Recovering from all the writing

Over the last couple of weeks I spent a lot more time than usual sitting down and writing, both at my desk and in my bed.

Thanks to all this, I got loads of work done and made a huge dent into one of the novel projects I’m working on. As well as all of that, I got rather a lot of back and shoulder ache.

Once I’d finished my goal of writing 60,000 words in April, a made a point of spending as little time on my laptop for a couple of days. Those couple of days were bad CP days and my legs ached as well. After a couple of days on hot showers and wheatbags I’m feeling much better and ready for things to get back to normal.

Although it wasn’t nice to have the extra aches pains I’m going to try and use it as a learning curve for a later day. I hope that I’ll be a full time author one day so if that happens I’ll end up spending a lot of time at a desk so I’ll have to try and think of some ways to avoid things getting so bad again.

Do you guys have any tips and tricks?

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8 thoughts on “Recovering from all the writing

  1. Totally know where you’re coming from here!!! If I sit down too long I ache and if I stand up too long or walk too far I ache – I can’t win!!!!
    I find having a good stretch out before starting helps, then taking breaks to stand up, move about and have a stretch or a shakedown every half hour or so…..
    I use lots of ways to do this when I’m in the office, whether it be getting up to get a drink, do a bit of shredding or even standing up to do tasks that don’t involve typing or writing – such as sorting through papers. I have also set my printer to one in an office down the corridor so I have to walk and get it….
    When I get home I lay on my front for a while to get a good stretch on my hip flexors that really tighten up when I’m sitting down, it gives my back a chance to relax too. This also stops me getting tempted to turn my laptop on, so I get a good break away from a screen.
    I then spend some time long sitting with my gaiters on the stretch out my hamstrings.
    It’s days like these that I find the Baclofen really helps too!!!

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    1. I like the idea of setting your printer up to one down the hall. I’m hoping to start baclofen this week but I’ve got to be careful and keep a close eye on things because of the antidepressants I’m on too.

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  2. Congratulations on getting lots of writing done! Is there any way to schedule a massage? Also, do you give your eyes a break, sometimes? They need it, too. Sometimes, if I have spent too much time zeroed-in on my computer screen, it makes a big difference to be able to gaze at something broad, like the sky! best wishes!

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  3. Changing position regularly (I say at the same time I become conscious I have been at the computer for a few hours now in the same position and am starting to ache in various place and I don’t have CP) so maybe setting a timer and changing position every half hour or so? Incorporating a stretch? Using a voice recognition program so you can dicatate your writing in whatever position is more comfy rather than having to be in a position in which you can write/type ie you could lie down on your tummy sides, back and also get leg extension rather than flexion? These are ideas we have been given by people – maybe there is something in there that could help? If you are going to be a novelist, maybe the voice recognition software could be a good thing to look into??

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      1. There are lots of voice recognition softwares. A common one they suggest is Dragon??? The cool thing is it types what you say and you can just edit it then which takes some of the positional and postural strain of sitting to type out of it. 🙂

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