This week’s show sees me talk to Tom Evans about how to get in the zone. Tom is the author of the book “The Zone” as well as the host of the podcast “The Zone Show.” He and I have a rather eclectic chat about the different methods you can pursue to get in the right zone and stay out of bad zones!
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The Zone Show – Tom’s own podcast, worth checking out. Tom recently interviewed me.
Radiolab – An interesting connection between the gut and the mind.
Tom started writing a book when he was on a plane, after that people starting approaching him, asking whether they could help them right a book. He found that what people called ‘writers block’ was actually some form of ‘life block.’ So he started looking at how to unblock those to get people writing again.
His writes mostly non-fiction but has a passion for fiction. His first book happened in 2006 and so ebooks as they are known today weren’t really around. He published it as a PDF because that was the way that you could digitally distribute books back then, it was also turned into an audiobook very quickly.
Tom is a technical person and decided to turn the book into an app. This was an interesting project, but not something that he really thinks is currently worth pursuing. Have a listen to the interview with Jim Kukral who believe that apps are the reading solution of the future.
Tom believes that there are various ‘zones’ that someone can be in. Unlike my understanding of ‘the zone’ as being a state of flow when good things happen, Tom sees them as places that are far more complex, with there being plenty of different zones with different benefits and drawbacks. Importantly not all zones are good, and some can be harmful.
Tom schedules his writing carefully. He sets time aside to write every day and doesn’t allow himself to be disturbed during that time. Tom also looks at the seasons and the moon (!) to guide his writing schedule.
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