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"As A Writer I Was Surprised At How Unnaturally Writing Comes To Me...
A lot of people think writing is easy and it comes naturally if you just sit down in front of a computer or typewriter, I was one of those people. I've discovered that writing takes a lot out of the individual and it is soul wrenching." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied English at Chaffey Community College in California; completed Associate degree in 2010


"New Writers Can Find Many Different Places To Work Without Any Experience...
What has surprised me most about my career as a writer is that there are opportunities for all levels of writers. You don't have to be a well-known writer to make a good amount of money. There are many different ways to earn money as a writer, especially with the internet around." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 7 years of experience, female
School: Studied Journalism at University New Mexico in New Mexico; completed Certificate degree in 1975


"The Happiness Of Creative Writers At Seeing Other Enjoy What They Write...
A career in creative writing can be tough but very enjoyable. One of the best and least understood things about this career is hearing others enjoy your work. The joy they feel and express makes creative writing worth the time and effort." (Creative Writer; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied English/Creative Writing at State University Of New York At Oneonta in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 2000


"Writers Can Make Money Simply Logging In From Home...
I was surprised how much money I could make simply working at home." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 15 years of experience, currently based in Missouri, male
School: Studied Creative Writing at Missouri State University in Missouri; completed Bachelor degree in 1997


"Journalism Jobs Are Still Out There - But Not Where You Think.....
How getting a "real" full-time writing job is not only not necessary in today's market, but almost impossible anyway. The money and stability is just not there in the industry. In-person "office-style" journalism jobs are drying up, but are in demand in other ways. Freelancing is tough work, but the way to go today." (Freelance Writer (Travel, Sports); 2013)

Career: 7 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, male
School: Studied Liberal Studies (History) at MSU Billings in Montana; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Falling Rates Of Compensation...
I am surprised by the decline in compensation. As many publications go out of business or reduce staff, more writers are working independently and being paid less. Technical writing is one of the few specialties that pay well." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 20 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, female
School: Studied English at Vassar in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 1989


"Working Hard To Find Work...
Many people believe that anyone can become a writer and that the job is effortless. This is far from the truth. In reality, freelance writers like myself spend a great deal of time and effort looking for work. Many people think that freelance writers quickly become rich. In reality, it is difficult to find steady employment. Sometimes, you have to chase after people for payment." (Freelance Writer; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied Education Focusing On Art at Northern Illinois University in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 1997


"The Publishing Industry Has Changed...
The writing and publishing industry is very unregulated today. Most people are surprised to learn that contracts that traditional publishers use to employ authors is very substandard these days, given the more realistic pay opportunities available to those who decide to become indie writers or self publish. Most people don't realize that there is more than one way to have a successful writing career. Writers can freelance, promote themselves at conventions, self publish. etc." (Fiction Author; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Law at Howard University in District of Columbia; completed Professional degree in 2003


"Diverse Skills Are Required...
It surprised me that there is such a high demand for writers. It is also surprising what a wide diversity of writing is needed." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, female
School: Studied Production Management at George Brown College in Ohio; completed Associate degree in 1982


"The amount of experience required in addition to my education before I truly felt comfortable fulfilling my writing obligations. I also needed a lot of experience before I could get good jobs." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 7 years of experience, currently based in Colorado, female
School: Studied Political Science at University Of Southern Maine in Maine; completed Bachelor degree in 1997


"Self-Publishing Can Make You Money...
It's more difficult than you would think to write every single day. Self-publishing is more lucrative than I would have thought." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, female
School: Studied Dramatic Writing at NYU in New York; completed Associate degree in 2006


"Technology Shapes The Industry...
I think I've been most surprised by how quickly the publishing industry (and all of the art fields really) are changing. Technology is playing a pivotal role and those who aren't adapting will quickly fall by the wayside." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Communication at Virginia Tech in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2008


"Unexpected Places To Find Work As A Writer...
Many people speak of starving artists. While that is somewhat true for writers, there are actually some surprising avenues for earning income as a writer. For instance, there are websites that connect writers with clients." (Writer; 2014)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Vermont, female
School: Studied History And Political Science; English at Wilson College in Pennsylvania; completed Bachelor degree in 2000


"Wide Scope Of Practice...
Most people are surprised by the breadth of what a digital copywriter gets to do. In my position, I've gotten to experience most of the ins and outs of the business, from the design process to new proposals for the website." (Digital Fashion Copywriter; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Slavic Language And Literature at Harvard University in Massachusetts; completed Bachelor degree in 2008


