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Snapshot of a Writer Job: Employing Your Creative Side


Name: Mazy
Job Title: Writer
Where: Orlando, FL
Employer: Self-Employed
Years of Experience: 2
Education: Central Connecticut State University, B.A. in English, minor in creative writing.
Annual Salary: Writers’ salaries vary greatly by the type of writing. Visit the PayScale Research Center for median Author salaries, and Editorial Writer salaries.

So, you want to be a writer? According to Mazy, a self-employed Creative Writer, persistence and determination pay off when it comes to landing those highly coveted writer jobs. Convincing publishers and newspapers to print your work can be difficult but is worth it for Mazy, whose job perks include the ability to work from any location. Check out the PayScale Research Center for salary information on various other writer jobs, including Journalist salaries, and the salary range for Grant Writers.

Writer Job Description:
Mazy: "I write fictional stories as episodes and sell them to newspapers and periodicals.  I tend to print on a bi-weekly basis."

PayScale: How did you get started as a Writer?
Mazy: "I started badgering newspapers until they decided to print my work.  But, I had to be very persistent and I had to go to them continually."

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PayScale: What do you love about being a Writer?
Mazy: “My love, my hobby, and my best talent is writing, so I get to do what I am best at and what I love to do! I love that I get to be creative ALL the time!”

PayScale: What are the biggest challenges you face in your job as a Writer?
Mazy: “I have to go after publishers on a routine basis.  It can be difficult and can be very discouraging sometimes.  It takes a lot of work, persistence, and a TON of determination.”

PayScale: What’s the most amazing thing that’s happened to you while working as a Writer?
Mazy: “The most amazing thing about being a writer is that you get to do it from anywhere.  It’s hard because I don’t make a lot of money from it, but I can write any story from any place.”

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