Ask Doctor Jo + #writemotivation

#writemotivationWith 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.
 
Feeling Achy?
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.

Comments

Adriana Ryan's picture

Hahaha, she is AWESOME! I can definitely see that you guys share your genes. ;) Thank you for the video, too, as I now have to wear a brace to bed for carpal tunnel. :( Very timely! Gracias, Dr. Jo! (And I love her dog--sooo cute!)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I hope the exercises help your poor wrists.
The dog in the carpal tunnel video is actually my brother's dog Bailey.  You can see Joanna's dog Molly (being kind of embarassing) in the neck stretches video.  :-)

Medeia Sharif's picture

Good luck on your goals.

I can't do daily goals since life gets in the way. I tend to have a weekly goal.

I get backaches from sitting and writing. Thanks for the links.

Michelle's picture

Aches and pains fall into two categories - the ones that "come with the ageing territory" and the hazards of the writing trade... how does one differentiate between the two?? LOL.
"Physical terrorist"? Ha! Love that title. :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Hopefully the stretches will help both writing aches and not-as-young-as-I-used-to-be aches!

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