Sharing for Writers

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Sharing for Writers

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


It is without reservation that I express to you my wonder at the sheer volume of extraordinary talent on the Hubpages site. What is even more gratifying is most writers are here for the joy of writing and sharing their thoughts with other like-minded people.

Writing is a personal experience because it draws from us our deepest and most prized thoughts naturally, often cathartically, in a quest to better understand ourselves. How we feel about the world and our perspective on life is vividly painted for those with vision to see and understand. Sharing this vision with complete strangers changes us in ways we don’t always understand. It bridges gaps between distance, ethnicity, culture and belief by finding common ground. The key word is sharing and that is both gratifying and useful.

Art has always been subjective, in the eye of the beholder if you will. Our perceptions can only be as individual as we are, and within that our voice solely important to be understood by the artist or creator. Opinions and critiques for a writer or any pursuer of the arts are fundamental markers for personal understanding and growth. How we affect people with our words gives cause to our purpose.

Because we gain different experiences that cumulatively create our state of mind, our opinions are individual and therefore offer unique perspectives on the world and particularly of expressing art. Any art, and in this case writing, can be emotive and therefore result in responses that even the people experiencing them do not always expect. These responses not only indicate their personal background and understandings but convey to the writer how words can connect and trigger such responses. The knowledge gained is for both reader and writer alike.

Often the responses to a given piece of writing are not positive, when opinions clash or beliefs contradicted; but that is even more important. By our own admissions we can only be limited by our beliefs and sometimes people see beyond it and offer critique. Writers should always accept criticism with a positive intention, because it can unlock a more expansive perspective and therefore be an opportunity for growth.

Writing as with all arts takes many years of practice and learning to acquire the many skills necessary to become competent. The arrogance of youth or ego often thinks differently, but in the end our ability and expertise is made not given. Talent is one thing, but knowledge is quite another. So being able to accept criticism and alternate views is part of the necessary growth of a serious writer.

Hubpages offers this opportunity of learning and experience and for that sharing we should all be grateful. In any form of creative expression perceiving it will always be different. Whether it is deemed successful by some measure of financial gain, general acceptance or whatever, should have no bearing on how the writer accepts his or her work. The goal of the writer should be completing the work to his or her own standards. If the writer is satisfied and happy with the quality of the submission, then the work should be seen as successful. Whether a piece gets published or not, is liked or not, should not deter a writer from accepting success as the outcome. Some of the critically best most poignant movies ever made have not been commercial successes. That does not infer lack of quality or is not a mark against the creator. That simply is life.

So when you write do not judge yourself based on anything other than your own satisfaction at completing the work. Knowledge, application and experience will tell in the end.


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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks John, and oldie for sure. It's interesting going back and reading past posts. Take care mate!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Can't believe this is three years old Tony. Very good sentiments expressed here. The diversity of the type of writing and subjects here is wonderful as is the community.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks again Michelle. I'm glad you connect with my ideas and it helps in some ways. I used to lecture to writing groups about fiction writing. They are an excellent tool of learning as is Hubpages. As far is being published is concerned, you're up against legistics. Having the right manuscript at the right time for the right publisher is more about luck than talent. The thing is to never give up. Tenacity is paramount as a writer. It takes years to gain all the skills and life experience to write fiction professionally. Keep doing it, be disciplined and let success find you. Take care


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MichelleA2011 5 years ago from Connecticut

Tony,

What a beautiful Hub. And I am in complete agreement with you. I have been writing for years but never really thought I could do anything serious with it until a few years ago. After a friend of my fiance's looked over my current novel and gave me the best constructive feedback I have ever received, he also suggested joining a writer's group. I was always hesitant about doing so and putting my writing out there. Then I found out about Hubpages on Facebook and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did!

Writing is such an individualistic/solitary thing. It's hard to share with the outside world. But here, in a community of other writers, I am comfortable with sharing my thoughts and my writing - be it a book review or a short story. It's hard at times to read NY Times #1 Bestsellers and think: Why can't I write like that? My writing isn't as good as this. How come everyone else can get published but I can't? It's hard not to compare yourself to others and I know you shouldn't. Everyone's writing, pov, and style are different.

My dream is to write full time. To publish my novel. To tell the stories my characters have been wanting me to tell. Writing makes me happy. It brings a sense of peace. I enjoy creating characters and getting to know them through the story they want to tell.

Again, thank you for this amazing, insightful post. It just proves to me that joining Hubpages was the right move for me to make on my writing journey.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Pixienot, for reading and your nice comment


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

Tony, you could not have said it better. Thank you! Loved the hub.

Voted up and awesome


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you connected Karen. Thanks for reading


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Karen Wodke 5 years ago from Midwest

Great hub, Tony. Lots of wisdom here. And you are right, often we do best when we compete with ourselves and just strive to do better than WE have done before, instead of comparing ourselves to others.


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kimh039 5 years ago

:)ty. u2


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Kim, thanks again for your comment. You're right, there are many different types of writing on Hubpages and they do have different purposes.You are more an article writer and I am generally not. Your unquestionable expertise gives valuable information to readers, based on you knowleadge. Being a novelist primarily, my intentions are purely creative and thought provoking within the esoteric subject matter I choose. The creativity and writing skill is not diminished by what we write about and each hub should be viewed and judged on connection rather than anything else. What I said is true; there are so many talented people on hubpages, you should be proud to be one of them. I always enjoy your work, and gain some knowledge as well. Take care.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for taking the time to read, Denise, rafken and Kim.

I always appreciate your comments and support.


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kimh039 5 years ago

Thanks Tony. Things I love about HubPages are you can see your work published and you can get feedback and encouragement from others. I do distinguish between free style journaling and a more structured topical piece. Both have a place and an audience. They have a different purpose though, I think...not that anyone asked:) Anyway! Thanks for provoking some thoughts again, Tony.


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rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

Tony- You tie the sentiments together well in a great hub. UP and awesome, thanks.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Tony-wonderful hub, spoken from the heart. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it and voted it up/awesome and useful.

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