Creative Writers

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Journalism and Broadcasting

Projected Growth: Little or no change

12800+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Common job titles of Creative Writers include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 46.15% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 19.23% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.

Tasks

    Choose subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.

    Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue to create material.

    Write fiction or nonfiction prose, such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.

    Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.

    Conduct research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, using sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.

    Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.

    Prepare works in appropriate format for publication, and send them to publishers or producers.

    Plan project arrangements or outlines, and organize material accordingly.

    Collaborate with other writers on specific projects.

    Write humorous material for publication, or for performances such as comedy routines, gags, and comedy shows.

    Teach writing classes.

    Adapt text to accommodate musical requirements of composers and singers.

    Write words to fit musical compositions, including lyrics for operas, musical plays, and choral works.

    Attend book launches and publicity events, or conduct public readings.

    Write narrative, dramatic, lyric, or other types of poetry for publication.

    Follow appropriate procedures to get copyrights for completed work.

Tools

Tablet computers

Personal computers

Laser facsimile machines

Computer laser printers

Technologies

Apple iWorks Pages

Ashley Software Writer’s Blocks

AutoCrit Editing Wizard

Bare Bones Software BBEdit

Blogger

Contour Storyteller

Literature & Latte Scrivener

All Technologies

MasterWriter

OpenOffice.org

Power Structure

Ravenshead Services WriteItNow

Red Sweater MarsEdit

RoughDraft

ScriptPerfection Power Writer

Storymind StoryWeaver

Tumblr

Whitesmoke

WordPress

Write Brothers Dramatica

WriteWay Pro

Abilities

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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