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Don’t suffer for your art

Writing might seem a relatively safe pursuit, sitting safely at your computer screen, but it does have its risks, and they could threaten your livelihood, warns Rewan Tremethick

We all have the odd day where we step away from the keyboard feeling slightly stiff. It can be easy to ignore those aches and pains, confident that they will pass with time. Often they do, but more and more people are beginning to find that the keyboard is not their friend.

Our hobby is a sedate one. The idea that you can do yourself harm pursuing your passion for writing seems laughable. The image of a solitary writer, hunched over a keyboard or curled up with a notebook, looks about as safe as you could get. Indeed, if you were to tell your friends that you had hurt yourself writing, they would probably assume you had accidentally stabbed yourself in the hand with a pen.

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