How to Be Less Scared of the Blank Page

Ella Mei Yon

Many writers struggle with finding the muse, getting in the flow, or beginning a story that’s difficult to tell in the first place.

Ella Mei Yon has some wonderful insights over at the Glimmer Train bulletin. She writes:

The way in is something I’ve always struggled with. To write, I need to enter a whole other state of mind, where time slows down and my perception is sharp on details. Where I’m focused, but open. Where creativity blends with the critical. That state is quite different from the state of mind I need to live the rest of my life—to get things done, make money, socialize.

The solution—if there is one—for Ella Mei Yon? It begins with a list. Click here to read more.

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Posted in Creativity + Inspiration.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Val Olivas

Love this. Thanks for sharing.

Sherrey Meyer

Good tip! Thanks for sharing.

Janice Graham

What a wonderful article. Nails one of the biggest difficulties of writing – finding the way in. When my daughter was in high school and struggling with a paper, I’d sit her down and get her talking about it. Inevitably, by verbalizing, she was able to clarify ideas that seemed too vague to put into words. Now that she’s older and a writer herself, she’s the first one I turn to when I need a listener. Having the listener jot down notes is a great device. Thanks for sharing.

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