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ON WRITING: OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS

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FIRST PRINTED ON THE LOVE CATS DOWN UNDER BLOG

Writing for a living is a great job.  A dream job some might say.  But like any long-term occupation it comes with its tics, its frontline injuries, its occupational hazards. 

Here are a few:

Condition: Carpal tunnel

All that typing, mousing and running frustrated fingers through ones hair rents havoc on the wrists!  Rehab: Rest, wrapping the affected area, ice packs.

Condition: Walking into walls

As a writer one’s imagination is never entirely switched off.  When I was a child my parents thought I might have a hearing problem. The specialist diagnosed me a condition known as being “Off with the Fairies”.  Oh the number of times I’ve looked up and had no idea how I got there!  Rehab: Mindfulness by way of yoga is a necessity. 

Chronic Listening-In-Itis

Imagine yourself out at a café, having a deep and meaningful with a friend.  If there is a writer nearby, chances are they’ll hang on your every word.  Rehab: None necessary.  (We have to get ideas from somewhere!)

Knowing who will die in movies

I’ve always been the perfect movie watcher, happily going exactly where the filmmakers lead me. Laughing where they want me to laugh, crying where they want me to cry, not picking the twist until it happens.  Only now, with a working knowledge of writerish crafty things called “story beats” and “three act structure”, so often I see plot twists coming a mile away! Its an honest to goodness tragedy!  Rehab: Watch really great movies that sweep you up so thoroughly you have no chance to unpick the threads as they are woven around you.

Compulsion to Photograph Handsome Male Strangers

If a gorgeous specimen of manhood - hero material if you will - walks into my vision, I’ve been known to stare unashamedly and quickly jot down details such as the way his hairs sits, eye slant, grin shape...  Rehab: I’ve never gone so far as to snap a quick pic, but I’d be surprised if others haven’t!  Therefore no rehab necessary. 

Stationery Addiction

It’s serious.  And it’s real.  (Thankfully it’s also tax deductible J)

MORE ARTICLES ON WRITING HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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