I hope you had a DELICIOUS Thanksgiving. :) I know I did.
“A blank sheet of paper.” That was Ernest Hemingway's answer when someone asked him what was the most frightening thing he had ever encountered.
I do. The time before I write the novel is the scariest time of all. Now I know some writers believe that ideas are the easiest part. For them I guess it's the implementation of those ideas that scares them the most.
How do you face the empty page?
This is how I do it. I read and write and then I read and write some more.
John Grisham tells writers to experience some things, see some of the world, go through things–love, heartbreak, and so on, because you need to have something to say. Agree?
He says he always tells young aspiring writers to write a page a day. It quickly becomes a habit. I know there is some truth to that.
Ernest Hemingway also said "each day’s work should only be interrupted when one knows where to begin again the next day"
I know that is true. That's how I write. I don't stop until I'm sure I know where to start when I pick back up the next day. I've even written myself a note in the MS in case I forget.
The only way I've found to defeat the empty page is to read and write and read and write some more.
How do you defeat the empty page? :)