Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a serious, disabling condition which commonly affects people who spend long hours making small, repetitive movements doing things like knitting, playing musical instruments—and typing. Many writers contract it, including me.
I’ve had RSI for about two decades now. It often prevents me from typing, writing longhand, or using the computer at all. It leaves me in pain for weeks on end, and it doesn’t only interfere with my writing: sometimes it stops me sleeping, driving, and carrying out everyday tasks like washing the dishes. Some days it even stops me brushing my hair.
While this blog focuses on publishing I’ll bet that most of its readers are writers, some of whom might be putting themselves at risk from RSI even as they read this. So I’ve decided to start discussing some of the things that help me deal with my RSI in the hope that you’ll be a little more aware of it than I was. With any luck you’ll avoid it completely.