What keeps writers going when they wake up, look at the monitor, and absolutely nothing is there? Like a blank canvas staring. Not a thing.
Some call it writers block, others…names I won’t repeat! But it means we suddenly have a disconnect when it comes to our work. Frustrating and oftentimes debilitating, to say the least, we have to find a way to push through it. To make the words come.
What would Van Gogh do?
I’ve asked this question of writers and the responses are as plentiful as the blocks: I grab for the coffee, dig in my desk for chocolate, take a walk, put the work away for a couple days, work on something else, go to a movie, read a book, EAT!
In my own writing, I’ve found that I tend to make more of a glaring monitor than it deserves. I might be worrying about paying bills, grocery shopping, or any number of daily things that pre-occupy the mind. So I work on something else even if for a few minutes. Other days, I’ll simply push through it. Keep writing.
What do you do when the canvas is blank?