If you are new to the writing business, you probably haven't thought about the health risks many authors face. I've tried to incorporate these healthy habits into my writing, to minimize the risk of carpal tunnel, eye strain, back pain, rotator cuff impingement, T.B, (tired butt) or B.B. (big butt.)
*I set an alarm to go off every hour. If my word count is Brobdingnagian (like I know what that means), I jump up and down and wave my hands in the air. If my word count is minuscule, I do some finger stretches, shake out my hands and walk for five minutes--I wasn't on a roll anyway.
*If I'm dumb enough to answer my phone while writing, I walk around while the telemarketer is giving me their pitch, then I roll my eyes, and tell them that I'm a writer; if I don't get back to my writing, I'm the one who will need donations.
*When I feel the need for chocolate to spark my creative genius, I sometimes walk to the store for that candy bar. Notice I said "sometimes."
*I drink water at regular intervals. Hey, water in a martini glass can be inspiring. Or if I want to be like Frank, a badass character in one of my books, I drink directly from the tap.
*Once my manuscript is done, I walk to the post office to mail it. If the package is heavy enough, I use it to do arm lifts along the way so I can justify stopping for a candy bar on the way home. Unfortunately, most of my submission are done electronically.
*When I go out to the mailbox to collect those rejection slips, I walk around the block first. If I have a lot of rejections, I walk until I stop crying or it's time for supper, whichever comes first.
To stay healthy as a writer, remember these simple rules:
1. Move your eyes and your body parts at least once every half hour to hour: stretch, wiggle, walk, refocus.
2. Breathe fresh air into your lungs to feed your heart and brain (your best resources as a writer.)
3. Drink lots (preferably water).
author of "Hooked Into Murder"