Careers for Writers — WN 045

10 Great Careers for Writers — Today on the Write Now Podcast!

Perhaps you majored in English, or maybe you simply love to write — either way, you’ve dreamed of a career in writing. But what kind of careers are available for you, and how difficult are they to get? And how do you find one that’s right for you?

Episode 045 of the Write Now podcast is here to help you think it through.

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Stuck in a soul-sucking, toxic day job?

Stuck in a soul-sucking, toxic day job while you dream of being a paid writer? First off, I’m sorry. That sucks.

Second! Please know this: You are not trapped. You have a choice in what you’re doing for your career — even (and especially) if you want to write.

What careers are available for writers?

In today’s episode, I outline 10 different career paths for people who dream about writing. I have done most of these throughout my own career, with the exception of strict newspaper journalism (#2) and grant writing (#4):

  1. Copywriter (technical, marketing/advertising, and web)
  2. Journalist
  3. Ghostwriter
  4. Grant writer
  5. Freelancer
  6. Proofreader, copy editor, or editor
  7. Blogger
  8. Content strategist (this is what I currently do, so I had to add it to the list!)
  9. Volunteer writer
  10. Creative writer (either for others or for yourself)

Remember: It’s OK to start small.

One thing I forgot to mention in today’s episode is that it’s okay to start small. You don’t need to immediate land a job at the Harvard Business Review or the New York Times to be happy and fulfilled in your work.

If you’re working for your hometown newspaper or doing grant writing for a small nonprofit, rejoice. You’re getting paid to write and that is amazing!

The fine print!

Hey! Just a few quick things so that you don’t sue me:

  1. Please note that listening to this podcast in no way guarantees that you will find a job in writing. (I felt like I needed to say that.) 🙂
  2. Please note, too, that jobs in writing are by no means easy.

Good thing this is work that you love.

What about you?

Are you stuck in a soul-sucking day job? What’s keeping you there? Or are you currently writing for a living? If so, what’s that like? Let me know via my contact page, leave a comment below, or simply email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com! 🙂


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Originally published at www.sarahwerner.com on August 31, 2016.