Do You Ever Get the Feeling That Your Writing Isn't Good Enough?

Is My Writing Good Enough?

Of course this question pops up for everyone here on Hubpages all the time I am sure, and the answer for me is yes! Of course there are many times, especially in the beginning, when I thought that my writing wasn't fit for public viewing, and I was sure that I would be ridiculed unmercifully. I do go back and reread some of my older hubs and I think, "What was I thinking when I wrote that"? But sometimes I do impress myself with some hubs and pat myself on the back and reassure myself that it was pretty good writing.

This question was asked by Bellawritter23 and received some pretty good answers, one in particular that I agreed with was Freeway Flyer who said, "When you say "good enough," I can't help asking, "Good enough for what?" Is it good enough to make me a famous, published author? Probably not. Is it good enough to make me a few bucks on Hubpages? Maybe someday. Is it good enough to have a positive impact on another person's life from time to time? According to the positive comments I sometimes get, apparently so. I try to stay focused on that last question, although I wouldn't mind making a little (or a lot of) money.

I agree with Freeway Flyer because if you really want to write and are inspired to write what is in your heart, then who cares what anyone else thinks, and believe me there are many great writers here on Hubpages, but it isn't a contest of who is better than who, and who is to say what is good and what isn't?. Sure there maybe some snobs on here who wont fan you if you don't put out some scholarly hubs and who boast about how great a writer they are by the many fans that they have. But don't go by what they think, if you want to write on Hubpages try not to take things too seriously and just write what you know and how you feel. Don't be afraid to express yourself and just like the old saying, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, well that holds true for writing as well.

There have been hubs that I have read that have made me laugh and cry. The authors aren't particularly outstanding writers, but they are honest about what they write about and it can really touch and warm your heart. I love to read about people's personal experiences and even their heartbreaks because I want to read that they overcome their hardships and get through the bad times. Writing on Hubpages can help you get through bad times, by expressing yourself and getting encouragement from other hubbers, can make a difference in your outlook.

Of course if you are really worried about the quality of your writing, there are always ways to improve your writing. You can always improve your grammar and punctuation, something that has always been a challenge for me, I edit and edit and edit, and I always think that my English is not so good lol. But there is nothing like a thesaurus also when you just cant quite find the special word that you need.

I also learn so much from other hubbers. Of course everyone has their own writing styles and it is important to develop your own writing style but there is always room for improving yourself by watching and reading how others express themselves as well.

I would have to say that people are my biggest inspiration, I'm a people watcher and they fascinate me everyday, so watching others and observing their characters can always be an inspiration for developing characters if and when you decide to write fiction for example.

Since I have been on Hubpages I have also written a little bit of poetry and that was a part of me that I never thought I could develop, but nevertheless, I tried it and got some good feedback so I'm not as afraid to delve in that direction from time to time. One of my favorite poets on Hubpages is Wayne Brown and I also liked his answer to this particular question as well:

Sure I do...I thought that the day I showed up here and still feel that way quite often. The folks here at the Hub have helped me a lot to see that it is better than I think in most cases. There have been times when I have almost thrown things away when I thought it was not good enough only to have it work very well with the reader. To a degree, I think it is healthy to feel that way because it keeps you on the edge and keeps you pushing to improve. When you reach the point that you feel that your writing is "good enough"...the push to improve will be over. WB

Wayne Brown is right that it is healthy to feel this way but it does push you to improve your writing and this man knows what he is talking about and a person could learn a lot from Mr. Wayne. He has a great writing style and his short stories are very descriptive and really brings you into his story.

So remember try not to think of Hubpages as people competing against each other for brownie points. The number of fans a hubber has does not always mean that they are going to be the next Hemingway. Just have fun with your writing, whether you are in it to make money, or whether you just wanna play around with words. There is room for everyone on Hubpages, and don't be afraid to write about whatever your heart desires, within reason of course. And try not to be too hard on yourself and have fun.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Hubpages is a marvelous place to try out your writing wings. Everyone has doubts about their writing from time to time, that's why they have drafts and editing. I, personally, love your writing.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Yo! This is a great write. But I know, without doubt, what may seem average, mundane, boring, can be the greatest story ever written. The Beetles wrote a song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Keep on with that beautiful heart!


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Well said, ladyjane. You have my vote.


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Wow ladyjane, I am truly honored for this hub, I guess I asked because I was feeling my writing standards were low. But I truly see that improvement is the main factor in writing and to keep on striving for success. Thank you for writing this hub. It is greatly appreciated voted up and useful!!

Smiles:)

bellawritter23


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

You have just expressed in a lovely way, ladyjane, the anxiety most writers feel at some time in their writing life. It's probably one of the reasons that Hubpages is so popular. Anyone can write, seek counsel, and even, most times, receive it. Thank you.


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

Hey there ladyjane. We all feel that way at times. But you can get some great encouragement here on HB. I think we all want to see improvement in our own work, and as drbj says, you can receive some great counsel here.

Good piece.


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lorlie6 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Wonderful job, ladyjane! Sometimes I'm convinced it's me that I have to impress. My inner-editor keeps me from writing at times, which drives me absolutely batty!


