Writing and walking: how can it inspire you?
Walking in nature, in contact with trees considerably calms the mind. And when you have a still mind, you can create. To be honest, I consider walking a source of inspiration for writing.
To go fishing for ideas, there is no point in staying glued to your desk while waiting for the divine idea. Our footsteps say something about us. Our vision of nature and our relationship to it too.
Walking can be meditative or in company, gentle or intense, solitary or in a parade in a hiking group, expeditious or punitive, silent or noisy, at a military pace Orin single file, like recessionary ants. How to start a Wikipedia page for someone walking can also be sporty, fast ,athletic, Nordic or Afghan: it will undoubtedly trigger something vibratory in your body and in your head.
Understand what our footsteps say about us
From the outset, walking is very similar to philosophy and spirituality. Many writers are great walkers, and some of their ideas have come to them as they walked along.
The feet are the only parts of our body in contact with the ground, with the earth. In walking, there is a union between what our brain commands the muscles to move forward and a certain form of freedom that takes shape in our mind. The walker feels in him a mad determination to stay upright and to put one step in front of the other.
Walking allows you t overture off the beaten track, and tirelessly, to dare to overcome the constraints imposed by society. Walking is a banal everyday gesture that we do without thinking too much. But, walking is more than just physical exercise. From strolling to meditation, from a test of courage to introspection, walking can take us very far!
Sports or spiritual practice, tourism or therapy, walking has many followers today. Are we walking to escape the speed of our modern world? Are we walking to surpass ourselves physically? Do we walk to find company in a group? Are we walking to embark on a spiritual path?
Writers and walking
Sylvain Tess on, tireless adventurer, rock climbing enthusiast and writer, fell from a roof in 2014. When he came out of the coma, he crossed France on foot to repair himself. From this journey, he produced a book: “On the black paths” in 2016 publish edby Galliard.
Sylvain Tess on
In this book he describes walking as a moving critique of society. For him, to walk is to flee the digitized world and thus oppose the reign of predictability. He wants to flee from all the everyday actions governed by the computer, which cements everyone's life.
Walking allows you to escape all that, to become humble again, to pay attention to the small detail sand to marvel at nothing along the way. What most people are no longer able to do, caught in the whirlwind of their increasingly digitized daily life?
Sarah Marquis has been an adventurer for over 20years. She travels the world on foot, alone. After an expedition in the Andes mountain range in 2006, she then walked for 3 years, from Siberia to Australia. Thousands of kilometers that she transcribed in her book: “Savage par nature” in 2015 published by Pocket.
Sarah Marquis has a goal when she walks: to show that the link with nature is the only way for humans to save their skin. She developed this ability to recharge her batteries in contact with nature, after about twenty minutes of walking. For her, it is also a question of rediscovering the original condition of the human being: putting one foot in front of the other, at the heart of the immensity of nature.
Frederic Gross is a philosopher and professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. In his book, “Walking,a philosophy” published in 2008 by Carnets Nor editions, the philosopher analyzes the political meaning that walking, individual or collective, can take, popular mode of expression par excellence.
In his eyes, walking is also showing dignity, because he who walks stands and moves forward. Atal times. Walking symbolizes humility in the face of the elements and nature.
David Le Breton is a sociologist, anthropologist and professor at the University of Strasbourg. He is the author of “Praise for walking”, “Marcher - praise of paths and slowness” published by Metairie.
David Le Breton
David Le Breton praises walking as a means of redemption in the face of depressions or people's bitterness. Walking is often healing. Its reorganizing power is ageless. It provides the physical and moral distance conducive to self-reflection, availability to events, and therefore, distance from personal routines. Walking opens up to a news schedule, to random encounters along the paths.
Antoine de Jacque is a historian specializing in 18thcentury cultural history. He thinks of walking as a metaphor for writing. Walking undoubtedly makes you think, reflect, and sometimes, write. Ideas he looked at in his book, “One histoire de la marched” in 2016, published by Perrin.
Antoine de Jacque
For Antoine deJacque, walking around implies writing. We think as we walk. Walking makes you think, then sometimes write. Walking is not only an incentive to narrate, to share the adventure with others, but it can be understood, by some authors, as a movement of the body essential to the rhythm of the narration.
Henry David Thoreau
This American writer turned his back on civilization in the 19th century. In his book “Walden”, he describes his self-sufficiency in a cabin on the edge of a pond and thus advocates a return to nature. Wikipedia page creator He also wrote a short essay, “Marcher”. He walked a lot, but, according to him, few people understood the art of walking, that is, the art of walking, the genius of the ride.
Written in 1926, “Lepays a de Paris” rather tells of a hallucinatory reverie. Through the pages, the reader wanders off the Buttes Chaumont, finds practical information for wandering around Paris ParisParis, especially in wasteland, formerly stations, where foxes venture.
Arthur Rimbaud is considered an eternal walker, like the poet with the soles of the wind. He did everything on foot, leaving is hometown of Charleville at the age of 16 to reach Paris in 1870, and smell the Communards 'revolt. All his poetry smells of dew, dawn, the smells that nature offered him as he walked. An ode to nature through the poems of this …
Write while walking
Chantal Detente, ethnologist, in her book “Writing while walking”, published in 2018 by Maelstrom editions, tells how she felt trapped in her life, like a fly trapped. As she can't take it any longer, she gets up from her table and goes for a walk.
She leaves on a whim, in the rain, through fields, in the woods, through the villages around her house. Every now and then she pulls out sheets of paper noting short things - what she sees, what she thinks, what she feels.
