There are some excellent writers who spend a lot of time researching, writing, illustrating and producing top quality articles, but there are many more who frankly don’t give a ‘rats’ (as we say in England.)
Conventionally, if not morally,there are certain things respectable writers never do. I hope this is a useful guide to those writers who feel that the only worthwhile pursuit in life is earning a few cents, by any means, fair, or foul.
There are ten golden rules that real writers don’t break.
- Don’t flip through other people’s work and simply cut and paste their articles. This is theft. It’s plagiarism and it’s a crime.
- Think for yourself. Rehashing other people’s ideas as your own thought, is plagiarism.Think for yourself. Find you own ideas.
- Using pictures that are not yours and not sourcing them, i.e. putting a link to the owner’s name, or website, is theft of someone else’s work.
- Taking pictures that are copyright and that belong to someone else without permission is theft, even if you do give the source.
- Uploading lots of photographs that you have found on the internet to Picable as though they were yours and hoping to get paid for them is fraud and theft. You will be found out and you could even be prosecuted.
- Do not ignore your spell checker. It does actually know how to spell in British and US English and will correct most of your spelling errors.
- Don’t be too lazy to proof read and correct your articles before posting them. You will benefit in the long run because you will become respected as a competent writer and readers will return to read your new articles.
- If you have English grammar problems then perhaps writing is not the thing you should be doing. You will make more money joining up on a ‘paid for clicks’ site and you won’t have to use your brain.
- Don’t write comments on the bottom of almost illiterate work saying, ‘Fabulous’, ‘Great article’. It makes you look totally stupid and anyone reading these remarks will think you know no different. (Perhaps you don’t but that is a subject for a completely different article all together.)
- Don’t bother getting all defensive and leave acerbic comments about your rights to write whatever you wish. I don’t give a ‘rats’ as I said earlier and I’ll only delete the comments I don’t like.
Keep your eyes open for a whole string of other ‘writer taboos’ compiled by the ‘Oooh goodie! What a great idea. I just found a subject for my next article’ brigade.
Imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery but ***** that! I would much prefer the flattery in terms of dollars (or preferably pounds so I don’t have to pay to convert them.)
So, there you are. That’s my take on it. Horrible, unkind, rude? Well probably, but whether I mean it, or this is another example of my somewhat twisted sense of humour, only a privileged few will know.