I'm thinking of getting into creative writing....

  • Pyre85

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    Apr 30, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    I'm getting old to still be saying "I don't know what I want to be when I grow up."
    I've always known I wanted to do something creative. However, while I'm "good" at almost everything-- I get an A in every class so far-- I'm not great at anything. The one thing tat I have gotten consistent praise on through my life is my writing, yet even here I fall short. (There's always three or four people in the class who write with a degree of sophistication and wit I could never hope to match.)
    I've also wanted to be in the video game industry in some form for well..forever.
    Yet I am not a programmer, have sub par art skills, and I'm discovering that while 3d modelling is actually kind of fun, it is by no means my forte.
    Which brings me back to writing. These jobs are incredibly scarce however.
    I did manage to land an interview with PocketGems in SF, who was very interested in me joining their team, I was all but in( 2 phone interviews, two writing samples, and then a 4 hour interview, every time, them giving me feedback that they loved me) but haven't heard form them since the final interview, so I must be out.
    I guess my question is, do you guys think I stand a chance? Writing is not typically a career one gets into for the money, but I really would like some. I'm sick of being below the poverty line. Any writers out there have any advice?
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    May 01, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    "Writing" is pretty broad, and it might help provide direction if you explained more what kinds of things you like to write, things you're good at writing, and things that do both of those. Short pieces? Long ones? Fiction? Non fiction?

    How much do you write now, personally? If you're not writing creatively outside of school & work situations,if you don't already have that drive to complete things when there isn't necessarily any compensation, translating that to a paid position can be challenging.

    That said, there are basically endless types of opportunities for people who can write well, and some of them do pay well. In college, I got paid to critique other students' papers. I've written and edited technical manuals for software companies. These days, I'm on the publishing side of things, but in academic research, a field I never would have expected. Most of my writing these days is for business proposals, but the same skills apply.

    So I'd start by clarifying what you like about writing, and start reading lots of different types of things, from the usual suspects to the bizarre. Magazines. Brochures. Advertisements. Books. Mapquest directions. Instruction manuals. Those type of technical writing jobs can be reasonably well paid, and they keep parts of your skill sharp, and you can work on the more creative outlets as opportunity arises.
  • calibro

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    May 01, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    creative writing is like physics. you can either do it or you can't. there's no winging it.
  • He_Man

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    May 01, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    calibro saidcreative writing is like physics. you can either do it or you can't. there's no winging it.


    Not always the case...

    Physics, like mathematics, is one of those subjects that must be tackled and practiced daily for mastery, and if done long enough, pretty much anyone with an average IQ or higher can master it.

    Carl Wieman, an American physicist and the 1995 recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, as paraphrased by Kevin Pitts:

    "Anybody can do physics!... Studies have shown that it takes someone about 10,000 hours of practice (about 5 years) to become expert at something. What’s interesting is that with that much practice, you can become expert at just about anything, such as chess, a musical instrument or physics. In other words, we say that physics is hard, but it isn’t any harder than anything else. Anybody can become an expert in physics if they put in the effort.

    Of course, a person must be motivated to put in that effort and, very importantly, the effort has to be well focused. I can “practice” the piano by randomly slamming the piano keys for 10,000 hours and that won’t make me a piano expert."



  • 1blind_dog

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    May 01, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    Pyre85 said I'm getting old to still be saying "I don't know what I want to be when I grow up."
    I've always known I wanted to do something creative. However, while I'm "good" at almost everything-- I get an A in every class so far-- I'm not great at anything. The one thing tat I have gotten consistent praise on through my life is my writing, yet even here I fall short. (There's always three or four people in the class who write with a degree of sophistication and wit I could never hope to match.)
    I've also wanted to be in the video game industry in some form for well..forever.
    Yet I am not a programmer, have sub par art skills, and I'm discovering that while 3d modelling is actually kind of fun, it is by no means my forte.
    Which brings me back to writing. These jobs are incredibly scarce however.
    I did manage to land an interview with PocketGems in SF, who was very interested in me joining their team, I was all but in( 2 phone interviews, two writing samples, and then a 4 hour interview, every time, them giving me feedback that they loved me) but haven't heard form them since the final interview, so I must be out.
    I guess my question is, do you guys think I stand a chance? Writing is not typically a career one gets into for the money, but I really would like some. I'm sick of being below the poverty line. Any writers out there have any advice?


    Let us know when you land your first bartending gig
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    May 01, 2013 5:13 AM GMT
    The opening post isn't very creative. Looks like the OP has his work cut out for him. icon_twisted.gif
  • calibro

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    May 01, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    He_Man said
    calibro saidcreative writing is like physics. you can either do it or you can't. there's no winging it.


    Not always the case...

    Physics, like mathematics, is one of those subjects that must be tackled and practiced daily for mastery, and if done long enough, pretty much anyone with an average IQ or higher can master it.

    Carl Wieman, an American physicist and the 1995 recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, as paraphrased by Kevin Pitts:

    "Anybody can do physics!... Studies have shown that it takes someone about 10,000 hours of practice (about 5 years) to become expert at something. What’s interesting is that with that much practice, you can become expert at just about anything, such as chess, a musical instrument or physics. In other words, we say that physics is hard, but it isn’t any harder than anything else. Anybody can become an expert in physics if they put in the effort.

    Of course, a person must be motivated to put in that effort and, very importantly, the effort has to be well focused. I can “practice” the piano by randomly slamming the piano keys for 10,000 hours and that won’t make me a piano expert."





    and creative writing is the same way. what i mean by it is that you can't just randomly look at a physics problem and solve it in that you can't just randomly expect to be good at a creative writing job if you don't write.
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    May 01, 2013 5:24 AM GMT
    Writers write obsessively. They don't wait for someone to start paying them to do it. Is that already the case? Do you sit down in the evening and write something, or do you turn on the TV?

    I have to admit that while I used to do that... now that I sit and write dry technical crap all day, I just want to get out of the chair and do something in the evening. The only time I write for the hell of it is when I'm out on the boat, anchored somewhere for the evening. *sigh*
  • Pyre85

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    May 01, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    Hmm.
    In response to Paulflexes, no it wasn't bu that's hardly the aim of this particular exercise. Clear communication of the situation was the important bit icon_smile.gif
    As to the others, yes I do write daily, but perhaps not in the way I should. One of the reasons I joined this site was to keep my writing going, although I'm not sure commenting on forums and emails count.
    Ask any of the people I've corresponded with though (or attempted to) and they'll tell you I can write your ear off. Either they're gluttons for punishment or they're enjoying what they read, so theres that.
    I do have trouble writing for writings sake though. I've been kicking around a concept for a fantasy novel for quite a while (almost ten years actually) and have yet to commit much to paper. The block on that project is that making a fantasy world from scratch is frikking hard. Figuring out what they wear, what they eat, how they cook, how my magic system functions... the list goes on, and I'm always tweaking things to make them fit in with each other better.
    Plus, I came up with the idea for a video ame in the first place, most of my ideas come to me in the form of either a world that would make a great setting for a game, or a series of cut scenes that would be linked by gameplay.
    I have quite a collection of short films I'd love to make in the vein of Pixar shorts too.
    So really, I have more of a visually creative streak, but without the skills to bring them to life, leaving me to try them in writing form instead.

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    May 01, 2013 6:30 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe opening post isn't very creative. Looks like the OP has his work cut out for him. icon_twisted.gif


    Omg Paul!! your so mean! icon_lol.gif