Becoming a Writer

Information on writing and becoming an author

What does it take to become a writer?

Becoming a writer takes work-flexibility, creativity, to be able to multitask, of course, writing skills. Before you become one, you first must be sure what type of writer you want to be. These range from a freelance author to working with a group on newspaper articles to a playwright. Once you figure out what you want to be, all you need is the determination to keep putting your work out into the world.

What's the pay and work like?

The work environment vary depending on what your preference of location is and the sort of writer you want to be. Writers, such as freelance writers, possess the ability to work in a variety of locations where they can write and publish their works. In new media environments, such as becoming a journalist, may have you work with a group or in buildings. The pay ranges to what type of writer you desire to be. The median wage for authors is $60,250 and for media and communication workers is $53,530. Multitasking and working on multiple projects at the same time can help improve the pay, which is common among writers to make a salary that they can live off of.

What's the Job Outlook?

The median employment of media and communication works has grown four percent and employment of writers and authors have grown two percent, which compared to other careers, is slower in average. In spite of this, writers publishing their work online has exceedingly grown, with the aid of online media. Another point to take note of is the strong competition for openings. Due to people being attracted to this career, you may face competition for job spots.

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