Career outlook for writer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would write anything from novels, children’s books or poetry to travel guides and instruction manuals.
You could work for yourself writing novels, short stories, plays and poetry. You may wish to specialise in children’s books, travel or technical writing. You could also write for newspapers, magazines, radio, film or television. Publishing your work via social media, websites and blogs is another option.
Depending on your role, you might:
- Choose your subject based on your own interests or on a commission given by agents or publishers
- Come up with themes, ideas and plots
- Research information using the internet, libraries and interviews
- Submit your draft to publishers and agents
- Edit your work after getting feedback
- Chase publishing opportunities
As a successful published author, you might go to book signings, readings and discussions of your work, or run writing workshops. You could also write reviews of food, literature, film or theatre.
You might like to become a technical writer, writing instruction manuals for a range of products from computers to kitchen appliances. You could also write online guides to IT services and products.
You may be interested in working as a travel writer, creating guide books, features, hotel reviews or travel novels. Writing travel blogs, articles for websites and social media posts could also be part of your job.
Entry into some writing careers can be very competitive, and many writers - especially novelists and poets - also need another job to support themselves.
Whatever type of writing you do, it could be useful to develop an understanding of copyright law.
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