Looking at the blank page and going crazy

Posted on Posted in English, Opinion, Writing

As a writer sometimes you just look at the white page trying to breathe, trying to relax, trying to make the words flow.

Being a writer it is one of those interesting things, it seems so easy, it seems so simple… Sadly at least for this writer it is not.

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

Thomas Mann

That sound more like me, and it is on those moments that I know that I am doing what I should be doing. It is not that it’s easy, it is that I will not do anything else.

Writing is hard because in many lines you need to deal with something inside of you that no one see, most of the time you have no clue where that blank page will take you (or not), it is an exploration as E.L. Doctorow said.

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go”

E. L. Doctorow

Finally, we all face that white page, there is no difference between the amateur and the professional writer. Both deal with the fear of the blank page, of the emptiness, the fear of what you may or may not discover, which demon you will find, what ugly and obscure thing it is inside your soul. We all look at the blank page and go crazy, there is only one difference between the amateur and the professional one… The later didn’t abandon that page until wasn’t blank anymore.

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

Richard Bach

 

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