“So you want to be a teacher?” That’s usually the response when I tell everyone I want to write. I, to this day, don’t really understand how the two correlate. Teaching includes lesson planning, correcting papers, and more or less the act of actually teaching students. When I say I want to write, the profession, writer, isn’t exactly the first thing to pop up in people’s minds.
Why is writing as a profession such a difficult thing for some people to imagine? In a world like ours, the attitude is that hobbies and professions should be separate, especially in the case of writing (but not sports…hm). Writing isn’t seen as a serious job and that’s an issue. People like to be comfortable and not have to worry, and to them, writing is a risk.
On the other hand, writing is becoming essential everywhere. According to Inc, “A study from CollegeBoard, a panel established by the National Commission on Writing, indicates that blue chip businesses are spending as much as $3.1 billion on remedial writing training–annually. Of this budget, $2.9 billion was spent on current employees–not new hires.” In a modern society, typing, written communication, and basic grammar are necessary skills in the workplace.
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It’s true that doctors, lawyers, and politicians are all jobs that sound more career-y, but why should that make writing any less of a profession? Saying you want to write is generally followed up by the question, “Well how are you going to make any money?” It’s true, writers don’t make that much right off the bat unless you’re someone like J.K. Rowling whose first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, although it took long to write and long to publish, made bajillions. For others, it may take time, a degree, experience, dedication or all of the above.
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In conclusion, writing is work! Just like any other job, writing should be respected as an actual profession! Plenty of people do it, make a living off of it, and are successful. You don’t have to be an author to be a writer. You could be writing menus, instructions, or even articles! I believe you should do what you love and if that’s writing, go for it!
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