The Fear of the First Blank Page.

keep writingA blank page makes me nervous but the first sentence makes me even more anxious. I have an idea – an idea that won’t go away but getting it down on the page seems to be more of an issue.

I sit down at the computer, I open up a word document and I begin. The motivation and momentum is strong but it’s not long before these run out and the lack of confidence creeps in, at which point I will stop writing, read what I’ve written and then decide it’s not good enough despite it being a first draft.

This has resulted in many false starts. I will tell myself that it’s necessary and that this will be the time where I keep going.

I have been reading author interviews and trying to channel the advice of “keep going,” and of course I know they are right.

The first sentence and the first chapter beyond that is scary but I do need to keep going. It’s just something I’m wishing I could put into practice.

Anyone else having trouble starting? Anyone have any advice for keeping the momentum going? 

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

2 Responses to The Fear of the First Blank Page.

  • Hi Laura,

    Yes, it is the most intimidating part of writing. The nothing that needs to become something. The first page is important, it needs to draw the reader in straight away. I think the answer is to go with your gut instinct. The beauty of the PC is that when you come back to it you can change it without any trouble if you like. I find that I start the first draft and once I’m a good way in I then go back and look at the very beginning. I may tweak, I may completely rewrite. My current WIP started in one way but after a couple of chapters I went back and wrote two new pages which I tucked in before the original start. Much better! I think there’s a danger that if you type up a couple of pages and then decide it’s not right you could be faced with multiple false starts. Much better to bash a couple of chapters out first and then look at it. Hope that’s helpful.

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