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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” —Louis L’Amour You can read hundreds of blog posts full of tips on how to improve your writing, but this post is about getting real with practical exercises. If you want to develop your writing skills, you need to […]

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Author: Michelle Guillemard
Posted: April 6, 2017, 2:16 am

There are many reasons why you may be interested in transitioning to medical copywriting. You could be: an academic scientist ready for a career change a general copywriter looking to specialise in health and medicine someone already working in the health industry a health professional who’s keen to put your hard-earned medical know-how to good […]

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Author: Michelle Guillemard
Posted: March 15, 2017, 11:24 am

Making the decision to work as a freelance health writer may come naturally for some of you. You may find freelancing can offer you the chance to achieve more diversity of work, allowing you to take control of the writing projects that land on your desk. There are also those of us who choose to […]

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Author: Dinethra Menon
Posted: March 1, 2017, 3:27 am

Clients and employers come to us because they want their content to feel less clinical and more appealing to the public – without sacrificing the scientific accuracy of the material, that is. They want us to write in plain English and create content that’s easy for the Average Jane to understand. Short sentences, bullet lists, […]

The post Wising up: Writing clearly without “dumbing down” appeared first on Health Writer Hub.

Author: Michelle Guillemard
Posted: February 23, 2017, 5:35 am

Dark chocolate is good for your heart. The overconsumption of carbohydrates, sugar and sweeteners is chiefly responsible for the epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Fad dieting leads to orthorexia. In health writing, it’s a relatively huge no-no to make these types of claims without backing them up with evidence. These claims need proof […]

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Author: Michelle Guillemard
Posted: February 16, 2017, 3:22 am

If you have just started working as a health writer, you may be experiencing a number of mixed emotions, from excitement to nerves. While all these feelings are natural, you’re not alone. Even the most experienced writers will feel trepidation when starting new projects or work. The good news is these feelings can be controlled, […]

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Author: Dinethra Menon
Posted: January 30, 2017, 4:15 am

As a freelance health writer, your primary source of income is client work. You can find new clients through many different avenues: referral, previous employment or direct contact. Even though you’ll work for a different number of clients every month, you’ll build a solid base over time. From there, you can decide if you want […]

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Author: Dinethra Menon
Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:26 am

Eat five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit every day. If only it were that easy to inspire change. If I’ve learned anything over the past decade, it’s that facilitating behavioural change isn’t as straightforward as writing about health in an easy-to-understand way. Ensuring our patients understand a complex medical topic is one […]

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Author: Michelle Guillemard
Posted: January 11, 2017, 11:30 pm

Interviewing subject matter experts is a valid source of medical evidence for all of us. Health experts add credibility for health claims, and interviews provide a platform for experts to share their knowledge. Not everything sourced from an interview needs to be included verbatim in an article. Still, it’s important to make sure you have accurately quoted and understood […]

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Author: Dinethra Menon
Posted: December 29, 2016, 3:14 am

A lot of aspiring health writers ask me if they need formal writing qualifications – a university writing or journalism degree, in other words – in order to become a successful writer. “I already have health qualifications … do I need a journalism degree as well?” “Do I need a communications degree?” “Do I need […]

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Author: Michelle Guillemard
Posted: November 22, 2016, 4:29 am