Unfortunately, I haven't really been able to walk for the last couple of months due to knee surgery.
This is totally screwing with my writing process.
My "normal" life consists of a walk for a mile or two every morning with the dog. This is important time. It's when I mentally review what I wrote the previous day and what I want to write that day. Sometimes I spend the majority time fine-tuning a single line or paragraph. Other times I replay a scene in my head until I've "seen" exactly how I want it to play out.
My creative day starts with that morning walk.
Except lately, it hasn't.
And I'm struggling because of it.
I've found it much more difficult to prime the pump of my creative juices without physical movement. Frustrating.
I know I'm not the only writer who uses walking to help them think. Poor Stephen King was doing just that when that idiot plowed into him back in '99. :-(
I'm also a compulsive pacer when I get stuck. I turn on some tunes and pace the length of a room until a solution presents itself. (This form of walking is hard on the dog. Unlike other mutts I've had, she stubbornly refuses to leave me alone while I pace. This results in me repeatedly ordering her to lie down, which in turn results in her looking at me like I'm the meanest human in the whole entire world.)
But now I can't pace for any length of time.
Still, I was convinced things were getting better. I'd finally gotten back to walking around the lake.
That is until yesterday, when my physical therapist told me I was walking too much.
What's an antsy writer to do?
Tell me Killer Friends: What kinds of tricks do you employ to get through YOUR work?