Entering the Zone

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As I try to write the sequel to “The Other Inheritance,” I find that I’m having a hard time getting into the Zone. The Zone is that magical, elusive mental space writers strive to achieve when they’re writing. When you’re in the Zone, you’re unstoppable! Time ceases to matter. You forget to sleep, forget to eat. Sometimes you forget to go to the bathroom. It’s a writer’s sweet spot. I have not been able to enter this mythical land lately, and it’s really starting to piss me off. Mainly it’s because I lack discipline. I can’t seem to get on a regular schedule, and it’s frustrating. I write a page here, a page there, a page everywhere. I need consistency.

But another big reason I’m having a hard time entering the Zone is because I’m afraid of it. You really do lose yourself. You achieve this amazing creative high only to be dropped abruptly back to Earth when it’s over because you really do need to go find food or use the bathroom. Here’s to the Zone! May we achieve finding that creative nirvana and not be afraid to let go when we do!

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