M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/03/15

Laundry is the death of all good writing days.

Let me explain: Writing is all about getting in “the Zone.” The Zone is where all amazing stories happen. It’s basically a time when you focus everything out and creativity, story, and characters just blend together and make something happen. The Zone is where all good dialog hides and where all the things you never knew about the story show themselves.

The Zone is a very difficult place to get to. On average, it takes me at least fifteen minutes of staring at my computer and pretending to type words to get into the Zone. And then, it doesn’t really have any benefit unless I spend at least 45 minutes there. When I’m there, I’m there. I can’t really hear anything going on around me. I’m concentrating fully on the story I see unfolding in my mind. And yes, it’s easy to startle me when I’m in the zone.

Interruptions in the Zone can kill a story. I have lost countless amounts of dialog and storyline because of interruptions.

The other problem: interruptions take you out of the zone. And it takes at least 15 minutes to get back into the zone. They are costly.

We writers try to be polite, but one interruption can cost us an hour of time and the desperation of trying to re-figure out the story.

And today was laundry day… Every hour, a new load. No Zone…

I got to it after dinner though. 🙂 It wasn’t perfect, but the story is taking shape. I took about 1,300 words for them other novella I thought was the first and put them inn and then added to that. I’m at over 3,000.

Tomorrow will be an interruption free day–I hope 🙂

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About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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