Writing Health Articles That Inspire

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A wide variety of health topics are available within A Bit More Healthy articles. Some are informa­tional, presenting symptoms and avail­able medical treat­ments. Read about nutritional benefits of certain foods. Other articles high­light medical advance­ments or success stories. As a writer, you appreciate when a large audience reads and enjoys articles you submit. How do you write articles to get attention? Here are insights from great references and success­ful articles.

Be Charismatic

Charisma refers to compelling charm. Audiences are drawn to charis­matic speakers. Emulate this in writing with three core elements: presence, warmth, and power. Avoid weak state­ments like: “Some might benefit from this.” Do not address readers as “persons in this category.” Write for one reader in a natural impera­tive manner that makes him feel that you are writing for him alone. Come across as a person, not a company. Infuse your own personality. Writing about something near and dear to your heart becomes evident.

Write to Inspire

An inspiring article provides hope. It makes you feel good through words that stir emo­tions. Good teach­ing is the comparison of two things—something familiar with some­thing unfamiliar. How is this new method more effec­tive than what you are doing? If there is no cure for a rare disease, how do others cope? What things allow them to take charge of their lives? Personal triumphs or pit­falls can be enlight­en­ing, at times humorous, and engaging. Convey this when writing.

Identify Specific Benefit

Know your target readers. It takes considerable skill to write a health article that appeals both to professionals and patients. If you are writing to patients, what are they trying to over­come? Are they trying to remain healthy while aging? Perhaps your article reveals how to achieve better results from fitness sessions. Make recom­mend­ations attainable for readers. Provide an inspiring benefit to a course of action. Will it save lives, improve mental or physical well-being and save time or money?

Physicians some­times benefit from patient perspec­tives on various treat­ments. You know who else benefits from patient perspectives? Patients. If you are writing to doctors, what is their medical specialty? Without sufficient cre­den­tials, you are not likely to alter the surgical or medicinal practices of physicians. Peers or subordinates gain more respect. Reference a respected authority for main points of action.

Do not offend visitors—whether they are doctors, patients, customers, or others. Never belittle or demean readers; empower them. Products or recom­menda­tions should not be harmful. Medications or remedies must have proper govern­mental approval or clearly state the phase of clinical trial. Unless writing to prospec­tive researchers, do not provide false hope for cures that are many years away from proof or availability.

Focus on a beneficial message. How will the effort to read your article be rewarding? Are you revealing a new cure for a disease, a clinical trial, or an often over­looked nutri­tional supple­ment? Inspire without exag­gera­tion. Support any claims with two or three authori­ta­tive references. Understand the differ­ence between theo­retical, anecdotal, and scienti­fic evidence. If the benefit is both clear and useful, concisely convey it within the title or subheadings.

Know When To Quit

Write just enough to satisfy and inform. There are debates about article length. Some write thou­sands of words that few readers read. Others are so brief that people question validity. Half of your readers use mobile devices. A tiny percentage of visitors will read 6000 words—especially on a mobile device. For the most part, a long article demonstrates the author’s affinity to write irrespective of the reader’s attention span.

Know when to quit

Use audience behavior to your advantage. Speed readers grasp the first line or two of each paragraph. Most people read the first few para­graphs before quickly scrolling for any­thing else that pops out like a subhead, pull quote, graphic, or video. Aim for 1000 to 2000 words per article. The average amount of time spent on web pages is about 20 seconds unless you engage readers. It takes about 8 minutes to read 2000 words. This article you are reading is a little more than 1000 words. There is no harm in following up with a second article. Craft short para­graphs. Include descrip­tive sub­headings. Emphasize the benefit and motivate readers to action within your conclusion.

Identify keywords and use them repeatedly. This improves site engine opti­miza­tion and gets more eyes on the page. Is your keyword “nutrition,” “fitness,” or “dermatology?” The phrases people use to locate articles using search engines vary. Include multiple variations within your article. You can select each category in the online store or within health article tags to get better under­stand­ing of content for each keyword. By way of example, what is the topic of the article you are now reading? How many times do you see the words “writing” and “article?”

Use references judiciously. Copying and pasting large blocks of text with dozens of supporting references does not inspire readers. They may question your integrity. Some references espouse eternal principles. Others are fleeting opinions. As a curator of references, aim to distinguish the difference.

Each reference must be verified prior to publication. A 2000-word article that references several 24-page clinical reports hinders the approval process. While some websites prohibit the use of any linked references for guest submissions, ClinicalPosters allows a maximum of 5 listed at the end of the article. If you require voluminous or lengthy references to establish authority, you can pay a fact-checking fee.

Time for Action

Are you ready to submit an article to ClinicalPosters? Great. Before you begin, deter­mine whether you are writing a commercial or non-commercial article. ClinicalPosters supports both. You pay for commercial content. Simply add either to your shopping cart. A link to necessary guide­lines is auto­matically sent following checkout. Creating an account displays ref­erences for each article. This also tracks your history of submis­sions. I look forward to reading what you write!

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