Here are a few:
All that typing, mousing and running frustrated fingers through ones hair rents havoc on the wrists!
Rehab: Rest, wrapping the affected area, ice packs.
WALKING INTO WALLS COMPLEX
Literally. As a writer one’s imagination is never entirely switched off. When I was a child my parents thought I might have a hearing problem. The specialist diagnosed me a condition known as being “Off with the Fairies”. Oh the number of times I’ve looked up and had no idea how I got there!
Rehab: Mindfulness by way of yoga can help.
Yet, on the flipside…
Imagine yourself out at a café, having a deep and meaningful with a friend. If there is a writer nearby, chances are they’ll hang on your every word.
Rehab: None necessary. (We have to get ideas from somewhere!
I realise this one isn't limited to writers. We might not even be the most tragic. But boy do we give it a red hot go!
Rehab: Bwahahahahaa! That's funny.
I’ve always been the perfect movie watcher, happily going exactly where the filmmakers lead me. Laughing where they want me to laugh, crying where they want me to cry, not picking the twist until it happens. Only now, with a working knowledge of writerish crafty things called “story beats” and “three act structure”, so often I know which character will die near the end of the movie as soon as they walk on screen. It’s an honest to goodness tragedy!
Rehab: Watch really great movies that sweep you up so thoroughly you have no chance to unpick the threads as they are woven around you.
COMPULSION TO PHOTOGRAPH HANDSOME MALE STRANGERS DISEASE
If a gorgeous specimen of manhood - hero material if you will - walks into my vision, I’ve been known to stare unashamedly and quickly jot down details such as the way his hairs sits, eye slant, grin shape
Rehab: I’ve never gone so far as to snap a quick pic, but I’d be surprised if others haven’t! Therefore no rehab necessary.
It’s serous. And it’s real. (Thankfully it’s also tax deductible J)
Rehab: Pfft. Indulge, baby.
What occupational hazards come with your line of work? I’ll bet there are some doozies those of us out of the loop have no clue about!