That dreaded blank page

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Stephanie recently blogged about two phenomena that seem, to my mind, intertwined: blank-page anxiety and fancy paper syndrome. After all, how often do you get performance anxiety when you’re using a cheap legal pad?

Anyway, it got me thinking about writing and context… are you more prone to hesitation when you start a new journal or when you start an idea notebook? Is a sketchbook easier to start than a hand-written novel or story?

Most of my non-work notebooks are multipurpose idea/exploration/composition books, but I know I’d be hard pressed if I ever decided to start keeping a journal, for instance…

3 thoughts on “That dreaded blank page

  1. As I’ve said before, I dither over what I’m going to use the paper for (whatever form that paper may take) but not starting to use it once I’ve decided.

  2. I don’t have any problem with blank book syndrome if I’m drawing. I draw with no expectations and the images appear!

    But writing is a different matter. I suffer when writing because I know I’ll misspell or blob or leave words out. I usually pull out a calligraphy book and start out practicing form before I’ll tackle writing in a beautiful journal.

    I much prefer drawing!

  3. Are you kidding? Nothing inspires me like a brand new notebook, unless it’s a brand new fountain pen. I love little ones for my purse, medium ones for carrying, big ones for maximum text output at the desk, lines, dots, pads, plain. Some for notes, some for writing, some for lists and the right tool for the right job makes life easier. When I see a cheap legal pad I don’t think “I will have no performance anxiety,” I think I will have ink blots.

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