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Subject: Literary Student Looking to build a portfolio
Date Posted: 7/25/2010 6:38 AM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2009
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I am 30 years old and have worked in construction administration for the past decade. Two years ago I lost my job and have redefined my goals - which has led me to back to school to work on a BA in Literature with Creative & Technical writing emphasis. Anyways, since I am switching fields my advisor told me I should seek out others to help establish and build my portfolio.

Anything would be helpful. I can transcribe handwritten works for writers, offer my opinions, edits, etc. If anyone is interested please let me know. My email is busydonnelly@yahoo.com

I am also currently working on a few short story ideas and have a goal of writing my first novel before I graduate in 3 more years.

Thanks for reading my post.

Jacki

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 8:24 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2008
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Hi Jacki, You mention transcribing the work of other, but building a portfolio should consist of your own works. Keep an idea notebook handy so that when an idea hits, you can record it. Then, just start writing a lot. Your first works may not meet your own specifications, but eventually your writing will improve. Plus, school will help.

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 6:31 AM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2009
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Mary, Thanks for the response. I know my work is my portfolio, I should have made my message more clear. I am working on my own portfolio but am also trying to learn how to edit, etc. I need experience in that department so thought I would post that here.
Right now the hardest thing I have found is making myself sit down and write. Once I conquer that obstacle I think I will be more motivated to write more stories than I am now....

Date Posted: 11/24/2010 2:20 AM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2010
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Writers write.  You have to make yourself write because it's like any other chore -- laundry, chopping wood, etc..  I love creating characters and stories once I get in front of the computer, but it is hard to find that time to be in front of the computer.  I set aside 3 hours a day usually to write.  You can send me some of your writing, if you want some feedback.