"Cutthroat Journalism...
I was surprised at how cutthroat the writing world. No matter how wonderful your writing skills are it's important to know what the trends are and stay up on them. Don't expect compensation to be lavish until you are established" (Writer; 2013)

Career: 15 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied JOURNALISM at FAMU in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2005


"You Have To Be Your Own Boss...
As a writer and otherwise creative person, the most surprising thing is how hard it can be to be your own boss. Your career is really in your hands, which can be amazing in some ways and challenging in others." (Writer/Actor; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, female
School: Studied English With A Concentration In Theatre at University Of Rochester in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Wide Array Of Experiences Available, Especially Ones That Pay Extremely Well...
If you're a writer, you can actually do more than people think. Technical writing, transcription, creative writing (publishing your books, albeit you will have to be very good and have a unique voice)." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 11 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied English Writing Arts at SUNY Oswego in New York in 2005


"Writing Supplies The Foundation For The Project...
A writer has much more control over the work being created than people would believe. Once the script is written and revised, it becomes the foundation for the rest of the project." (Screenwriter; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Screenwriting at Queens College in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Making A Living As A Creative Writer...
When I was studying to be a writer, most people told me I wouldn't be able to make a living in the profession. I've discovered that it's quite feasible to earn a decent living in this profession by ghost-writing, offering workshops and private instruction, and self-publishing my books." (Writer And Editor; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Spanish Language And Literature at University Of Maryland, College Park in Maryland; completed Bachelor degree in 1993


"Writing Opportunities Are Abundant...
It is surprising how many writing opportunities are available out there. Authors not only write books, but for magazines, social media, news and many other outlets. Networking is key to establishing yourself in the writing community." (Author; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, female
School: Studied Psychology at Hesser College in New Hampshire; completed Associate degree in 2007


"Writers Can Survive...
I am surprised at the many compliments that I receive for my work without many bonuses or increase in pay. I am also surprised at how well the 6 of us survive on so little income by living with relatives." (Online Freelance Surveys, Typing, And Writing; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied General Education And Word Processing at Brevard Community College in Florida; completed Associate degree in 2000


"Knowledge Of One Trainer Can Benefit Many Employees...
I am surprised at how much you learn when you are the one doing the teaching. I am the Director of our training department at our company and I always have to be 2 steps ahead of the people I'm teaching. So when new software is released, I need to learn it before our employees even know about it." (Director Of Training And Development; 2013)

Career: 12 years of experience, currently based in Connecticut, male
School: Studied General Studies at Eastern Michigan University in Michigan; completed Associate degree in 1992


"The Internet And Electronics Necessitated New Skill Sets...
What surprises me, and has surprised me throughout my career, is how rapidly things change. It's forced me to remain vigilant with respect to advances in electronic communications and how that impacts my personal experiences within my career." (Web Design/Content And Writer; 2014)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Communications at Columbia College in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 1987


"Writers Can Work Almost Anywhere...
Many people would be surprised how much work is available to journalists that has nothing at all to do with news. Competent writers can find a niche in almost any industry." (Freelance Writer; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Arkansas, female
School: Studied Journalism at Benedictine College in Kansas; completed Bachelor degree


"To Become A Professional Writer Gave Me Infinite Opportunities To Find Work...
I was surprised about how I could easily find job opportunities regardless of what I was expecting. With my career I can work from my own place as a freelancer and provide content to many magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc. Creative Writing is not just to write a novel or to teach in high school, you could also use it as a way to be an independent worker." (Creative Writing; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Creative Writing at Hunter College in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 2008


"Diversity In Jobs...
Writing is such a vast career that opens so many opportunities up in a diverse number of fields. Blog writing has become a well respected and admired career and companies pay well to have writers contribute to their blogs." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Political Science at Ferrum College in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 1982


"The Act Of Writing Becomes More Difficult As You Become More Skilled...
Most people don't know that (in my opinion) writing is actually more difficult and more time-consuming for a professional than a layman. You'd think that, as you get better, it's easier to write good material, but it's the opposite. Not only do you hold yourself to a higher standard, you are more aware of the little intricacies that make the text either better or worse. I also think people overestimate the role of perseverance. While it might help a talented writer get better, it won't help an untalented writer become talented." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 12 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, female
School: Studied Writing at School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago in Illinois; completed Master degree in 2011


