Well, Health Activist Writer’s Month is going strong. So, in honor of this month (and our #HAWMC) we’ve got some fun Health Activist Tweetchats planned for April. If you’re participating in the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge or simply want to share your two cents about what it means to be a great storyteller – you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s chat.
Today I’m honored to present an interview with our HAWMC Winner Ashley Rose, blogger at Tales of SWAGing. Though she was chosen at random from our Top Contributors, I’m really glad she was because she has a lot of fun thoughts to share with us and some pretty entertaining blog posts all HAWMC-long. Ashley is a dedicated Diabetes Health Activist and PWD blogger and also working on starting her doctorate program. It was wonderful to get to know more about the blogger behind the blog and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…
Everyone’s favorite (and sometimes most awkward) yearbook feature has made its way to the WEGO Health Blog! After a year of spending time with your class, it was interesting to see how the titles were divvied and we decided to commemorate the end of HAWMC in the same fashion! Lovely WEGO Health Intern Emily K compiled our very own Superlatives for HAWMC! Consider this the HAWMC Hall of Fame – let’s see who has been inducted and what superlative they are taking home…
Congrats to everyone who participated in our Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge! Lots of people joined us for a prompt or two and some really went the extra mile to contribute tirelessly to their blogs, keeping up with our prompts and proving their dedication to the art of blogging!
Let’s meet these HAWMC Top Contributors and see an epic post I’ve hand-picked from each shall we?
Though our Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge has officially ended because of the beginning of the beautiful new month of May, I’ve got one more prompt for you to consider! Look back upon April and write about your HAWMC experience en masse. Now, don’t worry – you don’t have to write this post today or even tomorrow – but I think it would be a good way to put the proverbial bow on the whole HAWMC endeavor.
It’s the last day of April! We finished the Health Activist Writer’s Challenge! Congrats to everyone who made it through and anyone who joined us for a prompt or two.
And though the challenge itself ends today, be sure to stay tuned for the first week of May because, though we’ve got a new theme for May (and lots of posts to go with it) – we’ve got a whole lot of HAWMC to recap, a winner to select and announce, and discussions to continue here on the blog. It’s going to be great.
Health Cliché. A cliché is “an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, rendering it a stereotype, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea which is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. Typically a pejorative, “clichés” are not always false or inaccurate; a cliché may or may not be true.” We hear them all the time, especially in writing online and in conversation with people we don’t know that well. And the worst is, perhaps, when someone says something they think is helpful or novel – but it’s actually been said 1,000 times before.
“I used to be ____ but I’m not any more.” This is a prompt I am borrowing from an exercise I did once in a writing workshop. The idea is: you start every paragraph of your short story (or your poem) with the sentence “I used to be…” and end each with “but I’m not any more.” Believe it or not – this sentence makes for a really emotional piece of writing.
Quote prompt! Today use a quote to set you off and writing. Pick a quote that inspires you positively or charges you negatively.
This is a good idea to come back to if you’re ever feeling a bit of Blogger Burnout or just want to give your blogging-engine a jump-start. Grabbing a quote from a famous speech, a fellow blogger, a news article, a poem, a song you like (or think is hilarious), a movie, or someone you know can be the perfect little push you need to get writing.
Spirit Animal Day. A spirit animal (or power animal) is a figure used to represent one’s inner qualities embodied by an animal. Tracing back to ancient spirituality, you can think of it as a patron saint or guardian angel-animal. A spirit or power animal “guides, helps or protects individuals, lineages and nations. In the shamanic worldview, everything is alive, bearing an inherent virtue, power and wisdom. Power animal(s) represent a person’s connection to all life, their qualities of character, and their power.”