The blank page.
Newer writers often claim to fear both of these. We’ve all been conditioned to do so. (I admit: I still do sometimes too.)
But as I’ve studied writers, successful writers, I’ve found that most of them have found ways to overcome the trepidation of the blank page, and most don’t even consider “writer’s block” to be a real thing.
So what is it that separates these writers from you and me?
Two traits, I’ve found:
- They have found a way to channel their fear into productivity.
- They have a system for recording and recalling ideas.
And make no mistake, number two has a huge impact on number one.
Because if you know that you always have a catalog of great ideas to fall back on for those days when you wake up with nothing fresh in your head, it completely removes that fear of the blank page from the equation.
So how do you do it?
How do you create, maintain, and use that catalog of great ideas?
That is the subject of today’s episode of The Lede.