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How to become a Writer

Writers use their knowledge of language to craft original content based on either facts or fiction. They produce text in many formats, from blogs, articles, and reports, to manuscripts, novels, and poems.

If you have a good grasp of language and a creative streak, and you are persistent and love reading, then a career as a Writer could be worth exploring.

If you have these skills, you could make a great Writer

  • Disciplined and self-motivated, with top notch attention to detail
  • Excellent written communication skills (particularly with respect to grammar and extensive vocabulary), and able to convey complex ideas with clarity
  • Open minded with a thick skin (especially in relation to accepting changes and edits)

What tasks can I expect to do?

  • Conceptualise ideas, research them accurately and in depth
  • Write documents or other forms of text using your original ideas and research
  • Proofread, edit, and polish your writing before publishing

Where do Writers work?

Writers can work anywhere. Access to computers and the internet is often desirable, but isn’t always essential. Of course, this depends on the type of writing and constraints from your employers or publishers.

What kind of lifestyle can I expect as a Writer?

Part-time and casual work is common for Writers, giving you lots of flexibility in how you structure your working week. In fact, it’s possible for you to work at nearly any hour of the day or night. There are also lots of options for either self-employment, contract work, or in-house work.

Most Writers can expect to earn an average salary throughout their career.

It might take a bit for your first big ‘breakthrough’ as a Writer, so persistence is key. Many Writers often work in other jobs on the side to supplement their income.

How to become a Writer

You can become a writer without any formal qualifications, but they could be useful by improving your skills and making you more appealing to potential employers and publishers.

Step 1 – Finish high school, doing well in English, literature, and language classes. Also see if your school offers any technical or creative writing classes.

Step 2 – Attend writing workshops and do courses (online ones are often available). Work hard to develop your verbal, written communication, and persuasive skills. Try being creative with your works and keep experimenting with new angles and styles of writing.

Step 3 – Enter writing competitions as often as possible. You’ll challenge yourself and may become a published author as a result (plus it looks great on your resume). You can find some competitions on our page.

Step 4 – Apply for work experience positions within the industry, or volunteer in organisations where you’ll be able to gain some knowledge and skills. You might like to try your local library, a publisher’s office, local newspapers and magazines, and social media or marketing companies.

Step 5 – Research and complete tertiary qualifications that could help you build on your skills and appeal to potential employers. There are plenty of options to consider at both a vocational and university level.

Step 6 – Take on an internship, find a mentor, and keep writing.

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Similar Careers to Writer

  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Technical Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Blogger
  • Screenwriter
  • Columnist

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