What you want to do in 15 years?

Essay by raghavsethiJunior High, 9th gradeB+, January 2006

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One who practices writing as a profession.

15 years is a long time and especially so for one who has not lived that long yet. Today teens like me are expected to know what they want do later in life. Maybe if it were not the twenty first century I could be imaginative but that would be childish (In case you didn't know this is a CHILDRENS essay competition). However after a decade and a half I would like to be in a profession that is considered neither here nor there in terms of childishness. I would like to become a fiction writer. A fiction writer is a person who invents stories, a non-fiction writer is a person who has had the experience he has written about. The fact remains that you can't become a full-time non fiction writer it is next to impossible. You'd have to hear about in detail or experience everything you write about.

To Dickens, it came naturally. He simply sat down and wrote Pickwick Papers which became an instant bestseller. Debut books written by normal authors do not become bestsellers but Dickens was a genius. We aren't all Dickens and that brings us to the deciding factor of almost every profession these days; the financial part. If you are an adult you must make a living and to do so as a writer you must be no less than Agatha Christie or Louis L'Amour. It is no wonder that all authors have other jobs. The moral of the story is simply -you MUST get a job that gets you so much money a month and that's the part that I don't like about the whole author business.

Getting a book published I have heard is nothing short of hell. Odds are...