Writers and Authors Career Video
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Writers and Authors Career Video


When a nineteenth century British author wrote
“the pen is mightier than the sword,” he was referring to the tremendous power of
words used skillfully by writers and authors. Writers use their language skills to produce
content for an audience. They compose books, movie screenplays, magazine
articles, and web content. Writers need creativity to come up with ideas,
critical thinking skills to convey their concepts clearly, and persuasively, when needed, and
adaptability to understand their audience’s perspectives. The work of different types of writers varies
significantly: creative writers like novelists, songwriters, poets, and playwrights are generally
self-employed, and may labor for months or years before getting published, while technical
writers and copywriters often work 9-to-5 jobs with a clear career path. Copywriters work on ad campaigns, and technical
writers prepare instruction manuals and how-to guides. Using specialized skills, often learned on
the job, they simplify complex ideas for the public, or write highly-technical material
for a specific professional audience. Writers and authors often work in offices,
but may work from any location with Internet access. Most writers have a bachelor’s degree in
communications, journalism, or English, and lots of writing practice. Aspiring writers who want to enter the field
often gain experience from internships, blogging about their personal interests, writing for
school publications, small businesses or non-profits, or local news organizations.

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