February 7, 2009 1:56am CST
the population of the internet writer becomes considerable now. the new media gives a huge chance to those wanna to devote themselves to writing cause while lack of actual experience on it. 'writing for the web is very different from writing for print. print today remains superior to the web when it comes to visible space, image and type quality, and speed.' So there are mainly two types of writers on internet: 1. practise writing skills on web and waiting for traditional publishers' phonecall someday; 2. writing online just for finding enjoyment and small payouts from kinds of web sites or seeking material to raise their sites higher in the search engine rankings. what are you hunting for? ----reputation, or money?
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8 Feb 09
I think you'll find that people write for many reasons and none of them are better or worse then the other. Some people blog, some write for money, and some just for the sake of writing. I think that some forms of online writing may very well lead to connections, or leads which is crutial in the writing industry. Making friends with a published author through an online social network may prove worthwhile if you heed their advise in the industry. For myself, I'm not seeking money or reputation to be honest. I agree with Lucas on that I write these stories for myself. I agree with Spielburg that there is a right time to release material, but ultimately it is about the author/story teller who wants to tell a story. I have published in local e-zines on work that I hold dear to me, but I realize not everyone will share my passion. I have published poetry and short stories online through my forums, webpages, and blogs but I don't expect to make any money from such things. They are simply my creative outlet, and for me. Perhaps one day I'll put them all together in one bound format, but even then I'd expect nothing. I think that is what makes any author worth his salt. It is when he is so committed to his craft thinking not of the riches, but of the story telling that you get incredible works.
7 Feb 09
I think it is possible to earn a reputation as a web writer, and to build up a good income. There is a difference between someone who writes part-time, to gain a little extra money, and the serious freelance writer. Some casual writers may not mind much about the quality of the work they produce, but serious full-time freelancers have to sell their services, and need a good portfolio of work to show to prospective clients. I see a lot of poor quality writing online, but a serious website needs a professional web writer to produce well written content.
7 Feb 09
I have recently joined Triond - a site where you can submit photos, articles, stories, audio, video etc. I just wanted to see if I had the courage to do any writing. It is definitely helping me to gain confidence, although I haven't put much on there yet. You get paid a tiny amount for every time your work is viewed, but what I've found most helpful is that people can leave comments about what they think of your work. My link is http://www.triond.com/users/katien