"Freelance Writers Start Out Making Peanuts...
I was surprised how little people want to pay (and get away with) paying writers for their words. People think nothing of paying a penny a word or less for 200 words that might take you an hour to write." (Freelance Writer; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied English W/ A Minor In History at University Of New Hampshire At Manchester in New Hampshire; completed Bachelor degree in 2007


"Reporters Make Great Public Relations Professionals...
What most surprised me about being in public relations is how helpful it was for me to be a reporter first. Having that experience helped me to better target my presentations to media, knowing their needs and pet peeves." (Public Relations Coordinator; 2014)

Career: 8 years of experience, currently based in Kansas, male
School: Studied Journalism, Spanish at University Of Kansas in Kansas; completed Bachelor degree in 1981


"Writing Jobs Are Invisible, But Everywhere...
The most surprising thing is the variety of different writing tasks that are asked for. Things that are typically overlooked, such as website category descriptions, are some of the most common things I write. While it is often assumed the website owner writes things like blogs and articles, it is often outsourced." (Writer; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in North Carolina, female
School: Studied History at Western Carolina University in North Carolina; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Wide Variety Of Subject Matters Available...
Though it's competitive and inconsistent, I was surprised by the variety of opportunities I found on sites such as CraigsList. The pay is usually very little or none at all (which I expected), but there are several different subject matters and outlets available." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Literature, Media And Communications at Georgia Tech in Georgia; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Income Potential...
I was surprised about the amount of money that can be made in this field. I was also surprised that working in the field was very different than what I learned at college." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, female
School: Studied Business at Towson University in Maryland; completed Diploma degree in 2012


"Fill In The Blank Writing...
I was surprised at how routine much of the writing is. What I have discovered is that many of the stories I now have to write are little more than "fill in the blank." I believe this will change as I work my way up and get access to more interesting and complex leads and stories." (Journalist; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee, male
School: Studied Communications at University Of Georgia in Georgia; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"More Writing Opportunities...
I was surprised at the variety of work I can get as a freelance writer and editor. I write a lot of grant proposals and I hadn't known that was an option." (Writer; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Massachusetts, male
School: Studied English, Professional Writing at Salem State University in Massachusetts; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"I was surprised to find that being a newspaper writer required so much more than just being a good writer. The industry has changed so rapidly and there is an immense focus of changing technologies such as blogging and being able to capture live video as well." (Sports Writer; 2013)

Career: 11 years of experience, currently based in New York
School: Studied Print Journalism at Ithaca College in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 1995


"Need A Natural Desire To Write...
Being a writer is not something you can just technically learn about and then be happy with it afterwards. You have to have that original drive to love to write. It's like second nature to you and THEN you learn about it to better perfect your natural talent. If you go into a writing career thinking that is when you are going to learn how to do it and everyone will just teach you everything and you will be all set, that is not correct. You have to love what you do because writing is taxing mentally and if you don't love it you will be in for a big surprise. Don't get me wrong, it's important to be technical and to learn all the grammatical and punctuation rules and the many rules that go into correct writing but a lot that is involved is a natural instinct when it comes to writing, being able to think on your feet and be spontaneous, creative and imaginative." (Writer; 2012)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in Oregon, female
School: Studied Journalism at SW Missouri State University in Missouri; completed Certificate degree in 1979


"Making A Living...
I am surprised that I am able to make a living completely from home. I had considered using my degree to teach, but I make more money writing at home for online clients." (Writer; 2012)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Colorado, female
School: Studied Philosophy at Christopher Newport University in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Making Money From Home...
I was extremely surprised that I could write from home and earn a reasonable income. I thought I would have to work in a newspaper office or for a publishing company to have a career as a writer. Perhaps a decade ago that would have been the case." (Freelance Writer; 2012)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Colorado, female
School: Studied English And Journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 1999


"I was surprised to find being a writer requires a lot more skills in today's world than just writing. You also need to be knowledgeable in using a computer and marketing yourself." (Writer; 2012)

Career: 8 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied English at Brooklyn College in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 2008


"I was surprised that writing is time intensive, hard work and doesn't pay particularly well. To make money I not only need to write, I need to properly market myself." (Writer; 2012)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in New Hampshire, female
School: Studied Literature at UGA in Georgia; completed Bachelor degree in 1988


