Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Zone

I've discovered that if I'm going to get anything done--anything written, that is--I need to be in the Zone. 

You may ask, what is the Zone? 

Well, for instance, I was rewriting some scenes a little while ago and I was listening to music to try to motivate myself.  I sat there listening for a while, staring at the screen and taking ridiculous pictures of myself with my WebCam like the one you see above.  (That was me posing as if I was in the Zone.  I wasn't actually in the Zone yet.) 

And then, I wrote the scene.  The world disappeared around me, but I didn't notice becuase I was too focused on what I was trying to say. 

Then I finished and snapped out of it.  And it occured to me that although my music was still playing, I had not been hearing it for the past 45 minutes.  My brain had stopped registering the noise.  In fact, it had stopped registering all my surroundings. 

Who knows, the building could have gone up in flames and collapsed around me and I might not have noticed! 

I think this hyper-focused state is one of the best ways I can get any significant chunk of writing done.  And, I'm not sure, but I think I get in the Zone more than I even realize. 

Do you become oblivious to your surroundings when you work?   Can anyone accomplish anything substantial without being in the Zone? 

By the way, if you haven't seen the video we posted yesterday, you have to watch it!!!  It is perfect for anyone who has a love of books.  I teared up.  And it's being nominated for an Oscar!  Check it out--you won't regret it.


  1. I can relate; the "zone" doesn't happen often enough.

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  3. This happens to me all the time. Trouble with my "zone", however, is that I am a poet, so sometimes I have to break out of that zone and look at my surroundings in order to find an image I need. Different writing styles I suppose.

    1. Oh, Susan and I know about those :)

      I think it is different looking outside your zone for inspiration and being broken out of it by something/someone else,though.

      One is a welcome creative adventure the other is not conducive to artistry.