Some people call it in the zone. Writers like Justine Lee Musk call it ‘writing deep.’
In one of my favourite books, S.L. Viehl’s Blade Dancer, a trainer at the assassin school the protagonists are studying at comments that Sajora (I don’t have the book with me, so it might be Jakol instead) has found the ‘sword within herself’ (again, the book’s not with me, so this is most probably a paraphrase.
For me, it boils down to this: Don’t Think, Just Do.
This latest exam period, I discovered just how difficult some people find it to reach that state of mind, and how much more difficult many people find it to stay there.
You need to push.
For some people, it’s all rather Zen.
I think of it as The Push – I suspect this I stole from Lilith Saintcrow’s The Society series, because one of the protagonists is able to ‘push’ people into doing stuff.
Having said all that, I tend to think of life as a war rather than a path, etc.
You can learn how to Push yourself.
Successful creative people aren’t just creative people. They do things that help support what they create.
For a writer, this might include PR, web design, networking and bookkeeping.
I think something that successful people often are able to do, but is rarely talked about, is the ability to direct creative energy outside their preferred outlet of expression.
You can do wonders if you just have the energy and the willpower to get it done.
And if you can commit that much for writing, you can do the same for the rest of your life.