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nifty@50 5 years ago

I think every writer of hubs, that strives for excellence, can relate to this hub! My best hubs seem to be the ones that are written about the things I have the strongest feelings about. Excellence is worth striving for, because a good hub keeps bringing in the traffic long after it is written!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I, too, agree with Freeway Flyer. I also agree whole-heartedly with every word you’ve written here. Wayne Brown is also one of my most favorite writers and poets. It is absolutely wonderful to know I am in full agreement with one of HubPages’ bests and most awesome writers – you. Have a great day, ladyjane. I’m looking forward to your next hub.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Great hub. Very well spoken. I write from my heart. I better express myself with pen and pad, than in person. I am very thankful for hub pages. They allow me to just be me. Wayne is a friend and follower of mine as well. I love his stories. He inspires me to want too always write more. I am glad you wrote this. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR HUBS AS WELL.

Keep writing and keep living. Great work and knowledge.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! Well written and inspiring hub. Oftentimes just a kind word of encouragement and support may lift one's spirit toward renewed motivation. Thanks ladyjane1. You know not what just one word can do...


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Really great hub. :) Since I came to Hubpages I have not worried about my writing. I do the best I can, and know I will make mistakes on them. Sometimes I write hubs and when I am finished with them, I review them. If it's not up to my standard, then it's never published. I'm not one to worry about the number of fans/followers I have, because they are not the only ones reading my hubs. Thank you for sharing such a great hub. :)


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JaneA 5 years ago from California

I look at writing like tennis. I enjoy playing tennis, I am not the best but I try my hardest, people enjoy playing with me, and I don't get paid. Same as my writing!

Great subject - thanks for opening it up!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

breakfastpop you are so nice I appreciate you reading my hubs even though I know I have been a selfish hubber and do not get to yours as much as I would like. Thanks for visiting. Cheers.

Micky thanks for reading and I agree with what you say. Sometimes what we think is mundane to us could be someones Treasure Island. Cheers.

Ingenira thanks for visiting and for your vote, it is much appreciated. Cheers.

Bellawritter23 thanks for reading and you are welcome but you are the one that brought up this question and it is something that many writers have problems with, especially myself and that is why I felt the need to expand on the question. It was a great question by the way. Looking forward to reading you. Cheers.

Drbj you are always so graceful with your comments, I thank you. Cheers.

Duchess nice to see you again and thanks for reading and commenting. It is appreciated, cheers.

lorie6 I know exactly what you mean, we are most certainly our own worst critics aren't we? I guess we need to be less hard on ourselves and when we get good feedback it always makes us feel better. Cheers.

nifty@50 I agree with you about writing about what you are most passionate about. My hub about my son who happens to be gay is one of my most viewed hubs and it is probably the hub that I feel most passionate about ever and it was kind of hard to open up and write about it but Im glad I did and so is my son, he cried when he read how I felt about him. Thanks for reading. Cheers.

Martie thanks for visiting and you are way too kind to me lady, I appreciate your comments. Cheers.

Rhonda thanks for reading and I agree with you. Im glad you follow Wayne Brown he is amazing. And Hubpages is a great forum to express ourselves, keep hubbing, cheers.

Samsons1 thanks for always taking the time to read my hubs you are quite generous and you are right we all need encouragement from time to time. Cheers.

Cagsil I agree with you none of us are perfect and we all will make mistakes from time to time but as they say practice makes perfect and maybe I will never be perfect but its fun trying. Cheers to you.

JaneA there you are, you have the secret to happiness, doing what you love and loving what you do...Cheers.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

LadyJane, You have expressed what many of us feel some of the time. I love to read what other people write on Hubpages. Each day is a new adventure and I have learned so much from so many. This is a lovely hub, the type you typically write.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Pamela99 thanks so much for always having such nice comments for my hubs and I apologize that I haven't visited you in a while. I am afraid I have been a selfish hubber once again but I do appreciate your comments always. Cheers.


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Well done. I first visited HubPages to check out the latest efforts of one of my favorite authors. I joined because I found a lot of different well-expressed perspectives being offered, and was learning a lot. When you live to the phrase 'any day you learn something is a good day' then the HubPage community is like a light in the darkness.

Keep on Hubbing.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

Great advice! I came to HubPages to improve in my writing more so than to make money. Since I don't write too many hubs on products, I haven't seen much profit. I enjoy the parts where you meet wonderfully entertaining people and see how they write. HP has helped me in that way. It's too bad there isn't enough time in the day to read everyone's stuff. Thanks!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

FitnezzJim thanks for the nice comment. I agree that there is plenty to learn at Hubpages and it is kind of like a beacon in the night, especially because of all the help that everyone gives you. Thanks for reading, cheers.

tipoague thanks for stopping by and I feel the same way. I pretty much write for the same reasons as you and was attracted to Hubpages because they just have such a user friendly forum. Thanks for your comment. Cheers.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

This is excellent, LadyJane!

Back in the Stone Age when I was in school and wrote papers and even poetry for classes, getting teachers' marks and comments in the margins, I was concerned about it. In fact we lived across the street from two of my high school English teachers, twin sisters they were, and I was so afraid of making a grammatical blunder if I happened to see them outside and get into a conversation with them! One of them was the teacher who wrote in red in one margin of something I wrote, "Sweeping assertion!" I may have had to look up "assertion" to be sure how bad it was!

Then I wrote a little story for a magazine contest and it was rejected harshly. That almost did me in on writing prose. I was in an honorary poetry-writing club in college but one writer, who had all the confidence I lacked, was so condescending, I didn't know whether her good opinion was really sincere or just feeling sorry for me!

