The Blank Page
Updated: Dec 19, 2022
This is what a blank page on the computer looks like. I share this with you so you can know my pain. The pain of having absolutely nothing to write about. Ack! Also, can you see that gorgeous and inviting view of Mother Nature just out of reach through the window? Guess who's not there enjoying it?
The truth is, there are a ton of things flitting briefly in and then out of my brain. It's just that nothing really wants to land and avail itself of my deep examination. Huh, maybe that's a good thing. We talk a lot about reframing the narrative these days (do buzzwords grate on your nerves as sharply as they do mine?), so let's try that:
the blank page is a blessing in disguise!
the blank page represents expansiveness and possibility!
the blank page represents an open book of ideas!
Yadda yadda yadda.
What I really want to do is tell you about a writing group I am offering in the new year. It's called Let's Get Messy: A Freewriting Experience. Click the link and read all about it.
I've gotten a lot out of writing groups over the years but they all seem to run along the same path: write, share, duck while clods of critique are beaned at you, pick your confidence up off the ground, put it in your pocket until you feel strong enough to do it all over again.
Don't get me wrong, I've been an active and enthusiastic clod-thrower in the past. It just seems to be the way things are done and what am I if not a follower? Hahahahaha! But I am transitioning out of firing squad and into something much more gentle, more nurturing, and more honouring of the oft-vulnerable creative spirit.
There is a time in the writing process when feedback is vital, that's a fact, and I am very grateful to those who have helped me further my work with brilliant insights. But many of us invite opinions from others way too early in its developmental phases. Would you ask a crowd to weigh in on your half-baked cake?
It's not about good or bad; it's about trust.
If you're interested in exploring writing in a safe and nurturing environment that is entirely free from clods of critique, join me.