What does a Writer and Author do?
Writers and authors do extensive research so that they can give authentic detail in the written material they develop for books, advertisements, movie scripts, magazines, and other written materials. They may provide written content for songs, media or blogs, and other types of media. They work at home, in an office, or wherever they have use of a computer. Many writers and authors work freelance and are self-employed.
How to Become a Writer or Author
Writers and authors typically need a bachelor's degree in English, communication, or journalism in order to gain employment as a full-time writer. It is becoming more common for an employer to desire an applicant to have experience in coding and programming webpages or have the ability to manipulate data to create a visual story using maps, tablets, and charts.
A writer can gain experience through working for high school and college newspapers, television stations, radio stations, non-profit organizations, or advertising and publishing companies. Many newspaper or magazines offer internships for students.
One may also get experience writing blogs which have a sizable audience. Some writers and authors get on-the-job training. Becoming certified, though not required, can give an applicant a job advantage as it demonstrates professionalism and competence. The American Grant Writer's Association (AGWA) offers the Certified Grant Writer credential.
Job Description of a Writer and Author
The duties of a writer and author typically begins by choosing a subject matter that is interesting to readers or is assigned by his or her employer. They conduct extensive research on the material chosen in order to add authentic detail or factual information. They may revise or rewrite sections with an editors help. They may write advertising copy for the Internet, magazines, newspapers, and broadcasts.
Writers and authors present drafts of their work to clients or editors for feedback. There are several types of writers and authors, to include: copywriters, biographers, bloggers, and generalists, as well as many others.
A writer and author needs to have the skills of writing, social perceptiveness, persuasion, determination, and adaptability. They also need to be a critical thinker and be creative.