Aspiring entertainers have plenty of talent competitions to choose from. Whether people are aspiring singers, musicians, dancers, magicians, or comedians, never have there been more opportunities than there are today for people to become famous or to be able to end up doing what they love to do most.
A writing portfolio is absolutely necessary if you are hoping to land freelance writing gigs. New writers sometimes get completely stuck when they think about creating a portfolio. What exactly is a portfolio and what should go into it? How can you put together a writer portfolio if you haven’t landed any writing gigs?
Carol Tice of The Freelance Writers Den frequently advocates entering writing contests. She is so fond of writing contests that she has an awards page on her original blog CarolTice.com.
I don’t think I really got why she thought so highly of writing contests until I saw this in print in The Barefoot Writer this month:
What are the roadblocks preventing you from being the writer you know you could be? If you’re like most writers, the person who put most of the roadblocks in your path is you. The truth is, many of the roadblocks that you think are in your path aren’t even there at all.
What traits does it take to become a successful writer? Before I share my thoughts on that, I want to start by saying that generalizations made me shudder – generalizations such as if English isn’t your native language, you can’t be a writer, or if writing isn’t the first thing you think of every day, you might as well hang it up.
What is the most important number for writers? It’s certainly not a combination of numbers that randomly win the lottery. It’s not the number on the scale, the number of kids you have or the number of jobs you’ve had before you become a writer.
The most important number for writers is ONE.
With the start of a new year, one of the goals for many writers, myself included is to become a better writer….to do a better job this year than last year. So how do we make that happen?
Brian Clark of Copyblogger came up with these ten steps: