But I'm wondering whether this is actually going to get me anywhere towards writing a book. Lecturing is a career I'd enjoy but would you say getting a tv writing degree and going down that route would be better. I'm 16 and at sixth form so I've got some time to mull things over.
Any writers out there who can give me some advice?
As long as you have the motivation to create said book, you will be fine with whatever you choose. Choose something that you will like the most and roll with it. Anything else that happens due to what you are doing is a bonus really. Maybe becoming a lecturer might help you get your book out there if you create a reputation.
As for teaching how to write that's very true but I don't know if it'd teach me to write in the right way. Essay writing tends to differ a lot from fiction.
I definitely have at least a little natural talent for writing which is why I'd consider it as a career choice. I also can be fairly disciplined in writing. This month I've took a challenge to write 50,000 words in a month and I'm on 38,000 on day 20 which is ahead of schedule.
So I'm thinking maybe it'd be worth giving just a career in writing with no other distractions a go. The problem is tv writing is probably my best option but I wouldn't have the first clue how to go about writing a script. That's why I'm thinking about doing some kind of degree first
There is no exact route into writing, as long as you stay driven towards your goal I'm sure you'll have no problem getting there some day.