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        09-28-2010, 08:54 AM
    Yes, it's possible, but how probable?

    How many actual popular writers are out there? Anyone with the skill can author a book, but it takes a certain something to appeal to the masses.

    I'm not saying you can't do it, what I'm saying is you'd better have something lucrative to fall back on if you don't make it big. Rich writers are the exception to the rule, not the norm.

    I say go to college and get a degree in something useful. You can minor in literature and journalism, but should major in something that will make you marketable to employers.

    Stephen King is one of the most successful writers of my generation, but he struggled for many, many years to make ends meet before he became popular. Do you really want to live in a garret and suffer for your art? Most people don't.

    Not everyone gets to do what they love as a career. That's just the way it is. Most people enjoy their careers to a certain extent, but don't LOVE them. I'm one of those folks. I like what I do, but if I struck it rich tomorrow I could leave my profession and never look back. My profession has been good to me, I admit. It's been very lucrative over the years, and I've been able to afford a house with some acreage and my horses.
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        09-28-2010, 10:54 AM
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    You've talked about it what your parents tell you to do and what your friends tell you to do. I still think the key question is what you want to do? What I'm going to say next inludes a lot of my personal opinion and if it's something you don't feel right, just skip it but you asked opinions and here are my 2 cents:

    It's you who will live your life, not your parents nor your friends. May your parents think a big money will be the right way and make you happy, but do you think it that way? If you agree with it, go for it but if you don't, it'll be you who'll live with the career choice in future. Sure I strongly recommend to have realistic plans or at least realistic backup plans who will hold you if you fall with a choice you've done, but don't skip your way because of other people. And don't get me wrong, I'm not going to say the big money is the (only) realistic backup plan, the realistic backup plan is just something that is reasonable and keeps you going.

    Gap years aren't perhaps the best idea since it can be hard to get "back in the studying track" again but sometimes it can work, especially if you manage to keep yourself ready for studying again some day. Personally think it's better to try to find your way at first if you aren't sure or even near-sure about yourself. It's extremely frustrating to study something, make efforts and put money for that and then find you aren't interested at all. Just one question: how wouldn't your parents be able to support your college if you decided to have a little break for thinking and continue then, if they're able to support it now? In best of case, you'd have some job during the break and perhaps gain a little money for that college.

    I believe it can be hard to detach your family's opinion when you're young and unsure. That can perhaps also mean losing support from your family which means you've to carry it all alone. I still suggest you to consider things and listen yourself before making the decision.

    Oh, and good luck! . I know these can be hard decisions to do.
        09-28-2010, 02:12 PM
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Yes, it's possible, but how probable?
    Apparently you missed my post. Not only is making a good living as a writer possible, it is not as difficult as you may think. A person doesn't need to be an author to be successful as a writer. Think for a moment about everything you read - from cereal boxes, to the boxes that products come in, to the instructions for those products, etc.

    My son, as an example, makes a very strong living as a writer in a field that most people never give a thought to. There are thousands of opportunities to utilize the skills of a writer that will produce a much higher income then you realize.
        09-28-2010, 02:21 PM
    Yes Iride, I understand that in the commercial field people make quite a bit of money, but I believe that ily is talking about it as 'art'.

    Commercial artists of every genre can and do make very good money; I'm not arguing that point at all.

    In what field is your son? For some reason I get the feeling it's a deep, dark secret by the way you're posting.
        09-28-2010, 02:44 PM
    As an "art form" there aren't many people that make a great living doing anything.

    As for my son, there's no secrete to it, it's just a segment an industry that most people never think about. In pharmaceuticals, as an example, someone has to be the technical writer to interpret what the scientists produce into a language that the FDA finds acceptable then turns it into another language that is understandable by the general public. Sounds rather simple but it is very involved since it not only has to be understandable by whoever it is meant for, but it has to be approved by their legal department as well.
        09-28-2010, 04:29 PM
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    As an "art form" there aren't many people that make a great living doing anything.
    VERY true, and I am totally aware of that, SR.

