Often I hear about young people wanting to become writers when they're adults. This always concerns me -- NOT because we don't need writers (we need all we can get, especially young people who know how to write properly and not like texting monkeys), but because it's so durned hard to make a living as a writer. Take it from someone who knows.
When I hear someone is getting a MFA (Master's of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing or English or some word-related field, I confess my first thoughts are, "I hope you have a back-up plan" followed closely by "Don't give up your day job, if you have one."
Which is why my eyes about bugged out of my head yesterday when I saw an article called Creative Writing Majors Getting Rich as Demand Skyrockets.
This extraordinary article claims that creative writing majors are in high demand by large corporations. "A new Labor Department report shows the demand for creative writing majors grew last year to its highest level ever, making a bachelor’s degree in the field more valuable than even a triple major in engineering, computer science and business."
Um, sure. Permit me to doubt.
The article goes on to claim, "Corporate America has finally realized the importance of hiring people who can not only write, but who can write creatively," said Renata Monty, author of the bestseller 'Why Poets Boost Your Profit.' "Today, there’s only one word: words. Words in ads. In company Facebook pages. Tweets. Financial audits. Internal emails. Memos. And so on." Monty says that companies need hundreds or even thousands of words strung together, each day, and no one knows how to put words together better than a creative writing major.
The article goes on to list some of the Fortune 500 companies hiring creative writing majors.
Yet in a way, why should I doubt? With the advent of personal electronic devices and the dumbing down of schools, writing skills have gone down the toilet. I suppose if there are people who can still coherently string words together, those skills would be in demand. Technical companies need people who can write clear and logical support documents, including such necessities as manuals and troubleshooting documents.
So my question is, has anyone heard of this? Is this true, or is it just wishful thinking? The reason I ask is because Younger Daughter is a superb writer and is at the stage of trying to figure out what she wants to do as an adult. It would be splendiforous if I could offer her hope as a writer.