creative writing careers

Creative writing careers — they’re out there!

If creative writing is your passion, then you’d probably enjoy a career in which you could spend all day (or at least most of the day) pursuing that passion.

But creative writing is an artistic pursuit, and we all know that a career in the arts isn’t easy to come by.

It takes hard work, drive, dedication, a whole lot of spirit, and often, a willingness to take big financial risks — as in not having much money while you’re waiting for your big break.

When we think of people who make a living through writing, novelists and journalists come to mind immediately. But what other jobs are out there for folks who want to make creative writing the work that puts food on the table?


The Creative Writing Career List

Here’s a list of creative writing careers that you can consider for your future. I’m not making any promises. You have to go out and find these jobs yourself, but they do exist. You just have to look for them and then land them.

  1. Greeting Card Author
  2. Journalist
  3. Comic Book Writer
  4. Novelist
  5. Copywriter (business, advertising, marketing, etc.)
  6. Writing Coach
  7. Screenwriter
  8. Songwriter (Lyricist)
  9. Freelance Short Fiction Writer
  10. Web Content Writer
  11. Creative Writing Instructor
  12. Legacy Writer (write people’s bios and family histories)
  13. Critic/Reviewer
  14. Ghostwriter
  15. Article Writer (write, submit, repeat)
  16. Columnist
  17. Video Game Writer
  18. Personal Poet (write personalized poems for weddings, funerals, childbirths, etc.)
  19. Speechwriter
  20. Playwright
  21. Blogger (don’t tell me you don’t have a blog yet!)
  22. Creative Writing Consultant
  23. Specialty writer (food, travel, fitness, etc.)

I’m not saying you’re going to make a lot of money with some of these creative writing careers. You might have to earn your creating writing income part-time or on the side. But if you do what you love, the money (i.e. the success) just might follow. You’ll never know unless you try, right?

Do you have any creative writing careers to add to this list? Share your suggestions by leaving a comment.

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