I'm looking for some advice. I live in the UK and have graduated from a decent University with a 2:1 in Literature and Modern History. I may become a teacher or social worker, I don't know. Whatever I do I have a compulsion to write (not fiction though). I have no ambition to become a full time writer, but I would like to write in my spare time. Can you be a part timefreelance writer? A part time freelance journalist? What should someone like me write about? Who could I write for? I love the world of ideas: philosophy, literature, history (any period), psychoanalysis etc. Above all I love language. Intellectually I'm pretty average, though I was often told I write well. Of course, what I'd really like to do is spend a lifetime writing articles and books on whatever took my fancy (who on here wouldn't?), especially on history. Why do people take pleasure in the thought of you being disappointed and unfulfilled (if one more idiot says "welcome to the real world"...)? I know you have to earn a living and I don't even want to be a professional writer. I just crave a creative outlet. I tried working on my local newspaper and hated it (stupid stories, ignorant, over-ambitious journalists with no interest in writing as a craft). The life of academics puzzles me. Outside of lecturing what does an academic do? How does a lecturer in Medieval History or literature earn his pay? Do they write for magazines? for journals? Can anyone have a go at writing for such journals?