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    Writer or Author

    Writers and authors are people who create the articles and books that we read. What you write can be short stories or complete books, poems or humorous essays, magazine articles, newspaper columns, educational materials, or text for use on a web site.

    Writing requires a lot of research about a subject, and means spending many hours writing, and rewriting again and again, until the finished article or book is to your satisfaction. Most authors write on a freelance basis, which usually means working from home, creating an idea, writing an outline, and trying to sell the concept for a complete article or book to a publisher. Once someone is interested in your ideas, and you have an agreement to publish, you must spend a lot of time to actually create the finished article or book, often with a deadline for submission.

    There are no formal education requirements to become a writer. You should have a good command of the English language, know how to construct a sentence, use good grammar and be excellent at spelling. If you want to write about cats, you must have a keen interest in them, know how to do research, and learn how to develop an idea into a story. You can work to perfect your writing skills by constantly writing short stories, or working on a school newspaper or yearbook. College or university courses can help develop writing skills.

    Unless you have a job where writing is required, you may find that it can be difficult to get your foot in the door and actually have a book published. It would be easier to start by submitting of articles for consideration to magazines, or columns to newspapers. Once you develop a reputation as extremely knowledgeable about your chosen topic, finding a publisher becomes easier.

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