Monday, February 22, 2010

Rules for writing - Walk!

A great feature in Saturday's Guardian Review had a number of writers proposing ten rules for writing fiction, as inspired by Elmore Leonard's original. I was fascinated to see that Helen Dunmore, Will Self, Sarah Waters and Hilary Mantel all had going for a walk amongst their ten. It's no big surprise, but good to see the endorsement for walking as part of a writer's toolkit. Helen Dunmore's experience: 'A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk', has often been mine.


The Solitary Walker said...

Yes, I understand this. On the Camino walk I've been doing I've been amazed how many little bits and pieces I've wanted to write. It's been truly inspirational.

Linda Cracknell said...

it's wonderful isn't it. Rhythm, breathing, observation = magic!