How To Write Health Articles For Money: 10 Good Ideas For Freelancers
Becoming a freelancer writer has never been so popular or easy. The advent of several large freelance working websites has made it almost effortless for anyone to get started, even at the grassroots level. Sometimes it seems that having a good command of English and literacy skills is just a nice bonus. With so much competition out there; good and bad, it is easy to get confused and lost in the crowd. One way to step out from the pack is to move away from the generic areas into something a little more specialist but with huge popular appeal. Health Articles are a great way to do this, here’s how:
Write about something that you know
Everyone has gotten sick at some stage in their lives. Even if the worst thing to happen to you is a bad case of the flu, or a broken arm or leg you can still write about that experience and turn it into dollars. If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered from something more complex or serious, then you may just have struck writing gold.
Depending upon the length of the article that you have been asked to write, you will need to at least do some basic research to:
- Fill in gaps in your knowledge
- Check that your facts are up-to-date
Plan your article
Most articles fall into the 500-800 word range. However, it is not uncommon to be asked to write something up to 2000 words in length. This is one instance in life where size doesn’t really matter. Simply plan your article, so that it has a clear beginning, middle and end then you will be fine. Write a checklist of all of the major points that you want to include and the order that you want them to appear in.
Contact professionals for their input
Okay, so this is where you are going to need to use your common sense and discretion. An oncologist that is running a busy clinic is not going to have time to help you write an article but a Reiki practitioner might. If you think that someone might be able to bring something to the table try emailing or phoning them. Be polite, but don’t be pushy. Remember, no one is obligated to help you with this.
Ask friends and family for their stories
If writing about common ailments doesn’t float your boat and you don’t have experience of something major, then ask your friends and family. I can guarantee that someone within your circle will have an interesting story to tell.
Decide who you would like to write for
This is important. Clearly, if you have contacts within the industry, then you are going to have no trouble finding work. If however, you are new to this then you might find it considerably harder. Be realistic and start small. Building a sterling reputation is the best way to get more rewarding jobs.
Check submission guidelines
Checking submission guidelines and requirements in an advance can save you a lot of time and heartache. It is pointless submitting something unless it 100% meets the publication’s requirements otherwise all of your hard work will just end up in the slush pile. You would be surprised at how many people neglect to do this.
Research some similar articles
By checking out the competition, you can get a feel for popular styles and topics. This is very useful when you are first starting out. Just remember plagiarism is illegal, so don’t be tempted to copy elements.
Decide if you are going online or into print
There is a constant demand for online articles as just about everyone has a blog that they need posts for. However, there are still plenty of print publications particularly within the health field that are looking for good, quality freelancers.
Pen name or real name?
This is quite an important decision to make. A lot of people want to test the water without friends or family knowing that they are writing, and so they choose to use a pen name. While others, want their five minutes of fame and go out guns blazing. Which one are you?