Saturday, June 5, 2010
Writing and Walking
My usual schedule is to write in the morning and then spend the afternoon doing editing, critiques, administration, email and events. The two parts of the day are punctuated by getting some exercise around noon. At least three days a week, I take walks at this time. I find walking gives me a good break and time to think. I’ve started carrying a pad of paper and a pen with me, so when ideas strike me, I can jot them down. This is when I do some of my best brainstorming for plots of books I’m writing. I usually walk with walking poles so I’ll be jaunting along when an idea pops into my head. I stop at the side of the trail, take the poles off my wrists, pull out pen and paper and scratch a note. People must wonder what I’m doing but then again with all the people either mumbling to themselves or talking on cell phones, I may go unnoticed. When I get home I look through my notes. Then my challenge is reading my hen scratching. Most times I can decipher what I’ve written and I’m rejuvenated and have something new to add to my novel.