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The fact that Joanna Penn was considering the same issues and asking the same sort of questions was really helpful. I have been looking forward to The Healthy Writer ever since Joanna mentioned it on her podcast, and when she announced a survey or writers, looking for insight into the issues that other writers were facing, I eagerly participated. As it happens, one of my survey responses was chosen to be an quote in the book, and I received an ARC copy. It's a bit weird seeing something so personal in print but at the same time, it's a really good feeling. I hope that my words will be an inspiration to someone, as I'm sure Joanna's book will be an inspiration to many.
I love Joanna's non-fiction books on writing and come back to them time and time again. At first it took me a little bit longer to get into The Healthy Writer, which I attributed to the fact that this was written with a co-author, Dr Ewan Lawson, and deals with subject matter that is quite different to Joanna's usual fare. As I got further into the book, however, I found myself really enjoying Joanna and Ewan’s differing perspectives. I think it was a really smart idea to have a writer and a medical professional work on the book together. I also really enjoyed knowing that doctors struggle with these issues too! It gives my difficulties a little bit more perspective.
I received the ARC copy about a month ago, and since then I have recommended it to at least two writing friends as well as the entirety of the RWNZ Canterbury chapter. This says a lot about how useful I think this book will be. I know that this is going to become a go-to reference for me in the future as I seek to improve my writing practice.
She also gives lots of practical tips on how to combat these illnesses. I have been a great fan of Joanna’s long term mindset advice and I really like the way how she uses the same mindset to combat weight problems. You won’t find any “Lose weight in 7 days by eating more” kind of advice here.
The chapter I found the most relevant was on IBS. Having personally suffered from IBS for years, it was heart breaking to read about Joanna’s husband’s struggle against IBS. I could identify with all of his symptoms except that his IBS was 100 times worse than mine. Reading her personal story made me feel better. Now I know that I’m not alone in suffering from this dreaded “syndrome.”
There is also a reading list at the end of every chapter. Very helpful if you wish to do some more research on the topic/s that interest you.
Overall, this book is a great starting point to anyone dealing with health issues. It may or may not answer all your questions but at least it will push you in the right direction.
This book was packed full of sensible advice to help manage and prevent these issues. Prevention is better than treatment, so I found it really helpful to know what to keep an eye out for, and a good reminder of problems that are beginning to sneak in.
I read the book cover to cover, but it’s really designed to flick and skim through, reading the chapters that are most relevant to you.