I have discussed how using prompts, creating a routine, and tackling your writer‘s block will help you improve your writing, but more important than just deciding to write is actually writing. In order to be able to produce usable pieces, and personally feel accomplished in your writing, you must find your “writing zone!

Your ‘Writing Zone’ is the place inside your mind that gets you on a roll. It is that moment when nothing else around you matters, and you are solely focused on finishing the task at hand (a.k.a. your current piece of writing) Being able to easily slip into this ‘writing zone’ is a quality that will dramatically improve your writing, and save you endless amounts of time. (and possible frustration)

There are four main points to consider regarding your writing zone. These four points are place, time, mindset, and goals.

The ‘write’ placeFinding the right place to write will make a huge difference in the quantity, as well as the quality of your writing. Aim for a place that is quiet and clutter free, an office space that is separate from the main area of the house can be a good option to avoid distraction. Opt for a space that if free from the interruption of everyday life such as children, or television, so that you can stay focused on your writing.

The ‘write’ timeChoosing when to write is another consideration that can greatly impact your writing. It is best to choose a time that is, again, free from the distractions of home, or work, life, and best suits your level of creativity. Trying to squeeze writing in at a time when you are not going to be able to focus on that alone is often pointless. If you plan to write seriously you need to set aside time specifically for writing. It is also important that you choose a time when you are feeling creative, don’t try to write early in the morning if you are the type that can’t function first thing, opt for a better hour when your mind is ready, and the ideas are abundant.

The ‘write’ mindset – Time and place are only half the battle, you can have the perfect area, and the perfect time of day, but if your mind is not ready to write, you are not going to accomplish a thing. Preparing your mind to write is one of the hardest, but most beneficial things you can do as a writer. How exactly do you prepare your mind for writing? Well the answer differs for each writer, but the basics remain the same; you must first clear your mind of any clutter and forget the problems of the day. Ignore your To-Do lists, your laundry, or the argument you had with your husband last night and focus solely on your writing task. You must have a relaxed mind, and body, that is ready and prepared for the challenge of writing, and nothing else. For some this means meditation, for others it can be something as simple as a cup of tea, or a quick read. You have to find the thing that most relaxes your mind and utilize it as a tool.

The ‘write’ goal – The last, and most important, point to consider when trying to find your writing zone is your goals. Having a goal in mind is a great way to gear up for your writing challenge. You may decide to set a numerical goal, some writers will sit down to write and decide that they are going to write 500 words, they get focused and begin writing and they don’t stop until they have reached that goal. When setting a goal you must keep an open mind, if you decide to write 500 words, write them. Don’t worry about perfection, or editing, focus on your goal of 500 words for the moment. You can set a goal to edit those words at a later time. It is also important that although you have set a serious goal, you don’t take this goal too seriously, if there is no possible way you are going to be able to write 500 words don’t beat yourself up, do what you can for now and come back to it later. Sometimes goals are unachievable, this does not mean you have failed, it simply means that you have learned a lesson. Remember every word you are able to write is an accomplishment, celebrate that and forget about the ones you need to write later. Keep your goals small and easy to achieve, and remember to reward yourself for a job well done no matter what the outcome.

Every writer has a different routine, or preference, when it comes to ‘getting in the zone.’ Experiment with different techniques for relaxation and focus, finding the perfect fit for you can take some time. When you do find something that works, stick with it. Making a regular routine for your writing will help your mind prepare for the task.

Most of all enjoy the time you spend writing, don’t stress out over perfection, simply enjoy your skill and passion. In time you will find what works to get you in your zone, and your creativity will flow freely.