The Professional Writer is not only the narrator, the writer of novels or collections of stories; this figure includes everyone who writes by profession: from the journalist, to the television or movie screenwriter, from the television or radio author to the editor of any editorial staff. In the collective imagination, the writer of fiction is the figure of the writer par excellence and often represents the dream of those who want to make writing their work.
Writing is inventing, telling, observing, through writing emotions are transmitted and stories are made known, which are the engine of imagination and fantasy.
But how to make this ability a real profession, even managing to earn? The most suitable course of study for those wishing to pursue a career as a writer is to attend a classical high school or a humanistic high school, then choose a university course of humanistic type, preferably the faculty of literature or communication sciences. After that it is advisable to continue studying at schools or creative writing courses.
The schools of creative writing are often victims of prejudices due to the skepticism that concerns them, in fact, if they are well chosen, they are very useful for the future writer.
Often it is necessary to overcome the belief of many who think that writing is a natural thing and therefore does not need a school that "teaches": certainly writing is an art, but it is also technical, in this regard there are mechanisms and expedients that come back very useful during the writing of the texts, to make the desired effects to the reader.
Writing schools are in step with the times, in the sense that they are attentive to the tendencies of contemporary literature and to the languages ??that change; if you want to become a writer and therefore earn money by writing, it is very useful to understand what we can gain. The schools of writing are a perfect test for everything we write: the texts are read, so situations of confrontation and exchange are created, in which comparisons and suggestions are born. Finally, a good writing school will be able to provide theoretical and practical advice on how to gain visibility in the publishing world.
Being a professional writer means to publish what you write: here the publishing house takes over, which in most cases invests on a book (novel or collection of stories), editing it, printing it, distributing it to bookstores, taking care of any launch advertising. In order for the publishing house to become aware of the texts that are written, it is necessary to make them visible, a process that, thanks to the advent and proliferation of the Internet, becomes more immediate.
To launch yourself in the world of publishing you can participate in writing competitions; attend courses in creative writing schools that have good contacts with the publishing world; monitor the sites of publishers who publish similar genres to their own, to keep abreast of trends and possibly participate in the competitions held; participate in fairs and events related to publishing and reading (such as the Turin Book Fair); manage blogs or take part in websites that are shop windows for the publisher, perhaps in circuits that belong to the publishing world itself
The web represents a new frontier in publications, some publishers or sites born specifically, give the opportunity to see your book published at low cost.