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WRITER/EDITOR, IN-DEPTH: I Get To Play Video Games And Talk About Them

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Sal, a Freelance Writer and Editor at a gaming website, shares what he likes most about his career, its challenges, how hard it is to find work in his field and his work-life balance. His key decision was deciding not to be afraid to talk to people and to make connections that have helped him in is career.

Job Title: Writer/Editor
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Writers and Authors

Job Description

Writers and authors develop original written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, and online publications.

The following are some types of writers and authors:

Copywriters prepare advertisements to promote the sale of a good or service. They often work with a client to produce advertising themes, jingles, and slogans.

Biographers write a thorough account of a person’s life. They gather information from interviews and research about the person to accurately portray important events in that person's life.

Novelists write books of fiction, creating characters and plots that may be imaginary or may be based on real events.

Songwriters compose music and lyrics for songs. They may write and perform their own songs or sell their work to a music publisher. They sometimes work with a client to produce advertising themes, jingles, and slogans and may be involved in marketing the product or service.

Playwrights write scripts for theatrical productions. They produce lines for actors to say, stage direction for actors to follow, and ideas for theatrical set design.

Screenwriters create scripts for movies and television. They may produce original stories, characters, and dialogue or turn a book into a movie or television script. Some may produce content for radio broadcasts and other types of performance.

On-the-Job Training

Some on the job training can be expected if you work for a newspaper or magazine.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$30,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
3 to 9 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills

