7 Steps to Getting Into the “Writing Zone”

Being able to freely slip into effortless writing is the dream of any writer.

While there is no exact science to getting into the “writing zone,” there are some tips that can help get you closer.

Good Habits Are Important

Just like creating bedtime habits is a great way to fall asleep faster and wake up more rested, writers need good habits too.

This means blocking out periods of the day to start writing. This block of time should be at the same time every day and last for the same amount of time. 

You also want to avoid leaving that space, so make sure you have your drink of choice and any snacks. 

Keep distractions away and set your phone to silent, except for certain people who might need you in an emergency. Finally, turn off internet access to your computer, so you aren’t distracted.

Have a Clear Outcome

You need attainable goals in life, whether that applies to your fitness, career, or writing.

In the block of time you allotted yourself to write, figure out what you want to accomplish. 

Is it one chapter? Is it a thousand words? Is it research for a specific period in a work of historical fiction?

The idea here is to know what you need to do to succeed in your own way. But remember, set goals you can attain so you don’t fall short and become discouraged.

Find a Creative Environment

Creating a dedicated space in your home for writing is useful. This space could be a corner of the room seated at a folding table with a white wall in front of you.

This space should be all about writing. Don’t worry about whether it is the right aesthetic for a writer or if people on Instagram will like it. Once you are in the “writing zone,” what’s in your space won’t matter.

Once you craft a creative space, get out of it and take a trip to the library or a coffee shop. 

Whatever your environment, just make sure it is clean, organized, and that you aren’t looking at your phone or watching videos.

Empty Your Mind

Some people use writing to remove stress. For others, they might not be able to clear their mind enough to be productive. 

Exercise, a long walk, yoga, or a warm bath are all methods that can help to empty your mind. 

You can also try supportive aids, like Thorne Research and NuMedica, to aid focus, clarity, and cognition.

Never Lift Your Fingers

If this is your first draft, write whatever comes to mind.

Never take your fingers away from your keyboard. Even if you don’t think it is the right idea, description, or piece of dialogue, just write whatever comes to mind. 

If you want to find a good “flow,” this is one of the most important steps. 

Remember, few people write a perfect first draft.

But getting out all of the good, bad, and average ideas onto the page will help once it comes time to start editing. Give it a try and see what the outcome is.

If you don’t like it, scrap it and start over.

Nobody has to see it, so don’t worry about criticism. This is your time to play.

Enjoy the Process

Writing is hard work. It can be a chore. There may be moments where it brings a lot of negative emotions.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. 

The pleasure of writing comes from having completed a project, setting it aside, then starting the next project and going through the entire process again.

When you find joy in this process, and you will never want to stop writing.