On Professional Development Day, Thursday 7th August on Track B, Session 4, Gemma Ruddick (Rachael Ruddick) will be writing strong in an informative sessions designed to encourage healthy habits as you write.
Run through stretches and exercises (using only your chair) that are useful for writers who spend long hours sitting, as well as learn the considerations for general health, desk set up and furniture. Participants will run through a range of exercises and stretches that really target the areas of most concern for writers. These include exercises that improve posture, as well as flexibility in those muscles that become tight from long periods of sitting (hamstrings, lower back, etcetera). The exercises would be suitable for all age groups and health status. Gemma will also provide a handbook of exercises and stretches for them to take with them.
When I decide to do something I get it done.
What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?
Item number three of my bucket List. It is nestled in amongst some gems like ‘run a 100k ultramarathon’, ‘visit all Disney parks’, ‘get a PhD’ and ‘make my own shampoo’.
What will participants take away from this session?
My session is for everybody, regardless of physical ability. It is about giving participants the practical knowledge to make sure they are fit and ready for all those long hours spent at a desk writing. I will cover exercises and stretches that you can do sitting or standing behind your chair as well as discussing desk set up and general health considerations.
I encourage everyone not to underestimate how important it is for your body, just like your mind, to be prepared to write. We all know that athletes nowadays place considerable importance on sports psychology; well for all of us who spend a considerable amount of time in our heads we can’t neglect our bodies.
Come to my session ready to move!
Which members will benefit most from this session?
Everyone knows that spending hours a day sitting at a desk is bad for your long-term health. As writers it is virtually impossible to get around this but it is important that we all have a toolbox to manage the impacts of this sedentary profession and understand what we can do to mitigate the risks.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?
It has been a couple of years since I have been able to make it to the conference and I am looking forward to meeting up with everyone, particularly my fellow contest coordinators. I also am looking forward to pitching and hopefully picking up some great ideas for approaching the editing phase of the writing process.
Any advice for conference first-timers?
Each conference I have attended has sent me in to a writing funk afterwards. After learning so much I always want to immediately apply it all to my writing which sends me down a ‘if I’m not going to do it properly I won’t to anything at all’ rabbit hole. So my advice is to make some sort of plan about going back through your conference notes each night and after the conference and planning out practical steps to apply what you have learnt to your current work in a manageable way.
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
In 2014 I am releasing Climbing Into His Arms (Rachael Ruddick) a contemporary sports romance featuring a rock climbing goddess.