Writing: In the beginning!

For the Love of Writing

From years of writing experience I have discovered that one aspect that should never be undervalued is how the process of writing will affect your health. So before we actually discuss what is going to be written or how in future blog posts – be it a short story, novella, or novel – you need to think a bit about the practicalities.
Writing even a few thousand words requires sitting down for hours and this does, or can, impact on your health mainly because of bad posture. I am not medically qualified to give specific advice but I find considering the following helps.

  • Investing in a good chair that can be adjusted for height and back support. I have written whilst perched on a chair in a shed, the kitchen, or whilst travelling. This is fine for short bursts.
  • Try not to cross your legs. I am terrible at taking this advice as the more absorbed I am in what I am doing my legs will automatically gravitate under my chair. However, it is better not to do this.
  • Take breaks. When a plot is working well and you are in there with your protagonist, time can slip away. RSI is no joke, your body is not a machine, shoulders get hunched and tense. So change posture. Stand, walk, literally take a break and do a completely different set of activities that are the opposite of the static writing activity.
  • Give your eyes a break from the screen too.
    Feed the brain and body. I have lost track of how many hot drinks I have made only for them to be left half full (or half empty! ) and cold, because I was too involved in what I was doing.
  • You want to enjoy the whole process preferably when you’re sitting comfortably.

What tips work for you?

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Writing: In the beginning!

  1. Helen Pollard says:

    I am appalling with my posture! I try not to hunch or cross my legs, but . . 🙂 What I have done recently is to raise my PC screen on a couple of books so it is more at eye height. Hoping that will save my neck a bit.

    • valerieholmesauthor says:

      That’s a good idea. I tend to forget and become engrossed in what I am doing. I once tweaked my back because I had been in one position for three hours. It was a warning to take more care. Having a gel wrist support to lean on also helps.

  2. The Lighthearted Kitchen says:

    Such great tips and concern! 🙂 I have students who are really into writing and I think this will interest them! 😀

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