The Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.
This month’s question – Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE?
The only thing that works for me is nailing my backside to a chair in front of a keyboard and staying there till I either find the idea, or to allow the germ of an idea to flow out through my fingers. In normal circumstances, I feel rather lucky this is all I need.
In the past, I’d stay at the keyboard until I’d either finished, exhausted the idea, fallen asleep at the keyboard, was forced to move due to a prior commitment, or my back complaining bitterly. But I’m now limited to a period of less than an hour at my keyboard, for I must get up and pace about for at least 5 minutes – without fail, each & ever single hour of the day – to prevent my knee seizing up completely. And that usually seems to take place just when the words start to flow which, as you can imagine is hugely frustrating. Re-capturing that flow takes time, each time I return to my desk. So, progress is slow.
But like everything about our lives at the moment, I know that patience and acceptance is the way forward – so I am practising that mindset. I often fail, but I keep returning to it – much like I return to my keyboard after a session of pacing … with hope.
I could do with something to keeps me in the zone while I pace – any & all ideas would be most welcome!
© Debra Carey, 2020