Writers Cramp

Jamming every spare moment into writing? Of course! Remember though to listen to your body. Make sure you give yourself some downtime so you don’t end up regretting it.

It happened to me. RSI. A nightmare. I couldn’t squeeze a peg to put clothes on the line. I couldn’t lift wet clothes, or cut that loaf of bread. My wrists would be aching even at night even if I moved in bed. I wore a brace. It took about 18 months before things were back to normal. I never thought it would go away.

Things I wish I had known

Stretch to create

We don’t think about stretching before we sit down to start creating but we have no qualms in limbering ourselves up before we go for a run. We’ll stretch out those calf muscles and shake ourselves out. We’ll even prep the night before if we have a long run the next day.

Analyse your processes

I am an artist and a writer. I sought ways to create that were less taxing on my wrists. That is where my journey with paint really began. For starters I ditched the pencils and moved across to painting on large canvas. That way I wasn’t tempted draw in a tight way.

Rest your wrists

Too much writing or drawing can be taxing on your hands. Painful wrists, neck, hands, …yada yada yada. Give yourself breaks.

Mix it up with an audio app that converts to text.

Save yourself and listen to your body.

See a doctor or physio

I wouldn’t want you to go through the hell I went through. There are some great treatments out there these days.

Educate yourself

Check out this interesting article Artists and RSI – by Making a Mark that goes into it on a deeper scale.

Dezzie 2022

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