The Future of Victoria

"Change your thoughts and you change the world." -N.V. Peale

Who I am

Interests~ I love reading, writing, music, and art. Why? Simply because they help me to escape reality. I play the acoustic guitar and clarinet, but I prefer the guitar. Reading helps me to understand my own writing, so it isn't surprising that I love to read. Although I may not be good at either, art and music relieve my stress.

Skills~ I would like to think of myself as a good people-person; I am very good at acting friendly (I think.) Planning is something I personally am obsessed with. If things are out of order, my mind goes hectic and loses control. Usually, when I learn something, I pick it up quickly, like a stone rolling down hill. I'm a grammar freak, correcting is (Sadly) something I like to do.

Taking Things Into Consideration

These things should be considered when selecting a career because you can't just pick out a random career. For example, if you're terrible at chemistry, you shouldn't exactly become a chemist.

My Career as a Writer

Writers usually work alone. They may write anything from fiction to non-fiction, articles to scripts. Although most work is done with ink and paper, the majority submit work using a computer or special software. Writers often need publishing companies, agents, and editors, there are a lot of accomplished self-published authors out there today.

The median salary of an author in the U.S. is about $56,000 per year. The Job Outlook for this career is 3%, slower than average. This job belongs to the Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications cluster.

Authors and writers commonly work at home or in an office. Anywhere with paper or a computer will do. Full time authors outnumber part-time authors. Those who do work part-time (a good 2/3 or so) are mostly free-lance/ self-employed writers.

Fun Fact: More authors than you might think suffered from depression at one point or another in their life. Charles Dickens, Sylvia Plath, and John Conrad were all depressed. You can tell from a few of their passages that they were in a rather gloomy mood when they wrote them.

Scholarships

I hope to get the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship. This scholarship is $50,000. It is a Ficion Writing Scholarship. As for others, I'm not sure. Another scholarship I'm interested in is The Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future scholarship.

College

I've been considering going to Michigan for college. The Northern Michigan University has a very good creative writing program. There is no requirement for authors to have college degrees; however, they usually need to be very good at language arts. Having a degree in English certaintly helps. The tuition is $14,113.44 per year for non-residents.
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