The blank page is like a canvas, they say. Actually, a blank page is more like a desert. It can be the most dreaded thing known to humanity. This is why whenever you try to write, you should always start with SOMETHING. some sort of opening theme like in a TV show, or a prompt, or something. Always have something to start with. That’s because just when you think you can’t fill a page, you probably will.
If you’re stuck for what to write, start with today’s date. Then, just list some things that are on your mind. If your inspiration can’t be sparked by something that you just wrote, list some of your favorite things. See if you have anything to write about them. By this point, you’ve probably already filled a page and come up with writing ideas for about a week. This sort of brainstorming is how I practiced writing on a daily basis for years. So, I can say from personal experience that it works.
Yet, I don’t really brainstorm anymore, nor do I use many prompts. Recently, I’ve found it’s okay to just let ideas come to you as they will. Unless you desperately must fill a need for some assignment, not filling a page isn’t a crime. As you think of things, jot them down in a notebook or some notetaking app. So, when you’re starved for ideas later, you still have them. Then, you could fill many pages just from that single note.
Still, I’ve found more often than not, as long as you go into any writing with a purpose, you’ll fill that first page. It works similarly with art. In photography, just point at whatever seems interesting to you and shoot. In drawing or painting, just doodle for a bit, then work from that. You’d be surprised in these supposedly lacking moments of inspiration how you can find the beginnings of some of your best creative work ever.
~ Amelia <3