I'm unable to look at your Hub, but you spelled ' exotic' wrong in the title. After reading your Profile, my guess is that your use of the English language is the problem. You really do have to use very good English to publish on HubPages.
Score is not a guide to anything. As others have said, we can't see your Hub but if your forum posts are any guide, you need to fix your spelling and grammar.
HubPages is a site where you write magazine-quality articles. That means good spelling and good grammar. It can be a great place to learn how to write for the internet, but you really need to have the basics first.
As a newbie in this site, we face similar problem. You have the best asset to succeed, your desire and motivation. You have to create first the best idea for your hub, spelling and grammar, add prayer. Just remember, those at the top start where we are. Hard work will gain the profit. Continue and strive to have the best you wanted.
If you are a native English speaker, then you've already won half the battle. Try running your articles through a spelling and grammar checker (or two or three) before publishing them. These will alert you to a majority of the problems, and you can fix them before publishing.
I think SmartAndFun was referring to whether English is the language you grew up speaking, not whether you have bloodlines that are from the USA. Did you grow up speaking a different language and learn English later?
As Relache mentioned - the posts here and your profile do not show the type of English skills you say you have or had at one time. We generally do not 'lose' those skills, especially if they're in the language we learned while growing up.
Rather than a course in creative writing, I'd suggest taking very basic English courses. Creative writing does not focus on the skills you need to work on for this site. Look for courses that include solid lessons and tests in spelling, grammar, sentence structure and how to write paragraphs.
HubPages is not a site devoted to 'creative writing.' There are some hubs here that have fiction, poetry or creative essays, but overall, hubs written in the style of journalism perform best here.
Based on what I can see in your profile ("hi my name shannon i love to write gives me something to do that is one of most hobbies and i am really good at writing "), you are not demonstrating the sort of writing that I would expect from someone who has "really good" writing skills.
i did not ask to be criticize me enough said i will work on my writing skills a lot better to qualify do i criticize your poor grammar etc i think not everyone has problems in something it can be worked on approve it called practice makes perfect
Yes, practice makes perfect Shannon - but what people are trying to tell you is that HubPages is not a place to practice your English. It is a place for people who already know how to use punctuation properly, and how to use good grammar.
At some schools, teachers tolerate poor grammar and spelling in creative writing, because they want to encourage the student's creativity. Perhaps that's what happened to you, and therefore you don't even realise how much you don't know. As Marcy says, if you'd ever learned how to write proper sentences, that's something you never forget -- and it's clear you don't know how to do it. All of your forum posts and your profile are very badly written with poor grammar and no punctuation, so we are all worried that you are very far below the standard of what is acceptable here.
nope, when i talk i can speak English good it just i am bad at writing now, because i have not been in school over ten years i am 30. i just go back to college re learn writing again, and improve my writing skills again use to write poems, songs, and short stories for creative writing class did good job in my writing back in the day.
I'm sorry. I think you're going to have a difficult time getting a hub featured unless you have a better command of basic English grammar and proper communication. I'm not trying to be offensive, but you're coming to a forum asking what's wrong with your hub and you admit that your writing is bad now. There are very good writers here having difficulty keeping their hubs featured. I think you need more time brushing up on basic grammar skills.
i did not ask to be criticize my article it was told by others it good, and i need to fix a few errors. i asked what i could do to make it qualify it, and not bunch criticizing me, and my writing. enough said let me be
Shannon, Valeant did not criticize you at all. He simply took what you wrote on your profile, and edited it for you. It was a suggestion, and a good one.
I would suggest that it also needs re-wording, to include some of your other hobbies. It might be beneficial to leave out the part about you being "really good at writing", as that is something the readers will determine for themselves.
No one is trying to criticize you - they are all trying to help you improve your writing skills, so you can put your ideas properly into print.
I'd recommend you try out a few adult education classes to increase your command of the English language. You can probably find some offered locally.
Meanwhile, you can read the writers you'd like to emulate and polish your story-telling skills by writing in a journal. Once you can write English fluently, you'll be able to tell your stories without any language difficulties getting in the way.
