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Opinion Topic: Writing on Hubpages... Talent is great, but not necessary.

Updated on July 14, 2012

My first year on Hubpages is quickly approaching. It's been a lot of fun.

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Content writing and talent.

Time sure does fly when you're having fun eh? I know that phrase sounds cliche, but it definitely applies to my time here on Hubpages. I've been a member on Hubpages for 11 months now. That means that I'm quickly approaching the mark of my first year here on Hubpages. It's definitely been quite a journey navigating and learning about this site. My first several months here on Hubpages were fairly inactive months. However, I've grown to become more attached to Hubpages within the past few months. This site has a great community of helpful and friendly writers. I'm sure that there are relative newcomers here who may question if they're good enough to write here. I will admit that I myself was one of those people when I first joined. One thing that I'm learning to figure out about writing content online is that -- talent is great to have, but it's not necessary. Lets expand on this a bit more.

Do you really have to be the best writer?

To answer that question, I would say no. I'm willing to bet my left hand...Whoa wait a sec. Since I'm left-handed, I think I'll take that statement back. Anyway, I'll just say I bet that there are people out there who would like to try their hand at writing content online. I'm pretty sure that the lure of the potential monetary benefits is what inspires most people to take up the addiction of content writing...Yes you heard me right. I did say addiction. When I first became aware of these writing sites, I felt like there was no way I could do it. I've never classified myself as good writer by any means, and I still don't till this day. While I was attending college years ago, I struggled in my first writing course. Although I did do well enough to pass and get by, the thought of that struggle was in the back of my mind before I thought about writing content online. I got my start into writing content on Triond back in 2010. When I first joined, I thought to myself; "What next?" I knew that writing content would be the next step, but I was extremely intimidated. Is my grammar good enough? Will people even want to read what I have to say? Will my publications be rejected because of poor quality? These are all the questions that went through my head. It took the person who referred me to Triond telling me after reading a sample that they felt I was okay enough to write there.

Personal growth.

As I mentioned earlier, I'm in no way claiming to be a pro or great writer at all. I'm far from a pro, and I still have a lot to learn. However, I can say with extreme confidence that I've come a long way since I first started writing content online back in the latter part of 2010. I can see my progress and a difference just looking back at past articles I've written compared to the ones I'm writing now. I credit much of my growth to reading other peoples writings, and learning from the advice fellow writers have given. When I say that there are some extremely talented writers here on Hubpages, I mean exactly that. There are just too many of them to even name, and I'm certain that I don't even know them all. However, reading their works, along with the great feedback that so many people have given me on here, have been the main factors I contribute to my growth in content writing. I know that many people are here solely to make money, and that's cool. However, that's not the only factor for me continuing to write. I've corresponded with and talked with some great people on here. People that I can see myself being friends with for a long time. I've gained some much valuable information here that I've been able to apply to my own personal blog as well. The potential to learn here from other writers is limitless in my eyes.

Be like a sponge, and use writing as a tool.

To anyone new here on Hubpages, or anyone thinking about taking up content writing online -- talent is good, but it's not necessary. If you are serious about becoming a better writer, be like a sponge. Soak up all the knowledge and information you can from other writers. I think it's great that sites like Hubpages exist. It allows everyday people to get our thoughts, ideas, and opinions out there. Hubpages also allows people that have a skill or are an expert at something to teach others. It allows us to have support from a community of other writers of all levels. It also gives people a chance to hone their writing skills. We're all able to learn from one another on here. Don't ever be intimidated thinking that you can't put out quality articles. Just learn from others, research your topics thoroughly, and connect with as many people as you possibly can. Don't put an emphasis solely on making money. View writing on here as a tool that can lead to great things in the future.Thanks for reading.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much lovedoctor926. I really appreciate you saying that, and thanks for the continued support and encouragement :)

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey there penlady. I'm agree with you all the way when you say writing is about saying what's in your heart. I've often found that when a person does something they're passionate about, they're more likely to stick with it. Thanks again for your amazing feedback. I appreciate a lot :)

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks a lot Kev! I didn't know you were left-handed also. That's good to know, since left-handed people are so rare. Yea I often wonder where has the time went, but it's been a lot of fun. Thanks for all your help on both here and Redgage. I really appreciate it all. Best wishes :)

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Voted up awesome hub! I have been reading your work for over a year now and I am going to have to disagree with you on one of your statements. You are a very good writer with drive and determination so keep pushing forward and don't let fear hold you back.

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      Awesome Hub Brad and welcome to the left-handed clue :), I am too lol, wow almost a year on HP, it does make you wonder where the time goes too. Well done and looking forward to seeing your work during the next 12 months :)

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi JakeFrost. Thanks for your comment. I think your description of writing is spot on. It's important to just let those ideas flow now, and worry about the context and grammar later. Thanks a lot for your support. I appreciate it greatly.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey there my good friend Redberry Sky. Glad to know you found this motivating. I'm with you 100 percent in your assessments. Each and every one of us have our own unique writing styles, and our personalities play a large factor in how we communicate our thoughts. Thank you so much for your feedback ma'am. It's greatly appreciate as always :)

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Good motivational words for anyone (that is, most of us!) who are ever a little shy of putting pen to paper. I think you're right, I think anyone can write engagingly even if grammar and syntax aren't someone's strong point; it's definitely the research that counts, and the personality of the writer that goes into the piece. Voted up and the rest - thoughtful words as always, Prosprctboy :)

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      That's a nice rule to have. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi, how are you? Thanks a lot for taking out the time to read this :)

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      For me, writing is all about writing from the heart. Sure, I do it for a living, but it’s very much my heart’s passion. Good hub. Voted up and interesting.

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      Jake Frost 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I think writing is just putting whatever runs through your head onto paper, or a hub. I try not to think to much and just let the ideas flow. Very good hub and definitely made me think. Liked, interesting, and followed :)

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      Sunganani 5 years ago

      I have one rule when it comes to writing: write like you speak...it's enjoyable

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      sirgeovan 5 years ago

      Nice hub. Vote up my friend!

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