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How might one go about becoming a political speech writer?

Until just recently I had my heart set on becoming a psychiatrist, but then I took a career aptitude test online and one of its suggestions was a political scientist. So I asked a counselor at school about what kinds of things that job includes and when he mentioned speech writing I was really interested. (I admit I have been slightly influenced by Barack Obama but that's beside the point) My English teacher said that I'm a "naturally talented writer" and I don't think that would be much of a problem. Now I have three questions: 1) When it comes to education, what path should I follow? What kind of experience would I need? I know I should probably major in political science, and I'm thinking about a double major in political science and psychology. I really don't know that much about college so a little help would be appreciated :-) 2) I know that you would need exposure to get that kind of job, so how would I go about getting that exposure? 3) What are the chances of me becoming a successful speech writer? Uhhhh.... General? The whole point of the question is about how to become a political writer!!!

Asked By: rsnlfan - 10/22/2008
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Study the careers of previous speech writers (Pierre Salinger, Ted Sorensen, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Peggy Noonan, Chris Matthews) for clues as to how they made it. All their career paths are somewhat different, but instructive, nonetheless... More
Answered By: MS - 10/23/2008
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First become a well know political writer. Books, newspapers and magazines.
Answered By: General Custer - 10/22/2008
 
There are 100% chances of you becoming a successful speech writer because here you includes all the topics with good explaination.. it is good sign of a speech writer.. Best of Luck...
Answered By: akshay p - 10/22/2008
 
I am not exactly sure, but I too, have been told that I am a good writer and I would like to pursue a career in politics (I am influenced by Barack Obama :). My advice would be to do some research about the colleges and the requirements for acceptance because there are many scholarships available to students... More
Answered By: soccr_bebe_08 - 10/22/2008
 
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