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A Glimpse into a Writer’s Life When Injured

Yeah, you read that right. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know that my wrist is, unfortunately, injured. For a writer, this is a far from desirable injury (and, in fact, it looks as though working such long hours at the computer might have caused the strain).

What’s an author to do? I honest to goodness wish the answer would have been, “Take some time off while it heals.” In a sane version of my life, this would have undoubtedly been the case. Unfortunately, I exist in a world of deadlines. Not to mention, I am a Stubborn Dreamer. This past week, I have prepared submissions for no less than three submission calls. I don’t believe in letting opportunities pass if I can help it, and that often leads to All Work and No Play.

However, I discovered that typing more than 100 words on this wrist at a time is not particularly enjoyable. So I’m trying something new with dictation. It is frustrating. It is inaccurate (though this might in part be because I don’t annunciate properly). I often find myself stymied at the block that forms between my creative brain and my mouth, a block that is not present when I type. It’ll take time, I imagine, to master the art of dictation, though it may save my wrists in the future.

That being said, I find my sluggish pace to be incredibly frustrating! This lead to me being particularly mindful of self-care. I took a break from social media this weekend. I cuddled the dog.

We can all agree that Edgar’s love is the best medicine. Even if he does momentarily abandon me for whoever has food.

I also read. A lot. I devoured the following romance books during my down time:

  • Kiss of the Irish by Lauren Hawkeye. I loved this Irish romp! I read it in one sitting, I just couldn’t get enough.
  • Zero Hour by Megan Erickson. I have a history of breezing through her books, but this one was a little darker so I took my time.
  • Leaving Everest by Megan Westfield. I haven’t finished this one yet but I’m loving it so far!

I’m not precisely healed so my dictation struggles will continue this week as I try to finish writing a book on deadline without taxing my wrist. If nothing else, this is teaching me to grow and adapt as a writer. Silver lining!

I hope you have a fantastic week, friends!

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