I have often been asked about the joy of writing. People who know that I have self-published many books are somewhat in awe as they feel they could barely pen one. To encourage them to continue their enterprise, I try to indicate what is so special about the craft. It is from my perspective, of course, but what I have to say is pretty universal and should apply to all would be writers who are experiencing a bit of a slump. You must write daily to get in the habit and to encourage brain waves that produce creative thought. You can keep a journal, write in your tablet, or record your ideas on a machine. As long as you devote regular time to writing, you will be in the zone more often.
I get a lot of pleasure about completing a book or an article. It is an achievement that merits a pat on the back each and every time. It isn’t easy and takes time and effort. Hence, I go the extra mile to treat myself to some praise after the fact. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time at the computer, hunched over the keyboard like a slumped rag doll. It is a position that works for me, but according to my doctor is causing recurrent neck pain. He tells me that I am doing this to myself, but I can’t stop. Who can write lying down in bed? Not me. To stop writing from being a pain in the neck, he had some suggestions from https://www.highermassage.com/causing-neck-pain-2/:
- Sit up straight. This is obvious but a key to a better position and less stress on the neck.
- Take breaks as often as needed, at least one-hour intervals. If you simply can’t exercise or at least walk around, sit and roll your head from side to side, then around in circles each way. It loosens everything up. If it hurts, you know you waited too long.
- Limit writing time to three times a week if the soreness persists. You can go for a longer session if you get up now and then.
- Stand up and bend over and release the back. Bend your knees if it is difficult and you are not limber. Stand up after twenty seconds and repeat. Stand up and bend from side to side, stretching the opposite arm in each direction. Try to straighten the arm over your head for a better result.
- Sitting on the floor, create a V with your legs. Bend over with a round back and repeat with a flat back (which is harder. It will become easier over time).
- Still on the floor, lie on your back and roll your body side to side with bent knees. For an extra stretch, straighten your legs a bit and reach them as far as you can so the back twists and even cracks. Resume bent knees and roll gently side to side to finish.