The Whoosh Zone
|Photo courtesy of Keven Connors
Have you ever entered the Whoosh Zone?
The Whoosh Zone is that place where words bubble up from a writer’s brain and flow onto the page with an ease not normally present. No staring at a blank page. No writing a paragraph then deleting half of it. I’m talking about the Whoosh, when the story just happens. The journey to the Whoosh Zone is impromptu, like the opening of a trap door beneath one’s feet. There is the breathless fall and then the giddy excitement, followed by the sheer joy of accomplishment.
I didn’t have a name for the Whoosh Zone. It came from my critique partner and friend, Deb Mayhew
, at our Saturday meeting of the Inklets. There are four of us who meet at Barnes & Noble every other Saturday to partake of the Big Three C’s—Coffee, Cackling, and Critiquing. My offering for critique was a short story, and the ladies asked me where the idea came from. I explained that I began with an opening line and the story just burst open wide from there, and Deb said, “Oh! The Whoosh! Don’t you just love it when that happens?!”
The Whoosh. What a perfect description of that feeling, that place. Oh, yeah. I do love it when that happens. In the Whoosh Zone I channel my characters with a depth that any psychic medium would envy. I only wish there were a formula for making it happen more often.
Have you experienced that Whoosh, been in that Zone? Are you surprised by the product of your effort, or just pleased to be so focused and aware of your characters? Do you experience the Whoosh Zone with something other than writing? Does it apply to anything else in your life, like cooking or painting or parenthood? What takes you into the Whoosh Zone?
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