Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2018 The Mighty Writing Prompts

Here are some video and writing prompts from The Mighty Editor-In-Chief Megan Griffo. Look them over, see if wish to take the challenges using the medium of your choice. 

Before I dive into this month’s challenges, let’s chat! We’d love for you to submit a 20-second-or-so video answering a Mighty question below.
So much of our relationship exists through a computer screen. This of course makes it possible to have contributors all over the world (which we love), plus it means we can work faster (which you love) — but we wish we could get to know you more. We would love for you to participate in a Mighty Contributor video. Our goal is to collect your stories, see your faces (or signs) and share it with you and the rest of our Mighty community. We want to hear what it means to be in this community and what it’s felt like to share your story on our site. You are by no means obligated to join in — but, if you are interested, we invite you to follow the instructions below!

Record yourself on your phone and answer one of the following questions:.
  • Why do you share your story on The Mighty?
  • What is something that’s happened to you as a result of sharing your story on The Mighty? (i.e. someone reached out to you, you saw a comment that meant a lot, you encouraged someone to seek help, you felt cathartic in your own health journey, etc.)
  • What does “being Mighty” mean to you?
A simple and easy guide for filming your own video:
1. Hold your phone horizontally.
2. Answer the question in 10-15 seconds.
You can watch an example here. (Our parenting editor Ellen made this example for World Down Syndrome Day. She went a little over the time limit because she repeated the question. You do not have to repeat the question and you’ll shave off a few seconds). You can record this communicating any way you like — sign language, with a PECS board, with an app — anything goes. If you don’t feel comfortable being onscreen, you can also record a sign or piece of paper with your response on it. Please do not feel pressured to do anything that may be uncomfortable or stressful for you.
And now, onto your April blogging challenges:
1. How would you explain your condition or a part of your condition — with a drawing? We know you’re writers, but sometimes making a quick and simple visual can help explain complex things. Submit a sketch, graphic, photo — anything visual — along with a post that further explains what others don’t understand about this and why you choose to draw it this way. You do not have to be an artist to try this. In fact, we’d encourage you “non-artists” to join in.
Here are some a great examples:
2. Have you ever gotten a text that was exactly what you needed to hear while dealing with a health condition? What did it say, and why was it meaningful? If you have a screenshot of it, please include it.
3. Is there a part of your condition you deal with that others with your condition, for whatever reason, do not relate with or experience? Tell us about it. (Maybe we can find a reader who’s going through it too!)
4. Spring is here! Many of us love this time of year — others, not so much. How does springtime affect your or your loved one’s condition, for better or for worse?
5. So many of our conditions also affect our mental health. If you relate, describe a moment you realized your mental health was affected by your condition. Why does this moment stick out to you, and, if your mental health is negatively affected, how do you cope?

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