How to find your words

by Starla J. King on December 19, 2012

Some days words are at the ready, sitting on fully-stocked brain shelves, ready to jump to the page without a moments’ hesitation.

Other days words remain tucked defiantly under the cozy down blanket, refusing to accompany you beyond the quiet comfort of flannel sheets. Accessing each written sentence feels like trying to coax a cat out of the corner at the vet’s office…. the bleeding scratches are just on our psyche instead of our arms. (For the record: those are not the days we rejoice in the sweet mystery of writing.)

So how can we get the joy back?  How can we find our words when they seem to have gone on a long vacation without us? 

We can get moving. 

walking for words

Walking to the coffee shop this morning, I was once again amazed (will I *never* learn?!?!?) at how quickly a walk can shake the words free.

I left the house with a brain knotted up with non-prioritized To Do’s — except for the “write blog posts” item at the bottom of the list.  Yet just 3 blocks into my walk, I realized the loose structure of 3 different blog posts had appeared!

In less than 5 minutes of walking, my mind had full sentences lining up and clamoring to get out.

One of the possible posts was about the power of movement in freeing our writing.

Another was about the delights to be found beyond the hype of the holiday season.

And the third about the importance of writing both privately AND publicly.

0 to 3 (posts) in less than 5 (minutes).  Instead of “what the #@$!# to write about?!?!” the question became a delicious “how to choose??

When I arrived at the coffee shop, I picked up the book I’d brought with me (The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp) and guess what underlined sentence I opened to?

“Movement stimulates our brains.”


‘Nuff said.

Can’t write?  Start walking.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Angel December 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

just requested that book from the library (as i am finishing one of Anne Lamott’s books and waiting for her new one to come to me!).

Also, am going for a walk. Like, right now.



Starla J. King December 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

oh, Angel, you will love that book! And Anne Lamott? swoooon

A “right now” walk is about the best response possible for this post! xo


Blue March 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm

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Mickey March 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm

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