Athletes talk about getting into the zone. That’s a place where the athlete flows with the game, where they become so focused that all their mental and physical powers take them to a new level. Writers and artists experience something similar. They go into a mental state where the story or the art just flows through their fingertips in an intense state of concentration. Many writers experience this. It is a place where imagination takes over the mind.
Some writers say that when they get into the zone that in fact they are not writing the story. Instead, they say that it is the characters that are telling the story. This state of writing becomes an intense creative flow. Some writers know what I’m describing hereiption. It is a place of imagination where new worlds are created, where the scenes and dialog just spill onto the page. Have you ever been in that state? Full time writers live there much of the time. I’m not sure universities teach this?