"I worked many years at the top of my profession in New York City. I was surprised at the back stabbing and back biting that occurred in this huge company. Journalists seemed to be willing to sacrifice their journalism principles for advancement in their careers. I competed many years. I was good at my job but I was never an insider. Employees had to be insiders, favorites of top management to advance. Social status in New York was important to careers. I made great money. But, in the end, accomplishment was more about who you knew than what you knew." (Journalist; 2012)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Political Rhetoric In The Department Of Communications at University Of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; completed Doctorate degree in 1987


"What surprised me, and those who know me, about this career was that I was actually able to make a living at it. I started writing as a hobby while I held down a "real job" but when I managed to publish several books, I was able to quit my regular job and devote my life to what I really wanted, which was to write for a living. Things are not great right now, due to the economy and the changing publishing marketplace, but I do not regret my decision." (Freelance Writer; 2012)

Career: 25 years of experience, currently based in Connecticut, male
School: Studied Medieval History at Yale University in Connecticut; completed Bachelor degree in 1989

Best & Worst Things About This Career


Freelance Writer: "The absolute best part of my job is working from home. I am my own boss, but I do have to answer to the company I work for. I am gaining incredible amounts of knowledge. The worst part of my job is when I write an epic essay that is not satisfactory to the customer. For this reason, I do not write about Philosophy because if the customer's philosophy differs from mine, they are unsatisfied. The pay could be better, but working from home is priceless, especially with gas prices as high as they are." (2011)


Freelance Writer: "The best part of my job is that I set my own hours. If I want to sleep until ten or ten-thirty, I sleep until ten or ten-thirty. However, this is also the worst part of my job. If I sleep in until after ten, I still want to write for at least eight hours, so my workday sometimes goes until six or seven at night. The hours work for me, however, since I tend to write more if I let my body wake up when it's ready to." (2011)


Freelance Writer: "The best part of being a freelance writer is the flexibility. I am free to travel anywhere I please for as long as I like, so long as I can afford the trip, and so long as my destination can afford me access to the internet. Not being saddled with any of the responsibilities that come from being regularly accountable to the same individual is incredibly freeing. The worst part of my job is never knowing if I will have work, or whether or not it will pay well enough to put food on my table." (2011)


Novelist: "The best part of writing for a living is that it can be done at home, on one's own schedule, according to the interest and focus of the day. It's a gift to be able to use one's imagination, invent entire worlds, and be paid for the privilege. The worst part of the job is the lack of control over the work's publication or sales; and the uncertainty attending publication in the future." (2011)


Freelance Writer: "The best part of being a freelance writer or copywriter is the flexibility and the creativity (within limits, of course). I really enjoy working from home and making my own hours. It is always interesting to learn about new topics, even if they may be technical. Also, although it's not always easy to receive criticism, it can be helpful and may improve your writing. The downside of freelancing is the lack of benefits, but this seems to increasingly be par for the course even in full-time work. Another downside can be the lack of social contact that you have when working in an office." (2011)


Writer: "Honestly, the hardest part is remaining physically comfortable while I work. It's easy to forget my body when all my actions involve a keyboard and a screen, and I can stand up only to detect many aches and pains. I've had to learn to take breaks and to have a period of stretching afterwards, especially for my back. The best part is the freedom: Freedom from rush hour traffic, bosses, etc. And the job is pretty green, since I'm not burning all those fossil fuels going to and from work. The effort required far outweighs the feeling of just being another hamster running in a wheel." (2011)

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"Do Public Relations Somewhere You Believe In The Mission...
The best advice for job satisfaction in public relations is to work for a company or other institution with a mission you believe in. Your job is to advocate for that institution, so you'll do great if you believe in it but horribly if you can't stand what it's doing." (Public Relations Coordinator; 2014)


"Diversify Your Work Options...
Never put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to writing. You never know when a company is going to go under or work is going to dry up, so work for multiple different companies whenever possible." (Writer; 2014)


"Keep Your Skills Current With The Times...
Be adaptable to the constant changes that continue to influence how people communicate and access information." (Web Design/Content And Writer; 2014)


"Making The Most Of Your Writing Career...
If you want to be a successful author or freelance writer, you have to think outside the box when you look for employment. Never be afraid to put your work out there and don't take criticism to heart, but rather use it as a tool to improve your writing skills and style." (Author; 2014)


"Putting Down Roots...
Stay in one place for long enough to build up a real track record with a local publication; that will help with getting more assignments or even hired on as a full-time employee." (Writer; 2014)


"Propose Things For Career Advancement...
If you want to be a copywriter, go ahead and write! The earlier you get started, the further you can press your career. Also, always be ready to propose new ways to better your company. It's the easiest way to advance." (Digital Fashion Copywriter; 2014)


