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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oh That Blank Page!

Good Morning Folks,

Today's post is inspired by folk-rock group, Lowen & Navarro. Years ago, (my senior year of high school) I interviewed (via email) the members of Lowen & Navarro, Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro. I had met them when me and several of my family members had gone to a folk festival in 1997. They had given me their autograph and we had spent several minutes talking and laughing. Really talented guys and very nice to boot. (By the way, they're really great singers/songwriters, I have about 3 of their albums).

In the interview I asked them about song writing and one of them said, "the agony of the blank page". That quote brings me to today's topic. (By the way, that image really got to me, I thought it was fantastic and it inspired me to write a poem that later appeared in my high school's literary magazine).

Sometimes we writers get confronted by the blank page and how to fill that page up with a wonderful story, with great dialogue, fascinating characters, and superb scenery. This task can be both an agony (especially if you're suffering from writer's block or can be exciting when you have this great idea).

Either way, songwriters, novelists, screenwriters, poets, you name it, we're all confronted with the blank page in one way or another. We all must answer the call to fill said space with incredible imagery and talent.

Some days this is an easy accomplishment, other days it can be a real tough situation.

So, I'm asking you, my fellow writers (of all genre and types) tell me, how do you handle the blank page? Writer's block? And those flashes of fantastic inspiration that leaves you going "I can't stop, I can't stop, gotta get this story on paper!"?

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

4 comments:

Marsha Sigman said...

We have a staring contest...sometimes I win..sometimes the page does. But thankfully now there is Halloween candy to eat so it helps me through it. Chocolate really is the answer to everything.

I love those inspirational flashes though.

Regina Milton said...

If I stare at it too long, I'll just start writing. Sometimes it is good and sometimes I have to erase the beginning later, but at least I've started writing at that point.

bethanyintexas said...

Marsha,

I have a sweatshirt with a little teddy bear sort of bear on it eating chocolate and it says "Chocolate Makes Life Bearable".

bethanyintexas said...

Regina,

Yeah, sometimes a person just has to start writing and see what happens.