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Some days, when I am just sitting around scribbling, I go into what I have come to call my “zone”, for want of a better word.

It is a time when, if left undisturbed, I can produce reams and reams of meaningful, creative, imaginative work.

But since like all of us I work in a world full of distractions, I might be disturbed by a phone call or someone at the door, and once I am back I am lost. I cannot remember for the life of me where the whole thing was going, and then I might as well give up.

I try not to pick up calls when I am writing, not switch on any music or the television, and try to write everyday at the same time. My brains adapt to that routine pretty well I think, and most of the times I can marshal my thoughts and enter my “zone” pretty much on a regular basis.

It may not work for everyone, but I find that a regular writing habit induces that “zone”. In fact, if I write something every day at certain fixed hours, chances are that I can slowly get into the “zone” at will.

A regularized writing routine could just be the magic wand to keep your muse at your beck and call.

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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