In a creative slump? Take a walk.

I’d certainly agree that this works for me whenever I’m in a particularly tricky situation when I’m writing.

What do you think?

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Walking “Walkers had more thoughts, but they also had a higher density of creative thoughts than sitters,” said one researcher. Above, hikers in the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve near Lancaster. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / April 23, 2014)

Want to get creative? Get up and go for a walk.

People generate more creative ideas when they walk than when they sit, according to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

“Everyone always says going on a walk gives you new ideas, but nobody had ever proved it before,” said Marily Oppezzo, a psychology professor at Santa Clara University and the lead author of the study.

To test for creativity, Oppezzo asked volunteers (mostly college students) to come up with alternative uses for a common item like a tire or a tweezer. Creative suggestions for a button, for example, might include tiny…

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    1. Exactly. As you say, it gives your conscious mind a bit of a break and lets it have some ‘down time’ to process things. Swapping mental exercise for something physical is such a great tool for writers!


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