What they do

Authors compose works of literature including poetry, scripts, articles, novels and works of non-fiction. Some authors prefer to research and carefully map out a story line, whereas others prefer to dive straight into writing with little preparation. Once an author is happy with their written work it is submitted to a publisher where it may be edited and changed for publication. Authors work with editors and publishers to ensure that their creative vision remains intact.

Working conditions

Authors can work in a vast array of environments, however quite often they work in offices, libraries or from their home. They work independently for long periods of time, although sometimes they collaborate with other authors or editors. After publication they may work with visual or performance artists.

Authors are also required to participate in some travel, both locally and overseas, for research, to give readings and to publicise their works.

Tools and technologies

Authors spend a majority of their time working on a computer with word processing software. They may also use the computer to access the Internet for research. Similarly, they may also use textbooks for research. Some authors prefer to record their ideas or research on a hand held dictaphone.

How do I become one?

Education and training

It is possible to work as an author without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in writing or a related area.

The necessary skills to become an author are normally developed through experience and practice

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses.

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