Preparing to Write

By Ann McIndoo


The first thing you want to do before you begin writing is to prepare to write – just like anything you do, you prepare. Let me give you an example:

I would like you to think of something that you really enjoy doing. How do you like to have fun? Do you like to cook, play golf or tennis, sew, or go jogging? What is your favorite hobby or sport? Think of your favorite hobby or sport and answer one very important question: Before you participate in this favorite activity, what do you do prior to starting?

Here’s my guess:

  • You make plans to do it – perhaps set a date or time
  • Put on certain clothes (running shoes, apron or favorite golf hat)
  • Gather your tools or equipment
  • Think about how you are going to do it
  • Go to a certain place (tennis court, golf course, kitchen)
  • Have fun!

In other words, you plan and prepare! Think about it for a minute, let’s use playing golf as an example:

  • You set up a tee time
  • Put on your golf clothes
  • Pack your golf clubs
  • Go to the golf course
  • Meet your golf pals
  • Have a great time golfing!

It is the exactly the same thing with writing! Yes, it’s true! Just like preparing to play golf or doing anything you enjoy doing, getting prepared for your upcoming writing appointment gives you the same experience: a fantastic writing session.

So how do you get into the creative zone – that magical place where everything comes out exactly the way you want it? How do you know what your creative zone is? How do you know when you are in it? What does it look like and how does it feel?

I’ve asked many writers, authors and speakers what their creative zones were like and how they got there. It is different for everyone. The one thing that I found was true for everyone was that when they started to speak about it, they got into it.

That “special place” is a magical place for sure, where you are totally “into” what you are doing, like relishing a fine meal, enjoying passionate sex or losing yourself in a fantastic movie. In this heightened, creative state, you are totally concentrated and focused and your energy is pulsing through you. This is “the zone” where all creativity flourishes.

When I’m in my creative zone, I feel:

  • Happy and excited – I can’t wait to get started!
  • Unstoppable! I’m going to write everything I want!
  • Inspired – overflowing with ideas!
  • No sense of time – it just flies by!
  • Juicy – I have lots of content, ready to come out!

When I get into my creative zone, I cannot write fast enough! I start laughing and smiling! Wow what a great place to be! I enjoy and savor every minute.

The amazing part of this is that you can enter your creative zone anytime you wish! As often as you like! For as long as you want! I know this to be true, because I do it myself every day, using my Writer’s Power Tools™.

To your writing success!

Ann McIndoo

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