11 Tips For Finding Your Writing Zone, Because You Can't Wait Around For Inspiration To Strike

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As the great Dorothy Parker once said, "writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat." If only it were so simple. Every writer knows the struggle of setting aside the time to write, sitting down at the computer, opening a new document in your word processor of choice... and then realizing that four hours have gone by and you've done nothing but watch unboxing videos on YouTube and stalk your ex's hot cousin on Instagram. Writing is hard. Getting into the right frame of mind for writing is hard. Staying on task and not being distracted by your own crippling fear of failure is hard. Here are a few tips for getting into the writing zone, because you can't just sit around waiting for inspiration to strike (trust me, I've tried).

Of course, the "writing zone" looks different for everyone. Some writers work best in the dead of night, churning out page after page in a writing frenzy as they chug energy drinks and cookie dough. Other writers like to wake up at the crack of dawn to take a contemplative walk, or write every afternoon rain or shine, or spend hours mumbling to themselves in their characters' voices. There's no wrong way to write. But here are some tips for finding a way into your own, personal writing zone: