Never give up on your writing

It was obvious to me from the start that I was no Hemingway, but struggling to turn out an article even when it was on some subject I knew well and loved was very difficult for me to deal with at first.

I am quite good with logical things, but writing is so much more than simply applying logic to what is at least in part a creative process. My writing had very little focus and poor construction for the most part and even left me bored with reading my own work.

When I started to earn income from my articles I had already been writing for some months without getting many hits on my 30 or so hubs and thought I was wasting my time.

Then as I learned to proof read and change my page layout around, putting the paragraphs in a readable order and adding headlines, the readers arrived.

I feel that one of the major reasons to write is to have my say on things I care about, be those things automotive in line with my background, or things closer to the heart such as children family and pets.

I now write about all these subjects and many more, from politics to caring for and raising toddlers. (I am a live-in grandfather.) The hardest part of my learning to write was to show my feelings for my precious grandchildren, or to offer advice on the mechanics of love and all that mushy stuff that I was afraid would seem out of character to my readers after reading my hard-nosed mechanical hubs, where I expose design faults in new and used autos and motorcycles, ruthlessly naming names and providing hard evidence from personal experience gathered over a lifetime in one or another aspect of the auto industry. Very pragmatic and hard hitting stuff.

I have written an article previously about finding my unique writing voice, and I think this works for all would-be writers. I am learning to simply be myself online when I write.

No matter how good or bad we are as writers, there is real value in speaking in your own voice. What I mean by that, is to allow your culture, character and real emotional self to be visible in what you write will always be of interest to someone. It is not realistic to believe we can please everyone when we write, so we are far better off pleasing those who can make contact with the you that is showing.

As one who is willing to change in light of better information readily, I use this strength in my writing too. I make sure my articles are well researched. That way I don't get comments that contradict what I have written because I ensure I know as much as possible about what I write, and usually stick to things which interest me thus instead of being just another opinion, I can support what I write because it is legitimate at least in being best of what is readily known.

This article for example does not claim that I am a writing authority yet it is in my view still valuable to those who would use the basic truth that writing is always good if it is written in the authors own writing voice.

If you are an avid reader of mine you will know that I add to my articles all the time. I often find a new piece of relevant information or a photo that suits my work. New readers arrive all the time, so no harm is done by adding to your articles and improving their readability.

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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

Excellent advice Earnest. The problem many new writers have is not being themselves. Their discomfort with the words they use seems to come out in their writing.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for this. I am in need of a bit of encouragement right now and so appreciate your Hub very much.

Love and peace

Tony


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Randy. I agree not writing in their own way shows through.

We have so many good writers here that it is not possible to be the best, just the best we can be, by writing in our own voices.

I am happy with my situation these days. I see you are now a fixture at 100. Thanks again for looking in mate!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi Tony, I think we all get discouraged from time to time, but that is one of the reasons I decided to write this little hub.

Your work is good and appreciated by hubbers.

I think the google thing is very keyword driven though, and must admit that I am becoming more commercial, so I am trying to keep a balance by providing as much helpful information as I can, as I found that to get a lot of juice, one needs great keywords that are tightly relative to our articles, and those articles need to be built around high ranking keywords.


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wyanjen 5 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

This hub arrived just in time for me ;)

Thanks for the encouragement. I've been struggling with my "practical" writing lately.


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

I sensed your comfort lately in your writing Earnest. Glad you are enjoying it more.

Naw, the 100 shows up every couple of days but I don't know why. I appreciate whatever it means though. Later on!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

wyanjen it is always a pleasure. I would never have seen your struggle without your comment. I feel you may have seen mine though!

Go at it, you have the goods.


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

I love the spirit with which you tackle your writing earnesthub...long may you continue to write thus! :)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Thanks for writing this, and very good advice for all writers. I find that writing in our voice, being ourselves, works best both in our offline life and in the virtual world, including writing. I personally enjoy down to earth hubs where one feels a connection to the writer,no pretenses, but that's just me. :)

Enjoyed this article!


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wyanjen 5 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

:) thanks pal. I didn't realize you had such a struggle either. We are all our own harshest critics I guess.

When I compare my articles to each other, I see a lot of inconsistency. Some are good! Many are dry and boring. I don't recognize what I've written. This is why your advice is so good for me right now.

Take care!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Wow that is such a nice thing to say Feline! I am a fan of the spirit in your writing, never notice it in my own, so thank you.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

No pretenses..... that sums it up succinctly VioletSun


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jo miller 5 years ago from Tennessee

The writers I usually follow and enjoy reading are the ones I think have a real voice. You do a good job of that.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Great and sensitive Hub Earnest,

Your genuine voice resonates with us all!

