From the books that you hold dear to the insightful pieces that you devour online, the stuff you enjoying reading won't exist without writers. And if you aspire to be one in the future, it takes more than pen and paper to make a career out of writing.
College-wise, you can enroll in different programs such as Journalism or Mass Communications to get formal training for your chosen path. But, as we all know, there are things that can't be taught in school especially if you're already out in the real word. Whether you took a writing course or not, these are the things that you should know about being a writer beyond your campus.
1. Having a site where you post your work is a must.
When you apply for a writing position, there's no doubt that the hiring manager will ask for sample works. Your portfolio isn't enough because they know that what you put there were the best writing samples you produced. When you have a blog, they would see the ones that may need improvement. But don't worry because this proves that you're indeed someone who continuously writes to improve your craft—someone who's a true writer.
2. It's not your typical 9-to-5 job.
One of the best things about being a writer is being able to work anywhere and anytime you want. In the creative industry, most companies allow a flexible work schedule, and, sometimes, you don't even need to go to the office just to do your job. All you need is your laptop, and you can keep working in a coffee shop or in the comforts of your bedroom. You even have the option to be a freelancer which means you'll be in charge of your time and what kind of work you want to do.
3. You have to distinguish what content you enjoy writing.
Being a well-rounded writer might seem like you can be a jack of all trades in the sense that you can write anything under the sun. It could be possible, but if you want to carve a specific (and more successful) track, you have to find out what content you enjoy writing because it would affect quality of your output as well as your sense of fulfillment. For example, if you write something about politics, but you enjoy writing movie reviews more, then your output would sound contrived. Plus, you wouldn't want to live your days working in a job where you're forced to write something you're not interested in, right?
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4. Pretty words don't make you a good writer.
A lot of people think that being a writer means being able to write elaborate words to make your sentences sound more intelligent, when the truth is that your writings wouldn't be fun to read if no one could understand them. Although it is important to have a wide vocabulary, you shouldn't forget to pay attention on what you sound like to your readers. Remember that pretty words don't correlate to being a good writer, but, rather, it's about being able to inform and inspire in the simplest of ways.
Being a writer has always been stereotyped as a job that's easy, when in fact it takes a lot of deep thinking, learning, planning, and even feeling emotions. That's why if you want to be a writer after college, you have to keep in mind that to be able to succeed in this path, you have to live it not as a job but as a way of life.
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