But later when I really wrote a lot, I wrote only for my own self-expression and it was so many years before I shared more than a few of those poems with anyone, and when I did, they were accepted enthusiastically enough, but I really forgot about "trying" to write and - just wrote. That, as you've said quite well, LadyJane - is the best cure for concern about one's quality of writing. Writing and reading both help upgrade one's technique as a byproduct. But NOTHING can supply one's inspiration but just feeling it and expressing it.

I see some grammatical errors here and there, and I confess I like to read smooth, well-made sentences, but it is the essence of people's writing which really makes it worth reading. Any textbook would probably furnish sentences with good grammar. But a poet's heart or a great story-teller's epic are in a much higher league where grammar is incidental. We should all hold ourselves to high standards and try to choose the best form and language we can - but we must always remember that only when we really have something to put into words does it matter!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

I am my own harshest critic, so my question is always, "will my writing be good enough to satisfy ME tomorrow"?

My favorite comments are the ones I receive that mention subtle touches that some may have missed, maybe an appreciation of my tongue-in-cheek attitude or an alliterative phrase that fit just so. Neither criticism nor praise can carry much weight unless the source is respected. What better place to publish and invite comments than in a community of writers?

CP


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Great hub sis, and yes I do get the feeling my writing is not that great, I can only aspire to be as good a writer as you:) love :) ge


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rich_hayles 5 years ago

I think its important to listen to feedback as many dismiss it as criticism. I regularly ask my partner (an English Literature graduate) to scan my work and make comments. Lucky me!

Great hub and worth reading if you need a confidence boost.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Well, you slipped this one in on me...LOL! I remember answering that question like it was yesterday..I was immediately drawn to it when I saw it because it addressed the terror that I felt the first time that I pushed a publish button here. We all want to be accepted and liked and in those early stages, we are willing to forgo our feelings about our own writings to gain those things. HubPages is a great place to write for all the reasons you pointed out. I do not look upon it as a competition with other writers...I see it as a competition with myself. I am the baseline and soon I can look back and decide for myself how far I have come. I greatly value the opinion of others who write here and their encouragement has brought me a long way in the past year. I hope that we all will reach out to every new hubber who comes to the site and offers their writings. If I never make a dime...it will have been worth it for all that I have learned of myself. I am also humbled by the mention of my name here in both the article and some of the comments...I thank you and a lot of very loyal readers for that. I try to turn out quality and hope the reader will enjoy it. Sometimes I see the effect quickly...when I wrote "Deperados" last week, I spent the last two paragraphs pushing back tears because I had gotten so caught up in the story. I have always loved the song so the emotion was easy. Thanks for a great hub, LJ...now write some more! WB


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Nellieanna I honestly could not have said it better myself. I cannot imagine that you have ever been insecure about your writing, your poetry is music to the ears. Thanks for reading, cheers.

Christopher I know what you mean about being your worst critic. We are hard on ourselves arent we? I also like it when someone really can relate to my hubs, their comments are always the best. Thanks for visiting. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Geegee77 you were silly as a small child and you are silly now. You know you are a great writer, you just need some inspiration from time to time. So get to writing. Cheers and LOve.

Rich thanks for reading and you are lucky to be living with an English major. My daughter is an English major and she puts me to shame when it comes to my writing, luckily she has been the subject of a couple of my creations on hubpages, she is enough to inspire anyone. Cheers.

Wayne you gave such an honest answer to this question and you always seem to really want to help people with your answers. I have noticed that you have answered many questions mister and even if I dont read your hubs everyday, I always seek you out to see what you are up to. I also recommend you to anyone who asks about writers on hubpages. I will have to go and read Desperados, sounds like another winner. Cheers to you pal.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Wayne I didn't mean I seek you out in a "hubstalker" kind of way, I just mean I like the answers that you give. LOL, anywhoooo just wanted to clear that up Cheers.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

@ladyjane1...I get it but I am humbled that you mention my presence at all with 209,000 hubbers about...a real feather in my cap I think...not to toot my own horn! LOL! Thanks LJ...I get it! WB


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Wayne I know you do and you should be proud of yourself there is nothing wrong with that, you can toot as loud as you want...wait, I mean well you know what I mean. LOL cheers Wayne.


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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

It's never quite good enough, but you can't edit forever. Sometimes things work straight off the page, other times it's a battle. Sometimes my personal appraisal is rather different to that of the audience - not everything reads back as well as it writes.

The good thing about writing and writers is that we are all in the same boat, perhaps on the same page - trying with our different efforts to amuse, educate, be useful, and so on.


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saket71 5 years ago from Delhi, India

Ladyjane, thanks for writing this hub, it pulls you out of the quagmire of salf-doubt as I was facing of late, looking at my book sale on the Indian publisher site, who has stopped updating it, he did it only twice when I told him of the sale which was made to some acquaintance of mine, telling me something of a technical glitch, await a decent review on Amazon, and still have not found a way to check on Amazon sales. However, to follow Maugham, I write as if I am the most important person around, which I am, to myself.


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Tobster1 5 years ago

A question for ladyjane1 I've only published 2 hubs seems like people are looking at them but I'm not getting any comments on it. Can You Help ? Here is my hub( My Expierences Training and Riding Horses. Might Be Helpfull !!! Part 1 And Part 2


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Mark you make a lot of sense with your advice. I appreciate you taking the time to read this hub and being important to yourself or impressing yourself is the most important thing as we are our own worse critics. Thanks again. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

saket71 thanks for reading hope your little glitch is worked out and good luck with your book sales.