Blessings always, EarthAngel


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Hub Llama 5 years ago from Denver, CO

All very true. I spent 3 months as a "professional freelance writer" without any clients. I kept it up and eventually it all worked out.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"What I mean by that, is to allow your culture, character and real emotional self to be visible in what you write will always be of interest to someone. It is not realistic to believe we can please everyone when we write, so we are far better off pleasing those who can make contact with the you that is showing."

Excellent hub, earnest! I hope, and know, that many others will read this, and learn that we continue to grow, individually, as writers. Well done.


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somelikeitscott 5 years ago from Las Vegas

I've always enjoyed everything I've read that you have written, this no exception. Thank you for constantly sharing your voice with the rest of us!


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

Fabulous! I think the only way to improve writing is to write more. Learn grammatical rules in order to break them properly ;-). I write slightly edgier than I am in person, (I am surprisingly docile in a lot of my reality), but what I've written is definitely me. Finding your own unique voice in writing, and it seems you have, is so important. I am in the process of a re-write of a book because when people found out I was writing one, they were thinking it was going to be so entertaining. As I was reading it, I realized that it was too formal, and it was boring me. And back to the drawing board. The subject is too much fun to be too clinical about it. I like that you're able to make the switch from "mechanical" hubs to expressing emotion. It's a hard transition, but it shows your range as a writer, and I think that it helps develop your strength as a writer.


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AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Good advice, if only through relating your experience. I decided long ago to write about what interests me rather than pleasing a market.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very Encouraging hub. I try to write as I feel and just hope that people will enjoy what I have to say. Great Hub!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Holly mackeral! I just got back and found all these amazing writers commenting on my hub.

I feel like I have been group-hugged!

Thank you all for your observances and especially for the reinforcement of what I had hoped would be a positive message.

You guys are the greatest!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

This is inspiring and thanks for sharing your experience.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

The more we pull together as a team the better we will all be Sir Ernst. Scrubbing up articles with a fresh eye is a good tip for all of us. Even spotting the odd error is much easier when coming back to something written in the past. We can be inspired by other hubbers work too. Not by copying, but by finding fresh avenues to meander down.

Cheers.


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Quilligrapher 5 years ago from New York

Someone I admire once said "As one who is willing to change in light of better information readily, I use this strength in my writing too. I make sure my articles are well researched." My greatest wish is to be writing as well as you when you get to be my age! Q.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

More wonderful writers telling me I am doing OK.

Nothing is worth more than your words of support. I admire you all as writers, and consider myself a mere scribbler in comparison to many here. This is turning in to a who's who of writers on hubpages! I love it!

Quillgrapher, that was masterful wording, and hilarious!!


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n.pady 5 years ago

looking at so many comments, you will definitely feel good about your writing. i am sure many find that their thoughts match yours.

good luck and keep going. stay happy always.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you n.pady, as we are writers, I guess a lot of the challenges we face are similar. The staying happy thing is going well! Good cheer to you!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

This hub is really helpful. Thank you.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Kind of you Hello, hello. have you written anything lately? I have had limited internet access and have not had time online to look at many hubs.


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

earnestshub, you should ask Hello Hello if they're a member of the French Resistance.

Good hub.

I have learned over time to keep my paragraphs short and snappy rather than long and tiring.

A writer writes. That's all there is to it and you get better and better at it as the pretensions fade away and, as you say, your 'voice' emerges.


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Daniel Carter 5 years ago from Western US

It would never have occurred to me that you were anything less than an accomplished, seasoned writer! You have a distinctive voice, and I like knowing your thoughts about many things. A very nice hub indeed. And for writers uncertain of where they are, I think you sum it up quite nicely, offering encouragement as well. Kudos, my friend!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Ron, I have been known to write the longest of sentences, sometimes filling the space of a long paragraph. I try to be succinct, but it is often not within my style. Great comment.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Daniel. I have re-written most of my hubs several times, and updated most of them up until the last few months, where I seem to be writing a little better and have not mixed up my paragraphs too much. I think many of us are forgiving if the story or article is good. I am currently writing my first creative writing project, but so far the creative part is a bit thin. Enjoying the challenge though, and it will teach me to get outside my comfort zone I hope.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

A war zone Ern, never mind comfort, with that flood. We're all waiting with baited breath.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

This Hub has shown a different side of the Ernest I see in the forums and through the auto Hubs I have only glanced at previously. If this is your writer's voice, I like it and appreciate that you have shared it with your fellow writers. Food for thought.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Keith it has been a bit rough I must say, still it may help with my swimming..


