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Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD
Freelance Medical Writer Success Trait Number 10: Being a Lifelong Learner
10 minutes Posted Feb 10, 2022 at 2:00 am.
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Learning a little bit of something each day is a bit like dollar-cost averaging in the field of investing: keep doing them consistently over time, and you will end up becoming very rich in both marketable skills and savings. It’s also always been my belief that the best investment you can possibly make—better than any mutual fund or stock market return—is in developing your own skills. Nobody can take them away from you.

In this episode I talk about some of the things that are useful to learn as a freelance medical writer. 

Here are the 10 traits of successful freelance medical writers:

  1. Focused on what the client and reader wants and needs
  2. Follows directions
  3. Follows formatting
  4. Responsive
  5. Well versed in AMA style and rules of editing
  6. Organized and mindful of time
  7. Cheerful/forgiving/flexible 
  8. Professional with clients on calls
  9. LinkedIn presence
  10. Lifelong learner

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