Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pink Floyd In The Zone

The one thing writers search for when they sit down to write is the Zone. For me, it's that place where I don't really feel like I'm writing. It's more like I'm watching a movie and my fingers are flying across the keyboard, recording what I'm seeing. I lose track of time, I lose connection with the real world. I'm no longer me--I'm the hero and heroine of  my story.

Often, it's not easy to get into the Zone. There are many barriers--telephones, EMail, dirty laundry, dinner, hungry kitties, hungry husbands--. Not to mention that if I only have--say--an hour and a half to write, I've been known to avoid the zone, realizing that almost by the time I'm enmeshed in the Zone, it's time to pop out.

Luckily, I've found a sure-fire way to drop into the Zone immediately and maximize my time. Pink Floyd. My mellow music guys. I've put together a playlist of my favorite Pink Floyd songs. All I have to do is put my headphones on, start the music, and I'm there. Every single time I hear Take It Back, Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Comfortably Numb, or Learning to Fly, my heart hurts and I get chills. I've never found anything more inspirational. Who can listen to lyrics like this and not be moved?

You reached for the secret too soon
You cried for the Moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

Threatened by shadows at night
And exposed in the light
Well you wore out your welcome
With random precision
Rode on the steel breeze
Come on, you raver, you seer of visions
Come on, you painter, you piper, you prisoner
And shine !

I listened to Pink Floyd while I wrote my May and June, 2012 books, Private Security and Death of a Beauty Queen, as well as my historical romance novella, September Rain on Amazon.

What's your favorite inspiration for your creative efforts? I'll give one commenter a pretty pair of fingerless knit gloves that are great for driving or writing and  lots of other activities.

BTW thanks to Angi. I had no idea we could embed videos! 


  1. Pink Floyd has great lyrics. Time and Wish You Were Here are two of my favorites.

  2. I create a different playlist for each book that has words to get me in the mood...or the zone. Takes me right back to where I need to be. But when the writing starts, I switch over to the sound tracks of KNIGHT & DAY or REAL STEEL. Both are very good for pacing.

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  3. My kids would say that it is Amy Grant as any time that their loud rap or rock music was grating on me I would insist on Amy. Funny but they all listen to her now in times of stress.

  4. Ooh, destressing. I love the Floyd for destressing too. Their music is so beautiful and the lyrics are to die for. Yes, Tammie, I love Time and Wish You Were Here also. There's bot enough room in this entire site for me to list ALL my favorites. Thanks for mentioning those two.

  5. I would say Lady Gaga.