Summary: Whether it is for the sake of advancing in your career, establishing yourself as an expert in a particular field, disseminating important information, making money, or simply building your writer´s portfolio, it would behoove you to add “writing experience” to your resume. If you want what you write, furthermore, to be accepted and published, then you had better write about topics for which there is a demand or in which there is a keen interest, examples of which can be found in this article.
There are subjects about which the reading public never tires. These topics have a high-interest value because the subject obviously impacts or threatens to impact everyone’s life, because not enough has been written about it, because there seems to be an unlimited supply of research material to delve into, or simply because readers have developed an insatiable appetite for the information. These topics are, consequently, a great choice for writers, bloggers, editors, and publishers looking for new promising projects:
1. Food supplements. Especially if there is any scientific evidence to back up claims, these substances are highly sought after by people looking for alternatives to traditional foods and medications. These can include vitamins and minerals, herbs, meal replacements (e.g., SlimFast and Ensure), homeopathic medicines, and in-need-of-more-research, thought-to-be-beneficial substances like glucosamine and chondroitin.
2. Rare diseases. People like to read about things they have either never heard about or which, because of their strange symptoms and potential complications, titillate their curiosity. There are hundreds of rare diseases about which not enough has been written; in fact, new ones continue to pop up as time goes by. Examples include Davenport Donlan syndrome, macroglossia, rat bite fever, and Warfarin syndrome.
3. Exotic and different-cultures foods. Written material can involve instructions on how to prepare a delicacy. They can also delve into the history of the plate, cooking method, or ingredient, its medicinal or beneficial qualities, the intricacies involved in the making thereof, or how the food may have been consumed and stored in ancient times. Possible dishes include: Bunuelos (Colombia); Timmermann Sisters’ Christmas Cookies (Germany); Tea Scones (England); Pebbernodder (Scandinavian); and Zabaglione (Italy). Other angles include “How to Best Preserve and Store Llama Meat”; “10 Bugs Readily Eaten around the World”; and “The Health Benefits of Ostrich Stew.”
4. Toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, there simply isn’t enough literature on many of the most popular chemicals used today. Some chemicals have been widely written about but only in trade magazines—i.e., a place not likely to be checked out by the general public. This presents an opportunity to not only entertain the public with material that may be totally new to them (although it may be already impacting their lives in some way) but to also educate them about potential dangers. While some people may know that antifreeze is dangerous, for example, how many know that windshield wiper fluid is also extremely dangerous for humans and pets?
5. Food safety issues and concerns. Almost every day we hear of yet another instance of food poisoning involving our very complex and humongous food distribution supply chain. Although people have become more conscious of the potential dangers, there is still much that they need to know. You, as a writer, researcher, or well-informed consumer, can help to disseminate this much-needed information.
6. Space exploration, travel, and happenings. Although there seems to be less activity concerning space exploration in the news lately, this topic is still very popular and important for a number of reasons. Just the vastness of space is an important aspect we cannot ignore. Beyond that, there is the lore (going as far back as the planetary orbit theories of Johannes Kepler or the relatively-recent anticipatory novels of Jules Verne) kept alive through films and literary fiction.
7. New medical breakthroughs. In most instances, new medical discoveries and achievements offer hope to people, even if merely for the sake of family and friends afflicted with a certain malady. Because research is an on-going activity, it is not likely that there will ever be a dearth of this type of information–or a lack of interest in it, for that matter.
8. Interesting places to travel to. Almost every city of every country in the world has places that the public would find interesting to visit or read about, depending on the uniqueness thereof. Whether it is historical monuments, natural wonders, man-made works of art (possibly of an architectural nature), or sites that are so far-removed from civilization that they cry out for attention, this is an excellent topic to write about. Some places to seriously consider visiting and writing about include the Azores; Bhutan; the Blue Lagoon in Grindavic, Iceland; the Cancun Underwater Museum in Cancun, Mexico; and Madagascar.
9. Unique microscopic animals and plants. We are still discovering unique and strange microorganisms that can be the impetus for great articles and books. Each new species carries with it its own history of development, role within its ecosystem, and potential benefit (or harm) to humans and the world in general. Already-well-known microorganisms (like plankton) have qualities and play crucially important roles that can inspire fresh-perspectives, new-theory-introducing literary works; additionally, one way to help preserve these important animals and plants is by writing about them.
10. Major problems facing mankind and what can be done about them. Because this last topic goes across a huge range of individual, albeit multifaceted topics (nuclear proliferation, depletion of organic energy sources, development of drug-resistant pathogens, bioterrorism, global climate changes, massive global extinction of fauna and flora, the predicted inability of traditional food sources to feed a rapidly-growing global population, etc.), this subject alone can be the impetus for thousands of articles and books, each with its own unique angle, focus, and theoretical framework.
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