Loony for Literature? 3 Writing Careers You Should Consider

 

There’s more to writing than college essays and the “Great American Novel.” The skills you develop from regular penning apply to many fields, but when you want to work in your wheelhouse, you still have several awesome options. The three below are some of the best, and you’ll immediately use your fine-tuned writing skills. Check them out to see if they’d be a good fit for you.

 

Reporter

 

Chances are you’ve learned how to delve into a work of literature, asking questions and presenting answers with clarity. Why not try applying that to journalism? As a news reporter, you’ll put your skills to work by crafting narratives and pushing facts to the public. It’s a fast-paced job, allowing you to interact with all sorts of people and stories without being for a lack of work. You might even get to travel to cover some topics. Do know, however, that the dynamic world of journalism could require more than you’d expect for the money you’ll make. You could be working at all hours of the day with stories you don’t necessarily want to do, and with the rise of the Internet, you could have more luck working for an online provider than a brick-and-mortar news company.

 

If you love it, though, there are still outlets to check out. A Journalism degree helps for sure, but so will evidence of your skills—news clips and article samples in particular will show how you work. Make sure your content is well done and interesting in order to wow people already in the field.

 

Editor

 

While plenty of workers benefit from great writing skills, they might find they also fit on the other side of the process: editing. You’ll find many businesses need someone with an eye for proper grammar and syntax, and while the market can be competitive, you’ve already developed the ability to produce clean copy. Editors can wind up in a number of industries, performing roles from just fixing grammar to parsing through books’ worth of content. You can end up working for a company or going freelance, and when you can go through a decent amount of copy at a time, you can make a good living. Having a degree in a related field helps, but if you can prove you have the proficiency, you’re halfway there.

 

Social Media Management

 

The aforementioned rise of the Internet has helped create a young field in which writers can thrive: social media. If you’re savvy with platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others, you can easily incorporate writing skills to run successful business pages. A good post is invaluable, and with your skills, you’ll be able to churn out many in creative ways. You won’t be at a loss for businesses needing someone to help get their brand out there, but with this career being relatively new, there isn’t a traditional path to follow—you might not even need formal training. Besides, there’s a lot at your disposal to make this work, from friends and trendsetters to other news and information sites. You can also incorporate platforms like Workfront for digital proofing and to keep tabs on whatever content is being pushed out, whether it’s from you or other employees. A good program and system of work can make your day-to-day duties a breeze.

 

Because writing can be successfully applied to a range of careers, it’s on you to figure out where you want to work. You decide your field, even if it doesn't make you rich or famous. There's no one right path, so take some time to see where your skills will fit well. The three above are good places to start.

 

By: Emma Sturgis
FREELANCE WRITER