The New Yorker’s article Why Walking Helps Us Think sends a very clear message to writers. Walking helps our brains. We have never had much doubt movement helps our bodies, or that we’re designed to walk many hours a day.
Our careers depend primarily on our writing minds, our ability to keep learning, and, above all, on keeping interested and excited about our writing projects. We would also like to stay alive inside our useful and perhaps underappreciated bodies long enough to publish stories enough to fill bookshelves.
A year ago, inspired by the New Yorker article, and by Devon Boorman’s excellent article on posture, I experimented with walking a solid hour a day for 100 days, 6-7 days a week. Throughout that time I recorded my experiences and my Writer’s Rewards here.
Given the difficulty of adding anything to our busy lives, I wonder whether something that does not serve us or bring joy couldn’t be shortened or even excised to make room for going for a walk. Without earbuds, because it turns out that quiet rests and revives a working mind.
Here’s to a ramble, a promenade, a constitutional for body and mind.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant writing week. Cheers, Mel
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