The writing zone. We all wish were in that zone every single day, don’t we?
I suppose this is especially true for people whose main source of income is writing. Whether it’s a blog post, a piece of copy for a client, or an article for marketing purposes – it doesn’t matter. When it comes to making a living out of writing, getting in your writing zone will certainly make life easier. You know, that state of mind wherein words flow naturally, and you feel like you can meet all your writing deadlines without breaking a sweat!
Unfortunately, entering your writing zone is not always easy.
Sometimes, you wake up and you’re right smack in the center of the zone. If you’re like me, though, most days, it can be a struggle.
Here are some tips that will help you get in your writing zone. They may not work all the time in the beginning, but with practice, discipline, and perseverance, you’ll get there.
Throw your cares to the wind.
The first step is always the hardest, so they say; so, even before you take the first step – working/writing – take the time to psych yourself up. If you start your day at 9am, for example, take 20-30 minutes before you start working to put your worries in a box, so to speak, and leave them there.
It’s all mental, sure, but it gets easier the more you do it.
Find your physical zone.
More than dealing with your mental issues (not in the cray-cray sense, if you know what I mean), you also have to ensure that you are physically comfortable and that you are not prone to interruptions. The more physically comfortable you are, the easier it is to enter your writing zone.
Find out where you work best. Different strokes for different folks, so, whatever kind of environment it is that you thrive in, try to always immerse yourself in it. That way, physically, you’ll get your writing done more easily.
I know – this piece of advice is overrated. Everyone says, just write, even if you are not in the zone. It’s true though – somehow, at some point, you’ll get into the flow.
The thing is, what I want to emphasize here is that you do not have to write something that meets your (or your client’s) standards from the get go. If you are having trouble entering your writing zone, just write whatever you feel like writing. If you want to write about how you’re having trouble writing, go ahead! If you want to start on your scheduled piece for the day, go ahead! Even if it sucks at first, just keep writing.
Bonus: Give yourself a break.
If all else fails, give up. Temporarily, that is.
Get up. Make more coffee. Have a smoke or two. Clear your head, and go back to step one.
Repeat as many times as necessary until you get into your writing zone.
What about you? What steps do you take to enter your writing zone when you’re having a bad day?