How do you conquer the blank page? Are you a cat or a dog (or perhaps a bug aficionado) person? We don’t have any pets right now, other than some free loading spiders in the garage, but I spend a lot of time drawing animals.

Hope you have a smashing weekend! *


* No creatures were harmed in the making of this cartoon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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28 thoughts on “Shoo Fly, I’m Writing

    1. Coleen

      Yes, that’s when I’m most vulnerable to anxious thoughts, or procrastination! Thanks, Catherine:)

  1. Carrie Rubin

    Love this!

    I make a detailed outline before I start a novel. That way, I always have a place to start. I end up changing things along the way, so it doesn’t box me in, but it helps keep that writer’s block at bay!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Carrie! Yes it’s so helpful to have some plan. I tend to set up a structure/list of story beats–and then I turn into a pantster. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Ruth! Yeah, as I practice my drawing/illustration skills I’ve been adding drawings here and there to my shop. Sort of an accountability thing and also to test the waters of what things get people’s attention. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kate

    What a cute cartoon! I love it!! Starting is hard but it’s also the most adventurous part of writing. I get a lot out of acknowledging that I’m about to take on a challenge and giving myself a small goal for that writing block–the muse takes care of the rest!

  3. Sheila

    Your cartoon really made me laugh – thank you! It’s true that we have to make sure not to listen to that voice or bug that says it’s not good enough. It’s always buzzing around, so I’m glad you smashed it.

  4. kath

    Love this cute and quirky cartoon Coleen I rarely have a blank page. My problem being I have too many ideas and never finish any of them. But this year I am quieting the mind and concentrating on on project. Thats the hardest thing for me. I can’t imagine you struggling with the blank page for long, with wonderful art like this.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Kath! I’m with you on the ideas front. The blank page happens for me when that pesky internal voice, the one rooted in fear, gets loud. Or I listen to it. It’s helpful to know others can relate!!

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