Writer Jobs Profile in Australia
Writers are involved in the creation and development of works of fiction and non-fiction. This covers forms including poetry, prose, and material for the theatre, screen and radio. Writers may also create the content for websites or write articles for magazines or newspapers.

Most Writers work freelance and are self-employed. They often have to support themselves through other types of employment, such as teaching, lecturing, editing or other roles in publishing, as well as entirely unrelated jobs outside the writing industry.

Typical activities are likely to include some or all of the following:

  • selecting subject matter based on personal or public interest, or commissioned by a publisher or agent
  • developing the technical skills of writing and maintaining originality
  • using literary skills to develop themes and storylines, while making characters and plots believable
  • working to tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio
  • undertaking research, including plot-lines, places, themes and characters
  • verifying the factual content of written work
  • conducting interviews with people either face to face, over the telephone or by email
  • submitting material for publication in the required and expected format
  • rewriting and adapting material (and sometimes the work of others) for alternative formats, e.g. adapting novels for stage or producing a web-based 'e-book'
  • maintaining an active interest in the specific genre (such as novels, film, TV, radio)
  • exercising self-discipline and time management to organise writing in conjunction with developing financial management/self-employment skills
  • encouraging and acting upon critical feedback in the most appropriate manner

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