Getting into writing before you graduate

Getting into writing before you graduate

Fancy a career as a writer? Writing can be a really hard industry to get into, no matter how talented you are. Here are some of my top tips to help you get started. 

Find your niche

Time to work out what you want to write about. Whether you’re a film buff, beauty guru or fantasy writer, deciding on a genre or wider topic makes it easier to find and curate a strong and dedicated audience. This is most important for non fiction writing, but being known for a particular genre or style is also helpful in fiction writing, whether you’re writing novels or short stories. 

Getting into writing before you graduate

Start a blog

Get your work out there. Start your own blog, or write for one that you’re interested it (like us!). Consistency is key to building your readership, so try to post a couple of things a week, at the same time each week so people know when to expect something new. Your blog can be as personal or professional as you like. You can start one with free sites like WordPress, who offer plenty of blog designs to suit everyone.

Enter competitions 

This applies more to fiction writers, so if you’re hoping to be the next J.K. Rowling or George R.R. Martin, enter your work into competitions. It does cost to enter most competitions, but if you feel confident in your work then the potential prizes and publicity are definitely worth it. The best competitions are ones that will offer you feedback on your work to help you improve. 

Getting into writing before you graduate

Submit to online magazines

There are a fair amount of opportunities to submit articles to online publications like The Tab, which is student orientated. Local, smaller publications are generally your best bet, but check your favourites to see if they’re asking for submissions.   

Work experience/ internships 

Working for a publisher or magazine is one of the best ways to get your work out in the world. They’re also great to help you learn how the industry works and the best ways to get into it as a full time career. You’ll also have the best chance to make connections that will help you out after uni.

I’m not a writer, so take this advice with a pinch of salt. These are all the things I’m going to try! If you have a language under your belt that can be a definite bonus, as is the ability to get to London, as this is where most publishing and journalism jobs tend to be.

Getting into writing before you graduate

Rebecca Ford

Student Advice Writer. Rebecca studies English at Keele University and writes a weekly advice column for First Years.