Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?

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Updated November 10, 2016

4. Your summer assignment is to read three books. How do you react?

7. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

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9. What is the highest level degree you are willing to earn?

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10. What is the lowest salary you would be willing to earn?

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Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?

You got: Don't Become a Writer

I got Don't Become a Writer. Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?
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You don't have most of the qualities writers need, based on your answers to the questions on this quiz. It's also possible the salary is a bit low for you and you may not be willing to fulfill the educational requirements for this career.

You must enjoy and be able to express yourself well in writing. Curiosity, creativity and self-motivation are crucial traits for writers. You need to have excellent research skills and be good at interviewing subjects. You should like to read as much as you enjoy writing.

To become a professional writer, you will most likely need a bachelor's degree, preferably in English, writing or journalism, although some employers may hire you without one. Writers earn a median annual salary of $60,250, which is a bit lower than some people would prefer.

Take time to find a career that plays to your strengths. If you do, there is a much better chance you will have a successful career with which you are happy.

Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?

You got: Writer Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice

I got Writer Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice. Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?
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You have some, but not nearly enough, of the qualities writers need. You may also be unwilling to fulfill the educational requirements that will allow you to compete in this career. The compensation may be quite a bit lower than you would like.

You should be good at and enjoy expressing yourself through the written word. You need to be creative, curious and self motivated. Excellent research skills are a must as are strong interviewing and listening skills. It will be hard to be a good writer if you don't like to read.

A Bachelor's Degree in English, writing or journalism will help you land a job as a writer. The median annual salary for writers is just $60,250, a bit less than what others with the same level of education earn.

Keep looking for a career that is a better fit for someone with your strengths. It will give you a better chance of succeeding.

Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?

You got: You Might Make a Good Writer

I got You Might Make a Good Writer. Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?
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You have most of the qualities writers need, but not all of them. You can try to acquire some of those soft skills. If you enjoy writing but can't always express yourself well, keep practicing. You must be creative, which usually is a quality one is born with but if you weren't, look for ways to bring it out in yourself. Think of creative solutions to problems, for example.

Writers need excellent research, interviewing and listening skills and must be curious and self motivated. If you don't enjoy reading it will be hard to be a good writer, so try to develop a love of this pastime.

A Bachelor's Degree in English, writing or journalism is recommended. Many employers will only writers who have a college degree. Finally, be prepared for earnings that may be a bit lower than you want. Median annual earnings are only $60,250.

Before you make your next move, learn more about being a writer. Conduct informational interviews with people who work in this field and read job descriptions.

Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?

You got: You Were Meant to Be a Writer

I got You Were Meant to Be a Writer. Quiz: Should You Be a Writer?
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Congratulations! You made an excellent choice. Your answers indicate that you have all, or just about all, of the qualities successful writers need. These strengths include, most importantly, the ability to express yourself well through the written word. You should also enjoy reading.

Writers must also be creative, curious and self motivated. They need excellent research and interviewing skills, and must be good listeners.

Many employers prefer to hire job candidates who have a Bachelor's Degree in English, writing or journalism. You should try to earn one if you want to be more competitive. Before you move ahead, make sure you can live on the compensation. Writers' ​median annual salary is just $60,250, which is a bit lower than some people would prefer.

Although these quiz results indicate this is a good career choice, learn more about it before you make a final decision. Look at job descriptions and do informational interviews with people who work in this field.

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