Overcoming the fear of the blank page

Published Aug 25, 2016 | Written by Jeremy Knight

Ah, the blank page. It certainly does evoke a feeling of discomfort. All that white space, just waiting for you to bring it to life. 

As a content marketer, there are few things less daunting than tentatively typing out the first sentence of a blog post - or worse, an eBook. There's so much you want to say. But where on earth do you start? 

Writing for Copyblogger, Robert Bruce goes so far as to say that, for writers, the fear of the blank page is greater than "evil spirits, wasting disease, and visiting in-laws". The point is, it's enough to make you consider swearing off writing altogether.

But compare that fear to the elation that follows once you've crafted a flurry of words that will lift and transport your reader. 

And so you have to work at it - even when you've spent an hour writing and rewriting, only to end up back where you started. Next time probably won't be so bad. 

Robert Bruce offers three pieces of advice in his post that will help you to turn that blank page into something beautiful. 

In the meantime, I leave you to ponder this quote from sportswriter Red Smith: "Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed."


The blank page is a nightmare.
The great writers of the ages have feared it more than evil spirits, wasting disease, and visiting in-laws.
Yet, if you want something to happen, you’ve got to spill the ink on that thing.
You’ve got to do it every day.
Like a detective, the writer is always digging.
And when that digging unearths an idea, the writer is desperate for a way to get it down.
Published by Jeremy Knight August 25, 2016
Jeremy Knight