It’s Your Book
Every author faces the same problem when presented with the blank page of a new book. We have the title on there. Our name or pseudonym is beneath that. Chapter One is typed out. We’re on the first line of where we should start our book and…
Our mind just blanked. That story we’d been dreaming about, hearing in our head, being interrupted while we’re out with friends has just vanished. We type a few lame sentences. Backspace furiously. Try again.
Nothing. The tale has vanished. Our muse is sitting on our shoulder snickering and whispering, “Told you that you should have done this earlier, when you were cooking supper, spending time with the kids, or running around with friends. You are in so much trouble. I gave you a fabulous story and you ignored me. Suffer!”
Oh, that muse has done that on many occasions. She’ll be croaking out laughter and teasing me with two word tidbits that I have no clue where they belong. Even a glass of wine doesn’t shut up that irritating muse.
My best cure for the blank page blues is to close the document I’ve just started and open one that I need to edit. I’m no more than a dozen or so pages into this intense process when WHAM! That muse has just slapped me between the eyes and the story is running through my head at hyperspeed. I can’t get that other document open fast enough and for an hour or ten, I’m happily plotting out mayhem for my characters.
For some people, going on social media and meeting their friends for talks about things not related to writing at all works. Others find physical exercise will unlock the brain.
One thing all of us will tell you when it comes to bringing back that story is this…
Never give up.
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.