Shannon, I was able to read your Hub by going to your home page. You do have good information to present and excellent pictures, but your grammar and spelling is very poor, as others have mentioned.
One thing you might try is to read it out loud, so you can hear how it sounds. That should help you pick up places where you have reversed words, or left out words. It may also help you identify where sentences begin and end. I almost wonder if you do a lot of texting and have gotten into the habit of not have proper sentences. That is what the writing reminds me of.
Someone suggested an adult education course in writing. That might be a better consideration for you rather than going back to college for right now. I wish you luck in finding a solution.
nothing wrong with my spelling i know everyone makes error in there grammar out of 917 words i typed up i had 20 errors of grammar but no error in spelling maybe look at your article its based on how you do to get higher score.
Tigers are the most amazing animals as well the largest felines in the world. Some culture considered the tiger to be symbols of strength and courage. Which however, because hunting them is also sign of bravery in most culture, that why they are endangered species Which no more than 3,200 are left in the wild.
Tigers are carnivores. Most of the tigers diet consists of large prey which is pigs, deer,rhinos or elephant calves. How they kill their prey which they clamp down on the animal's neck with their jaws and suffocate the animal. though all tigers are fierce hunters, they are not strangers of failure when comes to hunting.
Actually, it looks more like about fifteen or so errors rather than none.
I've pointed the ones I saw immediately by correcting them in bold. There may be more as I didn't do more than a quick scan of it.
Tigers are the most amazing animals as well the largest felines in the world. Some cultures considered the tiger to be asymbol of strength and courage. However, because hunting them is also sign of bravery in most cultures, that may be why they are an endangered species. Which is why no more than 3,200 are left in the wild.
Tigers are carnivores. Most of the tiger's diet consists of large prey including pigs, deer, rhinos, or elephant calves. To kill their prey they clamp down on the animal's neck with their jaws and suffocate the animal. Though all tigers are fierce hunters, they are not strangers to failure when it comes to hunting.
I put the missing punctuation in bold, too, but it's hard to see bold on a comma or an apostrophe.
"Tigers are the largest felines in the world. Many cultures consider the tiger to be a symbol of strength and courage. However, because hunting them is also a sign of bravery in some cultures, tigers are endangered; no more than 3,200 tigers are left in the wild."
Either that or a very intricate advertising campaign for tablets. Just before the final curtain we will be treated to a NY Times-quality investigative piece on exotic animals, "All thanks to my new tablet!"
This thread reminds me of the one a week or two ago where a hubber was quite upset, complaining that people who should have gone to college to learn English and writing skills were instead enlisting fellow hubbers to teach them and it just WUZNT RITE OR FARE.
It just occurred to me... Wasnt it the zoo that just fed a lion a giraffe that wasn't supposed to breed because it was a inbred giraffe? They didn't want it to mate with other giraffes [because it would have] and they chopped it up, in front of kids and parents, for a life lesson. .. Do you suppose that is an example of a Ex Octic animal? Oh, sorry, that is an octic group, is a non-Abelian group with eight elements, my mistake... I thought it was eight elephants...
oh forgot did short stories re wrote a song that was by Christina in my own words as class assignment an my teacher was impress with my writing that when i was in high school soon to research creative writing classes for college because i love writing songs poems my sister read my songs i use to have that was written by me she said they were really good so now tell me i do not know how to write again see where it gets you no where. i am refreshing up on my writing with my tablet its been helpful having this tablet tells me where to put the grammar and if i misspell word it corrects me
No. I see no criticism here, only light- hearted FEEDBACK, which is what you asked for in the OP. Feedback, whether good or bad, shows that we are LISTENING, and YOU need to sort through it, and absorb whatever LESSON these fine folks are trying to instruct you to do. THERE is no need to drop the F-bomb in these parts. THEY would help someone else the same way.
its okay you soon to get criticism by others on here they have nothing better to do to pick on newbies instead being nice saying hey your about me does not make senses and my grammar sucks that should not be on here well i am new at this site people need to let me be for those who helped me giving me tips thank you i am working on my grammar spelling a lot better than i was doing i am achieving my writing skills is improving thanks to my tablet
Well, I am having a bit of fun, so my apologies to the OP if I have offended you.
