The Best 7 Health Tips for Writers to Help You Write More

This quick list of health tips for writers is the result of an instrumental change I made, which has made a huge difference in my life and career.

Health Tips for Writers

I reached a point in my writing life where I realized being good at writing wasn’t going to be enough to have a substantial career if I wasn’t healthy enough to sit at the computer to, you know, write all day.

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Health tips for writers

If you’re anything like me you spend a lot of time sitting in front of your computer.

And, if you’re anything like me, living this sedentary writer lifestyle can lead to some unwanted health issues like weight gain, headaches, eye pain, joint/back pain and more.

For a long time I thought I had a pretty active lifestyle—until I got a Fitbit and learned the harsh truth. I learned I didn’t move much at all and after a few months of denial (the activity tracker must not be tracking all my movement) I decided to do something about it.

Because…well, the writing was on the wall. I had gained weight, I was tired all the time, my back and neck had chronic pain and I was overall miserable.

I had a feeling I was on the fast track for something much worse health-wise.

So I decided to make some changes. This was about a year ago and I’ve seen nothing but positive results after implementing a healthier routine.

And yes, by getting up at 4:30 a.m. for 21 days did in fact inspire this. I learned if I can do that, I can do anything.

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Here are my top tips

Take a screen break every 60 minutes

The Fitbit makes it easy because it buzzes every hour and reminds me to get moving.

And, I’ve learned, if I get up and move every hour—walk around, have a stretch, whatever—I am pretty productive.

It makes it easy for me to push hard on my work because I know I get to take a quick break soon. It has been a great habit to pick up! Plus I hear not looking at a screen all day is good for you or something.

Get outside

Halfway through my workday I take a walk. I used to think this was such a waste of work time but I’ve learned the exercise combined with the fresh air (and lack of screen time) acts as a reset.

It renews my energy and I return to my desk full of ideas. My walks last for about 15 minutes and I find it’s an excellent length.

P-O-S-T-U-R-E

Yes, sitting with proper posture has been something I’ve worked on as is making a big difference to my back and neck. As in, I don’t have such issues with pain.

Which allows me to focus and concentrate on my work. Of course I have moments where I slip back into slouching and hunching but as soon as I realize it I adjust. And it’s working.

Snacks should be vegetables

Ugh I know! But if you’re wondering where that sneaky 10 pounds came from take a good look at your snack cupboard. I’m making a deliberate effort to have more vegetables in my life and it’s making a difference.

Hydrate. All day, e’ry day

I’ve loved coffee for a long time but as I changed up my nutrition habits I realized my relationship with coffee had to change.

Our relationship had to change. Like, we could see each other but water became the primary liquid in my life.

Staying hydrated helps me stay focused and clear-headed. And I don’t seem to have many headaches anymore.

Have a strong morning routine

I think this is the most important of my health tips for writers because this is where everything started for me.

I get out of bed and tackle the things most important to me first, before I do anything else. This helps me set up my day for success. I’m so glad I found something that works.

It helps me arrive at work with a clear head, ready to dive into the day.

Exercise first thing in the morning

Speaking of morning routines, allow me to suggest adding exercise to it. Working out first thing isn’t easy but it makes a remarkable difference to the rest of your day.

I used to try and hit the gym after work but there were so many times where other plans or meetings came up or I found convenient excuses to skip out.

Adding exercise into my morning routine means it’s something I do—not something I think about doing or debate about doing.

So those are my health tips for writers. Walk around, drink lots of water, get outside, build an awesome morning routine. You know, do healthy things!

Author Joanna Penn published a book on this topic as well, so if you’re looking for a deep dive on building a healthy writing lifestyle check out The Healthy Writer: Reduce Your Pain, Improve Your Health, And Build A Writing Career For The Long Term.

This quick list of health tips for writers is the result of an instrumental change I made, which has made a huge difference in my life and career. 

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health tips for writers

This quick list of health tips for writers is the result of an instrumental change I made, which has made a huge difference in my life and career. 

I reached a point in my writing life where I realized being good at writing wasn't going to be enough to have a substantial career if I wasn't healthy enough to sit at the computer to, you know, write all day.
If you're anything like me you spend a lot of time sitting in front of your computer. Here are some health tips for writers I hope you will find helpful.

Writing Contests | 8 Reasons Why You Should Enter

Entering writing contests is good practice for writers. And the cash prizes and publication are nice too.

Writing Contests

Contests and why you should consider entering

While you may not feel like you have time to be dallying around entering writing contests there are some good reasons to do so, aside from money and publication.

