Top 7 Healthy Writing Habits

by Loolwa Khazzoom • August 12, 2011 • Writing and Editing Tips

Many writers develop injuries from poor structural alignment while working on the computer and talking on the phone. Develop healthy writing habits early on, to set the foundation for a long and happy writing career.

1. Set Up an Ergonomically-Correct Office

Before you run out to purchase that beautiful desk in the store window, spend time researching the latest on how to create a healthy workstation. Make sure you know the kind of furniture to get and the best way to set it up.

2. Purchase a Hands-Free Phone

“Look Ma: No hands!” Purchase a phone with a headset jack. Not only will using a headset allow you to conduct interviews in the most ergonomically-friendly way possible (kiss your neck strain goodbye), but it will also enable you to clean the dishes, do your laundry, and make a sandwich while catching up with friends. Talk about efficient!

3. Protect Your Wrists

Tendonitis, bursitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome are all Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) common to writers. Learn effective strategies for preventing these conditions.

4. Rethink Your Mouse

The WACOM Graphire tablet can be ordered with a mouse replacement that works like a pen, thereby greatly reducing the strain on one’s wrist. I got one a decade ago and never looked back!

5. Prevent Injury Flare-Up

If you already have wrist pain, consider ordering deluxe wrist braces with gel. Alternately, if your wrist pain is beyond the help of wrist braces, consider purchasing voice-activated software.

6. Take Breaks & Stretch Regularly

Put down the mouse and step away from the computer! If you’re like me, you get so involved in writing that you just can’t tear yourself away. That’s why I keep a pitcher of water or pot of tea by my side at all times: The more I drink, the more Nature calls – forcing me to get up and move around. Beyond that, it’s just a healthy habit to drink water regularly. While you’re up and about, be sure to do some basic stretches.

7. Try Yoga

A 10 minute sequence of yoga postures is one of the best ways to give your body a break from hunching over the computer and typing madly all day. If you’re new to yoga, be sure to research the basics — like why it’s important to take a beginning class and where to find the right teacher for you. If you’ve had basic yoga experience, however, consider using a video to guide you through poses in your living room




One Response to “Top 7 Healthy Writing Habits”

  1. Corey
    May 30, 2011

    Thanks for this post – well thought out. I actually set up a reclining situation to write because of a previous back injury. I also find it helpful to look away from the computer screen every so often and focus on several places of varying distance to help my eyes.

    Best,
    Corey



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Loolwa KhazzoomLoolwa Khazzoom has worked with leading media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, Rolling Stone, and ABC News. In addition, she has published two books and has lectured at prestigious venues including Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Harvard University. Loolwa is passionate about health, music, dance, multiculturalism, and Judaism.

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