Writers and editors write! Writers write made up stories, or they write about things that really happened. They write books, and they write articles for magazines or journals. They write for newspapers, and they write for radio and television. Editors tell writers what to write about. They also decide if what a writer has written is good. If it is not so good, they change the words to make it better. When a writer begins to write, he or she gathers information. The writer may get this information just by looking or by doing research at the library. Or, the writer may interview someone. Writers write something, and then they change it. Then they change it again. They keep changing it until they feel they get it right.
There are different kinds of writers. News writers work for newspapers or news broadcasts. Columnists write about people, places, and things. Editorial writers write how they feel about something. Technical writers give instructions on how to use a machine or how to do something. Copy writers write ads.
Editors write, too. They also review, rewrite, and change the words of writers. But their most important job is to plan what should be in a book, magazine, or newspaper. They decide what to print based on what they think readers will want to read. They assign topics to writers. They make sure that the book, magazine, or newspaper comes out on time.
Editors have people who help them do their jobs. These workers are called assistant editors or editorial assistants. Sometimes they are called copy editors or production assistants. They correct errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. They make sure that a book or a magazine is correct and easy to read. They also may do research for writers. They figure out what each page of the book or magazine should look like. Most writers and editors use computers to help them do their work.
Some writers and editors work in quiet offices, while others may work in noisy rooms. Some writers and editors have to travel. Others talk to people over the telephone or go to the library.
Writers and editors work 35 to 40 hours a week. Some work at night or on weekends. Writers may work overtime to meet deadlines or to cover the latest stories. They often face a lot of pressure to meet the deadlines. For some jobs, deadlines are daily.