Athletes of all kinds often say that when they are doing things automatically with freedom, skill, and success that they “are in the zone.” Those of you who can remember back to Headingly 1981 saw two of the finest examples of sportsmen being in the zone.
First up, Ian Botham. The second innings where he played with freedom and sent the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground and stand for an unbeaten 149. Along with able support down the order from Graham Dilley and Chris Old, England posted a lead of 129.
Right from the outset of the Australian second innings there was the sense that the unthinkable could happen. Up stepped one R G D Willis, tall, lanky and that big mop of hair bouncing up and down he ripped into the Australian batting with a display of supreme hostile fast bowling. It culminated with Bright’s middle stump flying through the air and England won by 18 runs.
Bob Willis was in the zone, nothing was going to distract him from his task and nothing did. He took 8 wickets for 43 runs that day. I have never seen a better more controlled display since. If you get the chance to look back at the highlights, when he wasn’t bowling he remained in the zone, completely focussed and nothing was going to alter that.
One of the great things I like about my writing is that I can get in that zone. I am there, at my desk and the words are coming so thick and fast I don’t actually know what it is I am typing. I have an idea, but it is moving fast in order to keep up with my brain. I trust the story and let it happen.
I do not stop. I don’t worry about red and green squiggly lines, typo’s or anything else. That is for later. Just keep the flow going and write.
Write, write, write. It is all I can do. Time is irrelevant, it doesn’t exist. All that matters is getting the story out of my head and onto the page as quickly as possible.
This is total freedom, being in the zone free writing and just letting it happen. You too can do this, allow yourself to be connected to the story and write freestyle. You will be amazed at how good that feels and what you can achieve when you are in the zone.