Creativity

Take Your Creative Mind For A Walk.

As alluring as it might seem for an artist to lock himself up in his studio and work on his craft for endless hours, taking a walk regularly is non-negotiable. Austin Kleon, who goes out every morning with his wife and two sons, writes in his book, KEEP GOING: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, “Walking really is a magic cure for people who want to think straight.”

He is not the only one to suggest this practice. Friedrich Nietzsche was hiking around lakes when he wrote several of his books. Director Ingman Berman said to his daughter, Linn Burman, “No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk. The demons hate it when you get out of bed. Demons hate fresh air.”

The health benefits of walking are widely popular – I am not going to mention them here. I am more interested in how creativity is boosted when you stroll around in your neighborhood. You may get an idea for a novel when having a conversation with your neighbor. You may get an idea for your next music album while walking in front of the café. If you have seen Mozart in the Jungle, I want you to recall that scene when Rodrigo was in a cab with Hailey and Lizzie, when Rodrigo gets an inspiration hearing the rhythm of tires on the bridge. Marija Tiurina is a London-based illustrator who drew inspiration for her work while going for walks into the woods, to collect cones, berries, and mushroom.

Walking might not help to speed up your creative process (let’s be honest, it is a long time between coming up with an idea and its final execution), it surely helps you during the brainstorming stage. It helps you to come up with new ideas.

However, when you go for a walk, be careful not to put on your ear-plugs and play an audiobook. Make full use of all your senses. Make it a spiritual practice, and reverse the numbing effect of using screens all day long.