Content Writing Made My Dreams Come True

OK, the subject line might exaggerate — but just a little.

Although I’ve been an approved writer since January, I just recently started writing for Demand Studios. Before this, I’d always been so busy with my other clients that I only had the chance to give Demand Studios a cursory check. Usually, the topics weren’t in my area of expertise; I think a good general rule might be that, if you don’t understand the title, you probably shouldn’t write the article.

But last week, I discovered that a lot of medical titles had come through. Alongside theology, medicine is one of my true intellectual loves. When I worked on New Moon magazine, I would always vie to work with the Body Language articles, and I usually got them — although I was always a bit flabbergasted that not everyone wanted them as much as I did. I mean, there’s no one in the world that this stuff doesn’t apply to. We all have bodies, right?

I’ve often internally bemoaned the fact that I didn’t go into a medical profession — usually when I’m feeling a bit dismayed at the chronically low income my chosen profession predicts. But then I remember that people who work in the medical professions run a higher chance of coming across vomit in their day-to-day life than I do, and then I remember why I didn’t go to nursing or medical school.

So I’ve fantasized about medical writing, wondering exactly how one does land a cushy gig like that. But in the past week, I’ve written two articles about bipolar disorder (with another on the way), three about ADHD, one about autism, and one about acne. At least part of my question has been answered: content writing is one way to earn both experience and money doing the kind of writing you’ve always dreamed of doing.

4 Responses to “Content Writing Made My Dreams Come True”

  1. Josh

    Maybe nobody writes about body language because everyone communicates online nowadays…? 😉

    Of course, I love body language too — it’s a vital part of the grammar and syntax of the cartoonist’s craft — but I’m not sure how well I’d be able to write about it. It’s more an intuition than an actual knowledge.

    And I don’t think I’ve actually seen anything written about body language probably since my college social psychology class some twenty-some years ago.

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  2. Jenna

    Very cool! Were you writing one of those when we were texting last week?

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  3. Lacey Louwagie

    Josh: Body Language was actually the name of the “health article” department in New Moon magazine, so subjects ranged from puberty to braces and not just on Body Language itself. But I DO wonder about whether people’s ability to interpret body language will take a dive since so many people communicate online. It seems like all the articles about body language these days are just about body language as it relates to dating. Tangentially, I actually hate talking on the phone because of the absence of body language, so I think I depend on it a lot in my non-internet interactions (on the internet, of course, you have more time to interpret someone’s intent without body language than you do on the phone.)

    Jenna: Yes, I was writing one of these articles when we were texting! I was working on one about natural treatments for bipolar disorder (that one was harder than I thought it was going to be, so the text breaks were nice!)

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  4. Josh

    Yeah, I hate talking on the phone too — and for the same reasons. Most people don’t seem to understand it, though.

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