Tobster1 thanks for reading my hub and to answer your question there really isn't any secret to having your hubs read and commented on. It really just takes patience and time. You have to kind of establish yourself on Hubpages by reading and friending others and they will in turn start reading and commenting on your hubs. I also back link my hubs to several different sites such as xomba, stumble upon, and she told me and this really helps to get views. I really don't concern myself too much with getting comments but you do want to get those views. If you go to the forums here on hubpages there are questions and answers that may help you as well. Hope this helps, cheers to you.


blink4567 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the intentional and indirect advice Ladyjane.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Awesome hub and I voted up! When I first started writing I was also scared to death of what others would think. Now I just enjoy sharing my thoughts and life's adventures with everyone. This is a great community to belong to and you have been a "major inspiration" to me!! Cheers sis.


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DNemesis 5 years ago

Very informative article. Im just becoming more familiar with the different styles, most of which i didn't even know existed. Thanks!


Sue 5 years ago

Thank you. I began my first hub an hour or so ago and I have to admit...I wondered would anyone care.I have many ideas that I want to include in the hub. I will continue. Thanks again.


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parrster 5 years ago from Oz

Writing is like food, each piece flavoured to the taste of some but never all. Abraham Lincoln's wise words are apt for all writers to remember: You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time. Enjoyed your flavoursome hub. Bon Appétit.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

LadyJane , Funny isn't it ? Sometimes its written in five miniutes , other times I rewrite five times and delete it all. I'm my own worst critic. But the fellow hubbers are my best critics , I have recieved so much encouragement from people like you. Thanks for this....


loriamoore 5 years ago

Thanks for your perspective about Hubpages not being a competition with other Hubbers.


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Jack Salathe 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm new to hubpages and I am finding myself more timid about my writing than I would have expected. Hubs like this one remind me that I just need to keep it up and continue to learn. Thanks!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

LadyJane, I think all of us feel there are times when our writing isn't up to parr. You have written a beautiful inspirational piece that lends encouragement to everyone. Wether they are a beginner or a long time writer, you have given them confidence to carry on.


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import23 5 years ago from New York

I am new to hub pages and felt that way when i was writing my first hub.When i was finished i did the same thing,edit,edit and edit LOL. I thank you, for your honesty and advice.


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Kimberly Turner 5 years ago from New Jersey

It is true... if you write from the heart than you are good enough. You are more than that... you are true to yourself and to your writing.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

blink4567 thanks for reading and I appreciate the comments.

whidbeywriter thanks for reading and that is funny that you say that because you have always been my biggest inpiration and when I was little I wanted to grow up to be just like you. Cheers and LOve.

DNemesis nice to see you and thanks for the comments. There is always something new to learn isn't there, glad to be helpful to you. Cheers.

Sue if I had anything to do with your decision to continue writing than you really made my day. Keep on writing and express yourself. There is an audience for everyone on Hubpages. Cheers and good luck to you.

parrster very insightful comments and that saying has always been one of my favorites. Thanks for the compliment. Cheers.

ahorseback you are so right about writing hubs and that sometimes it does take hours and sometimes one is written within minutes and the beauty of hubpages is that everyone is in the same boat and everyone at one time or another gets insecure about their writing. Encouraging each other is one of my favorite things about hubbers. Keep hubbing and you will do alright. Cheers.

loorimoore thanks for reading and if were a competition I wouldnt have joined. THanks for your compliment. Cheers.

neetuphwa thanks so much for the inspriation in your words. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Jack Im glad that this hub was helpful to you.. Keep on writing. Cheers to you and good luck.

KoffeeKlatch Gals thanks for reading and for your kind words. Im glad if someone gets some help from my hub. I appreciate your comments. Cheers to you.

Import23 thanks for reading and Im glad it was helpful to you. We have all been where you are and my best advice would be to just keep writing. Cheers to you.

Kimberly your words are very nice and have made my day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Cheers.


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Pat Abbott 5 years ago from Wales

What a wonderfully insiring Hub.

I'm brand new and feeling quite nervous about dipping my

toe into the Hubland waters - stumbling across this article has reassured me and encouraged me to have a go!

Thank you!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

The title caught my attention right away. I felt like shouting, "Well YEAH!". Every single time, without fail, that I finish a hub, I find myself thinking two things. First, "I'll bet I could have done that better." Second, "I'll never think of anything funny to write again."

I came to hubpages to write, and to learn to write better. I did not realize I would have the added benefit of such awesome authors to learn from. I agree with Wayne that it's not a competition, except with yourself. It's fun to encourage others, and it's amazing to realize that everyone else is just like I am... they like to hear that their stuff is good too!

The comments are gifts to us all, as is this hub, and your writing. You are a terrific writer, and I learn a ton from you.

I'll bet you didn't even know you were teaching! :O)

Thank you.


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Noon Fahad 5 years ago from Kamloops, BC, Canada

I just joined this great website today, and i have read couple of stories, articles, summaries...etc. I felt i'm not good enough to write in this website.However, when I read what you published, I really thought that I could actually write something here, but I know that it is going to take a lot of time to write something that is good enough to be here since the English language is my second language, and I just finish learning it a month ago after a year and eight months.All i want to say is, thank you very much for writhing this it encouraged me a lot.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Pat Im glad you found this hub and that it inspired you to keep on hubbing, you wont be sorry. Cheers to you.

