Is being a short story writer a career path?
Being a first generation college student means that I'm going in blind in this. None of my family members ever finished school so if I go and ask them for help/advice they can't give any. School counselors are not much help so I'm turning to the internet. I've never really excelled in anything, I'm horrible at math, can barely keep up in science classes, my critical thinking skill don't seem to improve (even though I've passed the classes). The only thing I seem to be good at is creative writing, but do I need to major in English for that? I mean I'm taking these college level English courses and I suffer with these essays. I'm no good at writing essays about deconstructing a poem/book and be super analytical about it. I like having creative freedom and not having to worry about MLA format. #general #college #english
I would start by identifying what your end goal is first. Once you figure that out then it will be easier to figure out your filters when job searching. You could just keep writing to build out your portfolio for when you do figure it out. One thing to add if you enjoy creative freedom is maybe dipping your toe in the sketch comedy field. It gives you opportunity to write comedy which can be a lot of fun. So that could be another direction to go with it if you choose to.
Whatever you do choose to do the more you learn about the world around you the more you'll have to write about. Learning about human existence, music, movies, politics, history, etc..... can add to what you'd like to write about. Creative writing can have more outlets than you think and can be fun depending on how you choose to pursue it. The world is at your finger tips. Learn what you can and just write. It'll come to you.
At the same time, what subjects you have taken in the college? You can consider to take some relevant subjects that can help you to polish your writing skills, e.g. English Literature, Journalism, etc.
In the future, you can consider to be a author, teacher, journalist, etc. You can explore more on these careers. You still have plenty of time to plan for your future career.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!