This post is not going to be about a writing problem, per se. It is, however, going to be about an issue I have that is intimately related to the writing that I produce. That is: What do I do with it when it’s finished?
For the last four years I”ve been trained to treat a piece of my own writing in a very particular way. Shape it to the audience (usually a professor or GSI), finish it on time, include content relevant to studies, receive grade, and the cycle is done. There’s an understanding between everyone involved that a piece of writing will be generated, change hands, be evaluated, and then be more or less forgotten about. How do I treat my own writing when this presupposed understanding no longer exists?
Let’s say I’m applying for a job. All sorts of jobs desire candidates with strong verbal and written communication skills. At what point in the interview process am I supposed to bring up the fact that I’ve got an e-portfolio that I put together in college specifically to show off my ability to write? Should I even bother to mention that fact? I would think so, but I’m not well-experienced with interviewing just yet.
I’ve come to really like the direction in which this Capstone project is going, and I don’t want all the effort I’ve put in to end up without purpose. I also understand that my project in particular, because of the grim subject matter, may not be suited for all types of opportunities, but it does have merit as an example of good writing, I think. How do I make sure that this, and all other writing I compose, remains useful to me in a professional sense, and how, when, and to whom do I present this back-catalog? Is it normal to keep a portfolio of quality writing to sample when applying to professions outside the English Language Arts field?