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We Write For a Reason

We brainstorm ideas for an interesting story. We take time to research different aspects of our subject matter. We take notes. We make outlines. We write a rough draft. Now is time to put the story in an orderly fashion to make it flow easily from one thought to the next. From an astounding beginning to a conclusion of after lasting power the story must keep the interest of the reader. Can we do this if we can’t take time to read back our own written word? I know we can’t. The key to success is presenting a written piece that not only is interesting but is free of errors. The best of writers are not error free with their work. You’ll find a word misused or misspelled. You’ll see a period where a question mark should be. You’ll see words missing from a sentence. And you may see typos. But these writers know the importance of editing and revision. Many not only do their own editing but they also rely on others to edit their work before publication. The reason for this is because critiques are numerous and poor reviews are the author’s worst nightmare. How can one sell their work if noted for mistakes in what they do?

What I Know

I am not an expert and the time I take revising my own work often is not enough. I know by taking a couple of writing courses and writing stories and articles online for only a year does not qualify me to advise others as they should be. But in this past year I have learned more tricks of the trade than I ever thought I would. I’ve met and learned from other writers. I’ve been advised of things they feel important in this field. The exposure of writing online outweighs any other sources in this era we live in. Now the writer can make their presents known to people all over the world. Snail mail submissions and typewriters are becoming a thing of the past. The computer and the internet are tools every writer should take full advantage of. With all the software available to warn us of spelling and grammar errors why are people not editing their work? Why are they not reading their work to revise things the software missed? Yes, this software does not catch everything. People who depend on the software a lone to catch their mistakes are in for disappointment. It is very important to edit your work through your own eyes. Read it, edit, save it and sit on it for awhile. You may be surprised that something got missed. Most likely it did. Maybe a typo, misspelled word, missing word or grammar mistake is still there. If you’ve published it already on a website, it can still be fixed, and it should be once you notice it. I have had to edit over and over many pieces I’ve published online. It’s so embarrassing to me when I notice I missed a spelling error and people I know have read my work. I want to be a good writer. I want to make a career of this field. I want exposure now to let people know I’m working hard on this passion I’ve put on hold for way to many years.

As I Read

As I read online publications I can tell those who are serious about their work from those who don’t care what they put their name on. Websites like Hub pages depend on their writers to furnish them with articles their venders will be proud to place their ads on. Even the best of keywords are not going to do that by themselves. How are we to keep the reader on our page if it’s full of typos and errors? How can we expect our audience to guess what we’re trying to tell them? I know I don’t stay on pages like this so I certainly don’t expect my readers to leave me good comments on my hubs or my fan fiction stories if I didn’t take enough pride in my own written word to keep them focused.

One Pen at a Time

I know this article is another one of my rants of thoughts, but to help new online writers publish work they’ll be proud of I feel I need to express how important it is to revise their work. I want to be proud of my work. I want to improve as I go. I’m learning in order to do this I must write every day and publish something somewhere to get an audience. I often publish things still in the revision mode. But I do go back and read my own stuff just to see if I missed something or if I still feel the same way about what I was trying to express. A writer is only as good as their last written piece. And a good writer is their own worse critique. Let’s try one pen at a time to keep our online publications error free.

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giocatore 4 years ago

I agree.

When I look at poorly written hubs, I have the attitude that this person has no respect for the language, so I have no respect for the writer's work.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I feel if we take time to write it we should try to do our best at displaying it so it will get read. Thanks for stopping by.


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Irenevosburgh 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Good article. I do agree, I find myself taking so much time to read and re-read that some small articles take two days to post. But that's just me.

I do wonder if some people proof their work at all.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thank you. I embarrass myself so many times when I catch errors in my own work. I quickly notice careless mistakes others make. Everyone makes human errors and I make my share of them, but if we're going to write things millions may read, we should at least try to correct the errors.


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giocatore 4 years ago

I find errors in my work, too, and it's infuriating. This occurs when we self-edit, unfortunately.

Another thought on poor writing: besides being careless, it's imprecise and it reflects fuzzy thinking. What is someone trying to say? Who knows?


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I find myself doing that. I read back something I wrote and wonder,(What was I thinking?)time to rethink that one.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You are so right about this important subject. Just recently I was going to read an ebook to my son and it was so filled with misspellings and punctuation mistakes that I deleted it from my Kindle. Like you, I am embarrassed to find I published something with mistakes. Apparently some folks just don't care though.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I've seen so much of it recently on the internet, it bothers me, so I know it bothers other people. I know I may still have errors in some of my online publications, but I do try to fix them. A lot of people are writing and posting things without even caring to edit their work at all.


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pegmmg 4 years ago from Saratoga Springs

You really have to develop a strategy for editing. It is amazing how much the eye misses even when you think you have achieved perfection.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I know. It's very easy to miss things. But most of us try to catch what we can. The point to this hub is many don't take pride enough in their work to even edit any of it.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Your observation regarding online publications is very true. Most of the time I have found that writers seem to be too lazy to edit their work and after writing they just publish it. On hubpages writing guidelines are little tough so we normally don't get to read poorly written works but in many other niche content sites I can see articles that are all craps.


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dazzlejazz 4 years ago from Down under

This is great advice. It's so easy to miss words which are spelled right but used in the wrong way (there, their, they're) etc. These will not be picked up by spell checker!


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Sarah Anderson 4 years ago from Wallingford, CT

Personally, I cannot stop editing and revising endlessly when it comes to my writing. On here, I don't stop until it looks perfect. Great hub!


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I know I need to work on miss using words and my grammar. I revise often, but sometimes I don't catch things I should. I don't find a lot of garbage on this site, so I try hard not to post it in my articles, however there are sites which should be good research sites for our hubs, that simply aren't because of the poor presentations.


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jaykay37 4 years ago from Canada

I edit a lot more now than i used to, well... I have always edited my work, it's just done more properly now. I always used to get "to" and "too" mixed around, I still have to re-read all my old hubs to go and fix that... But other than that, I think my hubs have been edited decently, considering my age and lack of experience that is. Still much room for improvement though.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Me, too, jaykay37. I'm learning more everyday even at my age. And I know I have much more to learn about writing for any kind of media. I'm really impressed with the feedback I'm getting from this hub. I was afraid I may have stepped on some toes here, but I'm glad I brought the discussion up.


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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Thank you for your advice. English is my second language. I will try my best and hopefully someone will read my works.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thanks,kittyjj for reading my rant of thoughts. I hope it will help someone. It must be challenging to practice your skills in a language you're not a native to.


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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Yes, it is challenging to me. This is one of the reasons why I joined Hub. Hopefully I will improve my English by learning from people like you who share their knowledge here. Thanks again! You guys are great!


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diamond1mo 4 years ago from Arizona

Keep writing and keep improving. Self-reflection is a fantastic tool.


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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thanks, diamond1mo. I'm trying.

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