Although enter writing contests for money and publication are, like, great reasons.

  • First, if it’s the right contest, it can give you exposure to your future agent, editor or publisher
  • Second, writing to deadline and according to a set of guidelines keeps you sharp
  • Third, if you win you can say “award-winning writer” on stuff. I mean, isn’t that worth the entry fee alone?
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Of course there are scams out there so you do need to vet each contest and check things like the rules and who’s judging.

You also want to make sure the entry fee is reasonable and you’re not signing away all your rights by entering the contest.

But once you feel like it’s on the up-and-up then enter with abandon!

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Where to find writing contests for money and more

Here are a few of my favourite stops when looking for new writing contests to enter.

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers has a searchable database of writing contests, which includes any creative writing contests they’ve published in their magazine during the past year. These contests are vetted before being entered into the database so it’s a trustworthy resource.

The Writer

The Writer is a wealth of resources for writers and keeps an up-to-date contest listing on their website. You can even join their mailing lists where they’ll send the contest details to you so you don’t miss a thing.

Submishmash Weekly

Submittable has a great weekly roundup of publishing and journalism news (called Submishmash Weekly) and, of course, up-to-date contest listings. I find a lot of great opportunities here.

Writer’s Digest contests

Writer’s Digest has an updated contest listing for any Writer’s Digest Contest. They’re listed from soonest submission deadline to latest and cover a wide range of writing contests

Canadian writing contests

If you’re looking for Canadian writing contests Heather McLeod has a nice roundup of listings organized by date. These are recurring contests so check the links for updated details

CBC Books

Speaking of Canadian writing contests, CBC Books also put together a guide to writing prizes for Canadians. Organized into fiction, non-fiction and poetry, there are tons of recurring contests listed and this is a post worth bookmarking.

Writers Write

Writers Write has a small list of upcoming contests for fiction and poetry writers. Listings go till the end of the year so it’s worth checking out.

Reedsy writing contests

Reedsy has a robust contest search, which is updated each week. Search by genre, location and sort by entry fee or prize money.

Writing Contests | 8 Reasons Why You Should Enter

I hope you can find awesome writing contests to enter this year! But if checking out websites is still too much to ask I have one more place you can go to find great contests—I’ve created a Writing Jobs and Contests Twitter List.

All you have to do is follow the list and check it every now and then.

I mean, you’re on Twitter, right?

While you may not feel like you have time to be dallying around entering writing contests there are some good reasons to do so, like money and publication.

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While you may not feel like you have time to be dallying around entering writing contests there are some good reasons to do so, like money and publication.
While you may not feel like you have time to be dallying around entering writing contests there are some good reasons to do so, aside from money and publication. First, if it's the right contest, it can give you exposure to your future agent, editor or publisher. Second, writing to deadline and according to a set of guidelines keeps you sharp. Third, if you win you can say "award-winning writer" on stuff. I mean, isn't that worth the entry fee alone?

Tips for Protecting Your Personal Data Online

When you sign up for a website or app, you’re often asked to fill in your personal information, like your name, address, email, and even payment information. Is it even possible to protect your personal data online?

When you sign up for a website or app, you’re often asked to fill in your personal information, like your name, address, email, and even payment information. Is it even possible to protect your personal data online?

The hard truth is your personal information’s safety is as much your responsibility as it is the company you’ve shared it with.

Here are some simple ways to protect your personal data online

Choose a secure password

Password security should be one of the first things you take care of. You might be thinking that you can set your password to almost anything, so long as you can remember it. Who would guess it? There are countless words and combinations to be made, and even people you knew couldn’t guess it if they tried. Well, oftentimes the people who are stealing your information don’t know you at all, and your password was just easy to crack due to the lack of security.

It’s important that you make your password as complex as possible by adding various different upper and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols. It would be even better to avoid using actual words, as jumbled letters, numbers, and symbols are much harder to crack. With a lot more variety going into your password, it could take hundreds of years for hackers to get past your security. Sure, it’s harder to remember, but consider writing them down somewhere safe.

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Be careful with what you share

Speaking on the Internet, when you feel like you’re anonymous, you can make the mistake of sharing your personal information a little too freely.

Even if it feels innoculous, you have to remember that most things said on the Internet stay on the Internet. Every time you share something personal, you could be putting yourself at risk.

This is even more important to consider if you’re running a blog and trying to grow its popularity. The more specific you are with the details, the higher the risk you’re at of others learning too much about you. Avoid sharing too much when talking about your life and personal experiences.

