Posted by: nancycurteman | May 5, 2010

5 Terrible Habits Writers Must Lose to Lead Healthy Lives

Writers can slip into some pretty bad habits that can adversely impact their health and longevity. Here are five of the worst.

1. Quit sitting around on your duff all day. You’ll meet that deadline more effectively if you take a brisk walk before you hit the computer keyboard.

2. Stop munching out on junk food. Get away from your computer and prepare decent food to fuel your body and creativity. Emphasize fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

3. Quit pushing yourself to continue working without sleep. Get adequate rest. Stop working when your muse is dead tired. Go to bed. When you awaken, your productivity will increase by leaps and bounds.

4. Don’t be a hermit. Get out of your writing space and spend time with family and friends. The stimulation will add sparkle to your dialog and description.

5. Stop thinking there’s no life outside of writing. Get involved in new and different activities and hobbies—volunteer, learn a musical instrument, garden, knit—whatever. Just get out there. Your writing will become more interesting.

Kick these habits and improve your writing while improving your health.


  1. It’s addictive, isn’t it?

    Judging from your list, we’d rather write than eat, sleep, exercise, engage in hobbies, or mingle with other mortals. : )

    I actually have a pretty good life balance these days, but I am addicted to the keyboard.


  2. I’ll read your list as soon as I get the time. Got a deadline you know. Anybody seen my gummybears?


  3. #6 Focusing all conversation with significant others only on the content of your current writing project/blog. Constantly asking them questions regarding plot lines and concepts.

    Although this will hopefully not affect health, it will damage relationships. Your partner/children shouldn’t ever feel second in importance to your manuscript/project.


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