Leah Cutter sold her first short story back in 1997, and continues to write and sell her fiction. She currently runs three business in Seattle: her fiction writing business, a small press, and a vacation rental. She's also lived all over the world and held the requisite odd writer jobs, such as doing archaeology in England, teaching English in Taiwan, and bar-tending in Thailand.

Her fiction includes literary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror fiction. She has a number of novels in print, plus she's been published in major magazines and anthologies.

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Business For Breakfast Vol. 6: The Healthy Professional Writer by Leah Cutter

So. You're a writer. And like most people, writer or not, you'd like to become healthier.

Whatever that means.

There's a lot of advice out there. However, most of it comes from people who have always been healthy, or who aren't writers. Plus, they don't encourage you to define health for yourself.

This book is my personal journey to health, along with a lot of tips and tricks for how you, as a writer, can start "leveling up" your writing to be healthier and happier.

If you are struggling with your own health journey and connecting that to your writing, this book may be just what you need.

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, this book also includes a couple chapters on "marathoning"—both writing a lot in a short amount of time, as well as how to prepare for a marathon so you can do it without killing yourself.

Be sure to read the other books in this series:
Volume 1: The Beginning Professional Writer
Volume 2: The Beginning Professional Publisher
Volume 3: The Beginning Professional Storyteller
Volume 4: The Intermediate Professional Storyteller
Volume 5: Business Planning for Professional Publishers





This isn't a standard Business for Breakfast book. This book is as much about my personal journey to health as anything else.

I've always considered myself healthy. However, when I start detailing out what I've been through, it surprised me how sick I actually have been. I started getting sick on a regular basis about the time I was twenty eight. I didn't realize until my mid-forties that I actually had an undiagnosed thyroid condition.

In addition, I've had migraines my entire life—nothing horrible, but they occurred every month, without fail, sometimes only a couple, sometimes more. Then, starting in 2015, my migraines suddenly became chronic. I ended up with twelve to fifteen migraines a month, with headaches almost every day. I basically lost half my time.

I still wrote.

In spring of 2017, I changed my diet dramatically, and I found a way of dealing with my migraines. Now, in September of 2017, I can tell you that I'm down to one migraine per month, with only one severe headache as well. (I'm hoping over the next few months, as my brain heals, that I can stop having migraines all together.)

I started regularly blogging about my diet and my health. I tried to post once a week about where I was at, what was happening. It was a form of accountability, as it were. It helped me stick to the diet and the new migraine treatments, even when I had migraines lasting for forty-eight hours or more.

Other people have found my journey inspirational. I've have more than one person tell me that they wanted me to write a book about it so that they could buy it and give it to their friend/brother/spouse, what have you.

This book is set up with alternate chapters: one chapter is more focused on health, while the next is more focused on being a healthier writer and "leveling up" your writing.

I hope this book helps you with your process and your own personal journey.

Please, feel free to contact me or leave me a message on Facebook if you want to go into more depth about the things you're experiencing.

Take care, happy (and healthy!) writing –

Leah Cutter

September 2017