HAWMC: Writing With StylePosted: April 15, 2012
For the month of April, I’m participating in the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge from Wego Health. Each day I’ll be writing a health-related post based on the HAWMC prompts, aiming to challenge myself as a writer and health activist. Thanks for following!
I’m not sure I have a writing style when it comes to this blog. I try and keep things simple – I’ve heard from many readers that my style is best described as “concise”. And while I might plan out blog posts in advance, I never handwrite them or jot down notes. I’m much more spontaneous with my writing than that – and I don’t think I could ever change that! I let the words flow – it may not come across in a well-thought-out post with a running theme or a neatly wrapped up ending, but it reflects how I work quite accurately!
Most of the inspiration for my writing comes from other recipes or discussions I’ve seen on the web, either on blog posts or websites I read each week. I’m trying to stop this habit and start finding inspiration from myself and abstract sources. Take that photo of the magnolia tree above, for example. I snapped that on my iphone a few weeks ago, and while it may not lead to a blog post, it is a reminder for me to appreciate the beautiful little things I walk by every day. Too often, my mind is swimming with health and nutrition, focused on work and cooking. Instead, I’d like to stop and smell the magnolias and take inspiration from those moments of calm when I can trust my own brain to work its magic.
I remember loving to write as a kid, spending hours thinking up stories and scribbling them down. I even enjoyed writing during school, essays and all. My interest was lost in college – writing soul-destroying papers on subjects I didn’t care enough about and desperately trying to eke out a few more words to reach the minimum word count. That’s no way to write!
Now that I’m writing weekly about a topic I love and am genuinely interested in, it doesn’t feel like work. However, I’d like to get more creative with it. That’s probably the main reason why I signed up to this writer’s challenge to begin with. Hopefully this creative inspiration will continue beyond April!