This has become evident in the responses to a query I sent to an AMWA listserv: “How did you become a medical writer?” Here’s how some people began their stories:
“I got lucky.”
“Completely by accident!”
“I kind of stumbled into it.”
Others admitted that they didn’t even know that medical writing existed until a friend mentioned it or they read about it in a magazine.
I’ve had that experience as well. “Medical writer? What is that?” people say—like a conditioned reflex—when I reveal what I do for a living.
Then comes the painful explanation of what medical writing is all about (and I say painful because most outsiders—at least in my experience—will quickly change the subject as soon as you start talking about manuscripts, protocols and CME courses). A few times, however, you’ll hit the chord of a potential medical writer and, next thing you know, AMWA has a new member.
So, how do we increase awareness about medical writing?
How do we reach those writers trapped inside the body of a physician or a bench scientist?
For my part, I’ll contribute my grain of sand with this blog and with an ebook I’ll publish soon on how to become a medical writer. If you sign up here, I’ll let you know when the ebook is published.
Thanks for reading!