In this episode, we talk with bestselling author Joanna Penn about how to reduce your pain, improve your health, and build a writing career for the long term. If you need more energy to promote your book, you will not want to miss this podcast.

Joanna is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as a non-fiction author who writes book for authors. She’s sold over  500,000 copies of her 23 books in 84 countries and 5 languages. She’s an indie author, speaker, an international speaker and voted one of The Guardian UK’s Top 100 creative professionals 2013. She’s based in Bath, England although she lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years and she’s a travel junkie!

Great to have you on the show again, Joanna! How has the year started off for you?

We’re excited to talk to you about her latest release, The Healthy Writer: Reduce Your Pain, Improve Your Health, And Build A Writing Career For The Long Term

 

Questions

What made you want to write this book? How did it come about?

Why should authors care about their health? Isn’t that just for athletes?

How does our health, or lack of health, affect our writing and our stories?

How important is sleep?

I (Jim) find that after an intense period of writing, I’m exhausted, not just emotionally, but physically too. Am I alone in that, or do we have to take into consideration the toll writing takes on our physical health?

After coming off a season of writing, what are the best ways writers can refresh and restore themselves?

What can we do during an intense writing time to stay healthy?

What health challenges do authors create for themselves that they don’t have to with a little preventative thinking?

Speaking of willpower… We WANT to take action to be healthier writers, how do we go from wanting to doing on a consistent basis?

You would take care of your child if they came to you, so why wouldn’t you take care of yourself?

Read Why We Sleep Book

Read Mini-Habits book

As an author, you are your biggest asset.

Don’t wait to try new things, like dictation for example, until there’s no other alternative

(James) If you could only pick one, what is the one lifestyle change that you would put first with regards to being a healthier writer in 2018?

Where can folks buy The Healthy Writer?

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