Crippled by writer's block?
I must tell you, it's best to smudge your clean sheet of paper straight away.
It's wrong. We both know it, but I suggest you do it anyway. It is the only sure way to cut the blinding glare of the pristine white page.
Do it quickly. Don't think it through.
A high school art instructor taught me the power of the Smudge. I would stare frightened and confused at the blank sheet in front of me, unable to begin. My teacher (a madman to be sure) passed my pristine paper and smudged it, ruining the whole page. Assured that no good could come from it, I could then draw over it, around it, through it. The sheet was already ruined--no need to worry about perfection.
So, I tell you, smudge the page as quickly as possible with all sorts of words that are out of place and crooked and careless. This is the only sure way to write.
And it is then, very often, that something beautiful and true begins to form. So, if you are blinded by the glare of the page, smudge it. Do it quickly, and without thought.
It is wrong. I know it, and you know it.
But, I fear…It is the only way.