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Occupational Hazards to being a Full-Time Writer

If I were a rich man, all day long I'd sit and write. To elaborate: What do you eat while you're writing your first novel? Did you manage to get your first novel published? What do you eat until the ...
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Occupational Hazards to being a Full-Time Writer

I will presume you mean that you can write and get paid for it, and could actually choose a life as a professional writer, without starving. If that is the case (and this answer is tailored to your ...
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Occupational Hazards to being a Full-Time Writer

Loneliness: Writing is primarily a solitary activity. Many software developers are introverts already, so lots of solitude and isolation may not bother you, but for me, as a social person, it's one ...
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How to ask about the details of a job without making it sound like the employer is the one who needs you?

I feel like this sounds like the employer is the one who really needs me and I sound like I am scarce. That's fair. It seems like the employer does need you more than you need them, and you're not ...
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Occupational Hazards to being a Full-Time Writer

Your question is: What are the occupational hazards to being a full-time writer? But based on what you describe I would flip that and perhaps ask: What are the occupational hazards to being a part-...
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Occupational Hazards to being a Full-Time Writer

Writing, as a career, suffers from what I call The Artist's Bane -- there is more talent out there than there is market to support that talent. But you can sell what you write, if you're willing to ...
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Sample Script Submission

Typically, the advice for sample scripts is to write a sample for a close competitor of your target. It may sound counter-intuitive, but it shows that you can write in the immediate ballpark of what ...
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How hard would it be to find writing jobs with an English degree?

Strictly speaking, you don't need an English degree to get writing jobs, nor are you guaranteed any kind of job in writing/editing/publishing if you have said degree. You get hired when you convince ...
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How to refer to complex job titles in cover letters?

Do it exactly the same way the company does it. If you know what job to apply for, it's because you saw it in an ad, on their website, or in another listing. The hyphen and the slash are used ...
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How can I get a technical writing job for software apps without a degree?

In many (most?) companies you do not need a degree or certificate; what you need is demonstrated skill. Technical writing is not a super-common degree to begin with; many technical writers have ...
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Writing as a second job

...are there some opportunities where one could profit from his/her writing skills? Yes indeed, there are many opportunities - but it comes down to which writing skills you have, and how well you ...
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What jobs or professions involve writing?

There are few jobs that require only writing skills. Most jobs will want effective writing for some specific purpose, which requires specialization. Journalism Technical writing. Translation. (...
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How much to charge for a blog post in the UK?

There is no "usual" rate because writing skills are a very wide spectrum ranging from "kid out of high school who thinks they are a writer because their Dragonball fanfic got over 2000 views" and "...
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Occupational Hazards to being a Full-Time Writer

Alcoholism has been described as a major occupational hazard for writers (not only in this article but my memory is failing me and that's what a few minutes of googling could uncover).
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Occupational Hazards to being a Full-Time Writer

Well, as a software developer who is a partner to a full time published (4x) author, I can attest that hazards will include: Arguing. Authors have a lot of "characters" in their head at any one time,...
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Is it appropriate to use an emoticon in reminder email to a potential employer?

I was a division manager of a public company, at one point in my life (for four years). Not all managers are the same, But for me: Skip the emoji, just tell the truth and ask for a decision. Dear Sir,...
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Is it appropriate to use an emoticon in reminder email to a potential employer?

emoting is not recommended unless you are describing your excitement for the prospect. It's considered respectful to follow up after a week and let them know you are still interested. Good job seekers ...
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Why is getting a job in journalism so difficult without a degree?

Getting a job without a degree is difficult no matter what the field is now. Most middle of the road careers require a degree, ANY degree as long as you have one. Some careers such as Software ...
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How to write an occupation/career that I don't know?

The answer really is research. You can find lots of information just by searching online and refining your search terms. If you don't know what search terms to use then starting with wikipedia or a ...
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Writing as a second job

As with any art form, the creative, personally fulfilling writing is what everyone wants to do --only the best make money at it, and there's a glut of aspiring hopefuls. The writing that consistently ...
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Writing as a second job

You can profit from your writing, but it will be harder to. Small publishers are more hesitant to publish your writing, and the bigger ones are too preoccupied (from my experience). If a book you ...
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How can I get a technical writing job for software apps without a degree?

There's a whole movement of folks working in the technical documentation field who are not "technical writers" or "technical authors" per se, but who care deeply about good documentation, and many are ...
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How many people are writing novels?

I know you are looking for data, but based on your edit I will say, don't worry about the numbers, or how many are trying out for the job. Does it change the way you interview if you know you are the ...
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