Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
About the Author: Virginia Williams writes at home with two kids, two cats, and one very understanding husband. She is working on her first book, a memoir, and her writing website can be found at: http://www.virginialwilliams.com/. Her blog, http://www.landofbrokenhearts.blogspot.com/, is for parents who have lost a baby to stillbirth.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I have one week to go and all the cleaning, planning and food prep will be done and graduation (my daughter's) will be over and the relatives will be gone. I will then be able to get back to all of you and start my series on novel writing. Until then, think about the novel you would like to write, the novel you may already have started or the one you are half-way through. Get out your notes and pages and get ready to join me as I also dust off the laptop and resume writing my novel. Maybe we can all finally complete our novels by summer's end.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Suite101 is a site where writers who have been accepted can write articles and earn money through the advertising revenue the site makes. The information on the site does not give exact details about payment until you are accepted as a writer, only that if you have posted several articles on the site then you have the potential of earning good money. The first hurdle, however, is to be accepted as a writer.
Applying to Suite101
The next step is to write a short resume about your education, experience and expertise on the subjects you have chosen. They do not want a professional resume, just a quick rundown on your experience as a writer and in the field of interest of the topics you have chosen.
After this you need to paste two articles you have written and/or published that relates to the first topic of interest you chose. This is so the editor can decide if you have the writing talent they need for the site.
The next part of the application is to list websites or media publications where you have been published. It looked as if you could list as many as you wanted to. I listed several on mine.
Once you submit your application, then you wait. The site said that your application will be reviewed within 48 hours and you will be notified if you have been accepted or declined.
- You agree to publish at least 10 articles every three months.
- You will be paid monthly as long as your account has reached $10 or more. Payment from previous months will be held over until you earn $10, so you will not lose money even when you cannot be paid.
- You agree to give Suite101 Exclusive Digital Rights to all of the articles you write for them for one year from publication date. After that you are free to publish elsewhere.
The one thing that was cloudy to me in the explanation was if you have to write only on one topic or if you can write on several topics. On the application it said to choose your topic of choice, but that you wouldn't be locked into this topic later on. But the site looks to me as if you have to write on only one topic. Maybe there are some Suite101 writers out there who can clear this up for me.
As for now, I have submitted my application and will see if they will accept me. Could be a blow to my ego if they do not, but we will see. I love finding new outlets for my writing, but making money is good too! I'll let you all know if I am accepted and how it goes.
Update 8/25/10: Suite101 has changed some of their rules for writing for their site. They no longer have a minimum amount of articles you have to write in order to keep your writing position there. They also now allow you to write articles in second person as well as the previous third person. This will make it easier to write articles, especially in topics such as travel and parenting. Any other previous rules will stay the same. :)
Update: I was accepted at Suite101 as a contributing writer within 24 hours of my application. Now I have to sign a year's contract with them and go through their tutorial. I will let you know when I actually post an article there. This may be interesting. :)
Update 5/18/09 - I have decided to write for Suite101 for awhile and see how it goes. After reading all of their material after signing the contract, I now see that as a writer for Suite101 you cannot discuss payment as well as other parts of the site or you can be let go. So I will honor my contract and not disclose this information. But, I did find out that as a contributing writer I can write on any subject I wish; I am not locked into one of the topics I put on my application. If I want to try to be an expert on a particular subject, I can limit my topics, but that may not be the best way to earn money. I also really like the format that they want for all articles - it is more like magazine and newspaper format instead of internet style. They want you to use sources and show those sources, which I like to do.
9/22/09 - Update Suite101 - I have been writing for Suite101 for a few months now and it does appear to be a good site to make residual income. It takes awhile to build up your articles and income, but like any residual income site, after you have a good catalog of articles the money gets better and better. This would be a good site for anyone with polished writing skills and who likes researching intersting topics. Last month a Suite101 writer earned $5,000 in residual income for the month. Persistance at this site does pay off.
