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Grapemo 2014 DAY 1: Embrace the Zone

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You know what that feels like.

You're there at your keyboard, or at a table with paper and pen, or huddled away in your secret "hideout" with notebook and flashlight.

Possibly you're at work, grabbing a few minutes of writing time when the boss isn't around. Or sitting in your car with a laptop, or scribbling on the back of a deposit slip while you wait in line at the bank. In the garage. The basement. The bathroom, even. Some of us will write anywhere, any chance we get.

Some of us can't be choosy about our surroundings.

Whether you write for two minutes or for six hours straight, you're in that indescribable Zone that only writers experience. You are in your novel, a world solely of your creation, and it whatever happens around you matters very little.

You are there, with your characters. You know them as intimately as you know the people you live with. The conversations you have with them are real and true. You own their emotions, and experience them as acutely, if not more so, as your very own.

Better yet, in the Zone you're completely in control; nowhere in real life can you possibly achieve this level of power. It's exhilarating, galvanizing, liberating. Even when it's not all fun and games--the Zone can also be sad, and scary, the darkest of places--there are times when you long to stay there forever.

That'll never happen, of course. But neither will it leave you.

Your story, that steadfast rock, clings to you as stubbornly, as passionately, as you cling to it.

It's there, always waiting. Ready whenever you are.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 2nd, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
I know this place...
Thank you for a stirring send off on the grand adventure of another month of GrapeMo! Let the journey begin...
Feb. 3rd, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: I know this place...
So happy to have you to share the journey, Pam!
Mialie Szymanski
Feb. 3rd, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
Wonderful thoughts and I couldn't agree more. The part about jotting down notes on the back of a deposit slip reminded me of a time I was in the hospital having a treatment on my tailbone. While the nurses worked I grabbed a nearby gauze package and started scribbling on the paper wrapper. Yes, we WILL write ANYWHERE!
Feb. 3rd, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
LOLOL! I used to write scenes down on doctors' progress reports at work.:)
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