10 writing jobs that you are able to do for a residing
This guest post comes from Jerry B. Jenkins. Jerry is a 21-time New York Times bestselling author (including The Left Behind series) and biographer (Hank Aaron, Walter Payton, Billy Graham, and many others) with over 71 million copies sold. He teaches aspiring writers at JerryJenkins.com.
You love to write. People have told you that you are good at it and you feel that they are right.
But writing is one thing. Writing for a living is another.
How do you know the time is right or if you really have what it takes?
You should be sure that you know what you are getting into before you take the plunge.
Full-time writing is not a hobby. And it is not easy. But when prompted – oh, the rewards.
Find your passion
I am one of the lucky ones. I knew I wanted to be a writer as a teenager, and I pursued it with a passion that I hadn't shown for anything else.
But even that didn't guarantee my success – it only guaranteed that I would never stop.
I became a sports journalist before I was old enough to drive.
When I was 14, I spoke to a local daily newspaper about a stringer job and reported on high school sports. I received a dollar per inch inch that survived the sports editor's red pencil and made me a professional writer.
When I was 19 I became a sports editor for this newspaper. My passion had become my profession.
When I was 22 I became a magazine editor, with 28 magazine publishers and with 31 book publishers.
In my spare time, I became a writer when I was 24, a writer when I was 29, and decades later I approach 200 published books, 21 of these New York Times bestsellers (including The Left Behind Series ™), with over 71 million copies sold.
Some of my novels have been made into films. I wrote the autobiographies of countless first-person superstar athletes (Hank Aaron, Walter Payton, Orel Hershiser, Nolan Ryan, Meadowlark Lemon and others).
I tell you everything not to brag, but to say that I've been at this game for decades and have a career that most people only dream of.
The final result?
Dreamers talk about writing. Writers write.
Writing well, good enough to make a living, requires knowledge, training and practice.
Very few people are born good writers. I certainly wasn't. In fact, I don't know anyone who has only read a handful.
If you're like me and almost every other writer, you have to grow in craft, especially if you ever want to get your dream job. How you do that?
- Read as many books about the craft as you can get your hands on. Here are some of my favorites.
- Write – every day. Maybe take a journalism course or an online writing course. Find a way to put words on the page every day.
Is my writing good enough to make a career?
Have you postponed a career as a writer because you fear you're not good enough?
I only became a full-time author after my 90th book was published. Until then I had been working full time and writing in my extremely limited free time.
I only quit my job after planning enough book projects to pay three times my salary. And even then the decision was difficult.
It wasn't just my salary that needed to be replaced. I had to cover everything: my pension, benefits, supplies, even weekends and vacations.
My biggest breakout project, Left Behind, was hardly my first book. It wasn't my 50 either. It was my 125 ..
Work hard. Learn everything you can. Write about the things that spark your passion. And when you're ready to do a writing job, keep the following in mind.
10 popular writing jobs
While you might become one:
- Grant writer
- Resume author
- Greeting card writer
- Medical writer
- Business plan writer
- Video game author
- Comic author –
– Rarely will one of them support you alone. As a freelancer, you have to be ready to offer everything to everyone. I remember years when I never said no to an assignment. A write job was a write job.
But here are ten of the most popular writing jobs, of which I did the first seven at one time or another:
Do you have a story idea strong enough to justify a 75,000 to 100,000 word manuscript that can captivate a reader consistently?
First immerse yourself in short stories. When you learn to write them, you learn the business and how to interact with an editor.
Resist the urge to start your writing career by writing a book. It's like enrolling in a graduate school instead of a kindergarten. You have to learn a lot first.
2. Non-fiction author
Categories include articles, blogs, autobiographies, biographies, essays, memoirs, natural writing, reviews, profiles, reports, sports writing, guides, self-help, and more.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that non-fiction is easier to write than fiction. Too many details have to be done correctly. Do some research. Get the details right, otherwise readers will notice.
Do you love news and have the ability to be objective?
The best journalists show outstanding research skills and the ability to detach themselves from history in order to present an accurate, neutral report.
Networking and the ability to ask difficult questions are paramount.
Journalists write for newspapers, magazines and news websites or create scripts for radio, television and podcast news channels. Some are freelancers and build their own brand.
A degree in journalism is preferred and was previously required for journalists. This may still be true for some high-profile media companies, but if you are able to write well and attract readers, you can still qualify.
In contrast to a journalist, a columnist offers an opinion and his perspective on current events.
A columnist should know his audience well and write with a clear voice that readers can leaf through or leaf through.
Start a blog, write for free and leave your comfort zone to write for out-of-the-box companies.
5. Web Content Creator
Individuals, businesses, and organizations need blogs, social media, and website content. They often hire freelance writers to create it.
It is helpful to familiarize yourself with SEO, HTML, CSS, WordPress and social media practices. If these are new to you, you will need to do your homework. 🙂
ProBlogger publishes a job exchange with potential projects.
Are you ready to write regardless of who gets the loan?
A ghostwriter is often the creator of content behind social media posts, scripts, speeches, blogs, other web material, and even books. By definition, the author's name does not appear with his work.
Politicians, government officials, executives, celebrities and public relations companies need speeches. Some people even buy wedding speeches and toasts.
An excellent speech writer gets to know the speaker's voice, researches the topic and writes the speech. Speechwriters rarely get recognition for their work.
Can you work well with a team? Do you love film and theater?
Writing scripts for films, cartoons, television programs and plays is perhaps the most collegial of all freelance writings. Up to a dozen people can play a role in scripting.
Editing scripts, working on a film set or stage, and learning business are helpful experiences when writing in this area. As with many other types of writing, formal education is not always a must if you have a high level of talent and can prove yourself.
For many writing jobs, formal training is not always a must if you have talent and can prove yourself. However, practicing your craft is always worth the effort.
A copywriter creates promotional and advertising texts, including brochures, direct mail, billboards, websites, emails and catalogs.
The copywriter has to communicate well with just a few words and take powerful measures. Knowledge of social media and search engine optimization are important.
Most agencies are looking for authors with a four-year degree in English, communication or journalism and a candidate who has completed an internship or has work experience.
10. Technical editor
If you can make complicated jargon readable and understandable, this may be the one for you.
Technical writers rarely get recognition for their work. To be competitive, they need to be problem solvers, have technology, and understand procedures and processes.
The training required for this rapidly growing field can depend on the subject. Many schools offer degrees in technical writing, but degrees in communication, English, journalism, or a subject are also acceptable.
The hard work of writing jobs
Writing is hard, tiring work. If you don't find it, you're probably not doing it right.
Writing a book is particularly daunting because of its size. Attack it the way you would eat an elephant – one bite at a time.
Don't let fear of failure stop you. Get motivated to do your best work every time.
Immerse yourself in the craft every day, read and write, and you may find space for yourself in the writing shop.
Did you do any of these writing jobs? Let us know in the comments.
You have two options for today's practice:
Option 1: Choose one of the writing jobs listed above and imagine a day in the writer's life doing this. What are the heights? What are the disadvantages? What unexpected conflict throws a wrench into your day? Write a scene about your professional writer.
Option 2: Select one of the write jobs you want to run. Practice writing a piece in the style of this job. Do you want to be a journalist? Write a newspaper article about something that happened to you this morning. Do you want to be a speech writer? Write a speech for someone you saw on the news.
Take fifteen minutes to write. When you're done, share your practice in the comments below and leave feedback for your co-writers!
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