So you think being a writer is all about the fun stuff, right? (Ha!) For most of us, it’s more because we’re driven to write. In my case, not only am I driven to write, I have to because it’s how I earn my living.

But it’s not without its drawbacks. What’s that on the clothesline?


Those would be some (not all) of my various wrist braces I use depending on what I’m doing and how bad my pain is. I have become a connoisseur of them, in a way. LOL Usually, by the end of every month, my hands are in agony. The fibro, the OA, and of course, the nature of the work I do. Sometimes a few days of rest helps a lot, sometimes, not so much.

I have a pair of IMAK compression gloves on order from the ‘Zon now to see how they work. No, surgery wouldn’t help me, because while yes, it’s partially carpal tunnel, that’s only a little bit of it and is usually what’s relieved by a few days of rest. It’s the other parts that surgery not only won’t help, it’ll only make things worse as well as make it hard for me to work at all. And yes, I’ve tried the voice recognition software, but I spend more time (and frustration) fixing what it gets wrong that it’s faster (and easier) for me to just type it out from the start. (I’m a very fast touch typist.)

So if you want to be a writer full-time? Be prepared to invest in some serious hand gear. An ounce of prevention and all that. (Or anyone who has to do a lot of work on the computer.)


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2 thoughts on “The glamorous life of a writer…not.

  • March 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Yep, I work at a computer everyday. Luckily I have avoided carpel tunnel yet, but I feel knots in my wrist where I use a mouse constantly. My eyes have also been affected by the computer too. So far avoiding the glasses, but at some point, I won’t have a choice I think. Beautiful collection of braces you have 😉

  • March 5, 2015 at 4:40 am

    The thing about the surgery as well is the need to repeat ten years-ish after that – I dont want to start that! My creativity is of a different nature but I find my fingers, wrists and upper back and neck suffer so I need a brief break every couple of hours – often I can work around things ‘drying’ as my excuse – just means I am slower than I used to be – but I like that sense of accomplishment when I can say ‘finished’. I imagine it is the same for other things people do – writers included! 🙂

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