    Commercial, as an art, both(?)..I don't care what kind of writing it is, as long as I don't have to be a doctor or scientist.
        09-28-2010, 04:38 PM
    In the long run, does money real matter? Most people today think you have to have a certain figure salary to be successful or whatever, but most of us get by happily with what pays the bills. In the long run, money isn't going to matter, because we're all going to die anyways and we can't take it with us. Sure, we want to be able to leave a legacy for our kids and grandkids but would it be better to leave them with a legacy of you having a happy life, doing what you love, and setting that example for them?

    If vet school is your #1 passion, then go for it and don't worry about the math because determination will carry you through. If not, there's plenty of successful careers you can have with animals where you're doing what you love. Travel, writing, etc.

    I'm majoring in graphic design and studio art because it's what I absolutely love. I've been crazy about photoshop and building my own websites for 6 years now, as well as drawing and illustration. I'm not as concerned about what type of job I get after college, because I know that I'd MUCH rather be blissfully happy and poor than disappointed, unsatisfied, and rich. I did consider the industry when I entered it and know that graphic designers can get great jobs. It may not be like being an engineer or working with the prez like my grandfathers did, but I can make a good living off of doing what I love.

    I know that was a lot of babble but I hope you're able to make a good decision. So many people today are unsatisfied or just tolerating work enough to get it done with. They're so busy earning money and being miserable while doing so that all of a sudden they'll be 65 and wonder what they've done with their lives. Do what you love--follow your emotions on this one and look towards the future; ask yourself if you'll be able to look back on your life and be satisfied and glad that you did what you did.
        09-30-2010, 01:32 PM
    Originally Posted by NinthHeroine    
    In the long run, does money real matter? Most people today think you have to have a certain figure salary to be successful or whatever, but most of us get by happily with what pays the bills. In the long run, money isn't going to matter, because we're all going to die anyways and we can't take it with us. Sure, we want to be able to leave a legacy for our kids and grandkids but would it be better to leave them with a legacy of you having a happy life, doing what you love, and setting that example for them?
    It absolutely, positively DOES matter. Most people I know do not get along happily by living paycheck to paycheck. If they are in that situation, they are stressed out, uncomfortable and always struggling and counting on that next paycheck.

    It's not about leaving money for children, it's about having enough money to pay all the bills, get the things you want, save some money, and be comfortable.

    It's easy to say "do what you love", but as SR said, it isn't always realistic. Work isn't about having a party everyday, it's about doing a good job and being useful. Yes, pick a job that doesn't make you miserable, but honestly, if jobs were so much fun, there would be people clamoring to do the same thing free.

    That's not to say I wouldn't encourage the OP to follow her passions, but OP, if you want to be a writer, there's nothing stopping you from writing now. Go to college, write, and maybe you will be able to start earning while in college.

    I have no idea what you should choose as a degree however. Most people do change degrees at least once, so don't feel bad about that. As you start college, you may discover you are very interested in a certain topic. College is a learning experience, and you will learn what interests you the most.

    Another thing to keep in mind - many people have jobs now that have nothing to do with the degree they have.
        10-02-2010, 09:20 PM
    I have no idea if the US Army has these sort of troops so I'm speaking from a British point of view. I was going to go to university (I still may, I'm not completely 100% yet) but thanks to my mum mentioning to me about being a dog handler I looked into Army jobs and found Vet tech and Mounted Gunner. I went in and talked to the careers officer today and discovered going straight as a dog handler is a crapshoot but the other two that I like he was very enthusiastic about it. Now especially with the Mounted Gunner it will give me a very unique equestrian opportunity as well as developing other skills, HGV driving for example. As a Vet Tech I would qualify as a dog handler so there's a chance I could become a dog handler later on. I'm actually going back in on Tuesday to apply but I'm still applying for university courses because I may not be accepted and after my visits I may decide I actually want to go the university route instead. Just a thought if you want to really consider the animal side of things.

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