Monday, March 12, 2018

Writing - A Walk in the Park

At the end of January, I quit my day-job to write full-time. A dream come true. 

 My last day of official employment was on a Friday. I gave myself the weekend to relax and on Monday I plunked my hiney in a chair, stretched my fingers above the keyboard, and wrote.

250 words.

Not good words.

Not terribly alarmed, I grabbed a legal pad and wrote long-hand.

Not good words.

What was wrong with me? This was the DREAM. I had a plan. And that plan included 3,000 words a day.

My brain had other plans.

Dratted brain.

The plan: I would be one of those SUPER-prolific authors.

“No, no,” said my brain. “No super for you.”

Good thing I know a way to get around my brain.

There’s all kinds of research about physical activities and brain waves and what stimulates creativity.

For me, walking and creative ideas have always gone together.


Now I’m clocking 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day and the book is half-finished (still not according to plan, but so much better than 250 not good words or a blank page).

The other bonus of writing in my head while walking is that my aforementioned hiney is shrinking rather than growing to meet the edges of my chair.

The scenery isn't bad either!

 Look for a new book in a new series soon!

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Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. 

She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.