Why do you want to write? Is it a desire to walk into what appears to be an exciting adventure? Do you think writers are special people and you want to feel special? It seems like the thing to do?
Let’s explore realistic reasons for writing.
▪ Reduces stress
▪ Decreases dis–ease symptoms
▪ Strengthens immune system
▪ Cuts down on recovery periods from illness
▪ Shortens grieving time
▪ Increases ability to think more clearly, improves the memory
▪ Invites you to become your own inner friend, supporter, and
▪ Allows you to get in touch with your hidden strengths and resources
▪ Writing will ignite a spark of creativity which might be fighting to get out!
▪ To learn about yourself to improve your life
▪ Writing is fun!
▪ Writing honestly and privately, puts the past into perspective.
▪ Develops skills to gain a deeper understanding of who you are today
▪ Allows you to be the unique person you were meant to be.
For some people, writing is a destiny call. They write because they have to write to feel complete.
Some people write to solve problems. Putting thoughts on paper helps to organize points of view and random thoughts.
In days gone by, people told family stories to be handed down through the generations. Today, it’s not a popular past time, so writing memoirs for self and/or for a family history has become popular.
If your creative desire is writing poetry, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, song lyrics, screen plays or any other genre, go for it! Some people write for themselves and others consider writing as their profession.
Knowing yourself is the best starting place for any of life’s adventures. Writing can be therapeutic for the writer and for the reader!
More than you ever wanted to know about writers jobs …
Author – someone who has published writings
Communicator – a person who conveys messages with others
Authoress – a woman author
Biographer – someone who writes an account of a person’s life
Coauthor, joint author – a writer who collaborates with others
Commentator, reviewer – a writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
Contributor – a writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book
Ghostwriter – a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
Dramatist, playwright – someone who writes plays
Essayist – a writer of literary works
Folk writer – a writer of folktales
Journalist – a writer for newspapers and magazines
Librettist – author of words to be set to music in an opera or operetta
Lyricist, lyricist – a person who writes the words for songs
Novelist – one who writes novels
Pamphleteer – a writer of pamphlets (usually taking a partisan stand on public issues)
Poet – a writer of poems
Scriptwriter – someone who writes scripts for plays or movies or broadcast dramas
Speechwriter – a writer who composes speeches for others to deliver
What were some of the earlier jobs of famous writers?
Robert Frost was a newspaper boy; his mother’s teaching assistant, and a light-bulb-filament replacer in a factory.
James Joyce sang and played piano while struggling to publish Dubliners.
Margaret Atwood worked as a counter girl in a coffee shop in Toronto, serving and operating a cash register. The details of the experience are in her essay, “Ka-Ching!”
Douglas Adams was a comedy-writer, hospital porter, barn builder, chicken shed cleaner, a hotel security guard and a bodyguard for an entire family of oil tycoons from Qatar.
J.D. Salinger was the entertainment director on a Swedish luxury liner.
Zane Grey was a dentist for nine years. Zane and his wife lived off of her inheritance.
Haruki Murakami (title is 1Q84) worked in a record store during college. He and his wife opened a coffeehouse and jazz bar in Tokyo.
As a teen, John Grisham worked at a nursery, watering bushes for a dollar an hour. He was promoted to a fence crew, where he got a 50-cent raise. But Grisham decided “there was no future in it,” and took a job with a plumbing contractor.
Though one might expect the author of Moby-Dick to have some experience at sea, Herman Melville was employed as a cabin boy on a cruise liner after his attempts to secure a job as a surveyor for the Erie Canal were thwarted.
Now it’s your turn
Why do you want to write? What are your short term writing goals and your long term writing goals?