This morning on Instagram, I posted a few things you can do in a 30-minute walk. I think it’s a perfect exercise. At least I prefer that to running.
As a writer, there are some pretty interesting benefits in what you can do while walking, too. Here’s a list of what we could do:
1. Observe the surroundings
You only get the actual idea of paths, walking distance, buildings, and all, if you take a walk. My current work in progress is set around my neighborhood, and I got interesting insights while walking around.
Umberto Eco said once that he would go to a place and study everything about it in case he would write a story set there. He would even count the steps on a stair.
You don’t have to be so thorough, but observing everything around you while you’re walking can give you interesting ideas or at least a map of your story’s setting.
2. Tell the story to yourself
You know that idea you have in your mind for a new novel you want to write? Sometimes, when you make it too visual, you end up giving yourself a hard time.
What if you could choose a different approach? Tell the story to yourself is an excellent way to do it. Then you ask your what-ifs and what-thens while you walk. And at the end of your itinerary, you might also have a road map to your story, there, ready to be written.
3. Dictate your book
A lot of writers can do that. I admit I got a little frustrated with it when I tried, although it’s an excellent way to practice my pronunciation. But the problem wasn’t about pronunciation. I need to look at what I’m writing.
But if that is not a problem for you, you can dictate a whole book or piece of writing while walking. That could save you a LOT of time.
4. Listen to your draft
On my iPhone, for example, I can ask Siri to read any text. And it got a lot better and more natural comparing to the first text-to-speech features we had in the iOS in the past.
I also use that feature to listen to my content and see if it has any problem because that’s what people with any visual impairment will listen to.
What’s interesting here is to listen to your draft while you’re walking. You not only have “someone else” reading your book to you and see if you like what it says, but you can also hear typos and other mistakes in your writing.
5. Pitch your book
Finally, you can try to rehearse or create an interesting elevator pitch for your work.
What is that? An elevator pitch is a short description of your book that sells your book to anyone in a 5-minute elevator ride.
What is your book about? And what can you tell about it that will make your elevator pal interested?
Whatever you create, it has to be short and make your work sound unique, striking, fresh, and compelling.
Walk and think about it.
Alright, this is it for this post! I hope you have a wonderful day and great writing walks.