A blank page is the scariest thing in the world.
No matter what type of discipline you find yourself in, you will encounter the dreaded at some point in any of the various tasks you have to perform in your day to day life. Whether it is art or data, you will be face to face with an empty page that you have to blanket with content of some kind. It is nothing that you must fill with something. It’s the empty space requiring some sort of intellectual substance to cover it, and it should be simple enough to do. To get rid of nothing, add something. Still, filling up the blank and empty can be one of the most frustrating tasks we face in life. I hate trying to fill up blank pages of nothing with squiggles and lines that are meant to exemplify something.
Right now, I’m looking at a blank screen, the modern equivalent of the blank page, along with its equally annoying friend the flickering black line. I’m trying to type these keys in an order that creates some sort of thought and keep hitting the wall of the writer’s block while the stupid line flickers like a dying light bulb. This stupid line taunts me while I struggle with compose anything worth a damn. Plus, it frustrates me which only causes me to have more writer’s block, and still that little black line blinks.
If you have ever encounter this blinking black line, you know exactly how frustrating it can be, especially on a completely blank white page.
At first thought, the blank page is one of the most amazing things in the world because it presents its composer with endless possibilities. You decide exactly what this nothing will become. You are given complete freedom to craft this blank page into your own concepts and worlds. You do whatever you please. Write. Draw. Paint. Do math. You have the choice.
That complete and free choice to fill the page with whatever you want, however, can also be the hardest thing in the world when you are stuck. The blank page can be the absolutely most obnoxiously frustrating for the exact same reasons. You have complete freedom. So, now what?
When you have any type of creative block, staring back at square one with no idea how to fill the empty space can be incredibly scary.
Normally, at this point in the blog post, I’d make an attempt to somehow make this blank page topic an analogy for life, but I will not because calling a person a blank page is one of the most overused clichés in any language. I will not waste my breath adding more mindless filler to this colloquialism.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand.
If I could offer anyone advice on how to fill the blank pages, it would be this: put something there. Just sitting idly and staring at the empty space will get you nowhere.
I may have been late with this post. but I filled the blank page just the same.