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5 Ways A Smart Writer Like Me Hurt Myself

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(c) 2013 Windy Johansen

A few minutes ago, I was playing around on the computer, and noticed that my wrist hurt.

A couple of checks revealed it to be my tendinitis flaring up again, in my elbow. Aaaawesome.

So how did I pull this off? I’ll explain it.

(Don’t take this as medical advice. I’m not qualified to give medical advice.)

Harmful Act #1 – Repetitive Motions

Clicking, in this case. I was playing Minetest (a game that’s a bit like Minecraft) for hours at a time for several days. Dumb me.

When you write (or play games) make sure that you take breaks and do other stuff with your hands in those break times.

Harmful Act #2 – No Ergonomics

It seems like ergonomics is this silly thing, but it’s not. My keyboard is on my lap, and my mouse is next to me on the couch.

Don’t do this. Make sure everything’s at the proper angles and distances for you.

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(c) 2013 Windy Johansen

Harmful Act #3 – Didn’t Pay Attention to Physical Signs

There’s a certain tiredness that happens before the pain. I ignored it. Don’t ignore your body.

Harmful Act #4 – Not Putting on the Brace Right Away

If you have braces or ACE bandages and know how to use them, use them when they are needed. Don’t be me.

Harmful Act #5 – Ignoring the Pain

Pain is a signal from your body that something’s not right. In repetitive stress injuries, pushing through the pain can cause more damage.

<3 Sorry for the shortness and the off-topic-ness. I'm going to go take care of my rotten little arm.

5 Ways to Help Your Imagination Be Free

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(c) 2013 Windy Johansen

The power of imagination makes us infinite — John Muir

Imagination is wonderful. Our world tells us we need to do this or that, but that keeps us from being able to come up with creative solutions to problems. And it keeps us from being creative.

Here are 5 ways to help yourself open up.

Trust that what you are doing is important.

You don’t have to get anything for your writing to have it be worthwhile. It takes time, and it’s not always outwardly doing anything, but I can tell you that you will benefit from creating.

Let go of the fear of recrimination.
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