If you want to be a writer, it’s a good idea to start a writing portfolio right away. It serves as a morale boost and it also serves as a starting point.
There are quite a few sites out there that offer services for writers. Some are paid and some are free.
You can choose what you’re comfortable with but, because of my extreme frugal nature, I went with a free one.
I tried out two portfolio sites before deciding on one. The reason I chose them was, again, because they were free.
The first one I tried was clippings me.It’s a portfolio site aimed at writers, mostly freelance journalists. Initially, I had a few problems with the interface and… decided against it. It’s still a great site but it wasn’t for me.
The second one I found was journoportfolio. It’s free for the first ten articles. As a new writer, that wasn’t something I was too concerned with as I had few enough pieces as it is and I could always upgrade it later if I wanted to.
Well, now that you have a portfolio, how to fill it up?
1. Things you already have
Research papers, blog posts, anything you have that showcases your writing style would be okay initially. You have to start somewhere and starting with something you already have is a good starting point.
But I have nothing strangemuse…
Well, that’s fine too. If you really have nothing at all, zip, zero… then I would suggest…
2. Job Boards
Pitch to a few jobs that you want to work on. Choose ones that are lower paying if you don’t have a lot of experience and work your way up. You can find anything there and you can choose projects you’re comfortable with.Upwork seems to have more range of job types than places like problogger.
3. Write for a List Site
There a few places like Listverse that will pay you to write articles for their site. It takes a little more research and work but they have a large viewership and can lend better credibility to your portfolio.
4. Your Own Projects
Last of all, if you’re an introverted writer like me, you can always do projects for yourself. Although, this is a last resort as it’s always better to showcase projects you’ve done that has been vetted and published.