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How to Prevent Your Computer from Causing Hunchback

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 25, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2451
How to Prevent Your Computer from Causing Hunchback

You know you do it. You’re knee-deep in your latest scene. You look and realize an hour has past. How was your posture? You probably didn’t think about it, but odds are you were hunched over that screen the whole time, upper back bent, head pushed forward, gaze down. Poor posture is a growing problem […]

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How Spring Cleaning Can Boost Motivation and Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on April 18, 2016 7 Comments • views: 1585
How Spring Cleaning Can Boost Motivation and Creativity

I’m feeling the urge to throw things away. Everywhere I look it seems I see too much stuff. On the desk, those papers, they need to go. In the closet, way too much. I haven’t worn that for a couple years. Out out out! The urge to clean is one of the main responses I […]

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The Best Energy-Efficient Light for Improving Productivity

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on April 4, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1664
The Best Energy-Efficient Light for Improving Productivity

It’s getting harder to find regular incandescent bulbs. They’re being replaced by compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), halogen, LED (light-emitting diode), and other more energy efficient options, including a higher efficiency incandescent that includes halogen gas to slow the deterioration of the tungsten filament. According to the National Geographic, “On January 1, 2014, in keeping with […]

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10 Energy-Boosting Snacks to Fuel Your First Draft

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 14, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1356
10 Energy-Boosting Snacks to Fuel Your First Draft

By Si Quan Ong “Ugh…” You’re frustrated. Today has been a long day for you and you’re absolutely exhausted. What you really want to do is rest… but you can’t. You’ve promised your readers you’ll deliver your book to them—the book they are now patiently waiting for. The deadline is looming. And yet you’ve been […]

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The Care and Feeding of an Author

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Writers on Wellness by on March 2, 2016 4 Comments • views: 2739
The Care and Feeding of an Author

by Tracy Shawn A while back I ran into my first writing teacher and made sure to thank him for his help in sparking my career as an author. In reply, he shook his head and gave me a wry smile. “I’m so sorry,” he said. I nodded, knowing exactly what he meant. Yes, writing […]

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How to Protect Your Hands: It’s Hard to Write Without Them

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on February 15, 2016 4 Comments • views: 2050
How to Protect Your Hands: It’s Hard to Write Without Them

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to take piano lessons from an extremely talented professor. I still remember him telling me one day how careful he was of his hands. If something happened to them, he explained, he would have a hard time making a living. The statement set me back. Having […]

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7 Drinks to Give Writers a Natural Energy Boost

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on January 11, 2016 1 Comment • views: 2094
7 Drinks to Give Writers a Natural Energy Boost

After a long day, you want to get in at least a page or two of writing. Once you sit down, though, your eyelids droop and your mind goes blank. Your day is catching up with you. Suddenly that energy drink looks really attractive, but watch out: the ones you buy off the shelf or […]

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What Happens to Writers When They Unplug

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 21, 2015 3 Comments • views: 1302
What Happens to Writers When They Unplug

What increases your stress, causes aches and pains, and messes with your sleep? Gadgets. Computers. Tablets. Smartphones. Overuse of these tools can also lead to burnout, and we all know that writers are especially susceptible because of all the tasks on our plates these days. There’s no doubt that on the whole, technology has opened […]

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How to Find Your Best Standing Desk

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on November 30, 2015 3 Comments • views: 2240
How to Find Your Best Standing Desk

Thinking about a standing desk? A lot of writers are. We sit so much—often for hours at a time—and we know it’s not good for us. A treadmill desk can be pricey, and the movement may also be distracting when we’re really trying to focus. (Read more about treadmill desks here.) Might a standing desk […]

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Why A Writer’s Back Hurts and How to Fix It

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on November 2, 2015 4 Comments • views: 2900
Why A Writer’s Back Hurts and How to Fix It

Writers and back pain. They seem to go together. Could be because we sit a lot, often without the proper ergonomic setup, and maybe without a very good cushion or chair. Even if we have premier office equipment, we’re on our backsides way too much, which is a sure prescription for back pain. Why would […]

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Save Your Money—Treadmill Desk Imperfect Solution for Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on September 29, 2015 14 Comments • views: 1921
Save Your Money—Treadmill Desk Imperfect Solution for Writers

Sitting is the new smoking, as they say. Of all the things that wear away at our health, sitting for hours is one of the big ones. I covered this in a previous post. (You can read more about the dangers of sitting here.) Briefly, recent studies have found that the more we sit, the […]

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The Truth About What Your Computer Could Be Doing to Your Skin

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on September 15, 2015 1 Comment • views: 1076
The Truth About What Your Computer Could Be Doing to Your Skin

We talked about what your computer could be doing to your face in a previous post. Now, it’s time to reveal the truth about what it can do to your skin. Use gadgets like computers, tablets, and smartphones in the sun and you could be increasing your risk of skin cancer.   Researchers Want to […]

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