A Cure for Writer’s Block

When I started writing, I often got stuck. I surfed the net and eventually found a Youtube video that changed my approach to writing completely. I never got stuck again.

Paulo Coelho explains in this video how walking the Camino de Santiago inspired him to start writing.  He wrote his first book, the Pilgrimage, after he walked the Camino. Thousands of pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago to Spain every year and pilgrims have walked this route for at least a thousand years.

It just so happens that the Camino runs nearly past my back door and is thus easily accessible whenever writer’s block strikes. Thousands of pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago to Spain every year and pilgrims have walked this route for at least a thousand years. Walking the Camino is, more often than not, a life-changing experience. It can certainly inspire writers, just as it did Coelho as well as a host of other authors.

Today, few people can take off several weeks to walk to Camino from beginning to end. Luckily this is not essential – just walking the Camino for a day or even for an afternoon, nourishes my creative spirit, so much so that I felt the need to share the experience with other writers. Many of our mindfulness and meditation workshop participants have told us that the day they walked the Camino was the highlight of their holiday. With this in mind,  my husband and I sat down and worked out how we could best go about this. We decided on a weekend break, an introduction to the Camino de Santiago (St James’ Way/St Jacques de Compostelle) Pilgrim’s Route, as a walking and wine tasting holiday.

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10 thoughts on “A Cure for Writer’s Block”

  1. Once again I want to be your neighbor. I find walking helpful even if it is not in a place of inspiration. It is one of the few times that I am not jamming my brain with outside information or distraction. The rhythm of my feet and the stillness of my brain brings out the words.

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    1. That is exactly my experience. I love walking here, but my favourite place is on the beach. Alone. It is the movement, though, because it even happens when I jog on my treadmill. Wish you WERE my neighbour.

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  2. It’s amazing how walking in nature can life our moods and refresh our spirits. Even if not walking on a famous Camino, just walking with my dog inspires my writing. I get my best ideas…just walking, listening to nature (such as it is in the ‘burbs), in other words, not hooked up to earphones. BTW, I love your photos and how you weave your posts into the weekly photo challenges!

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  3. I do write better when I can walk and do a sort of walking meditation. Haven’t been able to be outside walking for a while, but looking forward to getting back to it. Would love to come to a workshop and walk the Camino.

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