Many people are intimidated by a blank slate. I get it. Sitting at your desk in front of your computer believing you have nothing to say is frustrating. Guess what? There’s always something to say. No matter what. Creativity is always there.

I love a blank slate.

Having a blank slate is beautiful. It means you have the power to add whatever you want. So why can it be so intimidating? Because we try too hard.

Charles Bukowski had a philosophy about writing. Don’t try. I make a point to live by that motto as a creator. Don’t try.

Like anyone else, I have times when I struggle to get words on the screen, or music into my digital audio workshop. When that happens, I don’t try to push for something new. I simply do something else, usually another creative endeavor. If a poem isn’t coming, I play music. If composing new music isn’t working, I write an essay. If nothing is working, I take a walk, but I don’t sit down and try to force creativity.

Accept the blank slate. Know that sometimes your mind might go blank. When that happens it’s a beautiful thing. A blank slate is a window to anything you want to create. Just, don’t try. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.