A writing career can encompass
journalism, freelance work,
writing for the web...
who find great enjoyment in writing, and who love to see their
ideas and words come to life on the page, a career as a writer
could be the perfect way to turn a writing hobby in to an enjoyable
and maybe even lucrative career.
Writing, like many creative pursuits, is a career in which competition
is high and job opportunities are often difficult to land. Self-motivation,
focus and concentration, a natural love of writing - and pure
stubbornness - are all that are needed if a potential writer is
going to weather the rejection that many new writers face.
Fortunately, there is a wealth of information on writer's
markets available for beginners to help increase their odds
of receiving their first acceptance letter.
Even younger writers
just starting out can take advantage of a variety of teen
writing competitions that can open doors to a varied number
of writing assignments available to talented young writers.
Writers typically fit into two broad categories, the first of
which include authors and writers. These are the writers of fiction
or nonfiction books, children's
books, or writers of articles for newspapers or magazines,
scripts, advertisements, or online publications. For these writers,
a degree in English or journalism can certainly be useful in some
cases, but generally it isn't necessary especially for freelance
The other kind
of writer is the technical writer, typically responsible for product
manuals, assembly instructions, or help documents for computer
programs. For these types of jobs, especially when working directly
with an engineer or software designer, it is often very helpful
to have either a technology degree or a very good understanding
of the subject matter at hand.
also find work as editors. Editors must have an extremely good
eye for grammar and typographical errors, and often must work
closely with production managers on the overall layout of a publication.
Writing jobs outlook
The job outlook for writers is good, with growth expected to be
are looking to take advantage of areas of the industry that are
growing more quickly should learn how
to write for the Web, as this is one part of the industry
growing especially fast.
The average earnings for salaried writers is just under $50,000
a year, and for technical writers it's about $58,000 a year. Editors
earn an average of about $47,000 a year. Wages that freelance
writers earn greatly depends upon their experience, rates, and
the number of assignments they successfully pursue.
More about writing careers around the Web:
in Writing - Comprehensive guide from Kennesaw State University
with tips on education and training, writer's markets, interviews
with professional writers, and resources to more information on
how to write a query letter and related career advice.
& Editors - "A guide to publishers and writing
services for serious writers!" with focus on the business
of writing and book authoring, including insider tips and reviews
of literary agents and publishers, how to's for managing a freelance
career, and extensive lists of related resources.
Writing.com - Tips, tricks and how to's for breaking into
the freelance market with helpful feature stories, information
on writer's markets and submission guidelines, writing competitions,
and industry news.