Sue thanks for reading and I know what you mean about writing funny hubs, funny is hard to do and I have only done it a couple of time successfuly and I don't know if I can ever do it again, it is unnerving to write something and to think that someone else will not think it is up to par. But I am very happy with the responses and the encouragement I get on hubpages, thanks again, cheers.

Noon of course you are capable of writing on Hubpages, write what you feel, write what you know, just write, cheers and good luck to you, thanks for reading.


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graceomalley 5 years ago

Back in the 1920s a Scandanavian girl without a college education wrote a novella, set in medival Norway. She sent it to a publisher, who sent her a particularly harsh rejection letter. He told her she had no talent for historical writing, and not to attempt it again. Well, fortunately she did not listen. About a decade later she won a small award called the Nobel Prize For Literature for - you guessed it, a historical novel about the Middle Ages. Her name is Sigrid Undset, and the book is Kristin Lavrensdatter. It is my favorite novel in a life of novel reading. She draws you into that world - living in a viking longhouse, the icy winters, the feuds, the fear of witchcraft. Imagine if she had let that editor demoralize her.


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JodiVee 5 years ago

Whenever I read Nabokov I get that feeling... But then I remember that not everyone likes his writing, and it can be a bit too fancy at times. My writing may not be good enough to make me famous, but it _is_ good enough to bring a smile to my beau's face :)

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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

graceomalley thanks for sharing your perspective and for that information. I don't think that I have ever heard of this novel but you did make a great point. What one person may not like masses of people may think is a treasure. Apparently in the publishing world there is so many manuscripts that are probably great writes that never see the light of day because of one person who doesn't thinks its up to par, whose to say what is good and what isn't and that is part of the point of this hub. Thanks for "getting it"...Cheers.

JodiVee thanks for your comments and for stopping by, you are correct in saying that not everyone will enjoy your favorite writers but that is the beauty of having a diverse multitude of books in the world. Cheers.


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mecheshier 5 years ago

What a great article. True "good/great" articles come from the heart no matter what the skill or opinion. Thank you for such a wonderful Hub!!


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

What one question simply started as just a truthful seeking answer! Wow I guess I was not the only one asking this question!!

all smiles :)

bella


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

mecheshier thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to comment and I completely agree with you the best articles are from the heart always, cheers.

bella thanks for stopping by again, yes your question took a life of its own, I guess it needed to be asked and answered. I thank you for asking it. Cheers.


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Trinsick 5 years ago from Cali

I think everyone can go through this at times, if you write for yourself then you shouldn't need to worry.


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jrcemail 5 years ago

I ask this of myself every time I write a hub!


Hxprof 5 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Ladyjane1-This is the first time I've read one of your pieces, and I wasn't disappointed. I've written just 2 hubs in the last couple of years, mostly because of time issues; however, currently I'm focusing all the time I have for writing on one piece that has many challenges.

In short, your piece is encouraging. Thanks.


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FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for your encouragement to write. When I started the dilemma for me was whether anyone would read it...in order for me to keep writing I had to just write what was important for me and let the chips fall where they may. I took a break over Christmas and New Year's and am having difficulty getting back into it. I think I'm falling into that old trap of "being good enough" again and need to regain my perspective to just go for it...your article was helpful!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Trinsick I agree with you completely, thanks for stopping by. Cheers to you.

jrcemail I hear you and thanks for reading and commenting.

Hxprof thanks for stopping by and Im glad that you enjoyed my hub and I hope that you did take something away from it. I look forwar to reading you hubs. Cheers.

Flobe thanks for reading and commenting. I know what you mean about taking a hiatus and trying to get back into it again. And I also went throught the same thing about whether anyone would read my stuff and I know everyone goes through this. It just takes time as I am sure you are aware. Thanks for your comments. CHeers.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Yes i get this feeling always because my native language not English , but I'm doing all my work to make my writing to appear like professionals.


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alinadelea 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

If you think your writing is not good enough, you are probably comparing yourself to someone else. Be your own person and use your own voice! Then you will truly shine.

Beyond that, basic writing skills including spelling, punctuation and grammar are the icing on the cake that often separates good, "authentic" writers from the very best.


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tpneversaynever 5 years ago from California

This was great, ladyjane. Encouraging. Thanks for your insight.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Thank you for this article! Nicely done.


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Diana Lee 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

I am so glad there are articles like this. It helps to know that people care about the career path of those trying to express themselves with the written word. As a new hubber I can use all the advice that's out there. Thank you.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Sound advice, well written! It is so true what you say... the question always lingers. very encouraging ...


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Very nice article. it gives encouragement to all the Hubbers. RJ


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iverhunt04 5 years ago from USA

Thanks so much for this, really good insights. I really need to work on getting my writing out from my head and onto paper. I literally think in "hubs" but then sometimes struggle to get all of what is going on inside of me out on paper. I am a natural communicator...anytime I write an email or text (I do this just a little) I always have to write in full sentences. Its kind of funny! Well, thanks again....


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

ImChemist thanks for reading and Im sure that your English will be fine with enough practice. Glad this hub could be of some help to you. Cheers.

Alinadelia you are very welcome. Cheers.

Stephhicks that is very sound advice,thanks for sharing it with us. Cheers.

tpneversaynever you are very welcome and thanks for stopping by. Cheers.

Genna East you are welcome and thank for reading and commenting. Cheers.

