Try this mental trick to combat blank page freeze
Fight the blank page!
In previous posts, I’ve suggested ways to pre-plan for National Novel Writing Month, where writers strive to produce a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. While some writers create an outline, nail down character sketches, devise a story question, and outline their novel’s setting, others like to dive in on day 1 and just start typing.
Regardless of where you’re at, the blank page can be a terrible thing.
You may be saying, “How can I not have a blank page? It starts out that way — blank.” True. But just don’t let it stop you.
Don’t let the blank page stay blank for more than a second. Type something. Anything.
- The date
- A random sentence
- A description or a few words of the setting where your novel begins or your first scene takes place.
- A list of your characters’ names
- A working title for your novel
- A logline if you’ve created one.
By the way, this mental trick can be a great way to start any writing project. A letter, an essay, a marketing piece, a work assignment, or a blog post. Write something that you already know will be in the piece, even if it’s just a paragraph or a random idea about the project. If you don’t know the beginning, start in the middle or the end. You’ll come back later and fill in the gaps, because every piece of writing begins as a draft.
Don’t let the blank page deter you from your NaNoWriMo or any other writing goal.