Posted by : Sherri Cornelius Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I felt so lethargic yesterday, really and truly crappy. I figured I wouldn't be able to write a coherent sentence, but I needed some office time, so at seven o'clock I dragged my ass and laptop up the stairs. I was going to take it easy, probably do some free writing, maybe lie back in the stinky recliner and let my mind wander, definitely listen to some music, which I can't do while I'm seriously writing.

I released the pressure to justify the office time with measurable progress. I typed in some notes while listening to Yahoo! radio. Opened the document containing my plot bullets and wrote a few sentences. And a few more. I looked up at the clock and saw an hour had passed, looked down at my computer screen and realized I'd accidentally written the entire one-page synopsis.

Coming out of the zone, I wondered what had happened to my music, but I'd turned it off at some point. Going over what I'd just written, I saw I'd also cleared up a few problematic names, and filled some long-standing plot holes. Accidentally. Don't even remember doing it.

That's so effing cool.

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  1. God Bless the mysterious "zone."

    If only we could figure out how to capture it. But it eludes.

    The "zone," shadows, and women: Chase them they flee. Flee them they follow.

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  2. When you were in the zone, you were plugged in to the universal collective unconscious where there is no time, where one hour feels like a mere nano-second.

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  3. Send me some of what you're smoking, wouldya? I'm still stuck.

    Ian

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  4. Ian, I'm smoking my NEW OFFICE WALL! I love having a door that didn't come from the bath section of Big Lots.

    Caroline, that's a reasonable assumption. Another possibility is that I channeled a long-dead writer and will find out later that this book has already been written.

    Dwight, maybe that's what's wrong with me. I think I've been following when I should be fleeing.

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  5. telecommutingtruthsApril 17, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    That is effing cool. Im going to try that now- dragging ass and laptop...

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  6. It is so frickin cool. I love these side doors in life!

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