Why do people insist that Creative Writing is a "bad major?"?

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  • Why do people insist that Creative Writing is a "bad major?"?


Answer #1 | 28/12 2013 21:25
Then don't pay attention to them. Why get frustrated over something you can't control?
Answer #2 | 28/12 2013 21:26
Because Americans are becoming an illiterate people, who care more about watching flashy colors on TV written by men exhibiting the talent of 4 year olds. Anything with depth isn't going to be well received unless it meets the explosion quota. There's just not much money in creative writing anymore unless you win the proverbial lottery.
Answer #3 | 28/12 2013 21:26
It isn't difficult to get a job (anyone can write a book). It is being recognized for your work that is the hard part. It is great that you wish to pursue an art, but it is a financial risk (you are spending so much money for something that might not pay off).
Answer #4 | 28/12 2013 21:38
Don't get me wrong I love writing. I do it all the time and it's a great hobby. See how I used the word hobby? There is a sad truth you must face. Creative writing is not a career. You can dream big and pretend like you're going to be super famous and successful, but it's probably not going to happen. Even if you do manage to get some money out of the deal, it'll be chump change. The salary may be enough for a car. It's like how people come out of art school saying "Now I can do concept art for movies and stuff! Oh boy I'm going to be rich!" when in reality they make about ten grand a year. Edit: Not even out of high school yet lol. I just know how to research.
Answer #5 | 28/12 2013 21:40
It's what I want to do. B
Answer #6 | 29/12 2013 14:27
Its because they dont have the drive that a creative writer has. A creative writer has the type of drive to take themself to the moon.
Answer #7 | 28/12 2013 21:58
Because the only jobs you'll get from it are teaching creative writing and any other entry-level job you can get simply because you have a college degree. And, considering nine times out of ten the creative writing teachers only learned creative writing from their teachers and have been wondering for years why they can only publish in academic journals, they're rather useless in teaching what they are teaching. Added: I'm guessing ??? has tried as hard to publish a book as to read the question (considering the questioner didn't say she was trying to write books for a living, nor can "anyone can write a book.")
Answer #8 | 28/12 2013 21:51
That Maister is just upset that HE'D tried that major, and HE doesn't have a job yet. You could always go into teaching writing, or it's possible that you could get a job writing a column for a newspaper. Erma Bombeck wrote a newspaper column before getting her book deals. Just keep writing.

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