A Writer and a Poet's Best Friend

"Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow." 
Henry David Thoreau

I am lucky that I live in a very walkable area, I can walk to work, to the library and on a half a dozen trails within 15-20 minutes. Walking to inspire creative thought is not a new concept...many  of our favorite writers and poets spent a goodly amount of time walking as part of their creative writing practice. Some of the more famous ones---Basho, the Romantic poets, John Muir, Ezra Pound--found inspiration on the walking path. According to Powell in Wabi Sabi For Writers the Japanese have a term for it "Ginko: A walk in nature for inspiration."

Today, schedule in a walk. Walk for at least 45 minutes. Find a new walking trail or head to a favorite park or neighborhood. Take a camera, you might find writing prompts along the way. Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag