Indie Authors CAN Ward Off Alzheimer’s!
For years medical experts have been touting the use of one’s brain to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. They tell us something as simple as working crossword puzzles or reading a book, will help keep dementia at bay.
More and more retirees are becoming self-published authors. The reason? Like me, they’ve figured it out—authors don’t get Alzheimer’s. If you’re an Indie author or thinking about becoming one, take this simple test to see how many years writing can extend the productive years of your brain.
1. Writing a full length novel 2 years
2. Mastering acceptable grammar and punctuation. 1 year
3. Computer problems while finishing your novel. 1 year
4. Computer problems while publishing your novel. 2 years
5. Weeding out favorite words from your manuscript. 1 year
6. Weeding out the word “that”. 2 years
7. Finding answers to research questions. 1 year
8. Formatting your novel yourself. 1 year
9. Formatting yourself for a print copy. 2 years
10. Fixing problems in your novel after publishing. 2 years
11. Finding a cover artist that’s inexpensive and “gets” you. 1 year.
12. Marketing your book online using social media. 1 year
13. Marketing your book using social media if you’re over 55. 3 years
14. Publishing more than one book. 1 year
15. Writing in multiple genres. 2 years
16. Posting regular blog entries. 1 Year
17. Becoming the target of cyber-bullies. 3 years
18. Getting hacked on Twitter. 1 year
19. Your Facebook account disappears. 1 year
20. Remembering to get your butt up off the chair every
thirty minutes to walk around. 5 years
I hope this post encourages all of you to start writing! Think of all the extra years you can keep your brain active with just a modicum of stress. Well, maybe a little more than a modicum depending on the day of the week. And you can add a few months for trying to do a column of numbers on your blog, which, you can see, I never mastered!
There is a small caveat to this blog: I’m not a medical professional. The above calculations are based on this author’s experience with Indie publishing. It’s not for sissies.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping in,