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I believe to succeed you will need to develop your own niche. For example, I read a lot of history, mystery novels from foreign lands. Currently, I'm reading a book about Bombay, this includes a developing mystery, a study of their present society, i.e. caste system and a strange religion that I never knew ever existed! This combination enlivens the reader and develops a loyal following. You have to try to stand out in a crowd and with peoples short attention span you have to capture them from the first paragraph.
Writing is a broad field. Depending on the type of writing you're open to, you can make decent to great money. As others have mentioned, there are the careers of reporter/journalist, playwright, technical writer, and novelist. Writing proposals for the Architectural/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) industry pays very well. Knowing InDesign, in addition to having great writing and editing skills, will give you a boost in the A/E/C industry. You can also be a writer working in the public relations and/or marketing communications fields or even a grant writer.
There are many careers a person interested in writing can take. You can write plays, books,novels,screenplays,etc.
All you need is the determination and exhilaration to proceed.
Ever consider a career in technical writing? For the most part you could work for various industries writing technical manuals on how to use or maintain their products. For me one minute I could be writing a manual for a cargo plane, the next for a tactical fighter, or the next an unmanned aerial vehicle (or UAV). The subjects of the manuals are always changing and are very exciting to work with. I would be tasked write manuals on how to remove and install parts and components, maintain, inspect, or operate the product.
What I also love the most about my job is I pretty much work on my own. My boss isn t always looking over my shoulder and I can work at my own pace. My writing skills are always tested as well as my creativity. What I also like the most about my job is that I work as a freelancer where I m basically my own boss. I get to travel a lot since most of my clients rarely exist in one spot. One minute I could be working for Boeing in St. Louis, the next I could be working for Lockheed Martin in Marietta Georgia or Northrop Grumman in St. Augustine Florida. On top of this most companies are willing to pay for your living expenses if you agree to take on the project.
Keep in mind that business writing (no matter what field) is in constant demand every year and will need very talented writers to carry out the task at hand. The question you should ask yourself is do you want to work full-time or do you want to be a freelancer.
As a full-timer employee youll dedicate yourself to one company and make a career within that institution while climbing the ladder to your success. It does pay well and you will be provided benefits, but you wont make as much money working full-time as you would as a freelancer like me. We tend to get paid more however were in charge of acquiring and maintaining our own benefits like health care because were considered self-employed. Also the work we do for our clients can last anywhere from two to 12 months or longer. After which your assignment will end and then youll have to find a new client. Hopefully youll already have a substantial amount of money in your savings to live without work for a while (which I call the extended vacation) before your start work again.
Now in regards to the matter of a paycheck. Make sure that your one of your writing jobs pays by the hour while you pursue the other that doesn't if you're pursuing another career in creative writing. I'm a creative writer who is still trying to write that best seller, but I'm not getting paid by the hour to produce it. However, my primary job (freelance technical writer) no matter what phase of the writing process I'm in, I always get paid by the hour even if I'm not finished with the manual I'm drafting.
As for the pay itself you will be compensated well enough to get by. Working in the technical writing industry one can make anywhere between 50 to over 100K a year. Proposal and SQL Report writing you can make even more. But keep in mind that this is after you had at least five years experience.
Of course! It depends what type of writing you're willing and want to do. Especially in the era of digital, writers are needed in all sorts of fields. Some writing positions include digital and print marketing and advertising; technical writing; news, media and publishing; commercial writing for companies; blogging for businesses; playwriting or novelist and much more.
Writers often have to do writing work that just "pays the bills." That just means you'll find yourself occasionally writing about topics or in formats that aren't exactly aligned with your passions. That's OK. It's all about building your portfolio and expanding your skill set while pursuing other opportunities when they arise (and working on that novel on the side).
You might be lucky enough to have a full-time job writing, but many other writers have to cobble together several part-time positions or freelance work. You might even freelance in addition to your full-time job. There's no one-size-fits-all for writers and that's a good thing. It means you have plenty of options if you're willing to put in the time and effort it takes.