what’s my style? #hawmc day 15

April 15, 2012


my writing style

I’ve never really thought about my writing style. I just think that I sit down and do it. Upon thinking about this prompt, though, I realize that I’m writing blog posts in my head all the time. Before #hawmc began this month, I hadn’t actually posted anything to my dblog in forever…or 5 months, however you want to look at it. Not because there wasn’t a lot going on. There was. And I blogged about it, nearly every day…in my head.

I write brilliant blogs in the shower, during my hour-long commute to and from the office, and random other times I probably should be doing something else. I also write Facebook updates and tweets in my head, too.  It sounds a little crazy, but I’m just always writing. In my head. Once in a while, I remember to post them.

It’s so much easier for me when there are prompts to answer with a post. Left to my own devices, and if I haven’t already worked something all out in my head, I can sit and think about topics for hours and have nothing to show for it. I love figuring out how to answer a question and then answer it. Having to decide upon, or worse yet design, my own question to answer and then go about writing the answer to it is not my favorite thing. Thus, I’m having a great time with the wego Health Activist Writer’s Month ChallengeResponding to really cool prompts that make me think and are fun to answer? Yep, I’m your girl. Then the words just flow.

When I was growing up, in elementary, junior high/middle school and high school, I used to love to hand write my book reports and class projects. Even in high school, when I had to type papers, I would love to hand write the first several drafts until I got it just the way I wanted it, and then I’d type it. Somewhere in my four years of undergrad, however, that changed. I began brainstorming and writing first drafts at the computer, and the handwriting that I used to love as my process started dragging me down. Slowly but surely, the handwritten first drafts drifted away. More and more, I was sitting down at my big old PC and drumming out a paper. And I’ve only gotten stronger with that process ever since. (The old PC, thank goodness, gone some time ago.) It’s like my brain made a big switch. Now it’s easy for me to think as I write at the computer, and trying to hand write something gets in my way. Makes me a little sad to think about it, but it’s just how it is now. It’s okay.

Titles go one of two ways: either they are completely perfect and tight and awesome from the very beginning, or they’re just there–nothing special. I don’t spend much time on them. I’m in awe of bloggers who have perfect titles for every post. I have a thing about including “d” in most of them, for diabetes, and that may or may not stick around for very much longer. At the moment, it’s fine.

Photos and images, however, really slow me down. I’m a very verbal and literal person, so the words come first and strongest for me. It’s something to work on in the posts to come–more images, more visual interest, to make these pages more attractive and fun. I get it. It’s just not my forte.

I write best when I’m not feeling pressured about a zillion other things going on in this life, which seems to happen much more often than I’d like. I write best when it’s relatively quiet, and either later in the evening or first thing in the morning. I also write best when I ignore social media and just focus, even for a short while. It’s always amazing to me how much I can actually get done when I sit down, sit still, and focus. 30 minutes goes a long way.

I definitely write best when my BG is neither too low nor too high. When it’s too low, I can’t focus on anything, much less write. I also get very paranoid and start freaking out that I’m not a good writer, researcher, or thinker and that everyone knows how bad I am. When my BG is too high, I just want to sleep and it feels like my veins are full of hardening concrete. I’m also grumpy. I just want to close my eyes, not helpful when I want/need to write.

My writing style is blunt and personal, active and passionate. I write just like I think, and I write like I talk. What you read here is what you get. (Also: grammar, spelling, and info accuracy are key.) I’m all about expressing big ideas and real feelings. I’m not afraid to say/write something that pushes buttons, asks challenging questions, or makes people think. Most of all, I hope my style connects with people–especially other people with diabetes, especially people with type 1 diabetes and/or people who love, work with, or just know people with type 1 diabetes.

I’m fierce about our stories being told, listened to, and acted upon. I hope my writing style reflects and achieves that fierceness.

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This post is part of the  for Day 15: Writing with Style. 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? Check out more posts from the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge at wego health’s Facebook page.

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why I write about my health (#HAWMC day 4)

April 4, 2012

 

I write about my health because…

It helps me understand my own story with type 1 diabetes.

It helps me remember parts of my story from long ago.

It’s a good challenge for me.

It’s an emotional release.

Maybe some parts of my type 1 diabetes story are similar to other people with diabetes (PWD).

Maybe parts of my story can be helpful to others, either other PWD or parents/loved ones of PWD.

It helps me think through some things about type 1 management issues I’m experiencing.

Sometimes I’m a pretty good writer.

Maybe reading my story will help some people without diabetes understand what it’s like to live with this disease.

It’s fun to write.

It’s fun to read people’s comments.

I like to read other people’s blogs.

I feel like I should offer something to the greater diabetes online community since it’s given so much to me.

If I don’t write about my story with t1d, no one else will!

 

This post is part of the wego Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge for Day 4: Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes.


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