It really depends. Like, I'll be totally bored, talking to a friend and listening to a music. Then in the song a beat will just hit me and suddenly I have my sketch book out drawing and ignoring everything else.
Or I'll be watching a movie and a character will say something sarcastic and I'll find myself writing a story completely different from what inspired me.
When I'm there it's amazing. My body shakes with excitement and I hurry to get what I have in my head down, before is disappears.
I hate it when people talk to me when I'm in it. That usually pulls me out of the zone.
This happens to lots of musicians I know. We will be playing and itll be our turn for a solo. So we start playing, and for whatever reason we are in a specific mood, weather it be happy, pissed, depressed, whatever.
And we play the solo and no really notice we are playing, then the next thing we know, the song is over. We look dazed for a sec, but move on.
Then after the show someone is like "wow, that was a crazy solo"
And we go "What solo...?"
We get so in the zone, we usually dont remember what we play, especially when we are sad.
Hate you. You play the piano? I've been dying to learn how to play for so long! I even asked for a keyboard for Christmas a year or so ago and my parents go one of those 5 dollar keyboards. From the dollar store. For 3 year olds. (My nephew ended up demolishing it) Right now I'm saving up to see if I can ever pay to get lessons or a keyboard to teach myself.
When I'm playing sports or videogames or something, there are times when I just can't do anything wrong. Perfect execution without really having to think about it. That's what being the zone means to me.