So Many Hellos to You!
Uh Oh! There it is again – a blank page in your journal. Every single idea you had in mind before starting has evaporated and the only thing left is “What do I do?” or “What if I mess it up?” or “I need to sort the laundry.”
That’s a case of Blank Page Jitters and it happens to everyone pretty much all the time. I believe that freezing in front of a blank page is a form of procrastination coming from an underlying fear – which may not be obvious at first.
Flavors of Fear
I’m not creative enough, or good enough, or artistic enough – the list goes on. It’s all nonsense playing in the background.
I’ll mess up (and people will laugh at me.) That last part is the one your brain quietly slips in to protect you. It’s also the part that is hardest to catch and will stop creativity cold.
Who am I to do this? A version of the old “Who do you think you are?” control by shame story.
I don’t want to waste my supplies. Put another way: “I’ll use up my materials and never have any ever again!” The idea that good things are scarce spins into this: that a person is only allocated a quota of art supplies, ever, in their whole life.
There are so many other variations of fear of the blank page, each one as unique as you, and they often hide behind outright paralysis or distracting busy-ness so it’s hard to see their true nature. But, once you recognize a fear, and it’s distinctive flavor, you’re able to bring it out into the light and deal with it. Why, you could even put IT on that blank page!