The Blank Page

Does writing have to be an agonizing event of confronting a blank page?  Must we be the starving artist who, like Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) in the movie “Adaptation,” go to hell and back in our efforts just to begin?

Here’s what some successful writers have to say about facing the blank page…

The aspiring writer asks, “What to write?”  And the simple answer is:

“Find a subject you care about & which in your heart you feel others should care about.  It is the genuine caring… which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.”  –Kurt Vonnegut

There are many ways to get started but probably the easiest is to blog.  If your passion is the care and raising of dogs, for example, you can set up a blog and start writing blogs about what you know on this subject.

From there, you can learn about letting others know where to find this valuable information (marketing).  But, even if you never market your blog, you are still practicing writing.

Possibly your next step could be writing articles on a particular subject having to do with the care of dogs.  I recently had a question about what is okay for a dog to eat and found an excellent article that not only answered my question but also explained why each food was good or bad.

Then, compiling these writings into a pdf format, you could offer it as a free e-book to those who subscribe to your blog.  Now you’re building a community.

The point is, you don’t have to jump right into a novel.  You can start small, improve with practice, build your audience, and learn how to publish small.  By the time your book is written, you won’t have the slightest compunction about calling yourself a writer.

Hope that helps…

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