Write About Dogs: 11 Ideas to Get You Started
1. Write a Novel with a Canine Hero
There are thousands of brilliant novels out there with a canine hero or support role. There is just something about dogs that make us humans want to know more, follow their adventures and over and above all we want to make sure that the dog doesn’t die at the end of the story!
Whether you base the character on your own dog, or make the story fictional is entirely up to you, but remember that writing a novel takes time, commitment and massive doses of imagination.
Perhaps you might need to brush up on your writing skills at a local writing class before you get started to make sure you know as much as possible about how to build a story and make its characters believable.
2. Write a Non Fictional Book about Dogs
Perhaps you know an awful lot about dogs, but don’t necessarily feel like you could make up a fictional story. Then why not write about what you know?
New Dog owners are crying out for help with their new puppies, boisterous adolescent dogs and car chasing little monsters. There is also a market for everything from dog biscuit recipes to how to play with and tweet about your dog.
3. Write a Screen Play about Dogs for the Movies
When you think about your dog story, can you visualise it like a film or a movie? Have you watched all the biggest dog films from Turner and Hooch, to 101 Dalmations and thought that you could have easily written that story? Then why not try your hand at writing a screen play of your own?
Lassie Come Home - One Dog Book turned into a Great Movie!
4. Write Short Stories and Win Competitions
There are hundreds of writing competitions taking place every month, both online and offline. Sometimes they are run by magazines and you can win a chance to get your story published in a real magazine, sometimes competitions are run by everything from local councils to companies looking to promote their products.
5. Set up your own Dog Blog
Setting up your own dog blog can be a very rewarding experience, both financially and socially depending on how much time and effort you’re willing to put in. Some people blog about their dog's day to day experiences, some draw daily cartoons whereas others focus on areas they know other dog owners need help with.
You can earn money through everything from pay per click advertising, to product reviews and affiliate sales. If you want to become a successful blogger, you need to learn everything there is to learn about SEO, spend countless hours writing regular content and taking photos, plus finding the time to ‘network’ with other bloggers and dog owners in order to drive traffic to your site.
A dog blog could also be a good base to establish a readership if you’re planning on writing a dog book or perhaps an e-book.
6. Write short Articles about Dogs on Hubpages
Hubpages is an excellent platform if you want to write short articles about a subject like dogs, dog training or anything else dog related.
It is similar to setting up your own blog in that you will need to learn how to write for an online audience, but it is so much easier and less time consuming as the Hubpages community is there to support you along the way.
You can earn money through sales from Amazon and Ebay, get advertising revenue from Google Adsense or the Hubpages Ad Programme.
Many authors and dog lovers also use HubPages as their starting point to try out new stories and to widen their readership. They are also networking with other writers and get valuable feedback on their work.
7. Guest Blogging on Dog Blogs
If you become a regular reader and leave frequent and insightful comments on some of your favourite dog blogs chances are high they’ll let you write a guest blog post if you ask them.
This will help promote your personal brand, give valuable back links to your own website or blog and it might help you get your foot in the door to some of the bigger newspapers or blogs.
8. Write Freelance Articles for Dog Magazines
Although this can be a difficult market to break into its not entirely impossible. I recently read about a lady who made it her speciality to try out and write about various country trails suitable for dog walks in the UK. She managed to get a regular feature in one of the biggest newspapers in the country.
Apart from a bit of luck, persistence and plenty of good ideas you will need excellent writing skills, a bit of luck and brilliant contacts to get your work into the biggest dog magazines.
9. Write Articles for Online Dog Magazines
Some online magazines like My Dog Magazine accept articles from freelance writers, but most won’t pay you for your work. This doesn’t mean its not worth your effort however as being published will help building your online brand and will do you heaps of good in the long run if you’re looking to build your own blog, or write articles for magazines for example.
How to Write an Article
10. Volunteer your Writing Skills to a Charity
Many of the bigger dog charities have organised admin positions and you will be able to find and apply for those positions online. Chances are high they’ll be more than happy to let you help out with everything from marketing collateral, to writing content for their websites or helpful guides for their customers.
11. Write a Newsletter for your Dog Club
Most Dog Clubs operate on very small budgets, or even by volunteers. So anyone volunteering to write content for their website or newsletter is likely to get a big yes and make many new friends in the process!