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Eye on the Prize: The Health and Maintenance of Writers

What You Need to Know to Stay You for as Long as You Are Able

Jan O’Hara

I know what you’re thinking: An essay on health in the middle of an inspirational and informational writing book? Isn’t that like biting into a Parisian-made madeleine cookie and discovering a filling of pureed Brussels sprouts? The above was my initial reaction when I was asked to use my background as a former family doctor to write this essay. But as soon as I wrapped my head around the concept, I recalled 5,110 excellent reasons to pair health and literary ambition. It turns out that if you consistently incorporate the following four habits into your life, you’ll gain an average of fourteen extra years. For those ...

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