Writers make excuses to keep from writing, but once they’re in “the zone,” they don’t want to stop. I think it’s something like jumping into the pool–you stand on the edge, knowing it’s going to be cold, but also fun and inviting. Once you take the plunge (or ease in an inch at a time), you don’t want to come out. The Zone’s like that too.
Writing Tip for Today: How can you get past that initial resistance to writing?
- Before you write, secure the perimeter. This means turning off Facebook, the phone and if necessary, barricading the door. Writers with small children can get a sitter or write during nap time.
- Reread the last scene you wrote, to help you become immersed in the story.
- Visualize your character in a scene, in some sort of danger. It’s then up to you to “rescue” that character by writing him/her to safety.
- Give yourself a ten minute warm-up in which you allow your character to “speak” to you, reigniting the passion you had when you invented that character.
- Set a timer if you have kids to pick up, dinner in the oven or other errands. Once you are “in the Zone,” you don’t want to be interrupted.
- While in the Zone, don’t stop to edit. Just get it down.
Try This! How do you when you’re “in the zone?”