spend time creating outlines and a story bible first and time for worldbuilding so I can keep the ideas fresh. Once I start the draft I know it'll haunt me til it's finished and I wish I could go stay in a cabin somewhere so I can get it all out. :)

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  28. I'm the opposite. I love starting something new because the story has already spent time in my head, sometimes a year. No, my big blank screen is the middle. I know the beginning and the ending, but filling in the middle, adding the meat... oy vey. I'm up down up down, at my computer, staring, back in the kitchen with my head in the fridge. As is that'll help! LOL.

    Happy IWSG, Barbara. I'm #192

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  29. I always feel that way when I'm in the middle of a book. I've completed that 'I love this idea' phase and enter the 'what in the world did i get myself into' phase. These are real feelings that I think everyone faces.

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