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Writing for Hubers 101

Updated on December 1, 2011

Not For Eperienced Hubers

Why would I write a hub and include Not For Experienced Hubers as a sub-title? The answer is that experienced hubers already know the information contained in this hub, or at least they should. This hub presents three simple guidelines for beginning writers.

Know Your Audience

One of the first guidelines for any type of writing is to learn who you audience is and write to meet their needs and wishes. As an example, the audience for this particular hub is the group of beginning writers on HubPages so advanced writing topics are not covered because the goal is not to overwhelm the reader but to provide helpful suggestions.

The education level of the audience, ethnic origin, and political affiliation all come together when targeting a particular audience. This hub page may be read by people of any educational background, ethnic origin, or political affiliation because a member of any of those groups may wish to learn how to write for HubPages. Not that I am an authority but I do have a background in technical writing.

A hub page dealing with gun control, however, would most likely be targeted toward a particular political affiliation, depending on the viewpoint of the hub so the writer should consider what that group of people would expect.

Use Proger Grammar and Spelling

As an IT instructor I must assign many writing assignments and the number of papers I receive that include misspelled words and bad grammar always amazes me. Those writing assignments are intended to help the learners develop their writing and research skills. Therefore, I point out mistakes and permit learners to resubmit assignments needing correction. Those assignments, however, are not intended to be read by a mass audience as hubs are.

Most word processing software and the editing tool included on the HubPages site include spell-checkers. Use them! These utilities point out misspelled words, however, they do not point out poor word choice. In other words, a word may be spelled correctly but not be the correct word in the particular context in which the word is used.

As an exampe, look at the following sentence:

"The bay ran for a mill and a hat."

The sentence was meant to read as "The boy ran for a mile and a half." The spell checker did not flag anything in the original sentence because all the words were spelled correctly. As you can see, however, the two sentences present entirely different meanings.

Proofread Before You Post

Sometimes what you mean to write is not what you put in words. As a writer you may occasionally put in words what you do not mean to say. Read your hubs before you post them. This is the only way to ensure that what you write is what you mean to write. I receive many papers to grade with sentences that simply do not make sense. I read the sentences over and over trying to ascertain what the author meant. When I have time, I ask the author to clarify the meaning. However, when a paper is submitted too late for the author to make corrections I must grade the paper as is.

You may read what you have just written and everything looks good to you but contains serious errors. You may overlook those errors because you know what you meant to say and you mind transposes the mistakes on the written page with the written thoughts that you meant to express. For this reason, another good practice to develop is to enlist the help of others who agree to proofread your writing and point out mistakes before you publish a hub or an article. Think of publishing hubs and articles as writing assignments that will be graded, which the will in fact be; the audience provides the grade.

Did you learn anything?

Please tell me what you think.

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      This Old Guy 6 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      Thank you for the comments and you are pointing out an error is not being rude! Corrected the spelling -- I normally catch my typographical errors; fat fingers.

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      natures47friend 6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Hi...great information....don't want to be rude, but you have a spelling mistake......lol

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      Donna Oliver 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Good hub. Thank you for sharing.

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