Finding ‘The Zone’

Writers talk about The Zone: That time, place or ambience you need to really generate some good writing; especially first drafts.

Example: I write with mechanical pencils in 6-inch-by-9-inch steno pads. The venue doesn’t much matter – I can write in my condo or in a coffee shop – but I write original drafts better in the morning than evening, and I like to listen to soundtracks from movies.

When I run into a problem that will take some thinking to resolve, I need to walk around and keep my hands busy: I carry a tennis ball, or a yo-yo. Tossing the ball, snapping the yo-yo… do it long enough, and my mind will pry open the problem and show me the way resolve it.

What is your Zone? How do you get there?

I’ll be talking about this and other writing tricks at a one-day Sisters in Crime workshop, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at PCC’s Sylvania Campus. Cost is $69, which includes a boxed lunch. I’d love to share some of your stories.

You can learn more about the workshop in the PCC Communities Magazine, or by going online here.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

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