Facing the Blank Screen

Every writer has to do it. Whether published or not, whether on the tenth book or the first, we all have to sit in front of the blank screen for the first time and write the first page. This is always daunting for me, even though I love it. Even though I know that there is more about Eleanor to be written than I will ever be able to write, even though I love and trust her as a character more than I ever would have thought possible, and even though she teaches me something new about her life with every draft I put on paper, that first moment is still daunting. The blank page stares at me with its white, blind eye, and I wonder, what will this book be like?

And then I start typing.

Because the only way to answer that question, the only way to find the path to the answer, is to begin.

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