Fresh Start

Today feels like a fresh start to me. I’m rested up, raring to get things done. Writers chase this state as if it was a magic potion to be found only after several close calls. What are the advantages or disadvantages of being in the “zone?”

Writing Tip for Today: When the Muse knocks on my door, I’d be a fool not to answer it. Yet I understand that my writing shouldn’t depend much on inspiration.

  • On the plus side, being in the zone gives my right brain ideas (even the harebrained ones) free rein. The inner editor takes a hike, even when it probably wants to interfere.
  • Time flies. In fact, this is one way writers identify the “zone.” They sit down for a half-hour writing session and when they look up, it’s the next day.
  • Let’s face it, the “zone” is a magical place, with magical and even spiritual qualities.
  • The reality is that this state of zoning is elusive. The harder you try to make it appear, the more elusive it becomes.

So here’s what I’m trying to do: Train myself to automatically write scenes when I’m inspired. I tend to be a first person narrator in my stories, and I forget about the action. What are your inspirational sessions like? I’d love to hear from you.

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About Linda S. Clare

I'm an author, speaker, writing coach and mentor. I teach both fiction and nonfiction writing at Lane Community College and in the doctoral program as expert writing advisor for George Fox University. I love helping writers improve their craft and I'm both an avid reader and writer of stories about those with wounded hearts.

2 comments on “Fresh Start

  1. I love the magic of the zone! Even when time seems to disappear into a black hole. I laughed out loud at your comment about looking up and it’s the next day. I’m in a strange place right now. I finally got in the zone the last week or so and finished my WIP. But I still feel like I’m there and want to keep writing. It’s the first time I’ve finished a first draft and still felt the urge to create. So I’ll have to figure out what to do with this energy because, yes, I have to take advantage of it while it’s here. Thanks!

  2. As you said, being in the zone, time flies. I wonder why my back hurts, I look at the clock, and see I’ve been sitting in the same position for hours. In spite of the pain, those days are too few and far between. I relish the ZONE!

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