I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.

~Ernest Hemingway

Writers and other creatives need to stay well to keep producing the work they were meant to do.

How do you write when you have a headache? Paint when your arm or hand hurts? Play when your wrist is sore? Concentrate when your thinking is cloudy?

How do the results compare to those you achieve when you’re feeling your best?

We’ve all heard romantic stories about writers drowning in booze, painters flying high on opium and musicians “feeding the muse” with voracious promiscuity. But in truth, artists burn out on these behaviors every day. Some even die tragic, premature deaths because of them.

Valiantly sacrificing for one’s art may seem heroic and the stuff of good stories, but the truth is, most working artists who stay that way for a lifetime do it by consciously adapting habits that keep them well.

I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture, I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.


Bad health shortens the journey, or at the very least, makes it a lot less pleasant. Yet maintaining good health while answering the call to the artist’s life isn’t easy.

The mission of “Writing and Wellness” is to share information about physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, pulling from scientific study, alternative medicine, expert opinion, and the personal experience of artists from all walks of life.

There can be no question, my dear Watson, of the value of exercise before breakfast.

~Sherlock Holmes

Wishing you a sound mind, strong body, and long life with which to create.



colleen-story-150Who’s behind Writing and Wellness?

Colleen M. Story writes imaginative fiction and is also a freelance writer, instructor, and motivational speaker specializing in creativity, productivity, and personal wellness. She’s worked as a writer in the health industry for over 17 years, during which time she’s learned much about the best ways to maintain energy, brainpower, and overall health. Read more about Colleen here.