Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Original Sin Teaser #18, and being in the zone.

The book I am writing is writing itself. I've laid down 36K very keepable words in the last week. It's the equivalent of being "in the zone" to me and hasn't happed since I wrote Original Sin a year and a half ago. I've written two books in between, both of which I love, and both of which I'm proud of, but they were work. It feels really good to be back in the zone. These characters are incredibly complex and very alive to me, so I'm back to taking dictation. And they've had me in tears three times already, which doesn't happen to me often. I've only written one other book that made me cry.

So, tell me: If you write, do you have to be "in the zone" to write? Or can you make magic happen on your own?

And the Original Sin teaser!

Y'all remember that PD ended just after graduation. Frannie has a summer job, and Luc can't help hanging out there.

#OriginalSin p35 Luc: Frannie saunters over with her pad and pen in hand. “What can I get for you, sir?” she purrs.
“What I want—” I rub my foot along the outside of her thigh. “—isn’t on the menu.”
She scowls but doesn’t pull away. “Where was this an hour ago?”
“I was thinking of a cheeseburger,” I say, and fight to contain the chuckle when she rolls her eyes.


  1. I usually have to be in "a" zone to get good quality writing done: a QUIET zone! Lately I've been doing three to five thousand word chunks on Saturdays, when I have the house to myself.
    But sometimes I'm more "in the zone" than others.

    I can never make myself write when I'm not feeling it, so if I sit down and force out 200 words, I call that a success. Even if I don't wind up keeping them. :)

  2. 36K in a week!!! *slinks to the corner* My zone is nowhere near that productive. I think too much.

  3. Why do you tease me so Lisa? Why? WHY???

  4. Holy cow, Lisa! I write chapter books. 36k is like 3+ books for me. You are a beast! :-)