Zoning Out #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘Z’

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I found a new coffee shop the other day. I’ve been eyeing it for ages because it’s not just a coffee place. It’s a coffee and gelato place. Gelato. Squee!

I haven’t managed to have any yet, but I did very much enjoy my chai latte, my waffle and my tiny pot of little red, heart shaped sweets. ^_^ I had a wonderful, quiet corner surrounded by gentle chatter, music and books and I just cracked out the laptop, sat and typed. And typed. And typed. And typed.

It was amazing.

For that hour and twenty minutes I was totally IN THE ZONE. I cranked through four 500 word articles and a few pages of deep editing before the boys woke up and we had to get moving.

I love the zone. And the ‘zone’ the fabled space in which writing flows isn’t always a space. It can be about music, or a comforting piece of clothing, or with your favourite cup of coffee. Just something that helps you get to a headspace where the words flow.

My zone varies. It has to; dependant on what my boys need from me at that moment in time. I find that being flexible in that regard helps me take advantage of the time that I do have as and when it comes.

What’s your zone? Is it a favourite mug with your best hot beverage in it? A comfy chair? A particularly scruffy and holey jumper that you just can’t bear to throw away? A corner in your local library? A certain flavour of crisps? Whatever it is, or if you haven’t found it yet, I promise you; taking advantage of that ‘zone’ will help your productivity no end. Spend some time experimenting and find what works for you. Whether it’s a particular time of day or certain brand of pen, once you know what helps you, you’ll never look back.

Today is the last day of the A2Z Challenge. I’d like to thank all of you who have visited and joined me on this mad journey. I’ve never done anything like this across the blog before (I don’t count NaNoWriMo), but I’m thrilled that I’ve finally done it and I’m already looking forward to next year.
Newer comers and regulars alike, thanks for talking with me, commenting, liking and sharing. You’re all what has made this experience so cool.
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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5 Responses to Zoning Out #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘Z’

  1. jmmcdowell says:

    Congratulations on completing the A to Z challenge! There’s absolutely no way I would ever have the inspiration and stamina to write 26 posts in a single month. And I need to find that zone of which you speak…. That would be amazing. 🙂


    • Thanks m’dear.
      I must admit I’m totally exhausted now. *phew*

      Yes, looking forward to next year, but also pretty glad that there IS a year between now and then. 🙂

      Good luck finding your ‘zone’. Sometimes the looking can be just as much fun as finding it.


    • Sometimes, I think you just need to write. But away from all the usual distractions.

      Being in the zone is an almost magical experience. If it helps, imagine yourself in Lothlórien, the sunlight streaming through golden leaves as you type. 🙂


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