“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
— Flannery O’Connor
Fold the page.
You have opened your journal, pen in hand ready to finally get this journal writing practice underway. Maybe you’ve found a journal writing prompt that has really hit the spot and now you really want to get writing but your pen is hovering just above the crisp clean page frozen with the fear of the blank page and doubt because the page looks lovely as it is right? “So clean and untouched, it doesn’t need my random ramblings ruining it,” your inner critic yells.
Quickly fold it in half. By simply folding the page vertically, you literally just halved the problem. Now instead of a full blank page you have two skinny columns which are now a lot less intimidating. A bonus of using this technique is that it creates the nice column style used by magazines and newspapers.