Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Turning on the Backburner

I’ll let you in on a secret.  I’m not here.  When this goes up Friday morning, I will be far away from here, hopefully most if not all the way up a mountain.

“What does that have to do with anything?” you might ask the Landsquid who is manning the customer service desk and wishes you would go away so he can go back to watching QI episodes on YouTube.

I believe it was Holly Lisle who said to identify a problem and then go do something else.  By not thinking about an issue, your subconscious takes over and works on the problem while you get your dishes done or finally fold your laundry.

Shortly before I sat down to write this, I took a walk.  I’ve been doing this around lunch every day since the beginning of the year.  There’s a two mile loop outside my building.  Mostly I do this because if I don’t escape for the office for a few minutes I will go insane, but I’ve found this is a wonderful time to work on things.  Often I will plot out whatever my writing for the day is (blog posts, scenes, shorts, etc) or ponder plot issues I’ve run into on my larger works.

I’ve found hiking tends to be a wonderful way to let things simmer.  It’s a decent amount of time and you can turn your brain off and just frolic through nature.  There’s nothing quite as freeing as feeling the sun on your face and the wind in your hair and knowing that you can just relax and let things happen because you’ve got some time before you can to return to the real world.

And then when I do sit down to write, things tend to have worked themselves out.  At the end of my walk earlier, I’d figured out the next portion of my serial, come up with several ways to improve on a YA fantasy, and planned out this blog post.   All without really thinking about any of them.  It is brilliant.  The human brain is amazing.

What’s your favorite thing to do while letting your subconscious take over?