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April 28, 2010


Victor Travison

I have found that even when I find "The Zone," afterwards I still have to edit it, sometimes even kill the darling because it doesn't relate to the other editing I did. I don't think it's an accident that the term reminds me of "The Twilight Zone." An interesting place to visit, but it never lasts, and we could never live there.

~ VT


Reminds me of that place an athlete finds on a given day when he is beyond his limits--sterling as they may be. It's that slowing down which results in acceleration in a fantastic way. Smiling, confident, brash even.

And then the next game . . . it's gone. Refuses to show up. Makes them almost want to exit for the sidelines in spite of their innate desire to press on through it to find that elusive zone again.

Isn't that what we seek? Always looking for that moment of perfection. As if it's ever really real.

K.M. Weiland

@Victor: The Zone can actually be a dangerous place, since the high feelings don't always translate to good writing.

@Nicole: That's why we need to always make sure we're wearing our lucky socks!

terri tiffany

Ahhh the Zone. Love it when I'm there but you are so right. Can't always be there so to write we have to write no matter what. Good post!

K.M. Weiland

If writing is its own reward, then The Zone is the raspberry syrup on top!


The elusive zone... Well described. It happens one day, and then you spend the next weeks chasing it again.

K.M. Weiland

I think we all need to write up Wanted posters. Maybe we'd get it back sooner that way!

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