If you’re still in the contest, you’ll probably find that some writing sessions flow and others are like pulling teeth. I think there’s a good reason for that.
In her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Artist Betty Edwards identifies what she calls R-mode.
- you become absorbed in your work
- you feel relaxed
- you’re able to focus on your work without distraction
- you lose track of time
I’m not sure if it is R-mode (language is supposedly a left brain activity), but if you’ve got this far in Nanowrimo, chances are you’ll have experienced something like this, whatever it is. You don’t know where the words come from, but you can’t get them down fast enough.
If it has happened to you – you might want to figure out why so you can try to repeat it.
Here are two quotes from novelists in Writing Magazine
Henry Porter says:
The stuff you write fastest is usually the stuff you keep. It tends to be fluent.
and Salman Rushdie
When you write, you write out of your best self. Everything else drops away.
If you want to engage with that ‘best self’, doing things differently can help to make that shift:
- Listen to music (without understandable lyrics) while you write. Use headphones if possible.
- If you type, try using pen and paper for a change.
- Write somewhere else – another room, outside, in a cafe.
- Give yourself 10 minutes and make yourself write without stopping for a second.
And if it does happen to you – I’d love to know.