Writing Popular Articles in Homeopathy: Things You Need to Keep in Mind

idea for writing popular articles

Popular writing in Homeopathy – What is So Popular in This?

Below are some of the excerpts of the lecture by Dr. Saurav Arora on Popular Writing in Homeopathy delivered at Bakson Homoeopathic Medical College and Homeopathy, Greater NOIDA on 15th March 2018.


The writing always has a purpose and this depends upon our outlook towards writing i.e. it may be for academic, social and personal reasons.

As soon as we become doctors, we start learning new dimensions and grow our experience and gain expertise. Amidst these, sometime, there is an urge to share our learning (experiences) for which either we write, share/re-share, post/re-post the popular articles.

We achieve this

  • Either by conducting research and report
  • Or report results of others (review articles)
  • Or write popular articles
  • Or read popular articles

Broadly, there is a difference between academic and popular writing but that doesn’t mean academic writings are non-popular! Also, we seldom try to separate them and use them according to their importance.Difference between academic and popular writing

What is Popular Writing Then?

It may be

  • A Blog
  • A social media post*
  • An enewsletter article
  • A general article
  • A newsletter column
  • A magazine article
  • Etc.

Writing Platforms

E – media e.g. Blogs.

  • Formally Blog may be defined as a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style – DiscussionInformationNews
  • Blogs may be self hosted or hosted on other platforms.
  • Blogs are easier to set, and even more easier to run.
  • Famous blogging engines include WordPress, Tumblr, Drupal, Zoomla etc.

blogging platforms

Writing (Online as well as Print) Platforms

  • Newsletters
  • E-newsletters
  • Magazines
  • Journals (non peer-reviewed)

Popular Writing Apps

  • Zoho Writer
  • ProWriting
  • Google Keep
  • Evernote
  • LibreOffice
  • Writer
  • etc.

We also need to understand that there is a difference between posting and publishing.

difference between posting and publishing

For example, just writing a piece of information and posting on social media is not considered a publication.

posting vs publishing

On the other hand

idea for writing popular articles

  • Picking and Idea
  • Doing some homework (actual data collection or fact collection)
  • And getting it printed/published or posted at an appropriate channel is considered a publication!

It is a journey from idea to success through planning and strategy.

ideas and planning for writing popular writings

 

Challenges

  • Lack of guidance
  • Lack of momentum
  • Lack of time/Patience
  • Lack of knowledge

Way Out

  • Be truthful! Truthful to what we can write and what we can’t!
  • Ghost writing must not be practiced.
  • Update yourself with latest tools, techniques and technology.
  • Read…. Read…. and Read. “Reading Gives us Peace of Mind and A Piece of Idea Too!”
  • Pick an idea which is of interest to “Public” or which is the “Need of Hour”
  • Dedicate a part of your practice to writing! and Don’t expect magic
  • Choose an appropriate publication platform. E or Print or both
  • Be open for collaborations and teamwork!
  • Get yourself exposed to basic statistics
  • But be aware from “too much” self proclamation.
  • Publish a work and then post/re-post/share/re-share on social media and not vice-versa!
  • Give proper citations and source of your information.

Don’t Invent Information, Discover and Spread it for a Cause!

This is the way we learn, gain expertise, and write popular article.

Guidelines

  • When it is so popular and easy, do we really need guidelines?
  • Yes! We have guidelines and we must abide to them.

validated statements and evidences for popular writing

For collaborations, reprint, reuse and webinars you may contact Dr. Saurav Arora, Gold Medalist, Founder: Initiative to Promote Research in Homeopathy at info@researchinhomeopathy.org. Also, follow IPRH on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram at homeoresearch