My various forms of writing include:
magazine and newspaper articles;
screen and radio;
scripts for theatre;
New media is also opening doors for writers in areas such as mobile phone content and computer game scripts.
Most writers work freelance and are self-employed. As income from writing may be low and erratic, most writers supplement their income with other related activities such as author visits, workshops, events and readings.
Some writers may find avenues to diversify their writing and write in different forms, such as published novelists also writing reviews and literary criticism.
In addition many writers manage their writing work alongside full or part-time jobs, which may be related to their writing (such as lecturing on creative writing courses) or entirely unrelated.
My typical work activities are likely to include some or all of the following:
researching the market including reading relevant publications or blogs, and staying up to date with writing that is being produced in your chosen field;
selecting subject matter based on personal or public interest, or commissioned by a publisher or agent;
undertaking background research including desk-based research and conducting site visits or interviews;
writing individual pieces, including using the technical skills of writing and being able to structure and plan individual projects;
editing, revising and reviewing work especially in response to feedback;
working to tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio;
submitting material for publication in the required and expected format;
networking with other writers, as well as others involved in the industry such as publishers, booksellers and organisers of literary events;
liaising with publishers, agents, script editors, producers and directors;
finding, pursuing and maintaining knowledge of publication opportunities;
marketing, including maintaining an online presence through a website, blog or social media presence;
talking about your work at events and conducting readings or book signings;
teaching writing in further or higher education settings or running workshops privately;
critiquing the work of other writers including sometimes providing mentoring or coaching services;
managing the business side of writing including maintaining financial records, checking contracts and submitting invoices and tax returns.
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