Lies and Misconceptions. The truth, as we know, sets us free. Coming across a blog post that hits home because it’s so real and relevant is a wonderful experience. In our health communities we dedicate a lot of time to being honest and forthright with our health information and patient stories – well today we’re not going to do that. Put on your deviant pants – today we’re going to write lies.
Today, let’s make lists (I won’t say the “p” word) that are 5-10 lines long – each line being a lie or misconception about your health condition. You can use lies or misconceptions you’ve heard before or make ones up. Use your personal experience or get elaborate with fiction.
When writing your lies – get creative. Try to find the most interesting way to put these lies or misconceptions into words. Use rich or ridiculous imagery (tap into your 5 senses!) and the best adjectives you can to bring the lies and misconceptions to life. Want to make your lies into a conversation? Try writing your lies in someone else’s voice. If you want to keep your blog honest, you can also switch off between misconceptions and the truth if you want. Line 1: Myth Line: 2 Reality.
How do you normally address misconceptions in your blog or community? How do they play into your role of Health Activist?
What did it feel like to write blatant lies and un-truths? What did this exercise teach you?