Writing can be a painful experience, especially if you’re sitting in one place for too long. In November 2012, I completed a massive writing project totaling over 50,000 words and logged many long hours at my desk. Unfortunately I didn’t have my workspace set up ergonomically and I developed neck and upper back pain that lasted for several weeks.
I have some new equipment now and new systems in place to help me minimize my chances of causing that kind of pain again. Now my only pain comes from reading bad grammar and incorrect punctuation.
Here are some tips that helped me and can help you minimize the physical discomfort of writing so you can be more productive:
- I have an adjustable chair, a lap desk and a laptop stand.
- I have a timer that reminds me to stand up and move every 15-3 minutes.
- I exercise every day! (Read my best advice on why writers need to exercise here.)
And you absolutely must read this advice from professional writer John Soares on Writing Ergonomically.