For writers, the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. Writers can now share their work across multiple platforms and can gain exposure in ways that were once non-existent. Regrettably, these platforms are also available to people who think they can write well, but don’t.
Everyone these days thinks they’re a writer. But can anyone be a writer?
In an ideal world, we would write creative stories and never set foot in an office. But since bills and birthdays exist, we need to step away from our writing desk and find a way to earn a living. Here are some real world careers that exercise writing creativity and pay the rent.
It takes a lot of creativity to catch someone’s attention. A copywriter writes blurbs, slogans, and any kind of content for advertising material. They produce content for billboards, catalogs, displays, direct mail pieces, product packaging. Knowing how to capture and captivate an audience translates easily into your creative writing.
Social Media Coordinator
How do you get your message across in 140 characters? A social media coordinator must dip into their creative and analytical skills in order to be original and effective in their social media posts for a company. Although you won’t write that many words, you’ll have energy to write after the workday is done.
Writers are usually great editors too. Editors help authors prepare author manuscripts for publication, whether that be for a book publisher, magazine, or journal. You must be great at finding grammatical errors as well as detailing a manuscript with suggestions on story arc and character development. You’ll have a behind-the-scenes look into the publishing industry so you’ll know how to present your manuscript when the time comes to publish it.
Creative Writing Instructor
This one requires more education, usually a master’s degree or a PhD. A creative writing instructor leads instruction in creative writing development and practice. You’ll pass along the lessons you learned about writing over the years and offer insights invaluable to new writers. Spending the day reading and listening to stories doesn’t sound bad either.
Bilingual? Multilingual? There are a variety of opportunities for translators including teaching, interpreting, and translating content. Using both sides of your brain to analyze and interpret will warm up your brain to write creatively after the workday is done.
Other Writing Careers That Pay If You Hustle
If you have the patience, drive, and passion, these creative writing careers can also bring in a cozy paycheck: