Thursday, May 19, 2011

Health Activist Writer's Challenge: 30 Day, 30 Posts

Guess what?  I've got a new challenge.  It's called the 30 Day, 30 Posts, Health Activist Writer's Challenge.  So for 30 posts I'm going to be writing about fibromyalgia using prompts from from this website.

Day 1  Health Acrostic - Write an arostic for your condition or the word HEALTH.

Day 2  Word of the Day Post! Go to and write a post inspired by their WOTD - or grab a dictionary (or any book) from your bookshelf, open to a page, and write about that word. Can you link the word to your condition somehow?

Day 3  Yahoo Answers Post - Pretend you are writing a question about your condition - it can be as silly/humorous as you want.  Now answer it.  (Remember: Your answer can be just as silly.)

Day 4  Ludicrous Headline or Cure.  Do a news search and choose a ridiculous headline or proposed cure about your condition and write what you think about it.  Can't find one?  Write your own.

Day 5  Health Haiku. 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables about your condition.  Write a few if you'd like.

Day 6  "I write about my health because..."  Reflect on why you write, in writing.  Meta!

Day 7  Leave your condition a text or voice mail.  Check in with your health by pretending you're leaving a quick note.  Bonus points if you find a way to record in audio-form too!

Day 8  Write a poem (5-15 lines) where every line is a health question.

Day 9  Health Activist Choice!  Write about whatever you want today.

Day 10  Post Secret.  You know the beloved post secret community?  Write down a secret that isn't really a secret.  Hint: A misconception about your condition, something people would think you'd be shy to disclose (but will!), or just something you want to shout from the rooftops!

Day 11  Revise your condition's Wikipedia page.  Pretend you're a Wikipedia writer - what sentence or paragraph should be included (in your opinion).  Has Wikipedia forgotten to include your condition?  Write a few quick facts and submit.

Day 12  Ekphrasis (writing about another art form) Post - Find a Flickr Image in Creative Commons that inspires you in some way (positively or negatively) and free write about it.  Give yourself exactly 15 minutes to write without stopping.  Don't think!  Brave bonus: Publish to your blog without editing!  (You can include a disclaimer.)

Day 13  Open a book to any page - take the first line you see.  That's the title of your blog post.  What does the blog say?  Write it in less than 20 minutes.

Day 14  Write a poem (5-10) lines where every line is a lie or misconception about your health condition.

Day 15  Two Sentence Story.  Tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end in only two sentences.  Get creative with semi-colons if you need to!

Day 16  Report This!  Write a blog where you're a news reporter presenting an invention or cure for your condition.  It can also be in the style of a Faux Press Release.

Day 17  Mindful Moment.  Describe something peaceful with as much sensory imagery as you can.  What are the sights, sounds, scents, and feelings?

Day 18  Your Daily Schedule.  Write a list of your daily routine from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed.  Be honest.

Day 19  Health Activist Choice Day 2.  Any topic you want.

Day 20  Describe your Writing Room.  What is in the room where you write your posts?  Are you in a crowded coffee shop, your desk at work,k or at the kitchen table?  Try to find and name an item in the room that is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black, brown.

Day 21  Free-Write about someone you admire.

Day 22  Prescribed!  Your doctor writes you a wacky prescription - what is it?

Day 23  Dr. Seuss Day!  Write a post with as many rhymes as you can.  It can be a poem with end-rhymes or a paragraph with internal rhymes.

Day 24  Best Moment of Last Week.  What was the best thing that happened to you last week?  Did you have an a-ha moment or get great news?  Write about it and relive it!

Day 25  Red Pen Day.  Find an old post of yours from months or years ago - revise it as radically as you can (use Track Changes in Word or red font on your blog).  What changes did you make?  What clarifications did you need?  Publish the new version.  Post both versions if you're brave.

Day 26  Spirit Animal Day.  Give you or your condition a spirit animal and write about yourself or it as though you/it are that animal.  What qualities of the animal do you or your condition possess that are positive?  How is this a metaphor?

Day 27  Quote Prompt!  Find a quote that inspires you either positively or negatively and write about it!

Day 28  "I used to be ____.  But I'm not anymore."  Write a poem where every line starts with the phrase "I used to be" and ends with "But I'm not anymore." (5-10 lines)

Day 29  Health Cliché!  What's a health cliché that really bugs you? What are you tired of people asking you or saying to you again and again?  Write it down.  Then reclaim it!  Take it back and turn it around so you make it something you could be comfortable hearing.

Day 30  Gobbledygook Day.  Make up a new word (it can be a combination of two words or complete non-sense).  What is the word?  How do you pronounce it?  What does it mean?  Use it in a sentence.

1 comment:

  1. My doctor always checks my thyroid levels. I am taking for my hypothyroidism and I am happy to gain positive results.


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