Ever find yourself being “Happied Out”? Like you’ve had so much fun doing things you love that you just need to settle down and work on stuff you don’t, because the fun isn’t fun anymore? That feeling you get when you’ve had a slightly too long vacation?
It can happen in writing too. That Zone we all hear about, the place where the words just flow and the characters seem to just flow through the air and onto your page without any real effort on your part… it does exist. Not that many of us get there regularly. We’re the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life, and we know life comes with distractions. Distractions and the Zone just don’t seem to inhabit the same physical or spiritual plane of existence.
Thing is, we tend to be so very happy when we’re in the Zone. Things make sense. They work. We feel the progress, the creative energy… we feel powerful. And we feel like it’s effortless.
Thing is… when everything is easy, it’s nice for a while, but after a bit… things lose their wonder; the stories don’t seem as good. It’s because our brains thrive and develop when we’ve challenging ourselves somewhat. The stuff we do all the time… we let go, we give up some of the control and let it all go on automatic… and we can’t be sure what we’re getting is what we really wanted.
That’s the time our brain is saying “give me something new to do; I need a challenge”.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to challenge yourself as a writer. You could try a new style or genre. You could switch point of view. You could try writing articles or copy, poems or screen plays. Maybe you could try writing a video game (design, not the code…. though you could try that too).
And what if you’ve never found yourself in the Zone…
Well, here are some posts with ideas to try. Feel free to pick and choose, The Zone is a fleeting, personal thing. Sometimes the path to it changes even… Don’t be afraid to try and try again.
- How to Get into the Zone: 7 Ways to Get Hyper-Focused (mikedelgado.org)
- 13 Tips For Getting Into The Writing Zone, Just In Time For NaNoWriMo (bustle.com)
- Writing Zen – 23 ways to get into the zone (charmaineclancy.com)
Have you found yourself in the Zone before? Have you found yourself in need of a challenge? Tell us what you’ve learned in your check-in, here or in our FB group.