More on Staying Healthy When You Type
Repetitive stress injury (or RSI) is way more easy to prevent than to cure. So what do you do to prevent it? Here’s a list:
- Sit up straight with both feet flat on the floor.
- Give yourself a break. If your hands start tingling or go numb, STOP! Go get a glass of water, walk around the block (or at least go outside) for fifteen minutes.
- Do a few hand exercises. You can find them online, or tune in to Miranda Esmonde-White’s Classical Stretch program on television, or better yet, check out the DVD offerings she has available on her website: http://www.classicalstretch.com/
- Apply ice to your hands for ten or so minutes at a time, and then go back to your typing with renewed vigor. It works.
- Repeat as necessary so as not to ruin your hands for life. You’ll need them!
Now That You’re Healthy, Join a Club!
I’ve been a member of the Redwood Writers’ Club for nearly twenty years, and that is where I found my critique group. If you can find a good bunch of people who are willing to give you honest opinions on what works and what doesn’t in your writing, it’s a lot more valuable than the opinion of, say, your spouse or significant other, or perhaps, your mother. Theirs might not be the most unbiased of statements.
My club has volunteers whose primary task is to match a writer with a few like-minded others in the group, and watch them steam ahead with confidence born of interactions with contemporaries they admire. It’s inspiring, and even if the first group is not a great fit, the volunteer can find another that is more compatible. It’s great to have a place to share your work.
Below is one of many collections our club has published over the last few years. Applicants for inclusion in our (now yearly) anthology are selected in a blind judging by professional, published authors, so it is a privilege to be included. (See them here, under “BOOKS,” or on Amazon.)
Favorite Books Department
Just finished reading Wally Lamb’s latest: I’ll Take You There. He is one of my favorite authors, ever since I read his book, She’s Come Undone, several years ago.
He handles family relationships and problems with such tact and compassion that his characters are very real to me.
The other reason I enjoyed reading that particular book was that he used so many slang words from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s that it really took me back. I only wish I’d remembered more of them for my own latest book!
Right now we’re in the Southern California desert, enjoying another lovely, sunny day, so I must get back to it!