The time has come to choose my subjects for next year (2012). This had raised a lot of questions, the most important being:
Q: Do I want my writing carer to focus on fiction, non-fiction, editing or production?
A: All of the above!
If only I had time to do them all ... Well I do, in the long run. But which two subjects should I do next year?
I'm thinking Novel 2 and Industry Overview 1 are musts. A possible third subject is the hard one. It's come down to a choice between Non-fiction 1 and Editing 2.
Editing 2 focuses on producing publications and working as an editor, and is compulsory. But I can do it next year...
In Non-fiction 1 I'll learn to write non-fiction (duh!). Specifically, reviews, interviews, feature pieces and maybe memoirs and a little journalism.
Editing 2 will refine my editing skills and show how a publication is put together - something I really want to see.
Whereas, Non-fiction 1 will be a great opportunity to see if I enjoy writing factual pieces as much as I like writing fiction and can handle the deadlines.
Editing 2 might be the edge I need to sell my novel and the experience I need to put together a book of short stories by local writers.
Non-fiction 1 will give me more experience as a writer, rather than an editor, and should help me to present my ideas in a logical sequence of thoughts. It might lead to a freelance career in reviewing books, games and other stuff, which I can do when I need a break from my novel...
But which will get me into a paid position quicker?
Which will I use in the long term?
And, can I handle studying four subjects next year? :)
It's VCE all over again...
Help me Obi-wan Kenobi; you're my only hope!
*Ghostly voice* ‘Trust in the force, Luke… err… Emanuel.’
I’d love to hear from current, and previous, PWE students, and welcome comments from experienced writers.