Who’s got crackers?

‘Cuz they’d go great with a post this full of whine. #momjokes

The thing about writing is that so little of it happens on the actual page. For every hour that I spend with my pen on the paper or my fingers on the keyboard, there are probably five hours spent thinking, planning, working out problems.

I have found over the years that one of the best ways to get that thinking underway is to go for a walk.  I think it’s about distracting the parts of your brain that focus on what your body does by doing something simple (like walking), thus letting the rest of your brain run unencumbered.  It’s like how people have good ideas while brushing their teeth and in the shower.  Give yourself something mundane to do and the rest of your brain can go on its own walk.

So, here’s the whine: I have a big problem in my writing that I need to solve.  I know that if I were to go for a walk to think about it for a while, I’d at least start to solve it.  But because it’s cold out (see that snow?) and because my kids are here, I can’t exactly go tripping out the door.  So, here I sit, staring out the window and feeling sorry for myself, no closer to solving my problem than when I discovered it.

What do you do when you can’t access your normal problem solving routine?

Published by Inga Gardner

Writer, mother, reader, cooker of delicious things, wife, friend, repository of absurd bits of information, watcher of television, daughter, sister, lover of life

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