Third person post. Today is an exercise in stepping out of our typical blog-voice of first person or second person. As bloggers in the health community – one of our strengths is speaking from our experiences and drawing from our own perspectives. It’s what makes our blogs so treasured by our readers – and so cathartic for us. But for the sake of experimentation and trying something new – let’s step away from that today.
Think of a memory you have – and write to recreate it. But, inside of going into it as yourself, go into the story as a narrator. Describe your memory using the third person as if you were a character in the story instead of the one telling it. As you write, use as many sensory images (sights, sounds, textures, etc) as you can. Don’t use “I” or “me” unless you include dialogue in your memory.
What effect does having some distance from your memory give your writing? Did you find it challenging? Could you use the third person in your blog from time to time? Where would it be effective?
Read back over your post – pay close attention to all of the sensory images you included. How does utilizing sensory descriptions enrich the depiction of your memory? Did you find it difficult to write this way? What does it add? What does it subtract from your usual style?
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It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.