Is there anyone here who makes a living out of writing? I mean scripts, plays, novels, short stories.
I'm a soon-to-be-ex-journalist and want to write fiction, but not as hobby. I've heard of people who make a decent living writing radio plays, short stories, TV scripts, etc. That's the sort of thing I want to do, but I don't know where to start.
I have a 16 month DS and want something I can do around children (as I expect to have more children in the future). I've been a journalist for 10 years, working on TV, magazines, etc etc, and have been working as a science journalist for the last 5 years. But I don't think there's much future for me in this area (horrible pay, among other reasons). If I can't make it as a writer I'll end up having to work as a press officer...
I'll be very thankful for any tips, suggestions, links, etc.
Nowt wrong wi' being a press officer.... i was one. Started as a trade journo but left because the money was rubbish. I began work as a press officer in the public sector which was really good (not the same as a private sector press office work at all) and have widened my horizons over the years. Currently work FT as a comms manager with with a DS (10 months) but work from home 2 days per week which is great.
Having said all of this my DH and i are thinking of moving to France in a couple of years because he can get a transfer over there and we'll have a fair bit of equity in our house by then. If we did that the idea is that he will work FT and i'll write - either freelance journalism or have a go at writing a novel.
I'm currently writing a novel in between work and spending family time together. No tips as such, just have confidence and go for it.
Bridging, I've bought the Yearbook, but it is more of a list of theatres that accept plays, publishers and agents addresses. There's no indication of how easy/hard it is to break into any of those markets, or recommendations. It is useful, no doubt, but not exactly what I'm after.
Matana, there's absolutely nothing wrong with being a press officer, it's just that I don't like doing it very much. And I don't think I'm very good at that (it's a different set of skills...) And re your novel, you must be excited! Have you started writing it?