That’s where I am, right now, at this very moment. Mind blank. Staring at an empty white space with a blinking cursor. A canvas, of sorts, without any beginning. A story without a word yet written. Just an empty space waiting, wanting to be filled.
It’s daunting. It’s imposing. It’s beckoning.
Rare are the times when I approach the white space with clearly formed ideas. Generally, I approach the canvas with a vagueness … a desire to go somewhere, just open to the possibility of different routes. Occasionally I find myself where I am tonight. Blank. No intent, no idea, and a sense of urgency to write something great.
Which is where the fear really kicks in. True writers will write regardless of pay, regardless of fanship, regardless of offers. They (we) write because it’s within them; it’s something that they (we) can’t ever silence. Yet, there is an inherent desire to write something provocative. Something that makes people take notice of the idea, and follow their interest with engaged, purposed conversations. That’s a lot of self-imposed pressure. Writing can be brutally fearful.
And yet, it’s freeing. It’s invigorating. It’s a whole bunch of other cheesy buzz words that actually fit this context. It’s not because it’s safe. It is exciting precisely because it isn’t safe. A blank canvas forces you to be vulnerable. It makes you come face to face with your perceived weaknesses, and it forces your hand for an answer. The canvas gives you the opportunity to be great or to fail … but never to walk away.
Every masterpiece begins with a blank canvas. Every great novel began with an empty sheet of paper. Every innovative business began with a blank space. If you’re truly going to create something great, you’d better get used to a blank canvas. Embrace the fear, be vulnerable, and just create. We’re waiting for what you’re waiting to create.
So what’s your blank canvas? What’s the one thing in your life that is beckoning you … that won’t let go of you until you give it a shot? And more importantly, why aren’t you creating on the blank canvas?