How to Write Health and Wellness Books

Are you writing health and wellness books, but don't have the time to finish? Or are you working on your first health and wellness book, but don't know how to start?

If you want someone to give you that extra push, provide feedback on your ideas or even write the manuscript for you, you may be looking for an editor or ghostwriter. You may be thinking, "Editor or ghostwriter wanted!"

In our experience writing health and wellness books, we have found several elements that make such books compelling.

You may be writing about diet, exercise, holistic health, complementary healing, healthy food or spirituality. Whatever the topic, these tips will help you create a book that readers will resonate and connect with.

By sharing your unique message through a book, you can touch, heal and inspire people throughout the world.

5 tips for writing an awesome health and wellness book 

1. Tell Your Personal Journey 

People want to connect with you. Not just your name or resume, but your personal journey from sickness to wellness.

By sharing your personal journey, your readers will get to know you on an emotional level and want to share your journey in the book. Your story also makes your book different from other books out there. Only you can tell this story.

2. Give Clear Step-by-Step Instructions

If you are writing a book that explains how to do something, your methods must be clear. For example, if you plan to write your own cookbook, the recipes need to spell out exactly how much of each ingredient to use, when to do what and what temperature to use. Everything must be precise.

If you are writing a book about, say, learning Tai Chi in 30 days, you want to explain exactly what to do on each day of the program.

3. Explain Esoteric Concepts in Layman Language 

Many health and wellness topics may include esoteric concepts, technical terms or medical words. You may understand what it means, but your readers may not. You book must convey these ideas in ways that your audience can easily grasp.

For example, let's say you're talking about something like Reiki energy. You can say that "it is a way to send universal healing energy to the body's auric field," which may confuse some readers. Instead, you might want to explain in  more accessible language: "It is like turning on a water faucet of energy that flows through the healer's hands into the client's body."

4. Avoid Clichés and Vague Words  

Many people in the health and wellness space tend to use clichés like “The Universe will provide,”  “the Law of Attraction” or “make a difference.” Haven’t you heard those phrases a million times already? Do your eyes roll hearing them again?  Exactly. So will your readers.

Some people use coaching jargon like “When you are a stand for a stand” or “Being the space of the energy of ...” — phrases that don’t make sense in regular English. You want an editor who can help you turn those phrases into readable sentences.

5. Include Photos, Charts or Illustrations 

Many healing practices are best shown visually.

For example, would you rather read about a certain yoga pose or see it in an image? Would you rather read about tapping healing techniques (if you even know what it is) or see a photo of someone doing tapping?

Would you rather read about a delicious salad or see a photo of a fresh, vibrant, green spinach salad adorned with strawberries? Bon appétit!

When you write a health and wellness book, you will be pouring your heart and soul into the work. By following these guidelines, you will have a book that enables you to transform lives in the world.

Related Resources

Read more about How to Write a Memoir

Read more about Hiring a Ghostwriter

Read more about Self-Publishing Your Book

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