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You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. These are usually audio and a few are video.  In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually a lot less often.  But in the Fall of 2018, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and you can expect new episodes now a little more frequently.  - Paul Levinson

Best Advice to Writers: Take a Hike!

Aug 19, 2007

The single most frequent question I get as a writer is not where I get my ideas or how does an author find a publisher - though those two questions are certainly high on the list.

But the most popular question is: what do I do, what kind of physical or mental activity do I recommend, to encourage or facilitate writing?

The preamble and proviso for my answer to this question is: Not all writers are the same.  Different writers like and rely upon a different things.

But here's my secret: walking.

A mile or two or three, around the long block near my house (3-4 times around the block is a mile).  I find there's nothing like it when I need to think through a story or a scene, decide where a character should go or be when I'm feeling stumped.

I like driving, too.  I guess there's something about motion that gets my creative energies flowing.

But I like walking even better - mainly because it not only gets my mind and imagination going, but makes me feel physically good, too.

So there you go.  Next time you're stuck in a story - take a hike!