Let's imagine for a second that you are able to write for hours on end without interruptions or distractions - just you and the keyboard. Nice thought, isn't it? But like the moderation of things, too much of anything can do you harm. What can be more heinous to a writer then a bad case of tendinitis or carpal tunnel? It's never a nice thought, but it happens, more often when you're in the zone and can't let off the throttle of your creative cycle. Here are some ways to cope with a sore wrist.
Stop - it's okay. Take a break. Your story is probably wonderful, but it's not worth going into corrective surgery over. Take it easy for a day or two.
Wrap It Up - if you have a brace or gauze wrap, use it. It will provide ample support and allow your sore tendons to relax. Wear this overnight for best results.
Pace Yourself - prevention is usually the best medicine. Set a reasonable word count goal and stop for the day when you reach it. There's always tomorrow.
Alternatives - hand writing or longhand is not nearly as ouchy as keyboards in terms of sore wrists. Maybe you can find someone who is willing to take dictation, too.
There are other therapeutic methods, but these are common and effective for most people. Whatever your writing endeavors, take it stride. You'll feel better about yourself and your hand will live long . . . and prosper!
I'm David, and you guessed it - my hand hurts.
How do you pace yourself to prevent sore wrists, and what helps you cope if-and-when carpal tunnel sets in?
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