Perfect sentences come to me when I'm out walking. I'm not intending it or waiting for it, but something about the steady pace, the absence of doing-ness, seems it to draw things up: the start of a story, a way of saying something I'd been reaching for, a connection of all the ideas in a piece I'm working on.
-- from "Move" by Jackie Shannon Hollis, one of the 42 essays in Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, edited by Laura Stanfill, published by Forest Avenue Press. Essays from Oregon authors about living the writer's life.
I often have the same experience of figuring things out while I'm out on a walk. Solutions to complicated legal issues and case strategies come to me when I'm walking around. I've read that, because walking involves both sides of your body, it activates both sides of your brain, resulting in creative, holistic thinking. I don't know if that is scientifically sound, but I like the idea of it.
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