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I'm doing flash fiction for this year's A to Z challenge, hope you enjoy!



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The blank page stares at me, taunting me, laughing at me. Why is this so hard? Just write something. Anything. It doesn’t even have to be something good, just write something!

There’s nothing there; my mind is blank as the page I’m staring at, empty. What can I write? They say you can get inspiration from anywhere, but I’ve tried everything; go for a walk, wash the dishes, go for a drive. Still nothing! A blank space where the words used to be, the rusty cogs in my brain groaning from the effort.

So what am I going to do? Stare at this blank page for the rest of the day, wishing the words would come?

Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow.

Comments

  1. Ooooooooooo I know that feeling Miss Laura. . . . I often write about my writers block; the big wooden one with the carved African head on the side that was given to me by a strange wizard in an old book shop at the end of a dark cave full of vampire bats that howl like banshees at weekends.

    Rob Z Tobor

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  2. Great piece! Your latest reminds me of Tim McGraw's Blank Piece of Paper! If you haven't listened to it, you should!

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  3. I think the blank page is just about the most frightening thing every writer has to face.

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  4. Fantastic B post. "A blank space where the words used to be" - I know that feeling well!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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  5. That, Laura, is truly frightening.

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  6. That is really clever! It's not blank anymore.

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  7. Great post! It's exactly what every writer fears - I know I do!

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  8. I swear to god, blank pages heckle me. It's horrifying.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  9. Now this I cam empathise with completely - there are just some days when blank pages refuse to fill and even if they do the words are just heavy and useless.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  10. Nice choice for the letter B :) Good luck with the challenge this month!

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  11. Your flash fiction could have been about some of my days. It's bad when going for a walk doesn't help.

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  12. I like your flash fiction. As a fellow writer, I've certainly been there and tried doing those things to break through the blank page. Hope inspiration returns to you soon. (Stopping by from A to Z Challenge).

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  13. Oh yes, I've sure had this feeling before.

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  14. I think we've all been there - so hassled by wanting to write that we can't think of anything to write. Great piece.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
    FB3X
    Wittegen Press

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  15. Unfortunately I can really empathize with this piece! I guess we have all been there too many times.
    Looking forward to more of your stories.

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  16. This is definitely something I can relate to. I have only tried my hand at flashf iction a few times but then I encoutner this very problem. When faced with limited words and limited time, my brain seems to go blank. #AtoZChallenge

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  17. sometimes it happens to me to; just being kind and patient with myself.. I move on..

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  18. sometimes it happens to me to; just being kind and patient with myself.. I move on..

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  19. sometimes it happens to me to; just being kind and patient with myself.. I move on..

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  20. sometimes it happens to me to; just being kind and patient with myself.. I move on..

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  21. Aw, Laura, it happens, and this is so appropriate today for many of us!!!
    You wrote: "The words will come..." well use that tomorrow... "come what may" (smile)

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  22. Hehe....the dreaded block! Shake it off, take a nap and hit it again. :-)

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  23. Hehe....the dreaded block! Shake it off, take a nap and hit it again. :-)

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  24. It happens, tell me about it :|
    "Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (479)"

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  25. Happens all the time, hehe. Nice piece!

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  26. Creativity can be coaxed, but definitely not forced. I appreciate your authenticity.

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  27. We can all relate to this one!

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  28. I do some really odd things in that situation. Like write a letter to someone that I'm annoyed with.(And destroy it of course.) Maybe imagine what the neighbors are up to - the ones who always have the shades drawn. Once I wrote a profile for a fake dating site - which eventually turned into a story about a stalker. My Spam folder is always full of entertaining stuff too- I thought about doing a series of fake replies.

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  29. For one of my OU Creative Writing assignments I wrote a poem about having writer's block. Sometimes all you can write about is what's on your mind.

    Perhaps writing an ode to a blank sheet of paper will give you the stepping stone to the next thing you're going to write. ;-)

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  30. Oh, I've been through this countless times. It's the worst feeling in the world, and you captured it wonderfully!

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  31. hi came by here on day 1, but could not leave a message, will attempt to do sow now again :) lets see how that goes. I think, this post puts the challenge in perspective - about writing honestly. this is modhukori as the message insists i am anonymous :)

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  32. Have I been there? I live there!

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  33. Ha! I can definitely relate to the feeling. We all have *that* day. ;)

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  34. The cogs in my mind feel rusty every day at the moment, so I can relate to this a lot. A great way to put it into words.

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