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Featured Writer on Wellness: Marin Thomas

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 19, 2017 8 Comments • views: 918
Featured Writer on Wellness: Marin Thomas

I’ve struggled with bad posture all my life. At 6’ 1” I tower over most people. I hated my height when I was younger, so I slouched to make myself smaller. I can still hear my mother’s voice in my head… “Throw your shoulders back!” As I grew older, I learned to love my height […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Icy Sedgwick

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 12, 2017 3 Comments • views: 792
Featured Writer on Wellness: Icy Sedgwick

I would say back pain and headaches are the biggest problem for me. I work on a laptop (I have no room for a proper desk set up) so I’m often hunched over it, or sat at the dining room table. Dining room chairs aren’t exactly built for perfect lumbar support! I know that wrist […]

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7 Ways to Beat Writer Weight Gain that Actually Work

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 10, 2017 7 Comments • views: 1407
7 Ways to Beat Writer Weight Gain that Actually Work

In featuring many writers on this site over the years, one thing I’ve found is that weight gain is a common struggle for us. And no wonder. We spend much of our days at the computer and often have a hard time fitting in regular exercise. All that time in the chair also tends to […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: James L’Etoile

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 5, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1285
Featured Writer on Wellness: James L’Etoile

The biggest physical challenge for me, at first, were the dozens of paper cuts from rejection letters. Adapting to the demands of writing was a huge adjustment from working in a prison environment. I worked nearly thirty years in prisons, parole, probation and managing prison operations. There were no longer the stress-filled days, or danger […]

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Root Out Hidden Writer’s Anxiety to Restore Creativity

Filed in The Inner Life, When Writing Is Hard by on April 3, 2017 1 Comment • views: 943
Root Out Hidden Writer’s Anxiety to Restore Creativity

A friend of mine wasn’t getting her writing done. It had been over a month since she’d made any progress, or even sat down to focus on the work. It was her second novel and for a long time she was really in the zone with it, but then she found out that her first […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Cook

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 29, 2017 0 Comments • views: 847
Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Cook

Back pain seems to be the biggest physical challenge when I’m writing. Sitting in one spot for too long triggers off a lower back issue I’ve had for years. Snacking on the wrong things can be a problem too—any excuse to get up and procrastinate, which usually means coffee and something sweet! Lately I’ve developed […]

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The Easy Way to Boost Brain Power and Energy for Writing

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management, The Healthy Writer by on March 27, 2017 9 Comments • views: 1470
The Easy Way to Boost Brain Power and Energy for Writing

To write well and write fast, you need two things: energy, and a sharp brain. Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall short on both of these. Busy days with long to-do lists can leave you feeling fatigued and dull, like you couldn’t think up a new scene to save your life. If you find yourself feeling […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: D. J. Steele

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 22, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1091
Featured Writer on Wellness: D. J.  Steele

I was a forester for over twenty years working in the private sector. My job consisted of office time behind a desk, but also field work. A good balance. Writing a novel required sitting for long hours working on a computer. Bad posture, leaning too close to the monitor and the strain on my wrists […]

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7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

Filed in Boost Creativity by on March 20, 2017 8 Comments • views: 1688
7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

You sit down for a blissful hour of writing. You carved out this time and everything worked out perfectly. You’ve got a private place to work, your favorite tea (or other drink) beside you, and your work-in-progress pulled up on your laptop. An hour later, you’ve managed little more than a paragraph. Or maybe you’ve […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 15, 2017 13 Comments • views: 1572
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

The biggest physical challenge of being a writer? Easy. Wrist pain and eye strain. I find if I overuse my computer mouse—whether writing a novel, editing, blogging, or engaging in social media—my wrist starts to throb. Then I know it’s time to put on a wrist brace, and rest my hand as much as possible. […]

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Harpist Shares Secrets on Back-Saving Good Posture

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on March 13, 2017 17 Comments • views: 943
Harpist Shares Secrets on Back-Saving Good Posture

I’m excited to welcome guest author Sarah Close to Writing and Wellness. Sarah plays the harp in the local symphony orchestra and other various musical groups. In addition to admiring her skill with the instrument, I have found myself on more than one occasion amazed by her posture. She sits perfectly straight and tall while […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Michelle Cox

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 8, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1094
Featured Writer on Wellness: Michelle Cox

The biggest physical challenge in writing is probably having to sit so long in one place. When I first starting writing novels, I would only write for an hour a day and then go about my business, but now I sit for about seven and a half! I start writing as soon as my kids […]

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