How do I go about developing a published writing portfolio as a new writer?
If I've never published a book before, what are some good first steps? After all, not all writing now is in books but also short form media, copywriting, articles, etc.
I've got a blog I'm updating regularly and I like connecting with my fellow writers. I genuinely both love and hate writing (depending on what time of the day it is) and I'm hoping to channel this passion into something a little more organized and achievable by the end of the year.
Your blog is a good place to start, but you should be focused in what you write about. Good form is usually: define your subject. Have an amazing opening to intrigue your reader. Frame the scope of your article, defining your subject clearly in the first paragraph, then proceed to educate, persuade, make fun of, or dramatize your subject. However you write, you should guide your reader and bring them along so they feel entertained and interested at every sentence, and could agree with your ending or conclusion. If you write something satisfying for the reader, no matter how long or short, you will prove that you can write for a focused subject and audience. That’s how an employer may consider you for writing something for their publication. Hope this helps.
My advise to you Ashley is: KEEP ON WRITING (and reading) while making a living any other way you can. Think of the dignity of labor, take any job that will put food on your table since waiting for the royalties to fall in your bank account might take a long time. Keep on going, you will make it, life will surprise you. Good luck! geny h
I’m assuming you are possibly a high school student? There are a lot of great ways to establish a portfolio. Yes, a blog is one of them, but getting involved with a school newspaper is also an excellent option.
I have friends who were journalism grads in college that succeeded in successful careers as sports journalists, news or editorial writers, and even someone who turned his journalism career into his passion as a theater critic.
I wanted to be a TV journalist and got involved in the campus radio station when I was in college. There are plenty of other opportunities to use use your skills too - the point is to use them! I highly recommend internships, as well. Apply for opportunities at local TV stations, newspapers, anywhere that enables you to get relevant experience and that provides you something for your portfolio. Mine was in a TV studio.
My other piece of advice is don’t ignore the basics — things like spelling and grammar, geography, history, research skills — all of these are extremely valuable in your career. Having a command of the basics is essential — even in my career now. As a hiring manager, I’ve gone through resumes looking for “the basics” like spelling — don’t let spelling or grammar be a detractor.
My other piece of advice is to be a lifelong learner. Technology is constantly changing - as it has in my own career. Don’t ever assume that you know everything - always strive to learn more - always strive to seek actual verifiable facts. Don’t assume anything.
I’ve had a successful career in international and national news media. I’ve written for global B2B magazines and have also written a book. If there is anything more I would want to pass along is to love what you do and always strive to learn more, know more, and deliver your best work.