Trance: a half-conscious state characterized by an absence of response to external stimuli, typically as induced by hypnosis or entered by a medium.
Trance: a type of electronic dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythms and sounds.
What comes to mind when you see the word trance? At first, I pictured someone walking mindlessly without a care in the world. When I spoke the word out loud I brought about memories out at a nightclub with blaring trance music until the early hours of the morning. What in the world was I thinking? My ears are still ringing… safe to say that was not my favorite scene, though occasionally quite enjoyable.
I’m guilty of entering a trance-like state when I spend countless hours of my life over-caffeinated in a local cafe – usually Starbucks. You know, the guy with multiple cups, a venti for water and a venti for coffee, and half his home office with him. His bag filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, journals, and probably lunch – smart. This is the same guy you can see in deep thought staring into the abyss, appearing soulless.
Yeah, I’m that guy, a lot. I’ve grown accustomed to this state as it is usually followed by feelings of inspiration, joy, and a sense of accomplishment. I’ll sit back and let my mind digest everything that just happened, which usually occurs after a solid writing session of at least 1,500-2000 words. The more I write and longer I remain in this state, the greater the feelings.
As a writer, this state of trance is a river of words flowing onto pages and allowing me to clear my mind of all that I am presently thinking of. Hence, when I exit this sensation I feel strong emotions as if I just experienced something remarkable.