"Learn Everything That Your Trainees Will Be Using On Daily Basis...
If you want to succeed in the field of corporate training, first decide what field you want to teach in. For example, do you enjoy finance? Become a trainer at a bank. Do you like web design? Become a trainer at a media company. Find out what the certifications and software that the people you are training need to have / know. Because you will need to become a master in all of them." (Director Of Training And Development; 2013)


"To Be A Successful Writer You Have To Be A Successful Salesman Too...
If you want a successful career in writing be prepared to work hard and sell, sell, sell (it's all about the pitch). In the end, it could be extremely rewarding - but it's a long uphill climb to where you want to go!" (Freelance Writer (Travel, Sports); 2013)


"Don't Forget To Work On Your Specs...
Divide your time as a writer. Yes, write the articles that will pay your bills, but put in the time on the projects that ignite your passion when you still can." (Freelance Writer; 2013)


"The Importance Of Having A Website...
A beginning writer should develop a website. It is an affordable way to present potential clients with work samples and testimonials." (Writer; 2013)


"Style Diversity Lands More Writing Jobs...
If you want to be a successful freelance writer, write several sample articles reflecting various styles and subject matter. Put these articles on a website where they can be viewed by a potential client. Have the courage to apply for writing gigs that may seem to be beyond your scope and ability." (Writer; 2013)


"Freelancing Small To Develop Big Skills...
If you want to be a successful writer you should start out freelancing for companies like Textbrokers, Scripted or IWriter. This will give you the opportunity to develop your writing style and help you to identify the theme you want to focus your writing about." (Writer; 2013)


"Perseverance Is Necessary...
If you want to have a book published it's important to stay the course and not get discouraged by the countless number of rejection letters you will receive. Every well known author has gotten a rejection letter." (Writer; 2013)


"Write No Matter What...
My best advice is to keep writing. Just write whatever and whenever you can, eventually it will become second nature and then you can get down to brass tacks." (Writer; 2013)


"Write Hard, Write Often...
Do what you love first and the money will follow. Find your niche and excel at it and people will find your time and their money valuable. Always keep your options open and diversify your talents. Your writing career may start off slow, but over time it will develop into something magical." (Writer; 2013)


"Never Give Up...
Never give up, and write and act as much as you possibly can. They only way you will get better is if you push yourself to create as much as you can." (Writer/Actor; 2013)


"If You Love Writing, Write...
If you want to write, but can't find a job at a newspaper, or find that the hours and demands of being a reporter are not for you, start looking for other opportunities, even if you have to take a job in an unrelated field to pay the rent. Blogs and forums give you the opportunity to hone your skills, and if you develop a devoted following, they can eventually produce income. Freelance work and crowd sourcing are also good ways to make some money while you get a little experience under your belt." (Freelance Writer; 2013)


"Take The Works That Comes Your Way...
Freelance writing is often a "feast or famine situation". If you see a good "gig" - take it! It may be a while before the next one appears. It is uncommon for freelance writers to find gigs that are continually stable. You can get buy if you take several smaller, "one-off" gigs and do them well." (Freelance Writer; 2013)


"Make Yourself Available For Opportunities...
Apply for several writing assignments or writing websites a month, even if you don't have every qualification." (Online Freelance Surveys, Typing, And Writing; 2013)


"Multiple Drafts Help Build Quality...
When writing for a project, whether it's for a sketch or a commercial, be sure to write out multiple versions of the script. Having a second or third version will help you mix and match ideas, as well as help become conscious of flaws in some scripts." (Screenwriter; 2013)


"Networking Is Especially Important For Writers...
If you want to freelance write, my biggest advice is networking. If you can find a person who likes your style and your work ethic, they will continue to use you for all of their writing needs." (Writer; 2013)


"Become Involved In Writing Activities While In School...
Become involved with the newspaper or other writing activities while in school. This would have been a nice leg up when I first started out. Companies want experience and good samples." (Writer; 2013)


"Get To Know Your Field As Much As Possible...
To become a proficient freelance writer you'll have to look for writing opportunities on the web, newspaper and other sources of information. In that way you can get to know what kind of jobs are expecting for you out there and it'd be easier for you to get prepared." (Creative Writing; 2013)


