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I'm interested in a career in writing various types of fiction, and i'm not sure where to start.

I'm a california resident, and currently I am looking into a program at San Fransisco State to major in Creative Writing - This seems like a good Idea and all, but I feel like I should know more than "i'm going to study writing at SFSU," what sort of thigns should I be looking into?

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Dear Sean,
Thank you for your question. That sounds like an amazing opportunity. A college education goes a long way toward preparing you for a good future. No matter what you study, the real learning is to find out who you are and what your place is in this world. Writing is a good skill that you can use in a lot of different professions. Of course, everybody would like to hole up and write novels for a living, or poetry. However, most people find it hard to make a living that way. A successful book may only earn $2,000 to $5,000, and that won't pay the rent.
Along with classes for your major, experiment with electives in other fields and look for a practical way to apply your skills. Most professions require writing, so you might find a good future in business, teaching, research, advertising, public relations, law, or science. If you get into a profession you can support yourself and a family, or whatever your plans are. College is the time to decide "what you want to be," but it doesn't have to be a final decision. Most people change careers at least five times in their lifetime. So throw your heart into learning in college: learn to write, learn history, learn American literature - or whatever your heart leads you to try.
Sincerely,
Nori


P.S. Here is my page for writers: http://steamboats.com/writing.html

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Nori J. Muster

Expertise

Writing and publishing books, including e-books.

Experience

I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at Amazon.com.

Organizations
Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Publications
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories


Education/Credentials
UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
Interviews:
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme, Salon.com, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne), Rediff.com, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West, Rediff.com, Amazon.com.

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

Publishers:
ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle, steamboats.com, surrealist.org, Apple Books, and others.

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