Getting in ‘The Zone’

In the last post we talked about finding a blogging voice and saying something unique. It’s tougher than it sounds. Style is another challenging element of blogging. (Especially like people like me who major in “warped sense of humor.” Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

I like to write numerous posts all at once, when the Muse descends. Think War and Peace in one sitting. I’ll draft the blogging equivalent of All the Tea in China and then schedule content to auto-post. Look, ma! No blog babysitting!

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Frankly, trying to crank out content that’s fresh and original and interesting on a daily basis drive me nuts.

So I don’t.

Additionally, my writing style is such that I’m best when I’m “in The Zone.” Uninterrupted. Flying solo. No distractions. No annoying person who shall remain nameless trying to engage me in conversation every 12 seconds. At the confluence of inspiration, creativity and productivity, I’m firing on all thrusters and the words and ideas flow like .

I’m at my blogging best when I can carve out large swathes of uninterrupted time to focus on writing and nothing else. I’m talking hours, not minutes. Whole afternoons or mornings, not nine seconds during commercial breaks.

That’s what I mean by getting in The Zone.

Did I mention that my household doubles as Grand Central Station? So around here, The Zone occurs about as often as Hailey’s Comet. I’d get more writing done if I moved to the Himalayas and lived in a cave in Tibet.

Meanwhile, life goes on. Phone calls. Email. Bills. Dinners. Dishes. Laundry. The dog. You know the drill.

Trying to cram blogging brilliance in between Tide and Brillo pads can require divine intervention on the order of the parting of the Red Sea. (If you’re a busy mom, you know what I mean. So don’t look at me like that.)

My solution? Get up early. Stay up late. Write when everyone else is asleep or should be. Keep posts short. Maybe 500 words-ish. Always carry something to write with or on. You never know when blogging inspiration may strike. Meanwhile, Tibet’s lookin’ pretty good these days…

When are you most productive? How do you get in The Zone?


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