A Writer’s Notebook: a blank page

Today, dozens of very young children and at least a handful of adults are dead in Newport, Connecticut after a singe shooter opened fire in the elementary school there.

And I cannot write anything here today.

I have a lot of things to say today, actually. And I’ve written a lot of them down. I’ve wept and ranted on Facebook, and I’ve sent letters to the White House and to my Congressional representatives urging them to, as the President called for this afternoon, “come together and take meaningful action” on better preventing tragedies like today.

But here, in a blog post for creative writing exercises? Not today. Not about this.

So I offer only a blank page — an old handwriting page like the ones I remember from my elementary school days, when my handwriting was even worse than it is now — and I encourage you to write. Or cry. Or hug someone close. Or meditate or pray. Or contact your leaders and urge them to take action. Or all of the above.


Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

3 thoughts on “A Writer’s Notebook: a blank page

  1. Your blank page is more profound than many words can say. And, I thank you for liking my post ‘Children Over the Cliff…’ In my case, I have words that I have to get out or explode! Too many things are happening and the ‘spin’ that’s put on these events is taking us down a road from which we won’t recover, if we don’t stop it now. God Bless.

    1. I took some action today. Wrote my government, contributed to the Brady Campaign’s fight to ban assault rifles. But I also took time to today to literally catch my breath — and then let it go, and then catch it again, and let go. I sat on the cushion for quite a while this afternoon.

      It helped.

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