Wednesday, May 6, 2020

IWSG & Zoning In

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May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

Because I started writing when I had 2 young kids who were involved in multiple activities and a full-time job that averaged closer to 60 hours a week than 40, I learned early on to Zone In quickly and without a lot of fuss.

Give me a mug of tea and a laptop and I'm good to go.

It helps that my Tigger Brain tends to focus on something in my subconscious while I'm doing other things. Gotta find some positive uses for that bouncy brain! So when I have the time to write, I can usually dive in.

If not, rereading the last few paragraphs get me back in the swing.

How about you? Any other Tigger Brains out there? Tea drinkers (Chai or Green for me!)? Rereaders?

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  1. You had no choice - slip into the zone quickly or not at all.

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  2. I'm a rereader, too. Although, I go back to far and edit. So, not as effective as the book gets longer. I need to go back just a few pages.

    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. That's definitely a danger of the reread! I get stuck in editing mode, not writing mode :)

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  3. I reread a little to get me back into the story. And I positively have a Tigger brain!

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  4. I'm a rereader too! Wow, there are a bunch of us. I can't imagine how people who don't read over what they've already got do it otherwise. I'm still wondering. Hi Jemi! Hope sales of your book are exceeding your expectations.

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    1. Thanks Joylene! I didn't expect to sell any at all, so all sales are good :)

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  5. Love that you mention your Trigger Brain. Mine has been sleeping, lately. I remember a time when no matter what I was doing my brain would be on a story, working it out in the depths of my psyche. I'm working on finding that place again.

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    1. Tigger brains are good - except when they refuse to focus! Hope yours pop up again soon!

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  6. Hi,
    I find this fantastic and can identify with some parts of it. My characters are almost always playing in the back of my mind when I am doing other things.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Yes! I love when I sit down the next time and my characters have figured stuff out!

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  7. There's no doubt that when you have just so much "free" time you learn to use it pronto! Good for you. Keep on doing just that.

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    1. I'm trying Lee! Little busier than normal right now, but still working :)

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  8. I'm a big tea drinker. So...what tea is your favorite or go-to? :)

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  9. When it works, it works! Love your attitude, that's half the battle!

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    1. Thanks, Renee! It all about moving forward :)

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  10. That's great how you can dive in. I think when you have to juggle writing with a busy life, it can help you be productive.

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    1. I think that old saying - if you need it done, ask a busy person to do it - has a lot of truth in it!

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  11. I wish I could just dive in. I think I need to make writing more of a habit or put it on a schedule now that I don't have one.

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    1. Once the habit disappears it is SO tough to get back into the mode!

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  12. I could never write with my kids around. Too busy. I got serious with writing when they were lots older...and me too!

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    1. I didn't manage to get any writing ready to publish, but I spent those years learning the craft and it has really helped me :)

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  13. Tigger brain. I love that. And I absolutely have one.

    I also do the rereading thing.

    Not much of a tea drinker, though. Unless it's the Long Island variety...

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    1. LOL - one of the Long Island variety and I'm snoozing! :)

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  14. Love the Tigger brain thing. Mine is usually a lot less focused, but decidedly bouncy. I am glad that yours allows you to write. If you want anything done ask a busy person...

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    1. My Tigger brain is very bouncy, but it can also be very productive!

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  15. Wow Jemi! I wish I could do it like you. I just need too many things in place for the muse to come.
    Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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    1. Everyone has their own methods - and that's what makes it fun!

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  16. I think a bouncy brain works good. If I focus too hard on writing something, it won't come to me but if I stop thinking about it and do something else the words I needed pop in my mind out of the blue.

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    1. I do like my bouncy brain ... almost all of the time! :)
      I use that strategy too - distract the brain!

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  17. At this time I think everyone's concentration is shot.

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  18. I like to think about my stories while I'm doing other things. Usually I can figure out what I want to to work on so that when I actually sit down to write, it's much easier.

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    1. That's always a good plan! I tend to do a lot of thinking as I'm trying to sleep - which doesn't always bode well for sleep :)

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  19. No Tigger brain for me. I think I missed on something big... hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. LOL - most of the time I enjoy the bouncy brain, but there are days!

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  20. Sometimes I can jump right in, but mostly I have to reread a little, even when I've left a note about where to go next.

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    1. That reread is an important part of getting in the mode some days!

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  21. Sometimes, all you can do is just dive right in and not waste time.

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    1. Exactly! Life is busy - no time to dither ... even when I really want that time to dither :)

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  22. I used to carry my manuscript with me on a USB stick. That way I could plug it into any computer that had Word installed on it and work on my story at a moment's notice. That story must have gone through a dozen computers during those early years. Glad to hear you can write any time you have time.

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    1. That's awesome!! What a great way to always have your story on your mind as well!

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  23. I just need some empty space, my Rainymood.com, my laptop and I'm good to go. Of course, there's all manner of social media to be avoided and a cat to be shooed off the keyboard. But it's all good.

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    1. LOL - those cats are tough! And the social media might be even tougher some days!!

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  24. I didn't get much writing done when my kids were younger as I'm easily distracted (yeah, Tigger brain). It's good that you managed it. Now that my kids are much older, they know that once my headphones go on to leave me alone. And yes, I'm another tea drinker - Earl Grey for me. ;-)

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    1. I spent those years when my kids were little learning the craft and experimenting with various genres and age categories. Now they're older and I'm ready to get on this publishing thing!

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  25. It's so great that you made it all work for you!

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  26. Wow, Jemi! You get in the zone so fast!

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    1. I do - which has saved my sanity on more than one occasion :)

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  27. I'm impressed! I think I have more of "Squirrel!" brain :p I don't focus well under the best of conditions, and these aren't that, though much better than many people suffer through.

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    1. I sometimes have those Squirrel moments, but mostly just the Tiggers :)

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  28. I'm with you on the tea drinking Jemi. Mainly black, but I often make a thermos of green tea and finish it off during a writing session.

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    1. Mom loves black tea - but I've always preferred Chai or green :)

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  29. Tigger brain. I love it. I have to have coffee when I start. Rereading helps get me back into the story. Have a great writing month.

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    1. Thanks, same to you!
      *clinks tea mug with coffee mug*

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  30. HI Jemi...

    Lucky you! I wish I could bounce into a story that quickly. I am so distracted with so many other "Life's things," that I have a rough time getting back into my writing projects. I am still TRYING to finish the last four chapters of my current WIP. It is like walking submerged in mud.

    Hope you are well!

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    1. You'll get there. This pandemic is messing with all of our creativity. So hard to get into things at time!

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