Walk a little, write a lot

Posted: July 24, 2011 by writingsprint in My two cents, postaday2011, postaweek2011, Writing
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Ocean Front Walk

Two friends out for a stroll on Ocean Front Walk in San Diego

Everyone has something that gets them jazzed. What feeds your imagination?

I think an essential part of the creative process is learning to fill the well back up. We all like to produce, and many times we pressure ourselves to do it. Even when we’re just writing for fun, we’re still generating, using up the fuel tank. Sooner or later it goes dry and frustration sets in.

When it gets to that point, one of the first things I do is take a walk.

Take a walk in your favorite place to walk. If you don’t have one, discover one! When I was in college, every Friday I would walk between the Humanities building and the Arts college, back and forth, until my head cleared. Sometimes it was fifteen minutes, sometimes it was an hour, but I walked until all the stress faded away. Today, I walk down to a mini-park near the house where people walk their dogs.

A walk is relaxing, and when your head has a chance to just listen, you’ll start to notice things. They can be big things, little things, or everyday things, but they’ll be things that you wouldn’t have noticed before. When you’re noticing things, you’re filling the well back up.

Walking is also good exercise. In my experience, sitting and writing for several straight hours eventually leads to clots in the creative muscles. Your body was made to move and breathe in fresh air.

Finally, a walk gives you a chance to play. Smile at a stranger and say that it’s a lovely day. Walk across a park bench. Window shop in stores you would never look at. Your brain will feel like it’s taking a walk on the wild side.

And that’s a good thing.

  1. hawleywood40 says:

    This is so true. I love a good walk around the neighborhood or one of the local hiking trails to recharge my batteries, especially in the fall and spring.


  2. writingsprint says:

    People think I’m weird for walking in rain in the summer, too :).


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