No matter where you are in a project, whether your mind is blank, or the first ideas and images are just stirring, or a complete draft is in place, a brief walk dedicated to thinking can be surprisingly beneficial.
Virigina Woolf said of walking, “…the movement in the free air soothes and makes me sensitive at once.” *
She also said, “I have been in such a haze and dream and intoxication, declaiming phrases, seeing scenes, as I walk.” **
And Helen Dunmore said, “A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.” ***
Plus, a recent study shows that we humans are not designed to sit for extended periods of time, and that doing so can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 113 per cent.
Cripes. What better reason to get up and out for a walk, even if only for ten or fifteen minutes?
* A Passionate Apprentice, The Early Journals 1897-1909
** A Writer’s Diary
*** Ten Rules for Writing Fiction http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one