I'm sure most writers will know what I mean by 'in the zone' - when you get to that place where everything else falls away, all the distractions become background noise, and you're completely focused on your work. I love being in the zone. It hasn't happened much lately, because the distractions refuse to fade into the background, but it's an amazing feeling when it does happen. All those creative juices start flowing freely, your fingers start flying over the keyboard, and the words come so fast you can hardly keep up. I really miss being in the zone. Hopefully I can return there soon...it's such an amazing natural high.
Do you ever wonder what you look like when you're in the zone? Do you make weird facial expressions and not realize it? Chew your lip, talk to yourself, squirm in your seat? When I'm in the zone, distractions make me really pissy. I tend to ignore people, and if that doesn't work, I get snippy. I don't mean to, it's just like, hello, can you not see I'm in the zone here? Maybe I need a sign or something, like one of those red lights they have in radio stations when you're on the air, but instead it reads IN THE ZONE. Hmm...
I love watching my two-year-old nephew when he's in the zone. You know how when little kids are concentrating they stick their tongues out? He's just started doing that, and it kills me. He has an incredible attention span for a toddler, and will play with his toys so intensely. When he gets in the zone, a parade could go through the living room and he wouldn't notice. Right now, I envy him his ability to concentrate and block out everything else. Maybe there's something to the whole sticking-out-your-tongue-while-you-work thing. I should try it.