Archive for the ‘ Writing Information ’ Category

Google Adsense seems to be the fallback position for most everyone writing on the internet on a blog today in order to make money with their blog. Unfortunately, the majority of people who have Adsense on just one or two blogs or websites are not going to see any significant money coming in from Adsense. Google is really set up for their Adsense program to run on large websites, with lots of traffic. Small blog sites or sites with niche markets aren’t going to see much money, and the ads tend to be more annoying than they are something people click on anymore. Most people have learned to tune out the ones that aren’t obnoxious, and refuse to visit sites with the ones that are obnoxious.

Then there’s ad blocking software that many people use that prevents them from even seeing the ads, and thus prevents you from making any money from them. Contextual linking is another method used to make money, but the semantic understanding of contextual linking has a long time to go before it’s accurate enough to be truly helpful to the reader. Because of that, I’m not sure sure how helpful it is to the advertisers.

So how can you make money on a blog if you choose not to use Adsense or contextual links, or if you do use Adsense and the pennies are trickling in way too slowly? Read the rest of this entry »

One of the more common questions asked in the writers forum (which you can visit here if you’re a writer — it’s a free and awesome writers forum) is about how to transition from writing online content to getting published in print magazines and higher-paying markets. In order to do that, you have to learn how to submit and query to the higher-paying markets. The first step in that process is writing a query for your article.

But how do you write a magazine article query? Read the rest of this entry »

It started last week on my Twitter account, when I started receiving multiple follow requests in my email, all from people structuring their user name like this: First_Initial_Last. Every one of them had the same profession too: talent scout, writer, twitter enthusiast. Some of them had bitly links, to disguise that it was AndWriting dot com, others didn’t, and some forward to RealWritingJobs.com, through affiliate links or domain redirects. They typically have real-looking pictures on the profiles.

WHAT DO THEY DO ON TWITTER? Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been reading some of the best-selling authors out there recently: Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, David Weber, and several others, as well as some of the not-so-best-selling, but still good writers like Cody Macfadyen. I’m really liking his work.

One of the things I noticed is that most of these authors provide very little description about the surroundings and the people. King is a notable exception, who gives a lot of description, but I’ll talk about him in a minute.

When I’m reading new writers or unpublished fledgling writers, I tend to be exhausted after reading a few short stories and I was trying one night to figure out why. It finally hit me: they give too much description. Read the rest of this entry »

If you haven’t seen it, check out the new post about guidelines on Suite101. You can find the new Suite101 guidelines by clicking here.

The one that stands out the most to me and will likely get more writing overall for Suite101 is lifting the minimum article requirement. Previously, Suite101 required writers to submit at least 10 articles per 90 days, which was an average of about three (3) articles per month, give or take, in order to stay active. Suite101 has now lifted that requirement, so writers, as long as they meet all other guidelines, will stay active even if they have to take a break. Read the rest of this entry »

Editing DOWN for Word Count

The other day, I wrote on my author’s blog about editing down a novel to get word count within the proper guidelines. You can read that post here.

One of the things I talked about was how my novel, in the first draft form, was a little over 120,000 words, which meant I needed to cut between 22-24,000 words from it for the genre and style of the novel. I knew when I wrote it I would have to cut it. It was, after all, a 2006 NaNoWriMo novel. For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a self-challenge ‘contest’ to write a novel in 30 days. To do that, we have to focus more on just writing for the sake of writing than for the sake of the story. This meant there were a lot of filler scenes in that weren’t necessary for the story at all. Those were decently easy to cut out. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing Tip: Don't be an ING-er

I’ve talked about this before on the writing forum, but it warrants repeating: the inappropriate use of ‘ing’ verbs. Using gerunds, that is, words that have verbs as the root word, with ‘ing’ added to make the word act as an adjective or a noun in a sentence.

Adjective gerund examples:

The running man, the barking dog, the bathing beauty

Noun gerunds examples:

I couldn’t sleep because of the barking. He’s in the running for governor. She held up well during the bathing. Read the rest of this entry »

I was asked yesterday about developing characters.

I wrote an article about this that you can read here: How To Develop Characters When Writing Fiction Novels.

Personally, I think the biggest mistake made when someone writes about a character is making them too one dimensional – all you see of the character is what is in the writing itself, and the reader just can’t really connect with or ‘feel’ the character as a real person.

Good fiction takes the reader on a journey through their own mind, and you have to realize that all readers are going to read your writing from their place in this world – they will relate what they read to events and people in their lives, their experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

One of the most frequent complaints I hear in the ‘content’ world about Helium.com is that people have put up articles and haven’t made a penny on them. Many of these people were NOT aware that in order to earn on your articles on Helium.com, you MUST rate content too and maintain a minimum of one star for rating. You can see my Helium.com account here. For those who don’t know what stars are, when you log into Helium.com and click on the top right-hand corner where it says “My Account”, you’ll be taken to a page where, on the right-hand side, about halfway down, you’ll see: My Helium Statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

Yahoo! Acquires Associated Content

Many of you have already heard that Yahoo! has purchased or “acquired’ Associated Content, with the final takeover being expected to happen in the third quarter of 2010. What this means for Associated Content is anyone’s guess at this time, probably including Associated Content’s and Yahoo!’s guesses too. In other words, I’m not sure anyone right now, including the parties involved at the highest level of this merger and/or acquisition/takeover knows exactly what is going to happen with Associated Content when the powers-that-be at Yahoo! finish their changes.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

One article on Yahoo! clearly ended by saying, Yahoo plans to close Associated Content’s Web site after it completes the acquisition in the third quarter.” Read the rest of this entry »

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