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As writers, we tend to sit. A lot. It's rough on our backs, bad for our posture, and decreases alertness. And we need to stay alert! Who knows what that antagonist is going to pull next?
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Maybe you don't want to buy anything new, but you're ready to change positions. (Why does everyone giggle when I say that?) Here's a few suggestions:
1. Write at the kitchen counter, or better yet, bar (if you've got one.) Okay, this doesn't help the hunching. But it puts you on your feet, which helps create a sense of engagement - and we tend to burn up to 50 calories more per hour standing instead of sitting!
2. Write at the window. A view of the outside world can do wonders for reducing that reclusive writer feeling. Improvise with a writing surface – use a music stand, a high stool, the back of the sofa. Face the great outdoors (whether you've got a view of a park or a parking lot) and write.
3. Write on the treadmill. They make treadmills for writers, but a regular one will do! Most treadmills are designed to rest a magazine or book within seeing distance - why not a notebook? No worries about handwriting; if you're anything like me it's probably legible only to you, anyway.
This might sound uncomfortable, but keep in mind, you don't have to write on your feet for hours at a time to enjoy the benefits. Next time you're hunched over your desk or curled up on the couch, frustrated at the lack of progress on a tough scene and needing to stretch your back, just get up, grab a notebook and head to the counter, the window, the treadmill, wherever, for fifteen minutes. Chances are it'll do both your body and your story good.