Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Writers' Wednesday - Writing Romance is Slowly Killing Me...



Today on The Pink Heart Society, author Taryn Leigh Taylor ruminates on the dangers of writing romance novels...

So have you heard? Sitting is the new smoking. 70% of Americans suffer from digital eye strain. Heavy technology use can lead to depression and fatigue. Basically, every part of being a writer is slowly killing me and my quality of life. 

Luckily, there are counter-measures that can help. Here are three tips that I'm trying to implement into my writing hours to make sure my characters aren't the only ones who end up with an HEA:

1- Stand up!

It's now recommended that people you stand at least once an hour during your work day. Can't bear the thought of stopping for a few minutes during a writing streak? Maybe a standing desk is the right fit for you. This article gives a good introduction to some of the issues you should consider. And if you're ready to go one step farther (pun intended!), you can start researching treadmill desks!

2 - Take a break!

Carpal tunnel syndrome. Eye strain. Muscle cramps. They are all grave dangers for writers (readers, too!) because when the story gets good, when you're on a roll, who's got time for a break? Turns out, if you want to stay healthy and pain-free, you have to make time. The easiest way to remember to take care of yourself even while you're putting your characters through the emotional wringer? Set a timer. Here's a list of apps that can help remind you to take a break.

3 - Live your life!
  
It's pretty tough to write a fabulous novel about incredible characters living awesome lives if you're huddled in your office in ratty sweatpants with unwashed hair subsisting on greasy takeout and shut off from human contact. (Mad respect...we've all been there.) That's just not a sustainable way to create great stories...or to live a great life. Remember to recharge sometimes--dinner with family and friends, a nature walk, a concert, heck, even just taking your laptop to a coffee joint for a change of scenery might do the trick. Creativity loves a healthy happy mind, so be sure to take care of yourself so you can give your best to your writing.
 

There you have it: three things I'm trying to get better at to improve my life and my manuscript. But before I go, are you interested in knowing more about the basics of natural human movement? Let this male model with a British accent tell you about it. 

(Hey, I'm a romance writer, after all, and while it might be killing me, there's no way I'd rather go!)



So what do you do to keep fit mentally and physically while you write? I'm always looking for suggestions! Hit me up in the comments below.


Taryn's latest release, Playing to Win, is available in e-format from Harlequin Blaze.

Playing to win means playing dirty...


Holly Evans is intelligent, educated and crazy about sports--so how did she end up prancing about in a miniskirt and teasing her hair like some broadcasting bimbo? Of course, since she's already iced her journalistic integrity, Holly might as well indulge in a little fangirl lust for the ripped captain of Portland's hockey team.

Luke Maguire sees right through Holly's bunny disguise, and he's ready to pull her into the locker room and strip it all off. Then Holly discovers someone on the team is profiting from a little over/under betting. Suddenly her lusting for Luke is going head-to-head with her reporting instincts. And if she's caught offside, there's no telling what the penalty will be...



Taryn Leigh Taylor likes dinosaurs, bridges and space, both personal and of the final-frontier variety. She shamelessly indulges in cliches, most notably her Starbucks addiction, her shoe hoard and her penchant for falling in lust with fictional men with great abs. For more on Taryn, check out her website, or catch her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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