"Take Advantage Of All The New Publishing Opportunities Out There...
If you want to be a successful writer and maintain your creative integrity, look into developing your platform early. It will give publishers notice that you are serious and in tune with what it takes to navigate the changing industry. It will also allow you to develop your own personal brand should you decide to go the independent route and indie or self-publish." (Fiction Author; 2013)


"Write A Lot...
The best tip I can give is to keep trying. The more you write the better you will get." (Creative Writer; 2013)


"Read And Write Constantly...
Write everyday. When you aren't writing, read." (Writer; 2013)


"Don't Accept A Promise Of Career Exposure In Lieu Of Payment...
Don't take the "exposure-as-pay" bait. First, the widespread practice of not paying writers their worth - and writers accepting lack of payment - not only reduces overall rates for everyone, but a lack of respect for the profession. Second, unless the work is for highly prestigious organization or for charity, most knowledgeable resume-readers can tell a genuine publisher from a content farm. Instead, try bartering writing in exchange for other goods or services - I've twice been paid in dresses when working for fashion boutiques." (Writer; 2013)


"School Isn't Completely Necessary...
You don't need school to become a writer, but it can help you learn technical skills to further your writing. Explore the world of self-publishing." (Writer; 2013)


"Write Frequently To Get The Skills To Succeed As A Writer...
Write as much as you can. All the training and certificates in the world will mean nothing without you writing consistently." (Writer; 2013)


"More Than One Way To Use Your Writing Skills...
If you want to make a living as a creative writer, look for opportunities to use your skills by teaching others, ghost-writing, and writing in areas outside of your chosen arena. Produce your content as quickly and efficiently as you can." (Writer And Editor; 2013)


"Study English...
Language background training is critical to all writing careers I suggest as much language training as possible" (Writer; 2013)


"Need Command Of Language...
The best advice I could give to someone wanting to be an essay writer is to get a well rounded education. I have found that a quiet place is needed for this job because it takes concentration that must not be broken. Once that happens, it is really hard to get back into the groove. This final piece of advice is imperative: you must have command of the english language. A dictionary and thesaurus are important parts of an essay writer's tool box." (Freelance Writer; 2011)


"Don't Give Up...
The best three tips I can give anyone pursuing a career in writing is persistence, persistence, persistence. Your writing will get rejected, and it will not feel good, but after you've taken a little time to get over the rejection and realize it isn't personal, the best thing you can do is use it as a learning experience. If the person rejecting your work tells you your characters are not strong enough, consider his/her comment and try to figure out why he/she said this. Write, rewrite, and submit work often." (Freelance Writer; 2011)


"Write Even If Not For Pay...
Write every day. Once you get the amount of work you will need to make a living, you will be writing every day anyway, and this is great practice. Enjoy the freedom you have as a writer without work; you get to write what you like! Once you find yourself with 50 pages of ad-copy to write, you'll long for a few hours to yourself to write that science fiction novel. Don't get discouraged if it takes awhile to get your name out there. Consider a part time job, at least when you're starting out. That way you won't starve." (Freelance Writer; 2011)


"Self-Editing Skills...
Be ruthless in editing your own work--attachment to your words is not helpful if those words don't contribute to a coherent and well-paced story. Before sending your work to an agent or editor, be certain you've applied the previous advice--and that your book cannot possibly be improved by yourself any further. DO attempt to secure an agent prior to submitting your work to a publishing house--you are far more likely to have your work read by an editor. Reputable agents will list their submission guidelines, recent sales, and represented authors on their web sites; and reputable agents never demand a fee for reading your work. Follow their guidelines for submission, and if your work is rejected, persist." (Novelist; 2011)


"What Do You Want To Write About...
1. Buy a copy of <i>The Elements of Style</i> by Strunk & White. Optimize your grammar and spelling. 2. Figure out where your writing interests lie. Are you a music critic? A restaurant expert? Or a financial whiz? 3. Don't be afraid to tackle subject matter that you're unfamiliar with. 4. Sign up with Websites like Mediabistro to network and to search for jobs and freelance work. You'd be surprised at how much work is out there. 5. Learn about SEO (search engine optimization). This is essential for Web writing." (Freelance Writer; 2011)


"Writing Won't Feel Like Working If It Suits You...
All I can tell you is that you have to be motivated and dedicated. You've got to stick with it. When you work at home, it's easy for your personal life and your work to mix, so you've got to be comfortable with what you're doing. If you find that what you've chosen comes easily, that you're actually getting so involved in a project that you lose track of time, it's not just work any more. That's the sort of thing worth pursuing." (Writer; 2011)