Become a Writer
So, how to become a writer? Well, there are many different ways in which people can achieve this goal. Here are just a few tips on how to become a writer.
First of all, it is important for you to get a good GCE (General Certificate of Education) grade in high school, preferably an A grade. As a minimum, you would want to have a good grade from an English as a Foreign Language course at school, preferably a degree backed up by ‘A’ levels. Other relevant work experiences could also be a useful factor in helping you gain an opportunity to further your writing career or get an apprenticeship to study further at college.
After your high school, you can then apply to the college for a university course on a specific subject. This would give you the chance to gain the necessary skills to become a writer. It is likely to take about two years to finish your course, and you would usually need to demonstrate your ability to write. You could also choose to study further at university on a topic related to the one you took up in college.
Once you have completed your university course you will then have to write a dissertation on the topic of writing. This will often lead to employment in universities, and as freelance writers.
Finally, if you want to become a more permanent part time or full time writer you could choose to train to be a freelance writer or even start your own freelance writing business. This type of job is more popular today than ever before, and with the current recession it is possible to make money as a freelance writer very easily. A freelance writer works for other people and is paid a flat fee for any articles or other written work they provide. They can then be contracted to work on a project by a company and receive payment once the project has been completed.
As with the above-mentioned options, if you want to become a full time or permanent part time writer you will also need to train and prepare yourself for a freelance writing career. In order to do this you will need to write a portfolio of your work out how much you are prepared to write per hour or per project.
Another aspect of training is to demonstrate your skills and knowledge by taking part in writing workshops where you can show you have worked through your work experience. You should also look at what freelance writing websites or agencies offer in terms of writing work experience and how to become a professional writer. There are many writing websites that offer writing workshops and this will allow you to see other writers in your field and meet them.
Becoming a writer can seem like a difficult process, but the benefits are many if you can find the right path to follow. A good resume can get you a foot in the door of almost any publishing company so that you can get started. As a writer, your resume should be professionally written with relevant information and should clearly state your experience and qualifications.
Writing is not a simple job, especially if you have no writing experience so it is important to research how to become a writer before you start your career. To help with this research, you can take part in writing workshops that teach you how to write well and what to include on your resume.
Many of the freelance writing sites and agencies will provide some form of writing mentoring in which the writing manager will be able to give advice and direction on the type of work that you should be doing. If you choose to take part in these mentoring sessions you will be able to improve your writing skills, which can make a big difference to the quality of your work. Mentoring can also be useful as it allows you to find a good writer to work with.
Becoming a freelance writer can be a highly lucrative profession and when you understand the ins and outs of this field it can be very rewarding. However, the best way to become a successful writer is to keep on learning and be proactive in your search for employment.