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Career Details :: Creative Writers
Create original written works, such as plays or prose, for publication or performance.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Writes fiction or nonfiction prose work, such as short story, novel, biography, article, descriptive or critical analysis, or essay.
- Develops factors, such as theme, plot, characterization, psychological analysis, historical environment, action, and dialogue, to create material.
- Reviews, submits for approval, and revises written material to meet personal standards and satisfy needs of client, publisher, director, or producer.
- Confers with client, publisher, or producer to discuss development changes or revisions.
- Collaborates with other writers on specific projects.
- Conducts research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, utilizing sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.
- Selects subject or theme for writing project based on personal interest and writing specialty or assignment from publisher, client, producer, or director.
- Organizes material for project, plans arrangement or outline, and writes synopsis.
- Writes play or script for moving pictures or television, based on original ideas or adapted from fictional, historical, or narrative sources.
- Writes humorous material for publication or performance, such as comedy routines, gags, comedy shows, or scripts for entertainers.
- Broadcast News Analysts
- Poets and Lyricists
- Radio and Television Announcers
- Reporters and Correspondents
- Technical Writers
General Work Activities
- Thinking Creatively
- Judging Qualities of Things, Service, People
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
Frequent Work Context
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Job-Required Social Interaction