Diana I agree with you, we can all learn from each other thanks to articles on Hubpages. I have read many of them and they have been very helpful to me. Cheers.

docmo thanks for stopping by I appreciate your kind words.

Reynold thanks for visiting and I appreciate yourcomments. I hope it was helpful. CHeers.

iverhunt04 I know exactly what you mean, I am always thinking about what would make a good hub but getting to writing sometimes can be a chore. I appreciate you reading and commenting. Cheers.


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bigocean 5 years ago from New England

Thanks for the reminder to keep moving forward and write from your point of view with the best or preferred words you have at the moment. We need to keep pushing ourselves to improve and sometimes I forget that concept when I'm struggling with some writing. Thanks


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Vcize 5 years ago from United States

You don't have to be a novelist to write on hubpages. As you say, if you captivate your audience with *what* you're saying, then they won't care *how* you say it.

All that fancy lingo does is cover up an author's lack of a strong point.


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sarkodieh 5 years ago from U.S.A

yea some times i do, i just keep learning from my mistakes so i can become perfect


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6hotfingers3 5 years ago

Thank you! Your hub reminded me to remember the reason I like to write about whatever comes to mind. Your hub should be a required reading for newbies to Hubpages. They will be inspired to write from the heart.


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g82hug 5 years ago from San Pedro, CA

This is a great hub and just what I needed this morning! I'm new to hub (and online writing) and I feel that way all the time! It takes me a lifetime to write something because I can't seem to turn off my mental editor, what a relief to know that I'm not alone. Many thanks!!!


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you LadyJane, for writing such an awesome hub with great information that we all can use.Thank God for you. creativeone59


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

All writers need to read a hub such as this occasionally so thanks Ladyjane, it helps us all to know that we all struggle with this question at time to time. Voted up.


TattoGuy 5 years ago

I write for enjoyment first, anything else that follows is a bonus. Plus all the hot chicks like yerself on this site, tis like heaven. "Surely you mean Iowa?" "Jeeez, will you bugger off with that joke, you have overplayed it", rated wayyyyyyyyyyy up ; ) x


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tysanders 5 years ago from Atlanta, Ga

This hub is very insprirational! Thanks for writing.


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Mike's Corner 5 years ago from Maryland

One thing's for sure -- this hub is written very well! Thanks for the interesting subject


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Bigocean

Vcise I appreciate you both commenting and reading my hub. Cheers.

sarkodeih thanks for reading and for your comments. Cheers.

6hotfingers firstly I would like to say i love your name and avatar and secondly thanks for your comment because it really made my day. Cheers to you.

g82hug thanks for reading and Im glad you found hubpages and that you continue to write. I have that mental editor also and it drives me crazy but it also helps me in so many ways. Good luck to you and keep on hubbing.

creativeone59 so good to see you on my hub and thanks so much for the compliment. Cheers.

MPG thanks and you made my day, so glad you could stop by. Cheers.

Tattoguy so nice to see you but I never seem to be able to recognize you. Thanks for voting me way up I appreciate it and I agree there are some hot people here on hubpages. Thanks again, and cheers to you mate.

tyesanders and Mike's corner thank you thank you thank you, you both made my day and give me great inspiration. Cheers to you both.


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sakil58 5 years ago from Bangladesh

Thnks for your hub.I am impressed.


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Silver Fish 5 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

Thanks for this helpful hub.


havy90 5 years ago

good

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BloggingPilar 5 years ago from South Jersey

Great HUB! (Voted up) I'm just starting out, so hopefully in time, I'll be able to tweak here and there. I'm glad I'm not the only one who second guesses everything.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

I doubt myself all the time, but I write anyway. I love reading the hubs too and there are many great articles.

Sometimes I get so caught up in reading, I don't have time to write my own. Thanks for sharing a very inspiring article.


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Atlanta SEO Consu 5 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

I have lots of good hubs out there. Nobody has ever left a comment of any kind. I always say something nice no matter what, what does that say? Nice hub, Tom


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Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

I never hit 'publish' unless I like what I've written. The doubts come in when the comments don't immediately start flowing, but then they finally come and I'm strengthened to do it again. Any time you put yourself out there for public consumption, there is bound to be some amount of fear involved. That's true of all of the arts and most occupations....Great hub btw.


Roger 5 years ago

nice work


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carolapple 5 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

I have been on Hub pages for a little over 2 months and have just started really participating actively. By reading hubs like yours I have begun to catch on to the spirit of Hubpages. This is a great big wonderful writing workshop in the best sense. On some other writing sites there are rigid rules for the kinds content they want and it's good that not all writing sites are the same. But I see that this is a great arena to write what you really want to write in the way you want to write it. I enthusiastically agree with statement above (from Freeway Flyer) that the most important thing is that there is a chance that what you write could have a positive impact on someone else. That's more than I can say for the writing I kept hidden in journals for most of my life!


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FeliciaM 5 years ago from Canada

I'm new to Hubs too. Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration. Great hub!


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Sarah Writes 5 years ago from California

Very inspirational hub. I get nervous before I post anything on hub pages, i'm always thinking is this good enough? you hub really helped, thanks and take care!


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writers love 5 years ago

Writing can be difficult as well as easy. I think it all depends on the subject matter and the interest you have for it. Writing without error is the hard part.


kims3003 5 years ago

Nicely done hub - well thought out and well written with a pleasant writing style.


Yuleluv 5 years ago

Hubpages gives an excellent opportunity and readers to try out your writing creativity.