In this book, which is not a book of memories, she gives - or offers - a precise and meticulous description of the path taken during this first walk while writing. Other marches followed. Since 1976, the author has not stopped writing while walking. She likes to write in motion, like on a bus for example, noting everything she observes through the window.
This book is not literary story, far from it. The author presents this first experience which made her become a writer. The reader follows his project step by step in this book, presented in the Italian style in a 'landscape' format.
Walk and write
Daniel de Roulette, in his book “L’Envol du marcher” in 2011,offers a logbook kept for nearly 3 weeks during a journey that took him on foot from Paris to Basel in Switzerland.
Daniel de Roulette
Daniel de Roulette then follows in the footsteps of Keebler KeeblerKeebler, another Swiss, who had made this journey after losing his wife. Walking is conducive to writing, because words follow footsteps.
By traveling the paths of so-called deep France, Daniel de Role also looked back on himself, in his own light and casual way. Before he can appreciate nature, the real one, he languishes through sad suburbs, stinking refineries, disused factories, almost deserted cafes, and jostling rubbish littering the sidewalks.
In his book, the walker draws the observation, often and rather distressing, of a country in slow disintegration, both at the social level (small grocery stores and bistros that have disappeared) and of the urban or rural landscape (rutted roads, disused railway tracks).
Walk, then write
Jean-Loup Etienne started in life with a fitter'sCAP. Then he became a doctor, surgeon and long-haul expedition doctor and explorer. He stayed true to the little light that had kindled in him when he was a child.
In his book, “Dan’smess pas”, in 2017, published by Paulsen, he offers anode to walking. He realized he was a walker. He realized, while walking, that walking was something on a human scale, which was, for him, his tool for freedom.
Also, walking serves as a motor for Jean-Loup Etienne. When he is blocked from writing, he gets up and goes for a walk. This transports him elsewhere and when he returns, he feels like a new man in front of his text. It ist herefore extremely beneficial from all points of view.
The explorer compares walking to writing. Just as one travels while writing, walking represent enormous possibilities, both physical and mental. You don't just walk with your legs. While walking, the whole body is activated.
By engaging the whole body, walking has beneficial biological effects for all functions, even for memory and for the brain. In addition, just look at the hikers: walking socializes!
Walking gives spirit
In an interview on France Inter, Christophe Lamoure, professor of philosophy, talks about his book, “Little philosophy of the walker” published 2007 by Editions Milan.
When walking, it is above all a matter of making a journey, and not necessarily of going from point A to point B. Walking is a matter for philosophers: Socrates , Rousseau , Kant walked lot and also reflected on the link between walking and thinking.
Walking and thinking are not two distinct activities, but on the contrary, very intimate with each other, because the body and the mind go hand in hand. Walking allows you to relax yourself from all worries, to get out of your routine, your work. On the roads, thought also goes its way.
The walker rediscovers taste for the world, for plenitude. Putting the body in motion offers happiness because it feels good about itself, and therefore in its life. The pace of walking allows you to free your thinking that can sometimes get stuck.
The walker often finds solutions while walking. In one of his works, the philosopher Nietzsche tells how he had ideas while walking.
Walking is also an ethnological phenomenon. By taking the time step by step, walking sometimes allows for fabulous encounters. By getting rid of a number of things, the walker lightens his “backpack”. To illustrate this point, here is the trailer for a film that I really like: “Saint-Jacques- La Macaque” by ColaneSerra:
While walking, mangoes towards more elementary things, even more essential, which touch onhanger, thirst, the satisfaction of seeing beautiful and scapes. Throughout the month of April, I wrote articles around the travel diary, in particular on Bernard Olivier’s journey on the Silk Road:
Walking is also about discovering geography, near your home or to a distant elsewhere. It is above all a new relationship between the body and space. Walking slowly while making efforts changes the perception of space and time.
While crossing landscapes, the walker is also aware of the place where the locals live. This allows another perspective because very often, people live cutoff from the links with the place where they live. By walking, we are on the ground.
Walking, nowadays, makes it possible to fight against this seated humanity, which moves less endless. To walk is to be in one's existence, and not to “walk beside one's pumps”, and which makes one very alive.
Walking for a longtime cleanses the body, generates blood production in the brain to better oxygenate it, and causes euphoria. This equates to meditation and all the benefits that come with it. It's not bad, no, in this infernal-paced society that they are trying to impose on us…!
Reconnecting with slowness through walking allows you to experience your body differently, by making it active. The walker rediscovers the power of his physical body and the strength of his mind, after having suffered several hours to climb a summit.
It also recreates close link with nature, by taming it and by taming time, which crumbles as you savor it. Jean-Jacques Rousseau speaks of walking as inexperience of freedom.
Giacometti's “TheWalking Man”
The sculpture "WalkingMan" by Alberto Giacometti in 1960 is a good illustration of thought in motion. Thought and creation do not develop in stillness. Walking is a good way to generate ideas. The silence accompanying the footsteps on the paths helps a lot.
This can happen after the suffering caused by walking, as Theodore Monod reveals in his book “Shut up and walk”, in which he talks about his pain with bloody feet, for example.
When we walk, our body thinks. It opens the mind. And when the mind is open, anything is possible in terms of creation. Because it is no longer parasitized by everyday life.
As a conclusion
Very frequently I have had ideas for stories while walking. I always take either my notebook army cell phone to jot down these ideas right away. In my eyes, they are precious.
“The only thoughtscome while walking” wrote Nietzsche. JeanGonio advocated the exercise of walking as a form of thought hygiene. Moreover, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, taught while walking.
I am convinced that walking intensely stimulates the brain and also allows it to be creative afterwards. Thought always associates the body and the spirit. But, walking is rich in thoughts if it is free, chosen and with no other object than to spend a moment with oneself!