Do You Know the Best Time for Writing? (You May Be Surprised)

What is the best time for writing? (Photo: Jozef Polc)
What is the best time for writing? (Photo: Jozef Polc)

Would you be able to write more, or better, if you knew your best time for writing?

New research suggests that paying attention to your body’s internal clock—especially its effect on your energy and alertness—can help pinpoint the times of day when you perform optimally at specific tasks.

These tasks include thinking creatively and writing, or even exercising. Continue reading “Do You Know the Best Time for Writing? (You May Be Surprised)”

8 Ways to Keep Your Vision Safe While You Write

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Is your computer monitor far enough away from you? (Photo: Wavebreak Media Ltd)

“Eye-gonomics.”

It’s one of those portmanteaus that make you cringe. Yet, as wonky as the word sounds, it’s wise to pay heed. According to the Vision Council, digital eyestrain is today’s most common computer-related repetitive strain injury, surpassing carpal tunnel and tendonitis.

There’s no way around it: Writers sit in front of computer screens for long periods of time. If they’re not careful, they will cause harm to their eyes.

How can writers reduce that potential harm? Continue reading “8 Ways to Keep Your Vision Safe While You Write”

When Software Hinders Your Writing, Try This Easy Trick

C’mon, you can do better.

A keystroke or mouse click opens up a window that accesses the Internet so you can find and play a distracting video… And the next thing you know, it’s 20 minutes later.

There are three words of a sentence on the screen in front of you, and you can’t even begin to remember where you were going with it.

Sound familiar? Are you futzing with fonts and messing with margins—when the truth is that it doesn’t even make a difference? You may need to slim down your word processing functionality and steer it back to doing not much more than… processing words!

One easy trick, then, is to simply get rid of the bells and whistles. Allow me to explain. Continue reading “When Software Hinders Your Writing, Try This Easy Trick”

Does Being a Writer Put Your Health at Risk? It’s Time to Take a Break.

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Sitting down at work all day could be hazardous to your health. (Photo: Michael Simons)

Your rear end may be trying to tell you something important about your ability to get more writing done—but you need to stop for a moment and listen.

Do you sit down to write, and then sit there—on your butt—until you’re done writing… a lot of words and several hours later? Continue reading “Does Being a Writer Put Your Health at Risk? It’s Time to Take a Break.”