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Kindacrazy 5 years ago from Tennessee

What an inspiring piece of WORK. I know that this came from your heart and it came through as a very, very NICe. Very encouraging! Thank you.


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xrocker30 5 years ago

Great hub! I just joined hubpages yesterday and sometimes question myself and I've only wrote one article! Thanks for the encouragement!


SapphireGreen 5 years ago

I love this hub. It reminds me of myself. Some ppl get caught up with doing it for the fame and money. But we forget about the love.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"Just have fun with your writing...or whether you just wanna play around with words."

So true! Interesting article. Thank you.


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Shakeel Shavab CK 5 years ago from kerala

Your thoughts are right and simple.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks everyone for all your great comments and insightful perspectives. I appreciate all of your great ideas and experiences. Thanks so much for sharing. Cheers to you all.


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Andrew0208 5 years ago from Zion

@ladyjane1, I do ask myself same question to truly improve my writing on HubPages from time to time.

One thing is cardinal amongst great hubbers; they make sure they write helpful and informative hubs that could be a 'saving grace' to viewers who may not be hubbers all the same. It's been wonderful learning to do all that on this platform. ?

These factors contribute to true success in writing hubs on HubPages. The literal concern of fans count, hubscore, and other rewards remain secondary and with less concern on my diary. Thank you for inspiring me this much with your writing.


Muldanian 5 years ago

I think it is very hard to judge your own writing. Everyone has their own style of writing and we are used to writing in our own particular way, and it is therefore difficult to view it objectively. I think the responses of others to our writing is more important than what we think about it ourselves, if we are hoping to write professionally, especially when most people are saying similar things about our work.

Personally, I have come to realise that I am not a particularly good writer, as a result of the response my work has received from other people, especially people who are themselves good writers. If feedback is mostly negative, then the decision has to made, either to do everything you can to improve your writing skills, or else to be satisfied with it, and to enjoy writing for its own sake, realising that it is never going to earn you an income. At least that way, it is not necessary to obsess about every little imperfection.


qamarffgjhffhjghh 5 years ago

This post is great: I'm really trying to optimize my keywords, and the addendum on verifying the number of ads when the search phrase is entered into Google is excellent. I have to reconfigure many of my tags!


qamarxdrygtdf 5 years ago

You have inspired me to write more and look forward. I have learnt from you that I have to have endurance and patience in hub writing. I know every of my hub might not attract readers but I have a hope to make it. Thanks Dude Chuck


mazzastick 5 years ago

When I write my blog I make sure first, that I am in an inspired state. If I feel any inner resistance, I just tell myself to pretend that I am writing for the wastebasket.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a fantastic and inspirational hub this is. I read it a few times because I enjoyed it so much. Many thanks for sharing this.


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CharmTheory 5 years ago

It's nice to know that I'm not alone:) Luckily this a great venue to learn and grow in.


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

What a sensitive and intelligent hub. I love it. You've got to enjoy writing, otherwise there's no point in it at all - and if you're not enjoying it you can't produce anything worth reading anyway. Personally, I think my writing is okay - I can write quite a lot of rubbish, and I have lots of hubs that receive no comments at all, but I leave them on anyway, because I put effort into them and the subjects meant something to me at the time of writing. If no-one likes them, that's okay. That fact makes me want to work harder to produce something of better quality next time.

If a person wants to improve their writing, there's no better place than HubPages in my humble opinion. There are so many supportive and encouraging people on here, and I have learnt so much in the short time I've been a hubber. If I never got to write anywhere but on HubPages I would be a happy lady :)

Linda.


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denise mohan 5 years ago from California

Very nice and timeless also. I've learned to write simply & very basic. Easy to understand is the way I like to read also. If I have to go to the dictionary twice in one paragraph, I move on. I enjoyed your hub and the comments. I am afraid to come on to the Hubs too often because I spend so many hours reading. Sunday is a good day to read and I just wanted to say thank you for the time that you took for this.


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arthurchappell 5 years ago from Manchester, England

I think it's natural to doubt yourself at times and gealthy too - i've no doubt even J K Rowling sometimes wonders if she's really any good at writing - great Hub - proves you are good


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Kimberlynn 5 years ago

This hub is so inspiring. I am new to hub and this article gives me more confidence to keep writing!!


JK133502 5 years ago

nice one...i started a hub almost some time back and after that i kind of lost hope coz only a very few people read it..reading your article has helped to decide to write again.Thank You.


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dpatullo741 5 years ago from UK

Thanks of wonderful suggestion. It has cleared my views


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henry1robertson 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA 90013

Same feeling here also i am know that my English is very poor but try to make good one..


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suejanet 5 years ago

I love to write, but always feel like it isn't good enough.


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Turkish2011 5 years ago

I am just knew here on hubpages, i also have been having doubts about my writing but after reading this page i can say i feel much more comfortable.

Thanks a lot.


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rose56 5 years ago

Wow you have received allot of feedback. Very good I think you have been an inspiration to many on here. Everyone has to start some where, and you have gone a long way Miss landyjane1.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Andrew thanks for reading and I appreciate your comments. I agree with what you say that you should be concerned with writing informative hubs that will hopefully be helpful to your viewers and also taking care of your readers by always always answering the comments on your hubs. I try to do this even if it takes a while to get to it, but I always do. Take care and cheers.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Muldanian thanks for reading and you said it very eloquently when you talked about your own writing and knowing when and where to improve. Makes a lot of sense. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.

qamarffgjhffhjghh you are quite welcome and I am glad that you were able to get something out of my hub. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.

mazzastick thanks for reading and I like your views here and your attitude towards your writing. I know what you mean about inspiration and when I am inspired that is when I do my best writing, usually I am inspired by people around me or my imediate family. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

seeker7 thanks for reading and for your kind comments. Im glad you enjoyed my hub I appreciate you taking the time to read it more than once LOL. Cheers.