By the way, this is not to scare you into going off-grid…but you do need to be aware of the potential risks.

Ignore unfamiliar emails

If you ever receive an email from an unfamiliar name, it’s usually not worth reading. There are plenty of scams done by email, and some can look pretty convincing! It could be someone emailing asking for help, offering money, or just looking to get in touch, but if you don’t know who it is, don’t click on any links or attachments they’ve included with the email. Phishing is a very well-known tactic for gaining information on individuals or sending over a virus that can harm your computer.

It’s worth being extra cautious and verifying emails sent by companies or utilities, just to make sure they’re not just posing as that company. Check the full email that the mail was sent from, and see if it lines up with the one provided by the said company. It might sound a little paranoid, but if you’re going to open anything from an email, it’s much better to be safe than sorry.

Social media

Just like when writing blogs, social media makes it far too easy to overshare your life. Whether it’s posting a status on Facebook, or putting pictures up on Instagram, you could be giving away a little too much.

You can learn more about how to protect instagram account here. You would be surprised how much people can find out just by a small glimpse of the background in one of your pictures, and if your page has been growing in popularity, the more the chance of that happening is.

You might see things like quizzes being posted to Facebook, and while they may seem innocent. But honestly? They’re not! Often they trick people into giving their personal information away. Quizzes titled things like “which Disney character are you?” will ask you a series of seemingly random questions. As innocent as these questions are, they may give phishers all of the information they need to bypass the security question linked to your accounts.

All this to say, take care when engaging online. Pay attention to the personal information you’re giving away and make sure it’s worth the risk.

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Copywriter: Writer, Marketer and Persuader All in One

If you’re new to writing you may not have considered copywriter as a way to break into the industry.

Become a freelance copywriter

Copywriting is as challenging as it is interesting and most writers overlook it in favour of more traditional publishing roads.

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But wait, what’s a copywriter?

If you think about copywriting as writing for business then you’ll have it just about right. A copywriter is the person who comes up with slogans, billboards, traditional media ads and just about any other kind of sales copy (words) you can think of.

And what about all the words that go on websites? And those business blogs everyone has these days? Yup, a copywriter is behind it.

Because uncredited copy is everywhere, it’s easy to miss it as writing.

For people just getting started in writing, they may not even consider this type of writing as an option because it seems so mysterious.

Sure, it’s not as recognizable as, say, a published author credit or a byline in a newspaper or magazine but it certainly pays the bills.

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The difference between copywriting and other types of writing

When most people think about writing they think of fiction and non-fiction.

But of course there is so much more below the surface. Fiction breaks down into endless genres while non-fiction branches into journalism, prescriptive, self-help, biography, memoir and more.

Copywriting falls into the non-fiction camp and champions the art of persuasion.

AKA rhetoric. In general, a copywriter’s job is to persuade someone to take an action be it purchasing a product, signing up for an email list or clicking on a link.

You’ll find copywriters within marketing departments or working for advertising agencies or public relations firms.

And most freelance writers you meet are copywriters who are tired to explaining to people what copywriters do so they default to the generic “writer.”

Copywriter: Freelancer, Marketer, Writer

How copywriting works

If you watched Mad Men then you have some idea of how copywriting fits into the larger world of sales and marketing.

In general, they’ll start with a brief from a client or brand explaining what problem their product or service is trying to solve and who will benefit from it.

They may have meetings with art directors or graphic designers to brainstorm concepts. And they may meet with the company to learn more.

Once there’s a firm concept in place, the copywriter will then create the different deliverables. Let’s say this project is an advertising campaign for a toy company who wants to launch the next big Christmas gift hit.

The copywriter would look at all the different aspects of the campaign (say for example, television ads, radio ads, newspaper ads, social media posts, email blasts, etc.) and create the written components.

Become a freelance copywriter

To get started as a copywriter there isn’t any sort of standardized degree or certification. You just start.

Of course, this is easier said than done.

In order to get work you need to showcase your skills. If you have a portfolio, great. If not, then get writing. Start a blog or devote yourself to some other form of content marketing to get your name out there.

If you don’t have skills, consider working at an agency. There are a couple benefits here, you’ll gain experience and learn how the industry works. There are a lot of agencies and they all need writers.

Browse LinkedIn and look for terms like “media,” “communications,” “marketing,” etc. From there figure out which ones are hiring and start applying.

Sure, copywriting may not be as glamorous as publishing in a literary journal but if you can find the right clients it can afford you a decent living.

It might be tricky to explain to other what you do, but it won’t matter if you fall in love with the art of copy.

