THE WRITING LIFE Walk Every Day

People think all writing happens in front of a computer. It doesn't. Sometimes the best way to figure out the writing is to walk it out.

I walk every day, even if I only get out for 15 minutes. I was wrestling with three pieces on deadline. Nothing was coming out. The words were feeling stuck. I hoped that an extra long walk to the farmer's market would shake something loose. These walks have no music or podcasts. This is about being in the moment, noticing small details and patterns, and just putting one foot in front of the other. I'm letting my mind play while my brain sorts out the writing.

At the market, a woman was selling oranges. They were fragrant and heavy. I bought a big bag full. And then I walked home. My head felt clear and the words came out fast.

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