Charm Theory thanks so much for your nice comments. Im glad you found this hub useful. You are definitely not alone, thats the great thing about Hubpages there is so many to learn from. Good luck to you. Cheers.


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Godlike 5 years ago from Sweden

I write to inspire and get people interested. If I make money from it than thats a bonus. =)


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

lady wordsmith thanks for visiting and you are right about what you say about enjoying writing or else what is the point right? I appreciate your input keep on hubbing. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Denise thanks so much for taking the time to read this. I appreciate your nice comments as well. I agree there are so many hubs and so little time. Thanks again, cheers.

arthur thanks for visiting and for your comments I appreciate the compliment as well. Glad you enjoyed my hub. Cheers.

Kimberlyn thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my hub, yes please keep writing and good luck. Cheers.

Jk thanks for reading and Im glad that my little hub inspired you to keep writing, really made my day, cheers and good luck.

dpatullo thanks so much for your nice comments, glad you stopped by. Cheers.

Henry keep practising your English and it will only get better, my husband's first language is Russian so he has come a long way as well. Good luck to you, cheers.

Suejanet thanks for reading and commenting, yes everyone no doubt feels this way but just express yourself and let it come from your heart and you will find an audience, Good luck to you, cheers.

Rose5 awww what a nice sister you are, thanks so much for your nice comment. I appreciate ya, LOve and cheers.

Godlike I agree with you LOL, cheers to you and thanks for stopping by.


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meglyn 5 years ago

true and very inspiring i also love the simple english, every new hubber should read this.


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ahmiz 5 years ago

I'm not the greatest writer. I've only ever written a few original articles before (outside of hubpages), but I'm already seeing some improvement in my writing style. I'm getting a bit more confident now, and no longer excessively over-analyse my writing like I did before. I guess as with most things in life, the only way to get better is through constant practice. And I find even writing short comments like these is a good form of practice for me (I used to only lurk about in most online forums).

Anyway, thanks for the good read; your writing is definitely more than "good enough" for me. =)


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

meglyn thanks for reading and for the compliment. Cheers.

ahmiz you made my day with your comment. Cheers and thank you.


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AngelaKaelin 5 years ago from New York

It is normal and healthy to have doubts about your writing. It's tough these days when we're trying to produce so much and doing it so hastily - I frequently have doubts about my writing for that reason! Great job here!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

AngelKaelin you are so right especially when sometimes we think about how many hubs we can put out but sometimes we overlook the quality. Thats a very good point. Thanks for reading. Cheers.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

I feel like HubPages is our Algonquin Round Table. Now if I could just be Dorothy Parker. Seriously, I enjoyed your hub and it gave me courage to go on.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

All I need is a few people to really like my work. The more the better, but if a few really like it I seem to hold my self worth.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

thanks tillsontitan and Terry, I appreciate you reading my hub and that it was of some use. Cheers to you both.


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leroy64 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

This is a good read. It's nice to hear someone echo my feelings about putting my work in front of people. I also enjoyed the article about Zelda Fitzgerald.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

leroy64 thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. Cheers to you.


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Ann Marie Dwyer 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

If you are editing, you have what it takes for your writing to be "good enough", even when you feel it is not "good enough" for yourself. Certainly, from the comments here, we happen to think "good enough" is lackluster! Keep writing, Red.


A.CreativeThinker 4 years ago

Thanks for such an encouraging and inspiring hub. This is quite helpful for many writers. Voted up. Take Care :)


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ladyjane1 4 years ago from Texas Author

Ann Marie and A Creative Thinker thanks for commenting and Im glad you got something useful out of this hub. Cheers.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

My writing is an extension of my talking, I think out-loud, I coordinate ideas and manifest and manipulate ideas as I attach words to them - so, I write like I talk. My fear is always that I think too much, that I write in a manner that makes things more complex and convoluted than most can benefit from. In actual practice, I know my sentences are drawn-out with commas, dashes, ellipses, etc . . . it's tricky for me to count an expression of an idea as not so vitally linked to another idea that I find it difficult to use periods.

I think (I suppose I hope) in the end it all depends on your audience - I've had some say they like my writing and say it's expressive and they 'get' it, while some say it's way too circular and I should just spit it out. I'm no good at all at self-editing, because I write like I talk and I talk as I think, and I don't know how to edit my thinking. It does concern me - I don't want to waste other's time and I do want to contribute something worthwhile.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

One never knows where they will end up when they answer a question. Thank so much for the mention and the words of praise...I am humbled and honored. WB


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ladyjane1 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey Wayne you know you are welcome..cheers.


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

ladyjane1, I believe you have put words to how many on HP feel about their writing. We want to do our very best and we want our best to be very good. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. I've gotten discouraged before and have asked myself what I think I'm accomplishing. But for some reason, I keep coming back to write the next hub and to tell someone else that what they wrote meant something to me.


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ladyjane1 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks and I hope you keep coming back. Cheers.

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