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fatfingers Wed 05-Sep-12 10:09:44

I am just pondering really. Has anyone got any suggestions? I love writing and in my previous career I wrote a lot of reports, which was by far my favourite part of the job.

I have done a creative writing course and I write for pleasure but my childhood dream of being a novelist is something of a pipe dream now I have 2 dcs. All ideas welcome smile

NCForNow Wed 05-Sep-12 13:20:22

I'm a writer...I provide product descriptions and articles for websites as well as print publications. When I have time, I write short fiction and comedy sketches too.

It's not easy to get into and I did it via a lucky break really. I got on the team of a BBC Radio 4 sketch show and from there it was easy to get freelance work as an editor and writer.

I suggest that you begin by submitting articles to trade mags. Look for subjects in which you have an interest, read the mag. then find out the editors name and send them an article.

Take note of the length and style of what they currently publish and go for it.

It might take a lot of effort at first but if you're any good then eventually you will get published.

As far as careers....well it's very, very competitive and if you're not published then you won't stand a chance! Sorry to be negative but full time positions are hard to come by and usually they demand prior experience.

So to land on the team of a company as ac regular copywriter, you would need to have been published extensively.

stargirl1701 Wed 05-Sep-12 13:21:15

Teaching. My last set of end of year reports were approx 26,000.

bundle Wed 05-Sep-12 13:22:17

I'm a journalist and to be honest it's very competitive and unless you have a specialism/area of expertise it would be best to approach this via a job where you write as part of the role. or do some blogs about an area you are passionate about to get the feel for it. hth

Corygal Wed 05-Sep-12 20:38:18

Well, editing is mostly writing, partic if you work on publications that use people who aren't primarily writers as authors eg crafters, lawyers, cooks, non-fiction generally.

Thing is, editors specialise in different areas of non-fiction, as the playing field is vast. So, as bundle says, find out what you like and be good at that too as well as excelling at writing. Do a copyediting course, and try and get some proofreading jobs to see if you actually like the work. Then you stand a chance of being an editor in it.

Totobear Wed 05-Sep-12 20:43:26

Public relations or marketing can involve lots of writing. Depending upon the job, you might have to write press releases, marketing brochures, articles, website text, tweeting, Facebook pages...

It can be extremely varied and journalists appreciate a well written, researched press release, as they get a lot of badly written pieces!

Again, depending upon the job, it can be a very creative role, especially when you are researching a topic and coming up with the 'story' to convey to your audience.

FergusSingsTheBlues Fri 21-Sep-12 21:56:26

If you get into investment banking, you can earn pretty good money editing research.

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