The Blank Page

It has taken on a new context on the web.

Because most writing software is anything but. Editors parade everything but the kitchen sink – fonts, video, italics, images, alignment, audio, color. One can spend hours on what a sentence looks like, let alone what it means.

And the place where one writes can also be where one reads. Messages whiz by as you try to write your own. It can be like trying to have a conversation in a noisy bar where other conversations are within earshot.

Minimalist writing software goes the opposite direction. It promotes the blank page. Who knew that the symbol of writer's block would become marketed as a symbol of freedom?

The tyranny of the blank page becomes the benevolence of the blank page.