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Karanda. I used to escape there to avoid the heat in the wet when in Cairns. A beautiful spot. I wrote a hub about it under another profile that specialized in Australian travel. My guess is you are referring to the religious forums. I'm afraid religious people bore me spitless and I think they should keep their sky fairy fantasy to themselves..... that sort of thing right? :)


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

Earnest, first let me apologise for the slip in the spelling of your name. Secondly, ah yes, the religious forums, I have learned to steer well clear of them. You are quite right to voice your opinions but I guess they have appeared a tad harsh at times to my softer side.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi Karanda, thank you, no apology needed. My latest hub may be a bit of a shock to some who know my softer side. I have two problems in getting on with people. I don't like bull dust and I have little tolerance of fundies of any ilk. Having said that, I still manage to have a life filled with people that I enjoy no end, so all is good. I may not bother with the intellectually challenged extremists in the religious forums in future. They are mentally unreachable once they buy whatever church-dust they have been fed.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

At times i became weak in my writings. thanks for your encouragement on this article.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I go through periods where I don't want to write. Usually because of stressful things in my life. Then I get back on track and I am ready to go!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Earnest,

My favorite hub today. I think you really hit it on the nail with the - write from the heart in your native, be who you are writing voice advice. Awesome hub, awesome advice.

Good work mate.

- Harlan


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you 2besure, I do that as well. I usually go and do the washing, or distract myself in some way for a while.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you crystolite. I am glad you feel encouraged, we all have our slow writing times I think.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Harlan. It's nice to see others here who understand their voice. I hope to spark a seed of recognition for those still seeking their writing voice as I was at first.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

well said! After reading your passionate writing on the forums I had to come and read, I am not disapointed! I am a writer in progress! Many thanks, and I am taking your advice on hub hopping, and best still ficxing my writing!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks for dropping in Rebecca, I could say the same for your forum posts.

I believe we are all writers in the making as long as we write. Thanks for joining the volunteers to clean up the streets and alleyways of hubpages, you always have been a nice hubber.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

thanks for the compliment, means a lot! alywas happy to help outaround here...


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DIY Backlinks 5 years ago

Great read. Writing about things that matter to you is always the best way for a new author to get started.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you DIY I believe it helps with issues around confidence as well. Writing something we know about is more comfortable I think.


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DIY Backlinks 5 years ago

Absolutely! When I first started writing it was hard to get in the swing of things because I was writing for people about all types of subjects that I either wasn't interested in, or didn't know anything about. Trying to write plus having to research the subject first, took all the fun out of writing. Now I make a living doing it but it's not the best way to get started writing.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

I see it the same way DIY, if the subject interests me it is so much easier to write about.Thank you for your comment.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for writing this. I have the same passion with you. I got the money from hubpages after being a member for one year and it still continue until now. Your title very inspired us in doing the best. You are my favorite and I am proud being your follower. Success for you. Rated up!

Blessing and hugs,


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you prasetio.

I have been enjoying some of your excellent travel hubs a lot. Your writing shows passion for your subject and you do a lot of research. You are a valuable writer here.


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shelly_ramasocky 5 years ago

Thank you for this article! I have been a writer at heart for some time and just started pursuing it for income. It really is what I want to do with my life! Any tips!?


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi Shelly! You will do great, just remember that to make money writing requires lots of keyword research.

I wish you the best of luck with writing. My daughter has sold a lot of copies of her book online, and there are many different ways to earn by writing.


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PK2010 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Great hub. The title caught my eye, and I must say I have not been disappointed. Like most new writers, I needed to see this as I have sometimes felt like giving up due to lack of time or inspiration. I totally agree with being yourself in your hubs and avoiding any pretence, as this does not connect well with readers. Thanks for sharing!

May I add you look great for a grandfather :)


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you PK2010.

I find that the more I write, the easier it gets. Thanks for the compliment. That is a pretty old photo though!


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PK2010 5 years ago from United Kingdom

You're welcome :)


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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for this Hub. I stumbled on it by accident really and am glad I did. It gave me hope. I am very new to this writing thing and my Hub score fluctuates like the wind in kansas. I am not sure I am cut out for it but I enjoy it and feel inspired to write. Not sure the way I am marketing my writing is working though so that could be the problem. I will say my Hub score hasn't dropped below 90 since the first week so I guess that is okay. Look forward to browsing through the rest of your Hubs.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Naomi I like your easy style of writing and as you enjoy it, all I can say is the more I write, the better my articles are scoring, and I would expect you will write some great stuff.

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