Here are few pointers to keep in mind when writing for My Empowered World.
1. Write in your own voice.
A great post will sound like a real person wrote it, and it will have a distinctive voice. If you’re not sure what “voice” means in this context, think about it this way: how would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write!
2. Keep it short.
These don’t need to be long posts! Just 500 words (or fewer) is great! If you’re going to offer tips, include a short introductory paragraph at the top of your post explaining why you’re offering this advice. Are you an expert on the topic? Did you struggle to understand the topic and want to share your knowledge? For example, if you’re sending a recipe, take a few sentences to tell us why you like this dish and when you serve it.
3. Have you deleted needless words?
Sometimes people use several words when just one will do the trick. We recommend taking one look at your piece to make sure you’re only including words that are absolutely necessary.
4. Use an authoritative voice.
It’s understood that My Empowered World posts are the opinion of the author. As the writer, you’re the expert on your own opinion! For this reason, you don’t need to use phrases like, “in my opinion,” or “I believe,” which detract from the idea you’re trying to convey.
5. Use plain English!
Many people who visit My Empowered World are new to writing inspirational, Mind/Body/Spirit content, so we prefer to use plain English when describing terms. For example, if you’re writing about yoga, we like to explain poses this way: Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). This is also helpful to keep in mind if you’re writing about ancient forms of medicine (such as traditional Chinese medicine or Ayurveda) or other terms that might be new to people who are embarking on a wellness journey.
6. If it’s a recipe, include an amazing photo.
Remember: people eat with their eyes, and an enticing photo of a dish can get people excited to try your recipe. While our editors can usually provide images for pieces, they can’t always do this for recipes, which include specific combinations of ingredients. If you’re sending a recipe, it will help your piece to include a gorgeous, professional-quality photo of your creation.
7. Show us your sources!
If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, please include a link to that source. If you’re claiming that a certain food is healthy, tell us how you know. Ideally you’d link to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. This way readers can follow your line of thinking and investigate further if they want to know more.