Back in the zone
Posted on July 6th, 2010
So for the last four or five days, all I’ve pretty much done is read, write, and assist in the assembly of dinosaur puzzles. And buy more books to read. (Well, I also held a 5 week old baby, played in parks, watched fireworks – albeit from our window, not the ground – and ate sushi.)
There was once a year of my life when I took time off from “real work” to write a romance novel. Yeah, I know how that sounds. Anyway, it was good experience, because a) I finished a book and b) I became very disciplined about writing and c) it was time off from my crazy telecommunications job that gave me the perspective to know I wanted to go to law school. I remember how it used to feel when I was completely exhausted from writing, but my brain would not shut off and I could go and go and go – oh, the zone. It was so lovely to be in that state of flow.
But my output now, with a toddler, vs. my output then? I write more. I don’t know if it’s because I’m more organized, more disciplined, more driven, or because I have much better software. If it’s the first and/or the last, it’s all because Scrivener rocks. I have never, ever loved software the way I love this program. It does shit I have no idea about, it’s so powerful, but it’s also so simple that I don’t care. I’ll figure those parts out when I need ‘em. When/if I go back to practicing law, I am going to find a way to use this program. I *love* it. I took the time to set up a good template and as a result, I have places to put everything: random bits of research, dialog for scenes yet to come, and chapters and scenes. It’s so easy to move things around. Scrivener: MS Word = computer:stone and chisel. It’s amazing.
This afternoon, I managed to write a couple thousand words in between taking care of P, ordering dinner (sushi), and dealing with my husband’s linux-based crises. (Admittedly, my contribution is to say “huh?” when he curses and say something sympathetic when he tells me what the problem is.) I was in the zone AND doing laundry. I give Scrivener all the credit.