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hub advice

  1. relate2011 profile image61
    relate2011posted 6 years ago

    am a new member on hubpages. i have not got many comments on my few hubs yet.... am losing gas to write. does anyone read my hubs at all? how can i get better at this?

    1. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      No offence but does the capitalization not work on your keyboard? It is important to start sentences with a capital letter. I notice your hubs are written in the same way and this is harder on the eye.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image94
        paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Wow! True. And my spellchecker had a fit when it came to spacing.

    2. kschang profile image89
      kschangposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Read your stuff on modern dating.

      Initial reaction: same as IzzyM... What's wrong with your shift key? There's ZERO capitalization in the whole thing. You're also missing a lot of spaces and other punctuations (lots of missing apostrophes).

      Second, being a guy, it's only after I read about half way through that I realized you're talking from the female POV. Thus, your title is somewhat misleading.

      Third, conversational style is fine, but you really need to provide a list of do's and don'ts at the end. There's a reason why every "For Dummies" book has a "Top Ten List" somewhere, and summary at end of every chapter.

      Fourth, it's a little short.

    3. Sally's Trove profile image82
      Sally's Troveposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You have a pleasant, conversational writing style and worthwhile thoughts and experiences to share. But, as the others have basically said, your writing skills need major improvement.

      Here are some things you can do to "get better at this."

      Read, read, read, and read some more. Pick up a book or a newspaper or visit reputable online sites and pay close attention to punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.

      Pick a few paragraphs a day from these sources and write them out by hand on a piece of paper, copying every character (including spaces) exactly as it is printed. This may sound imbecilic, but I guarantee you it will force you to pay attention and thus will start you on the road to improving your skill with the nuts and bolts of writing: punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.

      Then go back through your three Hubs and apply what you learned.

      Find someone to read your new drafts before you publish, and be open to their constructive criticism.

      You say you're "losing gas to write," but you haven't turned on the burner yet. I don't mean to offend, just to be realistic. I wonder how long it took you to write each of your Hubs? However long it took, double or triple the time and use the extra time to proofread your draft to make sure those nuts and bolts are properly executed.

      Writing may be fun, but it is also hard work. If you really want "to get better at this," you will.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image94
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    Hang in there. This adventure is a curvy road. smile