The Dreaded Blank Page

I remember reading a quote from Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar. Discussing the creative process, he said that a blank sheet of paper is “the most frightening thing in the world because you have to make the first mark on it.” But he also noted that it is “the greatest opportunity in the world because you get to make the first mark on it.”

When I sit down in front of my computer to write, I’m often uncertain what will end up on it. Do I write about how much I enjoyed the film I just watched? Do I discuss the faith vs. science issues I see in “Lost” now that I’m finally taking the time to watch it on Netflix? Maybe I should wax poetic on how quickly the years have flown now that both of my kids are in high school.

Most of the time I find that I just need to start typing something…anything. Once that process begins, the words almost begin to take on a life of their own until I’m satisfied that they are ready for public consumption. Maybe that’s what takes so long. I need not be so concerned with dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” in just the right way and be more focused on setting my thoughts down on “paper.”

This is what it’s like for me each day I get out of bed. The day is a blank sheet of paper for me to make my mark on. Like writing, it’s important to just do something…anything. My experience has been to be more in touch with God’s desires for me when I’m spending less time planning and more time doing.

John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” I know this: I don’t want to miss a thing that God has for me in this life.

Interested to see where this goes.

2 thoughts on “The Dreaded Blank Page

  1. Great stuff, My Friend. You are right that each day is a “blank sheet of paper”. Thanks for sharing.

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