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April 22nd, 2012

HAWMC Day 22

by Amanda

 

The Things We Forget. We can all use a reminder from time to time. We’re busy – Health Activists especially – balancing life, health, and online community is a challenge. When juggling so many things at once – it can be easy to forget the basic, yet fundamental, things that we know to be true (or important).

 

Today’s prompt is inspired by the blog “The Things We Forget.” http://thingsweforget.blogspot.com/ The site hasa simple but lovely premise and has been sharing mini motivational sayings written in permanent marker on a Post-It (then stuck somewhere in public for others to see) for a while now. I wanted to bring its tiny form of inspiration to the Health Activist community because I think it fits what we do. If you’re like me and decorate your work space (or living space) in a multitude of Post-Its or other handwritten lists – you know the intent behind giving yourself mini reminders. Most often they are related to tasks we have to get done or passwords we don’t want to forget. What if, instead, we could have a positive note for ourselves that reminded us of a small truth or positive sentiment that could keep us going, instead?

For today’s prompt – write yourself a reminder. It can be in the form of an online post – or a picture of an actual Post-It like the ones from the website. Maybe your reminder is related to health or well-being. Maybe it’s focused on staying positive. Maybe it’s a little joke that you have with yourself. Maybe it’s dedicated to your community. Or maybe it’s something related to writing (Cross your T’s and Dot Your I’s! – Spell Check is your Friend!). No matter what you decide to come up with – consider it a little piece of writing – and exercise your ability to be concise but powerful.

Now post your note somewhere you can see it. (On your mirror is a great place). And send it as a tweet or Facebook status.

 

How do you intend to remind yourself of this particular truth that is sometimes forgotten? What would you remind your community? (Why not ask them to make reminders, too?)

 

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 22 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.


 

 

 

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April 21st, 2012

HAWMC Day 21

by Amanda

 

Health Madlib Poem. Fun with parts of speech! Today’s prompt is inspired by the classic game – and poetry – put together. A website I love to visit for writing prompts (when I want to push myself to be creative) is Language is a Virus. They have a few fun tools – one of which is a poem generator: http://languageisavirus.com/cgi-bin/madlibs.pl. You enter any words you want and they automatically fill the words into a classic poem.

 

As writers know best – the editing process (which often tedious) is invaluable and never really done. So remember when you create your poem today, and as it’s generated for you – you can edit it and make it more “you.” As sometimes happens with Madlibs – it may not make total sense. Fret not! Just add a few words (or subtract some) and try to make it better.

 

Today’s prompt is a meditation on words themselves – especially how they can be arrange to add meaning.

 

If you don’t feel like writing a Madlib poem – you can grab any passage from a magazine, newspaper, favorite book, blog post, or past entry you’ve written. Take out several of the worths and ask a friend or family member to fill in the words according to whether they are a noun, verb, adjective, adverb. Just like Madlibs.

 

Have fun! So often we find ourselves falling into the same writing patterns, using the same words over and over. Any opportunity to grab a thesaurus, broaden our vocab, and enhance our “voices” is not only going to make you a stronger writer – but enjoy it more when you read it back to yourself.

 

What words did you choose? How did your poem turn out?

 

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 21 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.



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April 20th, 2012

HAWMC Day 20

by Caitlin

Miracle Cure. Write a news-style article on a miracle cure. What’s the cure? How do you get the cure? Be sure to include a disclaimer.  ;)

EXTRA, EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT.  THERE’S A CURE!

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for. You pick up a newspaper (or more likely check your favorite newspaper’s website or facebook page) and you see it. A CURE!

Your first thought: EXCITEMENT! You can’t believe it, A CURE, FINALLY.  But excitement quickly turns to skepticism.  You’ve heard this before. You’ve been strung along by phrases like “clinical trials” and “FDA Approval.” You know better, you’ve been there before.  You weren’t eligible or it didn’t work for you.

Let’s imagine for a second that this article did contain the news of your cure, that excitement wasn’t met by disappointment.  We hope that one day everyone will experience such a joyous moment, but in the meantime, let’s imagine what it would be like when you do.  Write the article you hope to read one day and tell us what your miracle cure looks like.

What does the treatment do? How would you get the treatment? Who else would get it? How would your life change? Don’t forget to include a disclaimer!

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day [#] post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.


 

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April 19th, 2012

HAWMC Day 19

by Caitlin

 

5 Dinner Guests. Who are 5 people you’d love to have dinner with (living or deceased) and why?

Hosting a dinner party is an intimate affair.  Besides the careful selection of ingredients and courses, there’s who to invite.  A seemingly simple task, in fact there are many elements to consider.  Political and religious views, strong vegan/vegetarian views vs. food-chain eaters, quiet vs. loud personalities.  Finding the right combination requires careful thought and planning.  So what if you could invite ANYONE, living or deceased, and you knew they would show up… What five people would you want to have dinner with if you could? They can be living or deceased, famous politician or your best friend.  They could be an expert in your condition or not know the first thing about health or wellness.

As your following grows, the population of your community will diversify. Where once you might have only had friends and family reading your blog, now you might have everyone from the newly diagnosed to caregivers looking for advice reading your content.  Thinking about how to bring together everyone’s interests to make your blog appeal to a range of people but also stay true to your mission as a blogger and a Health Activist will come in handy as your community grows.

