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Should I be a writer?

Should I be a writer? Topic: Career goal in writing a book
June 21, 2019 / By Spirit
Question: I write a lot of stories and I was wondering if I should write a proper book to be published. Here is a sample from a book I am currently writing; My goal in life was to fast forward right through my teenage years. Maybe part of my adulthood. I just wanted to skip through life. You see my life wasn’t easy at all. Straight from birth I was a cold hearted fiend. Negative was positive in my deluded mind from the beginning and I pretty much critiqued everyone. Even my ‘mom’. She wasn’t my mom. Nor was my ‘dad’ my dad. I was abandoned when I was younger, left in the middle of a parking lot in Kansas. It was such a wonderful start to life on this strange, obscure planet. I’ve been adopted twice. I would have stayed with my last family, but Katie died (she was ‘mom’) and Mr Rogers (I never did find out his real name...) was just too busy to bring me up on my own as a moody teenager with anger issues more frequent than seconds passed. I was terrible, really. Is this okay? I don't care what is said, I'm really open to everything (: Okay people this was definitely not my best work so far. I didn't really introduce the book too well. It's Sci-Fi and called 'Six Years That Didn't Exist'. It's about a girl who wants to fast forward through most of her life, then it happens. But it's pretty dangerous.
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Oswald Oswald | 8 days ago
Being a writer is great. You get all the fun of writing. It's also the poorest paid profession there is since you don't get a dime until after the book is accepted and then only if the publisher pays an advance (many don't). You can easily wait three years after a book is under contract to get a paycheck. That's the downside. The upside is you'll have less stress if you write and you probably won't need a psychiatrist. You'll self-analyze yourself and dig into your own fears and traumas to make your characters more believable. Writing is a great hobby. I won't give it up. BUT it's a poor way to make a living. Find another career you enjoy and write on the side. Do not count on it for income.
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Oswald Originally Answered: Should I be a writer?
Being a writer is great. You get all the fun of writing. It's also the poorest paid profession there is since you don't get a dime until after the book is accepted and then only if the publisher pays an advance (many don't). You can easily wait three years after a book is under contract to get a paycheck. That's the downside. The upside is you'll have less stress if you write and you probably won't need a psychiatrist. You'll self-analyze yourself and dig into your own fears and traumas to make your characters more believable. Writing is a great hobby. I won't give it up. BUT it's a poor way to make a living. Find another career you enjoy and write on the side. Do not count on it for income.

Leroy Leroy
You are a writer as far as I'm concerned, just not a published author. A mistake many, many writers make is telling instead of showing. I know it's not easy and I'm still trying to show readers what my characters are like instead of telling. "Straight from birth I was a cold-hearted fiend. Negative was positive in my deluded mind from the beginning and I pretty much critiqued everyone." You're saying this person is negative, not showing us. To show this personality trait, have the person actually criticize people, in their thoughts; not show any affection or compassion for someone who's lost a friend or parent; I like this sentence "I was terrible, really." It's simple, yet I feel the character's coldness towards it. The "really" makes it sound like an offhand comment. Like someone saying, "Oh yeah, I killed someone." Your character, I'm guessing, doesn't care about how they behaved. I can see that sentence going with a shrug. Like it doesn't matter to them, which it doesn't. However, you should skip straight to the interesting part in the character's life. Have this biography of his/her life as a summary on the back cover maybe. Good luck and I hope I helped.
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James James
I think I'll refer to your last sentence: "I was terrible, really." Pretty typical of a teenage, which is what I'll assume you are, and quite generic. However, it's bad now, but you will get better with age. Don't stop writing. You have to crawl through 500 yards of crap to become a good writer (I love the Shawshank Redemption!). P.S Was it 500 yards he crawled, or more?
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Fowke Fowke
Its good start depending which way you are going. This person gets help-and turns out great- good but boring. This person becomes a serial killer- thats exciting and will sell copies!!!!
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Fowke Originally Answered: I am a 21 year old writer- help?
Unfortunately, only two things get you jobs in the journalism business: Experience and some kind of a degree. If you don't have either, then you're going to have a pretty difficult time. I would strongly advise you to at least get a degree in english, but here are some other tips if you're completely set on not going to college: *Start as low as you can, even if it means writing freelance for websites or local projects. This is about padding your resume in order to get better jobs. *Do your best possible work on every piece that you write. Your experience won't get you far if your work doesn't impress potential employers enough to hire you. *And learn how to write. I know what it's like to be young and to think that you're hot sh*t because you kind-of-sort-of wrote that novel when you were nineteen and your friends told you it was pretty good... You get my point. Practice. Often. Very Often. Even if you think that you're the greatest writer of all time.

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