Authors’ Writing Trials & Triumphs & Secret Dreams revealed on #IWSG.
May 6 question – Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?
I’m so excited to be this month’s co-host. I’ll be visiting as many of you as possible and get to know more about our wonderful community of authors.
My response to this month’s question is pretty simple. It’s almost never a problem getting into the zone – more the opposite. It’s been a challenge maintain a balance of writing time and making time for exercise and peanut butter sandwiches. Any time I’m stumped for the next paragraph, I flip back to the previous chapter and do some simple editing. By the time I’m at the blank page, my muse and I are super charged up.
However, I do recall some days when the block sucked the life out of all inspiration. After some early experiences with this frustration, I realized the block manifested when my ego got in the way of the story’s natural flow. Without any doubt, I knew the exact paragraph when the story began to stumble; when I pushed the, the, ah ….. the storyteller aside.
Who is the storyteller? None of my novels have come from me. I’m certain of that. But that’s a subject for another day.
That’s when the truly hard moment begins. I hit the delete button and erase the misguided pages, perhaps even chapters (saved in a special file in case some pieces are needed).
Through meditation I silence the chatter in my head, and close my eyes. The storyteller steps forward. The flow begins again with ease. And the prose, dialogue, the characters breathe and speak to me again. The magic fills me with wonder.
It’s simply a matter of knowing when to let go of control and trust the storyteller.
Blessings to everyone.