How Do You Solve the Blank Page Problem?

Rachel Thompson
5 min readAug 8, 2017
The Blank Page Problem: How to use the concept of a studio to make progress on important work.

Have you ever experienced what I call the blank page problem? When you start working on a project by opening a new document, then stare it without taking action.

Yes? Me too! For example, a dozen pristine canvases are in my apartment waiting for my creativity to magically appear on them.

I want to start creating, but I’m not making progress. Why not? And how can I

Rachel Thompson

Rachel is a writer, podcaster, and self-employed designer and visual facilitator. She lives in NC with her dog, Devin. Learn more at