Writing and editing makes me happy. I haven't thought too much about whether it makes me successful. But this surprising graphic from Grammarly points out a connection between writing skills and success ... in any career.
Grammarly is a grammar checker service (see grammarly.com/grammarcheck) for anyone who needs an edit on their writing. It's the editor you don't have. You may also recognize the name from a few cute Facebook memes passed around by those of us in the Grammar Nazi armed forces.
I try to resist the rude impulse to correct the spelling, usage and grammar of other people, but deep down I am such a critic. And on the opposite end, I am favorably impressed by those who communicate well, especially those who can properly use vivid figures of speech to convey their thoughts.
For example: Tom and I are currently navigating through the medical seas of pre-operative information, getting ready for some surgery he's having next week. We've been talking with a lot of doctors, all of whom are trying to help us understand what to expect.
I think they're doing a good job, because these people have mastered metaphor and simile. A radiation oncologist described the surgery in terms of real estate: "We take out the house and the shrubbery around the house. But there's a small chance cancer might be somewhere else in the yard." A physician's assistant described a bundle of nerves sitting against a gland "like a piece of tissue paper."
These impressive descriptions have boosted my confidence in our medical team. I don't know or care anything about how much money these people make, but they surely are effective when it comes to the communication part of doing their jobs.
So I'm inclined to accept Grammarly's facts and figures ... even if my own income as a writer is woefully, laughably far below poverty level.