Just When You Think You Can’t Fill a Page, You Probably Will


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

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.

5 thoughts on “Just When You Think You Can’t Fill a Page, You Probably Will

  1. Normally my main issues with writing is writing the first few sentences to start it all off, but then I largely write factual content, so that might be why

  2. The blank page can be very intimidating, especially when going into a new project but as you said there are steps we can take to avoid that stopping point. When I’m working on a new novel idea and I’m staring at that blank page writing “Chapter” at the top or some simple word to break up that vast white sea can really help get the words flowing.

  3. I agree with what you said on the first paragraph. An empty page can be so dreadful to watch. Hours will pass and you’ve written absolutely nothing. It’s important to write something, even when it’s irrelevant. Just write something to start and everything will follow. YOU WILL, YOU MUST. Thanks for sharing!


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