Prompt: 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?
Since I write for various blogs, I have different writing styles, sometimes my style changes with specific posts. It depends on the subject matter, especially how personal what I’m going to share. For this blog in particular, I often have to do research. Although I’m not an expert, I attempt to educate others about specific health conditions. Those topics are often based on current events or monthly awareness activities. These are not the type of posts that I enjoy writing, but I know they serve a purpose. My personal health posts where I share about what is going on with my condition, both physically and mentally are much easier to write. They often flow.
With all of my health writings, I have difficulty thinking about a title. I’m wordy, in case you haven’t been able to tell yet. Narrowing down my thoughts to a few words and thinking about SEO is a chore, but I usually write a title first. I very rarely write my posts by hand as my handwriting is terrible now. I’d probably have trouble understanding it later. The only exception to this, is when I take notes at a conference or when a thought crosses my mind. My typing is too slow to capture information I need.
Planning posts is a must! I use an editorial calendar and include notable awareness posts by month. Because of the amount of writing that I do, staying organized is not only helpful but a necessary evil. Although sitting on my couch in the middle of the house isn’t the best place to focus, I’d rather know what is going on with my family. If I have intensive work to do, my home office is where I sit so I can concentrate without interruption.
There’s really no definite answer to today’s prompt. But instead of sounding wishy washy, I know that the ability to change and feel comfortable with it is helpful to deal with my health. Accepting change and going with the flow are two important coping skills.