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Justin Sloan’s Creative Writing Career 2 is an inspirational, knowledgeable book of advice. Take this handy guide with you as you journey toward a career in writing. To become a professional writer, you need to combine discipline and passion. He offers practical advice on jump starting a full-time career as a writer of movies, video games, and books. The book is divided into five parts.
Author Justin Sloan explains how to jump start a career as a writer. His interviews with a variety of writers provide insight into a full-time writing career. There are many interviews dispersed through Creative Writing Career 2, covering movie writers, video game writers, and book writers. The interviews highlight the careers of these veteran writers and how they got started. Perhaps the best question is what course, workshop, or book helped them the most in their writing career. He recommends a few writing conferences, critique groups, and writing classes to meet other writers and improve your writing. He also strongly recommends writing a blog to practice your skills and be engaged.
Some of Sloan’s interviewees have full-time jobs, others have part-time jobs. They openly share the route they took to become writers. Sloan interviews Jerri Bell who is a part-time writer and part-time editor. She says that both professions have to study writing, but the difference is that an editor wants to publish other people’s work and help them produce their best writing. This timely and relevant book will be useful in your quest to become a professional writer.