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Trevor Herriot on walking away from the computer

Trevor Herriot was a reader for the 2014 Creative Nonfiction Prize. In this writing tip he reminds us how walking out the door can do wonders for your writing. 

Compose your first drafts while you walk. Once you know enough about your topic and are ready to begin writing, head out the door. Every day as you write the first draft, go for at least a forty minute walk, preferably longer. Bring a pen and a few index cards with you or scribble down ideas and sentences when you return. Walking gets you away from the computer and other distractions and helps you discover fresh connections and narrative pathways. Something about the repeated bi-pedal motion back and forth from right to left allows you to access the rich veins of complexity, mixed feelings and insight that make good nonfiction."

Trevor Herriot is a prairie naturalist, activist, and writer living in Regina, Saskatchewan. His fourth book, The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire, and Soul was published by HarperCollins in April 2014.

Photo credit: Sage Herriot


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