Suite 101 recently made changes to their writing guidelines. For folks who write for Suite should take a moment to review the new writing guidelines.
Cut to the Chase
I’m guilty of being the typical online reader. I scanned through the announcement and pulled out two things that were of interest to me:
- We no longer restrict the use of voice
- Goodbye quotas (although the quotas still apply to Feature Writers)
For a lot of us, being able to write in the second person is huge! It will make it much easier to write for Suite 101. I think writing in the second person makes articles flow in a more user friendly fashion.
Regarding Article Quotas
Dropping the quotas makes it a lot easier for Contributing Writers. No longer do they have to try to calculate how close or far they are from their quotas (there appeared to be much discussion and question about how the quota system worked).
In the past, Suite was rather forgiving regarding the one a week quota for Feature Writers. As long as you met your quota by the end of the month, you were fine. In other words, if you were working on a project and couldn’t write weekly, but made up the difference in the last week of the month, it was okay. I hope they continue with that practice.
The other stuff in the email talked about article length, accreditation process (news articles) and minimum standards. Since I tend to write ever green articles and never had a problem with article length, I scanned over those items. I’m not even going to discuss minimum standards (never strive for the minimum).
All in all, I’m pleased with the new changes. It makes it just that much easier to write for Suite 101.