There is nothing scarier than the blank page. It can bring on paralyzing fear. And it is a writer’s worst.
“That page is blank. What if it stays blank forever?” Believe it or not, some writers do worry about stuff like this. Most, actually.
For me, the beginning of any piece is its toughest portion (aside from editing, which is a whole other ball game entirely). For only with a proper start will work flourish the way it’s supposed to, in the end.
My go-to when I can’t seem to overcome that endless expanse of white: A poem. Write a poem. Let the wonder of language, its simplicity, complexity, its coarse edges, its smooth underbelly calling for a good vocal rub–let them all dance in concert on your ready tongue. Accept what the Gods of Poetry give you. Throw nothing back. What’s meant to come will come. That’s what I’m going to do, now.
A poem, written without concern for what it shall become, and entitled An Endless Expanse Of White.
I come awake to a
Sweet Christmas Day,
Find the presents waiting.
As a child my night
Drifted away right,
A moment fading from sight,
Replaced by this wonderful morn
Yet to be warm with hot chocolate and cheer,
Nor is it light,
Though the freshly fallen snow shimmers the immediate vicinity.
So that all is clear and bright.
That endless expanse of white.