Sticking with Suite101
Suite101 Continues to Grow
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
As a writer it always seems that it is feast or famine - we may have days where we seem to have an endless supply of ideas and inspiration for articles, then suddenly it all dries up. How do we get our creativity back? Here are a couple of articles that may help you when you experience writer's block.
By Donovan Baldwin
Most people want to attack a problem head on. For the artist or writer, however, that approach often just creates another problem. Do the words, "writer's block" mean anything to you? Hmmm? It seems that the harder we try to attack the creativity problem the harder and thicker the wall becomes between the conscious mind and the ideas that may be lurking just on the other side.
Back in school, we were given study tips that often included this one; study at the same time and in the same place. That sounds a little like "showing up for work". Freelance writers in particular often fall prey to not having a place to go to and a time to be there. Of course, if the flash of brilliance comes at two in the morning, at breakfast, or while you are having sex, that's when you should write it down. Okay, delay that last one a little bit.
In this crazy business of writing, or painting, or sculpting, ideas are all around. The secret is catching and keeping them. The chance comment of a friend, a sound bite on a TV news show, an obituary, the neighbor's new car, the local high school football team, your spouse's opinion on the TV sound bite, a paragraph in a chapter in a second hand book you bought for $2.99. That glimmer of an idea that later becomes a book, a poem, an article, or a short story can be found in any of these.
Your subconscious is a brown-noser. It just can't wait to show you what it's done for you while you were sleeping or busy with another problem. As you lay in bed at night waiting to fall asleep, tell it forcefully and directly to come up with some ideas while you're asleep. This is not 100% perfect, but it will produce fruit from time to time. Unfortunately, the ideas often appear in the middle of the night (see tip #3) although you will often awaken with a great idea.
Well, I was reading some notes I had made about a year ago, and....
Donovan Baldwin is a Central Texas writer. He is a University of West Florida alumnus (BA Accounting 73), a member of Mensa, and is retired from the U. S. Army after 21 years of service. His interests include nature, animals, global warming, health, fitness, and weight loss. He has posted several articles on fitness and weight loss at http://nodiet4me.com/articledirectory/
By Amanda Baker
If you're a writer, or a student, or anyone who's ever felt the desire or need to write, you know all about the dreaded thing known as writer's block. You sit at the computer, or you're at your desk with a pad and pen, ready to write. But nothing happens. Your mind is drawing a complete blank. You feel as if you'll never be able to string even five words together into something coherent. It's a tragic problem and many experience it. The sad thing about this particular monster, is that once it's bitten, it sinks its teeth in and begins to work its way into your mind. If you don't defeat it immediately, it can be around for quite some time. You'll find yourself thinking "why can I write anything?"
http://tobeinformed.com/ and http://allthingspondered.com/
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I've come across a couple of sites that offer freelance writing job resources and/or writer's guidelines for several magazines of varying interests. Sometimes these sites can be difficult to navigate so you may have to dig a little. I searched through them and found some really good resources for freelance writers. Here are the sites:
FreelanceWriting.com - This site is basically a clearinghouse of several freelance writing sites around the web such as ODesk, Craigslist, iFreelance, etc. You can check all of their newest listings for freelance writing jobs right here on this one site. Once at their homepage, click the sidebar on the left that says Freelance Writing Jobs and it will take you to a listing of each different site and the current jobs available. This site also has a section for Writer's Guidelines for many different publications. Just click the Writer's Guidelines section on the left sidebar on the homepage.
WorldwideFreelance.com - This site may ask you to register for their weekly e-mail newsletter before letting you check out their magazine resources. It is free to register for their basic list, although you can subscribe to a bigger list if you want. On their free list, this site has many links to magazines looking for freelancers as well as their writer's guidelines. Some of the links are old and don't work well, but you can always go to the online magazine that interests you and find their guidelines there.
I hope these resources help you find freelance writing jobs.