Writers, go for a walk

“Just take a hike in the woods or a walk in the park. No prescription necessary.” Good advice for anyone. Important for writers.

Woods trailJason Mark’s book review from The New York Times: “That’s the proposition of Florence Williams’s fascinating The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. We suffer from an ‘epidemic dislocation from the outdoors,’ Williams writes, and it’s destructive to our mental and physical health. The therapy is straightforward. ‘The more nature, the better you feel.’”

Colleen M. Story’s Writing and Wellness blog promotes the benefits of walking for writers. “The Art of Wandering by Merlin Coverly looks at the long history of writers who were also avid walkers, with the idea that the two are one and the same—a trip into the inner self.”

Story says, “…walking remains one of the few ways we can actually leave the real world and all its concerns behind us. There’s something about the meditative motion of one foot in front of the other that allows the mind and body to relax and drift where it will.”

Hemingway wrote, “It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.”

Yesterday I enjoyed a walk, and found the opening chapter for my next book. It works!

walking on the beach
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Fight the Dragons

All the experts urge writers to find their voice.

John Steinbeck found his voice. So did Ernest Hemingway. As did Maya Angelou.

Anne Lamott discovers her voice as she writes. Louise Penny, Michael Connelly, Tim O’Brian: all finding their voices in their books.

They pave the way for us.

And we fight the dragons and we storm the castles
And I do the best that I can
For everybody knows that’s how the story goes
To turn each boy into a bigger man

So I’ll fight the dragons ’til you can

The lyrics are from Broadway’s Big Fish, “Fight the Dragons.”

So many writers developing their voices, showing us the way, till we can.