Sunday, June 20, 2010

Facing the Void: Coping with a Blank Page




What do you do when you face a blank page? It's all about trusting the mystery and taking that leap of faith into the unknown...into the infinite realm where your stories reside.




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5 comments:

peter de Kock said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts on writing Mark David. What I experience as the biggest barrier in dealing with the blank page, is indeed the void. It feels so uncomfortable to me that my mind is telling me that it's a 'no-go-sigal' and that I should stop and do something else. What I need to learn and what I want to learn, is dealing with the feelings, acepting them and allowing the process to unfold. As you tell in your video, that is truly a leap of faith.

Mark David Gerson said...

There's a chapter in The Voice of the Muse titled, not surprisingly, "Leaps of Faith." It begins like this...

"You enter into this lifetime in the leap of faith your soul takes into the being in your mother’s womb. You take that one huge leap only to discover that such leaps never cease being demanded of you.

"The same is true with writing. Each project...each page...each word is another leap of faith, another leap into a void that calls you to it even as your natural, personality-mind instinct is to recoil. ..."

It starts on p.225, if you have the book.

Life...creativity... It truly is one leap of faith after another. Keep leaping, Peter. It's scary, but ultimately rewarding.

peter de Kock said...

Thanks Mark David for your reply. It's good to remind myself that if I had the courage to be born, I will have the courage to write :)

Karen Walker said...

I think writers need to get comfortable with the void, because it's where we live a lot of the time. I'm working on it...
karen

Mark David Gerson said...

Me too, Karen!