Who would you want at your dinner, and why? What would the topics of conversation be?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day [#] post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 


 

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April 18th, 2012

HAWMC Day 18

by Susan

 

Open Book. For today’s post, open the nearest book (or find your favorite and open that!) to a random page and point to a word or phrase on that page.  Using that phrase or word as your inspiration, free-write for 20 minutes – to be sure, set a timer and see what you’ve come up with.

When your time is up, review what you’ve written and share it with your readers.  Be sure to start your post with the word or phrase you chose and, for extra credit, the book it came from.  You can stop your post with the phrase and your free-write or end it with some commentary about what you uncovered.

What book did you choose and why? What’s your reaction to your free-write?
What did you uncover that surprised you?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 18 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.


 

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April 17th, 2012

HAWMC Day 17

by Natalia

 

Learned the Hard Way. Let’s take a look back as we seek to go forward. Some of the beliefs we hold play a significant role in our lives today because we learned them the hard way. According to human nature, we will make mistakes throughout our lifetime. However, more important than the mistake itself is what we do when we realize we have stumbled. Sometimes, it is tough to address our slip-ups and move ahead. But it’s necessary in life. So for today’s prompt – what’s a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 today.

How regularly do we, as bloggers, take the time to examine those experiences (though hard at the time) which resulted in a new outlook? Reminiscing on such events is significant because it played an important part in shaping who you are now. Your readers may wonder at times what compelled you to make certain decisions or write specific blog posts. A tough life lesson, may explain so many of your actions or at least give readers more insight into you. They have a personal bond with you and recounting profound experiences is another way for you to reach out and connect with them. If your readers were your children, what are some key lessons you would impart to them?

Was it challenging to revisit mistakes you have made? Does the lesson you learned then, help to explain some of your actions today?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 17 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 

 

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April 16th, 2012

HAWMC Day 16

by Susan

Pin it – Health Activist Style. A picture is worth a thousand words and today’s prompt proves it.  Get started by creating a pinboard for your health condition – you can do this on pinterest, on your blog, or in real life – and sharing a few of the images in your blog post.  What images did you “pin” that mean the most to you when you think about your health, your condition, or your time as a Health Activist?

Share your top 3 images in your blog post and explain why you chose them.  For extra credit, talk about how images are used in your health community (or not used!) and why they can be as important as words – or not, if you disagree!  If you are using Pinterest, make sure to share your images on our HAWMC Pinboard (link to board we create?) and tag them with your post so other Health Activists can see what’s important to you!

Where did you find the images you pinned?  Why do they matter to you and your condition?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 16 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 

 

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April 15th, 2012

HAWMC Day 15

by Natalia

 

Writing with Style. As bloggers, we should be credited immediately, simply for writing. Writing as an art form and means of expression is losing its prominence within some sections of our society today. Nonetheless, that does not make it any less valuable. Like style, writing is personal. So for today’s prompt – what’s your writing style? Do words just flow from your mind to your fingertips? Do you like handwriting first? Do you plan your posts? Title first or last? Where do you write best?

It’s useful for you to identify your writing style so you can recognize the manner in which you write with ease and on the other hand – the approach you find most difficult. For the most part, bloggers assume a casuall tone. Varying up your style – from less formal to more formal depending on the subject can be an interesting way to capture your reader’s attention and highlight the importance of a topic at hand. Don’t forget, your readers cannot hear how you feel, so your words and writing style are the instruments through which you convey your thoughts. Be mindful of these important tools.

As a blogger, how has your writing evolved over the past year? Which other styles of writing are you likely to use?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 15 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 

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April 14th, 2012

HAWMC Day 14

by Natalia

 

My Dream Day. Dreaming seems to come naturally; but that is not necessarily true about our dream day. So often, we envision such a day, but it is elusive. Here, you have the opportunity to create that perfect day and the fun part is – it can be as wild as you want or perhaps deviate slightly from your everyday life. You are in full control of your dream day! So for today’s prompt, describe your ideal day. How would you spend your time? Who would you spend it with? Have you had this day? If not – how could you make it happen?

While focusing on a specific area within health has drawn your readers to your blog and they admire that about you, every now and then, a pleasant surprise is welcomed. Get even more personal with your readers! It is one way through which you can diversify and attract more readers to your blog.  Your dream day is unique to you but various parts will appeal to different people. Be detailed so readers get yet another peek into your life beyond your contribution as a Health Activist.

What obstacles prevent you from enjoying your dream day? How important is achieving such a day?

 

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 14 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 


 

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April 13th, 2012

HAWMC Day 13

by Natalia

 

10 Things You Couldn’t Live Without. At some point you have at least heard this situation posed to someone (if not to you): if you were stranded on an island, what are the 10 items you would need/want to have with you? Have you given that circumstance serious thought? You can approach this from various viewpoints – that of a Health Activist, patient, caregiver, parent, sports enthusiast, healthcare provider, etc. So for today’s prompt, write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.

Narrowing down the things you absolutely could not live without can prove challenging to some. However, it is a worthwhile undertaking. It can provide direction for you in the future as the list you create today, can be used as a checklist for different activities; and another advantage – if you are so inclined, you can expand on each item and its importance in separate blog posts. This might be interesting to your readers as it might spur them on to create lists as well and draw to their attention the value of certain items, which they would not have overlooked.

Did the 10 items on your list flow readily? In which area do the majority of items fall – personal, professional, Health Activism?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 13 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.


 

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