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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