Submitted by Jocelyn Rish on September 24, 2012 - 7:57am
With only a week left in September, how am I doing with my #writemotivation goals? Making progress on most, really terrible on the most important one. Here’s the rundown:
1. Revise at least three pages a day in my WIP.
Yeah… still sitting at an astoundingly impressive zip, nada, zero for the month.
2. Post two blog posts a week.
My one shining beacon of hope this #writemotivation cycle, since I’ve met this goal every week. It’s probably pathetic how happy that makes me.
3. Spruce up at least one of my short stories and submit it for publication.
I decided which story I want to revise and researched potential publishers before narrowing it down to three magazines – this way I can tailor the revision to their guidelines.
4. Finish reviewing critique partner’s novel.
I finished reading it, and now I need to organize my notes into something resembling the English language.
So I think I’m on track to actually meet three of my four goals by the end of the month. Maybe I should change that first goal to revise three pages in my WIP, period. Hey, any forward progress at this point would be a cause for celebration.
With so many writers bent over their computers feverishly working on their goals this month, I thought now would be the perfect time to introduce you to Doctor Jo. I regularly talk about my younger brother Brian on this blog because we worked together to make two short films, but I also have a younger sister – Joanna. She’s a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy (yes, it kinda kills me that my baby sis is a DOCTOR!), and she and Brian teamed up to make some shorts, too. But instead of death-predicting cats and hoodoo practitioners, these shorts feature my sister doing what she does best: helping people and acting silly.
Joanna wanted to help more people than just the patients she could fit in during the day, so she started a website called AskDoctorJo.com, where people can find exercises to relieve their aches and pains. She walks you through the exercises with clear, easy-to-follow instructions and adds humor to keep them entertaining. And if you can’t find what you need, send her a question and she’ll answer it for you.
I asked her to recommend videos for the ailments most likely to plague a writer, and she said these are the ones most helpful to people hunched over a computer all day.
The one for carpal tunnel syndrome features Joanna in all her goofy glory, so I’ll embed that one here:
The others are more straightforward, where you can see that, yes, she is a professional . . . at least some of the time:
In addition to her website (where she has lots of other vidoes), Joanna also has a facebook page and a twitter account @AskDoctorJo where you can ask questions and get the latest updates, so go check her out!
I’m so proud of what my sister has accomplished in following her dream to become a physical therapist, and I think it’s awesome how she’s sharing her knowledge to help people. I hope these exercises help my fellow writers feel better as you create your brilliant stories.
How are you doing with your #writemotivation goals? Have you ever had to visit a “physical terrorist” (as Joanna calls herself)? Do you have writerly aches and pains that might be eased by these exercises?
#writemotivation photo credit to Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
I’m a writer and filmmaker exploring the magic of stories. I’ve always loved to read and watch television and movies, and now I'm creating my own stories via YA novels, short stories, screenplays, and even short films. I’m also an animal lover with a menagerie of pets; and, yes, I’m one of those people who puts party hats on their dogs and makes them “cakes” for their birthdays.