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Pen and Paper and Zombies

Posted by Ali on November 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The other day I decided to start working on a zombie story. I've been having a difficult time focusing on writing lately, so I was thinking of doing some out of the house pages. The thing I like about going to a coffee shop to write is that it removes me from distractions. But, I wasn't in the mood for coffee, so I decided to replicate the OOTH pages experience at home.

Step 1: Clear off kitchen table to elimiate clutter/distractions.

Step 2: Light a candle with a nice scent.

Step 3: Make a cup of tea.

Step 4: Turn on some music.

Step 5: Write long hand so I don't get tempted to check e-mail or browse the web.

I'm glad to report that my reproduced OOTH pages went well and I filled up a number of legal sized pages in one sitting. I'm about 2/3 through the draft so far and very gratified to see physical pages full of ink. Yes, the ink is red. It's a zombie story. It's appropriate.

Categories: Writing Process, psychology, Bragging Rights

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Reply Debbie Meldrum
11:28 AM on November 29, 2012 
One word: Gelato!

Of course, it's good to know you can get the same feel at home.

But, Gelato!
Reply Ali
11:41 AM on November 29, 2012 
You make a very good point, and OOTH pages at the gelato place is absolutely on my To-Do list :)

Debbie Meldrum says...
One word: Gelato!

Of course, it's good to know you can get the same feel at home.

But, Gelato!
Reply Jenny Maloney
12:31 PM on November 29, 2012 
I've taken to lighting a good-smelling candle when I write too. But it's more because I used to write a lot of pages during my lunch breaks at Barnes and Noble, so work better with the smell of hazelnut coffee in the background. =)

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