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Mel's Procrastination Palace
Wednesday, April 06, 2005 Writing Nirvana

I realized, at approximately 5:36am this morning what I missed.
I miss getting into a zone while writing so that the pages fly, time flies and when I stop, I have to shake my head and go, whew, that was good...

Key thing is, you can't jump into such nirvana. You have to start writing, and slowly pick up speed, like a train going downhill...pretty soon, the room disappears and you get that tunnel vision, that complete focus. You're not typing anymore, the characters have taken over the nerves and it's like a marionette on a string. (but not in a bad way)...

Clearly this hasn't happened because of the interruption factor. This comes in all sizes. IE.. the husband. The dryer buzzer. The phone. The lure of the internet. Instant messenger. (Tho you can blame that on me, thanks)... I'd love to go back to staying up til midnight and getting that two hours of unadultered writing time. Cuz damn if I didn't usually go back in the morning and reread the prior nights spewage and go, "who wrote this?". Some of my best prose comes from those moments.

Guess it works like sleep. Isn't there like 4 stages? And who drops into stage 4? Noone, you gotta get there slow, but when you do, you twitch, dream, run, react, talk, walk...without waking up. And after a bit of that, you feel pretty good and refreshed, despite all of the effort that was clearly exerted.

So. My goal is to find Nirvana. Even if it means getting up at 5 or staying up til 12. I'll let you know how it goes... tell me how you find that writing zone, get to the tunnel vision where the words fall from your fingers... :)

Posted by Melani Blazer :: 3:36 PM :: 2 comments

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