Take A Walk

Recently, among others, Canada’s CTV reported:

People who rely on walks to overcome writer’s block or solve a tricky problem seem to have it right: new research shows that walking — whether indoors or outdoors — can encourage creative thought….

And if you own humanity’s best friend, you usually have no other choice. Our dog stays with our in-laws when we’re in America. Now, back in the UK and walking him daily, I find doing so not only helps clear my head of rubbish, but plotline ideas and new dialogue points also pop to mind.

By the time I get back to the house, I’ve often got lots I want to get onto the page as quickly as I can. Yesterday was a prime example. I had been wrestling with a chapter, and for the life of me I could not find a solid way forward.

However, an idea dawned on me while walking the hound in a park. Guess what? Voilà! A park scene (based on something that once real-life happened to me) would fit nicely, and perhaps solve my problem!


It has long been known anecdotally that walking is beneficial to the mind and spirit. We don’t do nearly enough simple walking daily. We should do a lot more of it. 🙂