Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z = Staying in the Writing Zone

Don’t you just love the times while you are writing suddenly everything just starts to flow and you go on writing and writing for much longer than expected? Ideas keep flowing and everything starts suddenly snapping together. It’s like a puzzle and you just see everything and how it fits. If only that could happen more often. Here are some suggestions to reach that zone.

1. Do a good amount of brainstorming and/or outlining before you begin writing the draft. That way when you finally do get a chance to sit down and write, you will already be full of ideas. Work on details about your characters, so you fully know them before you begin.

2. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, etc. You can take care of all that later. A draft doesn’t have to be perfect.

3. Avoid distractions. Find a quiet place to write, especially not with the TV going. Do not open that internet browser. Put that cell phone away.

4. Schedule writing time and stick to it.

5. Wear headphones and listen to your favorite music. Some may like calm music while others might write better to classic rock. 

6. Feeling stuck? Read over chapters you've already written. This might get you going. 

7. Find yourself staring at a blank screen? Try switching to writing in a notebook. The ability to edit is more difficult on paper.

8. Read your story on paper or a Kindle (or other device.) Sometimes reading your story on a different surface can help you see things you didn't see before.

9. Once you are in the zone, the last thing you want is someone coming along and needing something. It might be hard, but you have to say no. A writing zone is not something to waste.

And this concludes my last post for A to Z. I actually made it this year. Congrats to all the A to Zeeps!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You did make it!
I usually write with music playing and the television on. (Television is muted of course - that would be overload.) And yes, I outline to death before I begin writing.

Chrys Fey said...

Hehe. I write while watching TV all the time. ;)

Pat Dilloway said...

I usually write away from home so TV isn't a problem. Congratulations on reaching the end.

Cindy said...

If it works for you, do it. I tend to find myself staring and next thing I know a lot of time has past.

Empty Nest Insider said...

"Avoiding distractions" is one of the most difficult parts for me. These were great tips, and I'm glad I met you through A to Z! Congrats Cindy!