A writer is always on the lookout for challenging opportunities that enable him to display his talents. On some occasions, the writer finds himself in demand and thus, produces content for the assignment he is working on. During other times, he should simply open up his books and start writing.
A portfolio is the greatest way to land a writing gig and writers must focus on building one that is comprehensive and resourceful. The easiest way to start building a portfolio is to pick ideas and turn them into stories, essays or other pieces of literature. However, if you see yourself struggle to come up with something concrete, you can always look at literary magazines for inspiration.
These magazines publish new as well as seasoned authors. If you are looking at a literary magazine in your niche, keep an eye out for the contests they publicize about. In this way, while you create a scintillating entry for the contest, you can use the piece you have submitted as a part of your portfolio.
If you are unable to enter the competition, you can always keep the ideas associated with it in your mind and work on them later. You can go on to create an ‘idea-bank’ which can be your escape route when you hit the writer’s block.
While some writers insist that writer’s block is a phenomenon that disappears as easily as it appears, many struggle to get any work done when they are struck by it. Browsing through literary magazines as well as other books can be the ultimate remedy when you find yourself reeling under the block. If it doesn’t serve as a quick fix, it will always be there for motivation.
Over a period of time and after consulting a few literary magazines, you can be sure that your name will be out there, amongst other writers and will be considered for future writing gigs. You can also collect the magazines when they are released or subscribe to the RSS feed of online publications. In this way, whether online or offline, you will constantly be around instant inspiration.