Monday 19 January 2015

Walking and Writing

How does it happen?  I can be walking along when suddenly I have the answer to a short story or chapter that I have been struggling with.  I’m not evening thinking about it, but in the story creeps.  It is at times like these that I wish I had a notebook and pen with me, but I never do!  Instead I have to hold on to the idea and keep playing it in my head until I’m back home.  This is what happened to me yesterday.  I was concentrating on the muddy path, being careful not to slip over and wham I had the solution to a problem with a short story I’m working on.   

There has been research linking the advantages of walking to creativity.  Here is a link to an article that appeared in The New Yorker on why walking helps us think.  It certainly works for me!


  1. Do you carry your cell phone with you when you walk?. If so, call your home phone and leave yourself a message with your idea. Or some phones have an app that your can record on.

  2. Yes - I was going to suggest using your mobile. Download the onenote app, you can then store all of your story ideas in one place and sync it with your tablet and pc (so long as you actually connect to the internet at some point...)

    1. Thanks Nic - I've downloaded the app, now I've just got to remember to keep my mobile charged!