The blank page #sortofamwriting

Things I do when putting off writing:
Netflix
Reading to be “productive” and review
Book promotion to be “productive”
Facebook
Twitter
Blogging about not writing…

This is what I find so daunting:

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It’s not that I don’t have ideas for what to write, because I do.  I’ve known for some time that I want to do prequel/spin-off short stories that tie in with my book series.  I’ve had one particular character’s story rolling around in my head, and I pretty much know everything I want to say.  I NEED to get it on paper.

It’s not that I don’t have an itch to write, because I do.  I took a break after writing the final book in my series to branch out and do some other things (real life included).  Now, enough time has gone by that I have the bug again.  I want to spend hours and hours on this weird little hobby – writing fiction.

However… It’s been forever since I’ve started from a completely blank page.  That blinking little cursor with nothing on either side of it, that naked slate, is so weird to me that it’s a little intimidating.  For The Kota Series Books 1-4, I had notes and drawings and even Word docs on floppy disks (ask your parents if you don’t know what those are, kids).  Now, even if I’m doing a kind of spin-off, I’m starting with completely new information.  A completely new story.  A completely blank page.

Soooooo… We’ll see how this goes.

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About Sunshine Somerville

I'm the author of "The Kota Series" and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I work as a medical transcriptionist from home. When not staring into a computer screen, I enjoy reading, painting, and being outdoors.
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2 Responses to The blank page #sortofamwriting

  1. You know, interestingly enough, while Netflix and Youtube is a huge time sucker for me I find that watching movies or shorts that are similar to the themes and settings of my own writing gets me inspired. Seeing a really awesome movie hypes me up and actually gets my mind going! Perhaps, if you are truly struggling, watch something that gets your heart and mind racing. Unless you have that binge watching tendency… then play it safe.~

    • I agree! I think that’s what makes it so easy to rationalize — watching stories that inspire a creative spark “helps” me get in the zone. I certainly add to the story in my head while I’m watching such movies/shows. So it’s not all bad. 🙂

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