What is April A to Z?
Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers.
To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then visit as many other bloggers as you can. For the 4th year in a row, the StoryDam’s theme is writing and inspiration from our Story Dam community. We hope you enjoy them!
Z is for the Writing Zone
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call THE WRITING ZONE.” – Edie Melson
Today’s quote and image comes straight from Edie Melson over at the The Write Conversation. I saw the graphic she made and the twist she put on the classic Twilight Zone TV show introduction and not only did it crack me up, but it inspired me – two of my favorite things!
Just like athletes and musicians, as writers, we do our best work when we are in the zone. But just what is this mysterious state of mind? It’s hard to say exactly, because the writing zone is a little bit different for each of us. It’s something you must discover for yourself and the key to this discovery is through mindfulness.
What do I mean by that? Simply that the next time you have a great day of writing, take a few minutes to think back on everything that surrounded that moment. Were you writing in bed late at night after everyone had fallen asleep? Were you in a crowded coffeehouse with lots of background noise? Were you playing a certain type of music?
As I said before, every writer has a different set of triggers that get them into the zone. Just because Leon writes best after 20 minutes of yoga doesn’t mean that will work for you, and just because Karla writes best on an empty stomach at 5 a.m. doesn’t mean that will work for you.
You just have to point your writerly skills of observation at yourself for a while. Over time, a pattern will emerge. You will begin to recognize the situations that stimulate you to do your best writing.
So, how about you? What gets you in the writing zone? Was it easy for you to figure this out, or did it take some trial and error?
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