Creatively, there’s not much that’s more daunting than a totally blank page waiting for you to spin it into either gold… or crap. Those are of course the only options — each blank page will either catapult your career to that coveted next level, or reveal you for the fraud you truly are.
Know what helps me? Writing freelance, and having all kinds of deadlines.
Since I still have all my “Let’s Analyze 2010” stuff out, I checked to see how many new beginnings I had in the year. This isn’t counting things I was working on in 2009 that carried over — these are projects that were blank pieces of paper in 2010:
Two Book Manuscripts
One Travel Guide Chapter
Three DVD Features
Two Web Project Pitches
Two TV Show Treatments
Three Movie Pitches
Two Book Pitches
Six TV Show Episodes
Now I’m not saying I did these all start to finish in 2010. Some are still very much works in progress, some I started just recently, and some are much smaller projects than they sound. Yet whether I’m starting a blog post or a manuscript, there’s still that blank screen with the blinking cursor, and the nagging moment of paralysis where I can’t get started because I’m worried I’ll fail.
For me, I do best when I know I don’t have the luxury of time to wallow in that fear, because if I have the wallow-time, I tend to take it. When I know I need to get over myself and get to work, I (most of the time) can shake off the neuroses and hop to it.
How about you? Do you exult in the blank page, filled with possibilities? Or does it make you recoil in terror? And if the latter, what do you do to combat that?
Can’t wait to hear!
(Oh, and just for the record, I’ve already defaulted on several New Year’s resolutions. Making several pages of them might not have been the best idea…)