Writers create written work such as books, scripts, poems, blogs and technical guides.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- choose a subject based on personal interest, or at the request of an agent or publisher
- come up with ideas, plots or content headings
- research information using the internet, libraries, site visits and personal interviews
- develop your story, article, blog, review or instruction manual
- submit your draft to a publisher or editor
- revise your work after getting feedback
- upload your work to websites or social media, or look for publishing opportunities
- attend book signings, readings and discussions of your work
- run writing workshops
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- excellent written communication skills
- persistence and determination
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (creativity)
- ambition and a desire to succeed
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- applying directly
- specialist training or self-teaching
You’ll need a high level of writing skill and talent. To develop these skills, you could get a qualification like a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:
- creative writing
- communication and media
- English language or literature
- creative and professional writing
You could also do a postgraduate writing course to get into this career.
You can do several things to develop your writing skills and learn more about the world of publishing. These include:
- joining a local writers’ group
- entering writing competitions
- blogging online
You might be able to apply directly for technical writer jobs in industries like engineering or pharmaceuticals, if you’ve got the relevant background and qualifications.
Experience in journalism could also help you to get into travel or broadcast writing.
You could work in TV or radio as a scriptwriter. You may be able to publish and sell your work without formal training or qualifications, if you’re exceptionally talented and have taught yourself. A literary agent may be able to help you with this.
- creative ideas that will sell
- good research skills
- the ability to express ideas in a style suited to your intended audience
You’ll also need to have confidence in your writing, be able to accept criticism and remain positive.
You’ll need a portfolio of your work to show to employers and commissioning editors.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work freelance or be self-employed managing your own hours.
You could work in an office or from home.
Career Path & Progression:
You could self-publish, in traditional print format, online or through e-books.
You might be able to promote your work by entering literary competitions, become a book critic or teach creative writing in colleges.