Do you want to learn to be a copywriter? I recommend the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy course

Do you want to learn to be a copywriter?

There are a lot of freelance writing courses out there, but finding a good copywriting course is a bit trickier. So imagine how pleased I was when I stumbled upon Comprehensive Copywriting Academy. It’s exactly what the name describes.

I took the course and wrote a review of it for The Write Life.

If you want to learn how to become a copywriter and don’t know where to start, this is the course for you.

Here are just some of my notes from the beginning course to give you an idea of how strong the foundation is:

Copywriting is writing that sells, either literally or by convincing people to do something. It combines the science of marketing with the art of writing and is much more than simply being clever.

In fact, copywriting isn’t being clever at all but most people think it is. Most people don’t understand how to make copy effective and few people are able to write copy well.

Here are a few places you’ll see copywriting:

  • emails
  • banner ads
  • direct mail
  • newspaper and magazine ads
  • videos
  • commercials
  • radio ads
  • websites
  • brochures
  • apps

And now, for what is not copywriting.

  • Novels, short stories and non-fiction aren’t copywriting
  • Magazines and newspaper writing isn’t copywriting
  • Ghostwriting is not copywriting if it’s not selling
  • Blogging is technically not copywriting, it’s content writing

There are two main types of copywriting, direct response and branding. Direct response copywriting aims to get an immediate response from the audience while branding copywriting works to establish the image of a product or company to generate awareness.

Branding copywriting is more about getting an audience to buy into a brand while direct response copywriting wants you to buy now. Right now.

Read my full review of the course

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If you're new to writing you may not have considered copywriter as a way to break into the industry. Copywriting is as challenging as it is interesting and most writers overlook it.

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If you're new to writing you may not have considered copywriter as a way to break into the industry. Copywriting is as challenging as it is interesting and most writers overlook it.

Innovative Ways to Boost Exposure for Your Business and Attract New Customers

Alright, so many if not most of us would like to make money from doing something online. Maybe this is literally running an online business, maybe this is using digital marketing boost exposure.

Innovative Ways to Boost Exposure for Your Business and Attract New Customers

How to keep warm leads coming in (even if you hate marketing)

Do a quick search and you’ll find tons of tactics for getting word out about your products or services, and for attracting new customers My best advice is only do what feels natural to you. Keep things simple.

You’ll find that your customers will respond far better to your marketing if it’s coming from an authentic place rather than copying what others are doing. Plus you’ll end up being more innovative too! Seriously!

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Let’s do a quick jargon check before getting into my tips for using digital marketing for lead generation.

For example, “lead generation.” What is it? This is the process you apply (or the strategy you execute) to bring people into your sphere of influence.

Next, “warm lead.” This refers to anyone in your circle of influence who has interacted with you or your brand in the past, and has the potential to become a customer in the future.

Alright, here are three tips for attracting new leads to your business using digital marketing strategies.

Use Social Media Effectively

Social media is one of the most powerful tools available for promoting your business. But it can also be one of the biggest time sucks. Develop a simple social media strategy and then start posting engaging content. You may find inspiration from professionals such as Dan Rascal so make sure to watch what others are doing and generate ideas from there (without copying/stealing of course).

Invest in SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is another handy tool for promoting your business online. Just remember this is a long game! If you want people to discover your website when searching for relevant keywords, then it’s important to ensure your site is optimized for the search engines.

This can be confusing at first, but there are plenty of free resources to help you get started. Search engines (and humans) prefer websites that are easy to navigate, provide a good user experience and contain well-written, engaging content.

Content Marketing

Content marketing often goes hand-in-hand with SEO. Your content marketing efforts will likely be in the form of blog posts, articles, videos, or even eBooks. The goal is to provide value to your audience and build relationships with potential customers.

Pay-Per-Click Advertising

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is a form of online advertising that allows you to place ads on search engines and other websites. The good part is you only pay when someone clicks on your ad and it can be a great way to get immediate exposure for your business.

The most popular form of PPC advertising is Google AdWords. With AdWords, you can create text, image, or video ads that will be displayed on Google and its partner websites. In addition, you can target your ads to people based on their location, keywords they’ve searched for, and more.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is my favourite way to build relationships with your ideal customers/clients. This can involve sending nurture-type emails, protomotions, and even educational-type articles to help build your credibility. These emails are sent to subscribers who have opted in to receive your emails.

Alright, so many if not most of us would like to make money from doing something online. Maybe this is literally running an online business, maybe this is using digital marketing boost exposure.

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