Tag: the writing life

Study Says Devices Cause Eye Strain—10 Tips to Help

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Study Says Devices Cause Eye Strain—10 Tips to Help

A report released on January 9, 2014, by the Vision Council states that nearly 70 percent of adults experience eye strain when working on digital devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones.

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7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

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7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

The American Chiropractic Association states that one-half of all working Americans suffer back pain symptoms each year. Talk to any serious writer or office worker and you’ll likely hear about back pain. “Like many writers,” says author Jana Richards, “I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer. Add to that the […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Simon Williams

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Simon Williams

[My biggest challenge is] probably avoiding a repetitive strain injury, although I try to minimize that as much as I can through exercises; not sitting still for too long. Although when I’m completely wrapped up in a project, that can be difficult. I go to the gym as often as I can, which in my […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Claudia White

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Claudia White

I would have to say that the biggest challenge has been to try to stay active, both at my desk and away. I suffer from back pain, so strenuous exercise is difficult. Like most people, I have gained a few pounds over the years, especially when the weather turns cold. Since I am often glued […]

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Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

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Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

Do you enjoy the process of writing, or are you happiest when “having written?” I’ve heard colleagues say writing is difficult and painful, while “having written” brings achievement, elation, pride. “I asked a Hamline workshop once how many of them actually liked to write and most of them preferred having written: the pride in finishing, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jadie Jones

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jadie Jones

Spending large amounts of time looking down—be it at the computer screen or if I’m writing freehand—is very hard on my neck. I was in a riding accident several years ago which resulted in a pretty severe neck injury, including damage to a nerve cluster called the “brachial plexus” on the left side of my […]

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The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on May 6, 2014 1 Comment • views: 991
The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

In looking over the many author features here on Writing and Wellness, I’ve noticed one thing that keeps coming up again and again. Have you seen it? On Friday, May 2, 2014, I read Steven Pressfield’s latest blog. There it was again. Even this former Marine and hugely successful author wasn’t sure why. I’m facing […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: C. Hope Clark

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 15, 2014 4 Comments • views: 608
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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Featured Writer on Wellness: Kim Church

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Kim Church

I told my friend Kelly I was working on a piece about writing and wellness and she said, “Fiction, right?” If there’s anything physically healthy in the act of writing, I haven’t found it. I live too much in my mind. I suffer from “cerebral congestion”—an occupational hazard of both writing and law. Bad Writing […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Heather Marshall

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 29, 2014 0 Comments • views: 919
Featured Writer on Wellness: Heather Marshall

I think stiffness is the biggest physical challenge of being a writer. We sit for hours at a time, hunched over a desk. I write all of my first drafts and take research notes with pen and paper, which alleviates the eye strain from looking at a screen. Still, I hold the same position for […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Welling

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 5, 2014 3 Comments • views: 774
Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Welling

My biggest physical challenge since I’ve begun writing full time is being indoors for so much of the day. I’ve tried working outside in nice weather, but I can’t seem to do any meaningful writing, just light, daydreamy work, though it’s a good place to edit. Deeper work eludes me outside; I get caught up […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Heidi Chandler

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 12, 2014 0 Comments • views: 395
Featured Writer on Wellness: Heidi Chandler

I’m a big believer that the quality of my work is directly related to how my body feels, so I try to be good to myself. Exercise makes me a better writer, so I typically fit something in every day.  A good workout is like a mind cleanse; it resets my brain and gets the […]

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