ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Applauding and Humbling Budding Writers

Updated on April 20, 2011

I spent some time today Hub hopping and was amazed at the variety of articles and information offered in this venue. I love to write but do not consider myself a writer, I am a teacher by profession and as such I write to teach. I got into trouble once by telling a poetry professor of mine that I was a teacher who liked to write, when he told the class he was a poet who was a teacher. He felt I insulted him. It was not my intention.

As a teacher, I feel the need to offer a  Hub which will start out with my kudos to those who have attempted to write good articles here and have made the first step towards realizing their "dream" to be a writer, but to admonish wanna-be writers to not forget they need to keep their day jobs!

Writing is a lonely art. Finding a niche is even harder. Everyone that writes believes they should be published and that their work is somehow different than anyone else's. This is rarely true. If we are lucky, we have spent a good deal of time reading other's writing throughout our lives and have some affinity for the style we admire and unconsciously mimic in many cases. I started by writing limericks in my youth after reading some hilarious ones my dad had penned for colleagues. Later, I did free style poetry during the age of Aquarius that mimicked the attitude of the day.

I enjoy being a literature professor and have my own favorite style of writing and reading. I would much rather read classics than anything modern. I do read some modern writers, but there are so many from the past that need to be considered, I read them first. When I teach creative writing I enjoy my students writing and am always surprised by the depth of the work, especially from those who really do not even want to write creatively! Seems to flow better when we are not attached to the outcome!

Some rather well worn advice to those of you who wish to write for a living. Don't. Write because you enjoy it. Write because you must write. Write as though it was something that called you to it. Un-attach yourself from the outcome of the piece, but do not forget to edit it. I have read many pieces of writing that could have been better (even written by myself) but the writer did not recheck it for errors or to see if it made sense.

Read. Read everything. I can always tell who is a reader and who does not when I read their writing. Readers cull out words that are descriptive, different and intelligent. Those who do not read use simple words that come across much like a elementary school child's book. Be open to criticism. Yes, I get it myself still!

Learn more vocabulary. Make a ten word list each week and learn new words. Or write down words you hear and find out what they mean and how to use them. Yes, look up the meaning!

Spend time in contemplation. Meditate, take a walk in nature. Sit in an airport or mall or coffee shop and watch what is going on. 

Be proactive, not reactive. We all think we know everything. We don't. We actually know nothing. We need to at least remind ourselves that we are works in progress and we are not the wisest owl on the block!

I applaud anyone who is brave enough to write and publish anything here. I am the first to tell my students that half the battle is conquering the fear of writing publicly. Once someone deems you to be a writer, they feel free to criticize you more. You put yourself out there and people seem to be waiting for you to fail.

Emily Dickinson never imagined she would be read by countless students and poetry lovers. Ernest Hemingway was considered a mediocre writer when he was alive. And yesterday a new book was published posthumously written by David Foster Wallace entitled "The Pale King" which was left in scattered notes and rewrites and revised by the writers editor. Steig Larsson's novels made the NY Times Best Sellers List a few years after his demise as well....so it is never too late to be recognized....you just may not live to know it.

Finally, remain humble. Ego is a tough thing to stifle, but stifle you must. There is always someone better than you are or at least it appears so. Learn from their mistakes, and your own, and remember you, like your writing are works in progress.




Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I always try to comment on articles... I find it makes the community a whole experience. Besides, us writers need feedback and the only way we get it is by commenting. ;)

      I look forward to your future hubs... you have a very good flow that I enjoy reading!

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Many thanks for reading and commenting here! I do love to write, but know I could always be better. This is where I try to stay humble....I think this venue is an excellent place to share ideas and as you state that we have a place to "showcase" the ideas we write! I look forward to reading some of your work too!

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      You are very much wrong - you may be a teacher - but you are also very much a writer! ;)

      As a writer, I am very glad that I found this site and have had the opportunity to not only get my writing out there were someone other than my husband or mom will read it, but also be exposed to so many other people's knowledge. This is a great community and it offers so many opportunities.

      Voting up! This was great!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)