I want to work in poetry but I have no idea how even to begin any sort of work in this field, does anyone know where I could look or even if there's jobs in this field?
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- Thread Starter
- 01-03-2018 22:18
- 02-03-2018 13:05
I'm like you. I wanted to be a professional poet as well. The problem is there's not really such a thing. You don't apply, go to an interview, and become a poet.
Most professional writers, and artists on general, do something else for a career and write in their spare time. It's definitely possible to make money with it, it's extremely difficult to make minimum wage and near impossible to make it your own career.
Even the most successful poets and writers, like ted Hughes or Aldous Huxley, were teachers and lecturers alongside writing. Poe and the Brontë sisters all died in poverty.
If you want to start your writing career, you'll need to speak at open mic events, enter competitions, get published in journals and pamphlets, and send anthologies to publishers. Again, becoming the next GRRM or Kurt Vonnegut is not impossible - but as close to it as it comes.