Serial Monitor Input

I am trying to code a program that when I type a word in the serial monitor, it prints out that word and sends a signal through a pin. The issue is that I have only seen this done with a one character input, not a whole word, and when I try it with a word it does not work. Is this possible, and how can I do this?
Thanks so much,

Check out the serial input basics thread. Google "Arduino serial input basics". It will be one of the top hits.

Here's a real link now that I have my computer out. Serial Input Basics