Writing with Style


Writing is essentially a midwifing process for me. In each case, a post is born. Other than that, each one happens differently. Sometimes, I just have to figure out the first sentence. Then I type it straight into my blogging software and after that my fingers just keep moving. Next thing you know, I have a post.

Other times, I plan a series. What do I want to say? How many posts do I need? Then it’s weeks of automatic writing. 

Some posts have been really difficult because I’ve got this idea in my head but don’t know how to express it. More than once I wrote down a question on a piece of paper about how to express my post and put it beside my bed. The next morning, I couldn’t write the post down fast enough. On one of those occasions, I didn’t feel up to making it to my desk. So I hand wrote it in bed.

Other posts simply presented themselves with such insistence that I had to get them down immediately, whatever I was doing. One such post was written on my cell phone because it came to me in a waiting room.

Sometimes the title tells me the post. Other times the post tells me the title.

When I accepted the HAWMC invitation, I was concerned about how to apply my style to publishing every day for a month. This resulted in yet another approach. I basically work on three posts at a time. Sort of like past, present and future. I didn’t think I could write the haiku or the song. My subconscious had other ideas.

So when WEGO Health asks whether my writing style is this or that, the answer is all of the above. I find I have to be as creative with my writing style and with pulling the blog post out of … the ether, as I am with the writing itself.

Although I’m sometimes not sure I should put my name on a post. Seriously, they come as they are. Maybe WEGO should ask my posts.

RELEVANT REALITYNIBS LINKS: This is the post that was written in my doctor’s waiting room. And this bad post was written without using the process that works for me.

WEGO PROMPT FOR THIS POST: What’s your writing style? Do words just flow from your mind to your fingertips? Do you like handwriting first? Title first or last? Where do you write best?

This is post 15 of 30 in the Realitynibs.com series for WEGO Health’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge 2012

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