Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Flash: Blank Page

 

We're back to #fridayflash for the month of September. You'll easily be able to tell what today's flash fiction piece was inspired from. *winks*

Blank Page

The blank page mocks me. The cursor blinks, blinks, blinks. What will I write today? The mind comes back with a tabula rasa.

Perhaps I can make up a story about the kitty cat from the calendar. The calico’s hopeful expression tugs on my heartstrings. Does she desire to be petted? Or would she rather have a treat? Oh, what does it matter.

The cursor blinks, blinks, blinks.

August is almost over, and the deadlines overwhelm me. Edit this, format that, write this. Blog posts and Facebook, and we mustn’t forget the three Ts: Twitter, Triberr, and Tumblr. Maybe I could write about a writer on deadlines and getting buried in social media. Eh, who am I kidding? That’s been done, right?

The cursor blinks, blinks, blinks.

I could use this flash fiction piece to delve into my characters or their world, but they’ve all decided to be quiet until I actually get to writing in their stories. They don’t want to color outside the plotlines.

So I will sit and wait for the cursor to stop blinking, blinking, blinking, so I can be writing, writing, writing.

15 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And in the meantime, you wrote something!

jaybird said...

That blinking cursor mocking you is such a pain. If I am not in the mood to write, and I force mnyself to, I never produce anything worth while. And deadlines certainly do nothing to help my creativity. Hang in there!

Summer Ross said...

I've felt this way before- it almost zaps all the energy to write out of the hand I'm typing with. Overwhelming feelings tend to invade creativity. Happy Friday and I hope it gets better.

Terri Talley Venters said...

My mother, also a writer, always says, "Stop when you know what will happen next." So I haven't faced the blank page or the reluctance to sit down and write, yet... Hope I don't jinks myself. But I have planned on writing one scene, but then something else just happens. =) Hard to imagine you with a blank page, Cherie. Your mind is filled with great ideas =)

Patricia Lynne said...

That damn blinking cursor. It just mocks us sometimes. Great little piece.

Rachelle Ayala said...

I love your expression "color outside the plotlines." Meanwhile my cursor blinks not knowing where to cut. So I'm stuck too. :)

Isis Rushdan said...

I know this feeling all too well, lol.

Heather Murphy said...

Oh, that blinking cursor haunts me to the core!

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

Great post. I so know that blank page.

Christine Rains said...

Hehehe! I love it! We all know that feeling.

The Golden Eagle said...

I actually like blank pages (sometimes more than the words I've written . . . LOL) but yeah, the cursor can be very annoying.

Medeia Sharif said...

I just went into Word to see the blinking...I knew it did that, but this post made me hyper-aware of it.

Nicole said...

Sometimes staring at a blinking cursor is productive imagination time. :)

sjp said...

I always find a blank page refreshing, like you can put anything on it, its the first sentence that wont lead anywhere that gets me stuck.

Also, I may have stolen your prompt.

Julie said...

Haha, I love this. Definitely can relate to that d*&% cursor. Very cute little story! :)