I know it says I have been a member for 21 months however I have actually only been engaging the community for a few weeks - I have published 7 Hubs within these few weeks and I really enjoy what I'm writing about. I have a subtle problem with how I'm questioning my own writing ability and I'm essentially looking for feedback.
Additionally I feel like I am touching on some great ideas sometimes but I'm let down with a lack of fluency and consistency of my writing. Also I'd like to add some flair to a piece of writing to engage a readers interest - What can I do...
How can I improve my general ability?
If anybody reads through a couple of my hubs and leaves me some personal feedback I will appreciate it indefinitely.
Thanks for reading.
Get formal instruction in writing from people who are qualified to teach it.
Taking some writing classes either at a local community college or through an adult education program will do much more for your writing skills faster than if you get critiques from random strangers online. Internet feedback too often consists of people who aren't professional writers just saying how much they like (or don't like) what you've written, and that sort of critique doesn't actually give you stronger writing skills.
One thing to remember is that any Hub you post is considered web content writing, not just writing. Web content writing is an animal of a different color. I just posted a Hub about it that might help you understand the craft:
You are writing for an Internet audience, and not a collegiate of literary critics, therefore the kind of feedback you'll get here will mimic that of your target audience as well.
I noticed you like writing "how-tos", therefore your audience will be looking for concise guides, and not flowery prose. If your ambition is to do well with writing hubs, you needn't take creative writing courses (although developing your voice is crucial), all you need to do is present wanted information in a crystallized way.
If, on the other hand, you're looking to address your English as a whole, then what Relache says is the only real way to go.
Thank you both for some excellent feedback I appreciate it.
I now have a bit of a different perspective about how I write hubs now, I was focusing more on how precise and structured a Hub would look instead of focusing on my audience and how well I can actually get my information across.
And your right - I'm not sure why I thought some exceptionally gifted and talented writer would give me an instant blessing, regardless I may one day take a course to make my writing more flexible though.
I value the replies so thanks once again!
I don't know if someone mentioned this, but reading a lot will help.
I agree that reading really helps. Reading the hubs of exceptional writers like Ken Abell (His craftsmanship of words paint magnificent pictures) will improve your own writing skills. Another thing I have found that helps me to improve my writing is to edit, edit and then edit again. As you reread your material you will not only find some errors but your mind will delve a little deeper and think a little more creatively about what you are aiming to communicate.
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