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m='8320'>kind</span> <span m='8520'>of</span> <span m='8610'>the</span> <span m='8660'>dream.</span> </p><p><span m='9520'>The</span> <span m='9620'>most</span> <span m='9810'>challenging</span> <span m='10240'>thing</span> <span m='10490'>is</span> <span m='10610'>actually</span> <span m='11000'>remembering</span> <span m='11280'>that</span> <span m='11460'>it</span> <span m='11560'>is</span> <span m='11850'>a</span> <span m='11930'>job.</span> <span m='12440'>So</span> <span m='13020'>when</span> <span m='13370'>someone</span> <span m='13740'>sends</span> <span m='14010'>me</span> <span m='14140'>a</span> <span m='14180'>video</span> <span m='14420'>game</span> <span m='14760'>and</span> <span m='14870'>I</span> <span m='14930'>have</span> <span m='15060'>to</span> <span m='15150'>do</span> <span m='15280'>a</span> <span m='15310'>review,</span> <span m='15710'>I</span> <span m='15790'>have</span> <span m='15920'>to</span> <span m='16020'>remember</span> <span m='16430'>I have</span> <span m='16840'>a</span> <span m='16890'>deadline</span> <span m='17350'>to</span> <span m='17480'>meet.</span> <span m='17730'>I</span> <span m='17860'>have</span> <span m='18020'>to</span> <span m='18110'>actually</span> <span m='18640'>do</span> <span m='19000'>the</span> <span m='19100'>review.</span> <span m='19500'>People</span> <span m='19800'>aren't</span> <span m='19870'>just</span> <span m='20030'>sending</span> <span m='20310'>me</span> <span m='20450'>free</span> <span m='20660'>things</span> <span m='21440'>just</span> <span m='22170'>for</span> <span m='22330'>the</span> <span m='22400'>heck</span> <span m='22630'>of</span> <span m='22730'>it.</span> <span m='22920'>I</span> <span m='22970'>actually</span> <span m='23400'>have</span> <span m='23680'>to put</span> <span m='23960'>in the</span> <span m='24020'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='24420'>A</span> <span m='24520'>key</span> <span m='24770'>decision</span> <span m='24910'>that</span> <span m='25170'>I</span> <span m='25340'>made,</span> <span m='26010'>it's</span> <span m='26240'>really</span> <span m='26770'>I</span> <span m='26900'>think</span> <span m='27790'>introducing</span> <span m='28340'>people</span> <span m='28880'>when</span> <span m='29110'>you</span> <span m='29200'>get</span> <span m='29330'>a</span> <span m='29390'>chance.</span> <span m='29680'>I</span> <span m='29750'>think</span> <span m='29950'>especially</span> <span m='30370'>in</span> <span m='30450'>the</span> <span m='30540'>tech</span> <span m='30790'>industry,</span> <span m='32870'>it</span> <span m='33170'>can</span> <span m='33310'>be</span> <span m='33410'>very</span> <span m='33980'>daunting</span> <span m='34440'>when</span> <span m='34530'>you</span> <span m='34630'>meet</span> <span m='34880'>kind</span> <span m='35050'>of</span> <span m='35140'>higher</span> <span m='35460'>up</span> <span m='35540'>people</span> <span m='35870'>or</span> <span m='35930'>really</span> <span m='36640'>well-known</span> <span m='37110'>names</span> <span m='37410'>in</span> <span m='37480'>the</span> <span m='37590'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='38250'>But</span> <span m='38420'>really,</span> <span m='38670'>all you</span> <span m='38810'>have</span> <span m='38960'>to</span> <span m='39050'>do</span> <span m='39190'>is</span> <span m='39300'>go</span> <span m='39380'>up</span> <span m='39550'>to them and</span> <span m='39830'>say</span> <span m='40010'>hello.</span> <span m='40500'>And</span> <span m='40670'>it's</span> <span m='40850'>actually</span> <span m='41200'>not</span> <span m='41420'>as</span> <span m='41510'>scary</span> <span m='42010'>as</span> <span m='42440'>if</span> <span m='42690'>it was</span> <span m='43190'>maybe</span> <span m='43370'>the</span> <span m='43450'>movie</span> <span m='43750'>industry</span> <span m='44130'>or</span> <span m='44210'>something.</span> <span m='44940'>But</span> <span m='45460'>I've</span> <span m='45660'>gotten</span> <span m='45920'>to</span> <span m='46020'>meet</span> <span m='46200'>a</span> <span m='46290'>lot</span> <span m='46470'>of</span> <span m='46570'>really</span> <span m='46950'>awesome</span> <span m='47220'>people</span> <span m='47580'>who</span> <span m='47700'>helped</span> <span m='48000'>me</span> <span m='49250'>take</span> <span m='49440'>the</span> <span m='49530'>next</span> <span m='49750'>step</span> <span m='49920'>just</span> <span m='50110'>by</span> <span m='50210'>going</span> <span m='50490'>up</span> <span m='50870'>and</span> <span m='51333'>saying hi.</span> </p><p><span m='52260'>It</span> <span m='52420'>can</span> <span m='52770'>be.</span> <span m='53080'>Especially</span> <span m='53530'>in</span> <span m='53620'>writing,</span> <span m='54180'>there's</span> <span m='54370'>a</span> <span m='54440'>lot</span> <span m='54800'>of</span> <span m='54880'>sites</span> <span m='55330'>that</span> <span m='56180'>will</span> <span m='56560'>take</span> <span m='56750'>you</span> <span m='56840'>on</span> <span m='56970'>as</span> <span m='57070'>a</span> <span m='57120'>writer,</span> <span m='57360'>but</span> <span m='57490'>they</span> <span m='57560'>won't</span> <span m='57750'>necessarily</span> <span m='58240'>pay.</span> <span m='59080'>But</span> <span m='59490'>that</span> <span m='59770'>will</span> <span m='59860'>give</span> <span m='59980'>you</span> <span m='60050'>the</span> <span m='60170'>opportunity</span> <span m='60600'>to</span> <span m='60670'>build</span> <span m='60870'>your</span> <span m='60970'>resume</span> <span m='61740'>so</span> <span m='61880'>that</span> <span m='62050'>when</span> <span m='62160'>those</span> <span m='62330'>paying</span> <span m='62620'>jobs</span> <span m='62970'>do</span> <span m='63150'>show</span> <span m='63390'>up,</span> <span m='64000'>you</span> <span m='64180'>can</span> <span m='64360'>then</span> <span m='64519'>have</span> <span m='64790'>something</span> <span m='65099'>to</span> <span m='65590'>show</span> <span m='65840'>to show that you</span> <span m='66020'>actually</span> <span m='66320'>know what you're</span> <span m='66600'>doing.</span> </p><p><span m='67360'>It's</span> <span m='67720'>interesting.</span> <span m='68610'>My</span> <span m='68770'>job</span> <span m='69720'>is</span> <span m='69910'>not</span> <span m='70250'>a</span> <span m='70380'>typical</span> <span m='70890'>9:00</span> <span m='71190'>to</span> <span m='71260'>5:00,</span> <span m='71920'>so</span> <span m='72100'>my</span> <span m='72220'>work-life</span> <span m='72830'>balance</span> <span m='73370'>varies</span> <span m='74360'>from</span> <span m='74520'>day</span> <span m='74680'>to</span> <span m='74780'>day.</span> <span m='75280'>But</span> <span m='75500'>I</span> <span m='75610'>always</span> <span m='75930'>try</span> <span m='76350'>to,</span> <span m='77430'>for</span> <span m='77550'>my</span> <span m='77700'>own</span> <span m='77860'>sanity,</span> <span m='78960'>at</span> <span m='79120'>the</span> <span m='79230'>end</span> <span m='79320'>the</span> <span m='79370'>day,</span> <span m='79610'>I</span> <span m='79650'>do</span> <span m='79780'>a</span> <span m='79850'>cutoff.</span> <span m='80580'>No</span> <span m='80740'>more</span> <span m='80890'>tweeting.</span> <span m='81440'>No</span> <span m='81550'>more</span> <span m='81710'>emails.</span> </p><p><span m='82120'>I'll</span> <span m='82210'>wait</span> <span m='82560'>till</span> <span m='82780'>tomorrow</span> <span m='83210'>to</span> <span m='83640'>take care of</span> <span m='83990'>the</span> <span m='84080'>rest of</span> <span m='84290'>that</span> <span m='84470'>just</span> <span m='84620'>so</span> <span m='84700'>that</span> <span m='84840'>I</span> <span m='84920'>can</span> <span m='85050'>have</span> <span m='85220'>a</span> <span m='85610'>few</span> <span m='85900'>hours</span> <span m='86220'>each</span> <span m='86420'>night</span> <span m='86690'>to</span> <span m='87050'>focus</span> <span m='87390'>on</span> <span m='87470'>myself.</span> <span m='88050'>But</span> <span m='88540'>then</span> <span m='88690'>there are</span> <span m='88820'>also</span> <span m='89140'>days</span> <span m='89460'>where</span> <span m='89760'>I</span> <span m='89840'>have</span> <span m='90010'>the</span> <span m='90090'>whole</span> <span m='90270'>day to</span> <span m='90460'>myself</span> <span m='90820'>and</span> <span m='90910'>I</span> <span m='90940'>have</span> <span m='91030'>nothing</span> <span m='91290'>scheduled,</span> <span m='91740'>so</span> <span m='92460'>I</span> <span m='92630'>go</span> <span m='92910'>to</span> <span m='92960'>the park.</span> </p>","file":{"id":380315,"video_id":"3395962771001","name":"2405-Sal-FreelanceWriter-ManagingEditorGamingWebsite2 In-depth","duration":94157,"thumbnail_url":null}});