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Featured Writer on Wellness: C. Hope Clark

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 15, 2014 4 Comments • views: 724
Featured Writer on Wellness: C. Hope Clark

I’ve enjoyed subscribing to C. Hope Clark’s “Funds for Writers” for over a decade. This mystery writer’s stories of how she’s dealt with the challenges of the writing life are always inspiring, plus I learn of several new contests, freelance markets, and publishers through her listings. Along the way, Hope started featuring her book, The […]

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Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 20, 2014 0 Comments • views: 546
Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

I have to admit it. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a body. Then I could work on a project as long as I wanted to without worrying about a sore neck, sore back, tight hamstrings, sagging muscles, dry eyes, and all the rest. This is especially true when I’m on a roll. The writing […]

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5 Reasons Why I Do What I Do

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on September 23, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1025
5 Reasons Why I Do What I Do

The Romantic Notion of the Self-Destructive Writer We’ve all heard the romantic stories of writers who lived on alcohol and drugs and still wrote masterpieces: Truman Capote experienced frequent breakdowns, was in and out of rehab clinics, and died at the age of 59 of liver failure caused by phlebitis and frequent drug intoxication. He […]

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7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 11, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1127
7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

My father always loved coffee, but when he got into his later sixties, his doctor recommended he avoid it. It’s an acidic drink—hard on aging or sensitive stomachs—and my dad was swallowing too many antacids. If you have a sensitive stomach, too, you may want to avoid coffee, or at least limit your intake. Those […]

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10 Tools to Keep Writers Out of the Doctor’s Office

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on August 11, 2015 6 Comments • views: 1646
10 Tools to Keep Writers Out of the Doctor’s Office

Going to the doctor’s office was never fun, but it’s gotten worse lately, what with the rising medical costs, rushed appointments, and increasing uncertainty about which doctor you’re going to get this time. Writers can find themselves in those offices more than they’d like, though, if they’re not careful. Full-timers, especially, spend hours at the […]

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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: 1805
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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Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 3, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1339
Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

“You need to relax,” my friends tell me.  “You work too hard.” I know it’s true. My body gives me clues. Back pain. Eye twitching. Headaches. Stomach upset. Fatigue. It’s obvious when I need to take a step back and just relax. I schedule the time, and if it’s only an hour or two, I […]

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8 Easy Chair Exercises to Keep Writers in Shape

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on November 1, 2016 2 Comments • views: 934
8 Easy Chair Exercises to Keep Writers in Shape

by Jane Dizon According to a 2013 survey, 86 percent of American workers sit with an average of 13 hours a day. That accounts for more than half of a day. Throw in your seven- to eight-hour sleep, and you’re looking at a staggering 21 hours of sedentary lifestyle, and that’s just in one day. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Eric E. Wallace

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 15, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1165
Featured Writer on Wellness: Eric E. Wallace

Keeping properly hydrated [is my biggest physical challenge]. I get so absorbed in my work, it’s easy to forget to drink, and that neglect can affect all sorts of things in my body. (I also used to forget to go to the bathroom—ignoring urges—but we built a small bathroom within three feet of my writing […]

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7 Things to Help Exhausted Writers Get More Quality Sleep

Filed in Healthy Writer Recipes by on May 15, 2017 5 Comments • views: 950
7 Things to Help Exhausted Writers Get More Quality Sleep

We all need between 7-8 hours of sleep per night for good health. Less than that has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even early death. Writers are creative folks, and need their sleep to keep their brains sharp. A 2010 study found that sleep, especially deep REM […]

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How to Set Up the Best, Pain-Free Healthy Writing Space

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 29, 2017 8 Comments • views: 870
How to Set Up the Best, Pain-Free Healthy Writing Space

We all know by now that spending too much time in the wrong chair can set you up for a lot of pain. The answer has to be finding the right chair, right? And there is no shortage of options out there. The gurus of ergonomics have pulled out all the stops to design top-of-the-line, […]

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