This month’s IWSG optional question was to do with rituals used to get in the zone.

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Getting “in the zone”

I suppose I don’t really have any rituals for getting in the zone for writing, but I have found a few ways of getting in the zone for thinking.

Many a time, I know in my head what I want to write about, but really struggle to put thoughts to paper (or laptop).

When I wrote my first novel, Kiss From A Dragon, I found that the best way to do this was to go for a drive. I would turn off the stereo and talk to myself in my car. Odd, I know, but it worked for me.

I would have a conversation with myself as if I were brainstorming with someone else, and more often than not, I would eventually find a way to write down what I wanted to describe or portray.

This method is a bit more difficult nowadays when just going out in the car to have a think about my writing cannot really be classed as an essential journey. To get round this, I just go sit in the car and talk to myself there.

Strangely enough, this seems to work too.

Hope everyone is keeping safe and well, and writing is prosperous.