Creative writers often struggle on HubPages. What are your thoughts on this statement?
I also pose this question in search of creative writers to follow. I am interested in original writing and taking part in a community here on HubPages of mutual interest, support, and constructive criticism. I have not yet posted any creative work of my own, but I plan to soon.
Spongy: The very thought is creative in itself. Since I started writing on the web I found warnings and warnings that self promotions is biggest crime in the virtual world but I don't the tricks and I think that is the reason that creative writers who believe in Speak Truth and Forget struggle on the web.
If by struggle you mean not making much money from advertisements, you would be correct. People just don't search for creative writing nearly as much as informational articles. It's also hard to find products to advertise related to creative writing. I know that the HubPages writers definitely appreciate creative writing though, so if you are looking for feedback on your work, I'm sure you will be happy.
I would have to ask you how are they struggling? Not making money, not enough hub views, not enough comments? What do you mean? Are you writing enough, creatively? I think writing in general is creative. But I look at things very different than most. It's all about perspective. Just start writing; it won't be as much of a struggle.
I suppose hubpages is an informative website, it's not designed for creative writing and so when people look for original prose or poetry they turn to other websites.
I've never felt Hubpages would be a major revenue stream for me and, thus far, it hasn't been. But writing Hubs has had a major effect on my writing overall.
For most of my life, I've crafted stories, shared them with my family, and actually put a number on paper but never published. Since becoming a technical writer/editor over 30 years ago (which pays the bills but isn't always exciting), I found myself less likely to write for pleasure. Until I discovered Hubpages, which has re-activated the creative writer in me. My Hubs tend to be informational and not reflective of my other writing. Since I've begun writing Hubs, I've regained my interest in creative writing and currently have 2 children's stories being illustrated, a science fiction novel being edited, and a science fiction anthology in development. I hope to e-publish these in the next few month through Amazon/Kindle and possibly Barnes and Noble/Nook markets.
After working on the two children's books and the sci-fi novel, I felt wrung out. After writing just one new Hub, I feel re-invigorated and the idea of the anthology popped up. I have a few more informational Hubs I want to write soon, then back to more creative works.
Sorry for the long answer. Guess you brought out the creative writer in me. Cheers!
All writing is creative unless it's copied or spewed out via a machine. If by the use of the word creative you mean fictional/poetical/experimental, then it's a given that HubPages is not the ideal site for this sort of writing. There are other sites better suited to the writing and appreciation of stories, prose and poetry - specialist sites.
If you're wanting serious feedback and criticism then HubPages is not the ideal place for a creative writer.
Having said that, HubPages can provide lots of support and encouragement for would be fiction writers and poets and I'd recommend it for both beginners and established writers. I enjoy putting poetry out on HubPages, plus book reviews, and have some modest success with both.
If you decide to publish on HubPages you'll get some immediate feedback and responses and, if you return the comments and give support to others, your work and name may well become established.
I wish you well in whatever road you take.
I don't struggle to be creative on anything that I write. Even when I am writing a review, I try to be creative in how I represent the information. I will say that most of my hubs are informative. But as a creative writer, and author, I of course post an "original" creative writing now and then and hope that people will enjoy it and maybe even give me some feedback on what they think. I look forward to reading your creative work as well.!!
HubPages is a great platform to post creative writing and most anything else meant to be seen by the general audience. Exposure is important to any artist practicing to be admired by their audience. The support here is much stronger than most other sites of its kind. One thing which makes it differ from most is the members here help one another and I haven't ran across mean or harsh criticism, just honest comments to inspire you.
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