I am wondering, though, if perhaps the OP is trolling, and therefore making fun of me and the others who initially tried to help her. She keeps bringing up points that were being made in that other thread. It doesn't seem like a coincidence. I could be wrong, though. Heaven knows I have been wrong before and will be wrong again.
Shannon, good luck with your writing. A tablet can help, but not completely. You also might ask a friend or two to read your article and give you suggestions how to improve it.
I think you'd also enjoy taking a writing class, like you mentioned earlier. That might be more fun than writing on Hubpages, since you'd be in a class with other people.
Many people start to write on Hubpages because they hope to make money by writing online. I think that a few years ago some people could make a fair amount of money on Hubpages, but it is much more difficult to do that now.
Your response shows that your writing is improving. It's great that you're having someone read it first. It really does help. I prefer to have someone check over my work too, because I don't always find my mistakes.
Sahnnonlawler, I apologize for suspecting you were a troll, however, I didn't necessarily mean it as a negative. For what its worth, I actually enjoy watching a good trolling unfold. It is something of an art form, LOL.
Best wishes to you on HubPages. Keep working at your writing and take the constructive criticism to heart, and you'll get the hang of it here. Sometimes it just takes awhile to learn the ropes.
Having worked out how OP is functioning, is there a reason to keep trolling her? I think it is natural to do for a deliberate asshat, but it makes more sense to back of in this case as several hubber's admirably have. The system will provide it's own feedback on the standards required.
This thread makes me sad on several levels. While the OP was rude in many of her responses and did not seem to understand what asking for feedback meant, she is clearly dealing with an impairment of some kind.
I, too, deal with chronic pain and I suffered a language impairment due to a head injury which has taken years to overcome. I, too, got angry with people who seemed to be calling me stupid or when people criticized my long response times. I did have much better language skills in high school than in the months and years following my head injury. It's entirely possible she's going through something similar. I'm still working on my tendency to get upset too easily and my skull fracture was over twenty years ago.
I wish Shannon luck and I hope she overcomes her problems as quickly and painlessly as possible.
As I briefly mentioned in an earlier post, my guess was impairment. I found her Facebook page -- same photo and name, which I found from a post she made on the HP Facebook page (very similar to the type of writing she used here) -- and I saw mention of being on Social Security. There was also a screenshot of HP, saying this was her "job." And then there were more than 1400 (yes, 1,400) very similar selfies, all with a very bland expression. From everything I saw there -- and privacy settings were such that I could see quite a bit without being connected -- it just pointed towards "something is not quite right here."
I have no idea what their motivation was, but it seems to me they were trying to make some kind of a point regarding a thread from a few weeks ago -- one with a title along the lines of "I did not join Hubpages to teach people how to write and use English" or something like that. Just a guess, though. Who knows?
Maybe the OP really was the actual person from FB, I honestly don't know, but why would they plagiarize content and then take out all the punctuation and capital letters, as well as make other changes which made the passage incomprehensible? I think it was a troll.
I am not justifying what the OP did, Marcy. Of course her action was wrong, although I don't know whether she realizes this. I was trying to show as tactfully as I could (which obviously wasn't a successful strategy) that unless there is some information that I don't know about this situation, the OP is not a troll and it is unfair to label her as one. The reason for her problems seems to be completely different.
Alicia - I wasn't implying you were condoning what the OP did - sorry if it came across that way! That whole premise the OP had (whomever it might have been) that rewriting wasn't plagiarism made me want to (scream? cry? laugh?).
Guess I've spent too many hours grading 'unoriginal' papers in the last few weeks.
Yes - that's how I report it when I see it here. That's not permitted in the classroom, either, but we refer to it as a form of plagiarism & submit "Academic Dishonesty" reports. Some are copied word-for-word and some are 'spun' - but it's all the same type of issue.
They would do that because cursory re-writing of patchworks of texts is a common mistake made by naive writers who do not realize it is still plagiarism. I would see it every year in the first undergrad essay. There is a difference between reduced comprehension and trolling and good reasons to give benefit of the doubt in those cases.
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