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What can make a Writer Unpopular?

Updated on March 26, 2018
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Devika enjoys sharing her work with a friendly community. Writing is a big part of her life. Online work has improved her lifestyle.

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Writers continue to write

Mistakes are made by anyone.

If you are a true writer that makes a difference to your character in writing.

Every writer wants to be the perfect writer in showing off their work to the public.

You require proper writing skills to communicate with your reader effectively.

Most people write in the way they speak as I do.

You are taught to speak in a different way with a different accent, and as you get older you hold on to that.

My point, the way you speak is the way you write.

Some writers can make the most stupid errors such as the misuse of ''they're and you're''

The simple misused words can drive your readers up the wall. You are trusted to deliver the best, and to inform your readers of the most helpful information.

The silly errors can make any writer most unpopular.

When you are impatient to publish your work such mistakes are bound to pop up.

You type what you were taught not what you should have been taught.

I know that the English language is spoken in a different approach in America, and in the proper manner of the British spoken language.

For me that is already two very different approaches.

If you are not an English speaker, you may not understand the actual meaning of most words and in all tenses.

The pronunciation of certain words can be difficult. In the act of identifying English words would also be an obstacle in many cases for new writers.

Even when the grammar is correct, you tend to use your words in a different way.

This happens when you think in your native language.

I too can make the mistake or error in such words. I do speak the English language daily, and it is my first language.

The way I was taught to speak is the way I write.

How can a writer become unpopular?

A writer may omit or leave out the serial comma.

What is a serial comma?

When you have a continuous sentence.

For example:

'' I had to buy milk, sugar, flour, and eggs.''

In using the serial comma your sentence makes more sense to your readers.

Writing skills

Writers never give up on writing

Sometimes a writer is not familiar with the correct use of the hyphen.

Some words don't need to be hyphenated and yet you still choose to do that.

For some reason writers feel the following words need a hyphen:

Mainstream.

Midweek.

Nevertheless.

Newsroom.

Breathtaking.

Recover.

Overlooked.

Passbook.

Overstep.

Miscarriage.

Milestone.

Midwife.

Hyphenate words:

Self-publish.

Non-verbal.

Less-confident.

Passer-by.

Mischief-maker.

Mind-bending.

Mind-blowing.

Medium-sized.

Manic-depressive.

Make-believe.

Make-up.

Low-down.

Hyphenated words are used to show that the rest of the word is continued on the next line.

Another rule I learned of the hyphenated word, most writers don't know when not to use the hyphenate compound adjectival phrase.

Like, in a word such as this one ''mainly'' and even when the phrase is in front of the noun, for example, as in ex.

Do you get insulted when other writers talk down to you?

If a writer uses unrecognized words in an article won't that get you feeling less-confident in your writing skills?

Writers write for pleasure, or to earn online. When a writer takes their work seriously, it should be most understandable to all readers.

Be fair and understanding about the way you produce that article.

Don't only think of your needs; also think of the needs of your readers.

Avoid torturing the English language to make it most difficult to read.

What about the double spaces to separate sentences?

I have discovered this one recently and had no idea it was effective in the old days with old typewriters.

One space works well for me.

You got to check on your spaces before submitting articles.

Check your passive sentences

The Passive voice is formed when using ''be'' and the past participle of a verb. The subject of a Passive clause does not perform the action expressed by the verb but is affected by it.

For example:

''He's been murdered'' The verb is in the passive.

I found another mistake that can make a writer unpopular.

The incorrect way of capitalizing titles and the subtitles can be a down fault.

For example:

Title: The Simple Herbs of Herbal Teas and Indian Spices

Subtitle: The Many Different Ways of Using Herbal Teas and Indian Spices

You will notice that not all the words are capitalized only the important words are capitalized it is the correct way.

Ever used underlining poorly?

It is not a good idea to form text with underlining.

Your reader will get a different feedback from your work.

It would look like you have a dead link in your book or article.

Writers can be inconsistent

Make sure, every detail is in place and all information gives your reader the correct idea of your article or book.

Have a form of structure in writing.

Still most writers tend to overuse adjectives.

Be precise.

You can't over describe objects or people.

The lack of guidance can make a writer go the wrong way.

Use subheadings if you need to.

A long paragraph can look boring and not so professional.

Effective reading is a help to all writers.

I don't look at my work as perfect, and don't expect perfection from any writer. If you want to be popular you got to take the time and make the effort to deliver your best work.

When you choose to be heard and popular with hard work you can make that possible.

Writing is not always what you want it to be but with more reading you can be successful.

Writing may not be for everyone as it is a slow process in earning a substantial income.

I find that writing works well for me and if you don’t try you will never know what works best for you.

I found out writing worked best for me when I moved to a foreign country.

I opened my mind to another life, and had to go in a different direction. I did not plan to write online, or traditionally.

Writing came into my life to keep the English language as part of me for always. It is easy to lose one language when focusing on another.

The most spoken language had to be the English language. I could not go any other way.

The Croatian language is not my native language, so speaking the language at home was not on my agenda.

My focus stayed with what I knew best.

Beginners will find this hub most useful.

I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts online.

To be that famous writer keep on writing and sharing your work.

Expand on small projects and see how far you can go with your writing skills.

Never give up on what you best enjoy.

You don't have to write every word perfectly when you begin writing, you can learn as you go along.

Most writers don't get it right from the beginning.

Don't be too precious about your writing, show improvement in daily practices.

Writing is the waiting game because you always wait to see your results.

To climb up the ladder in writing you must read and write daily.

My advice to all writers:

To be a good writer writer, continue writing, and when you don't write to publish online save those thoughts on paper for next time.

Ignore what others have to say continue getting your word out there.

Write about pain, about pleasure where ever your writing takes you, write about it.

True Quote from a True Writer

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” ― Maya Angelou

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The English language

Do you have a proper understanding of the English language?

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Young Writers be alert!

“Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad – including your own bad.” ― Doris Lessing

© 2014 Devika Primić

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Michael-Milec thank you for the vote up, useful and beautiful. English is my first language and with practice you can make English a prat of your life. I appreciate you stopping by and agree with the suggestion from billybuc.

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      Michael-Milec 

      3 years ago

      Hello DDE.

      " Most useful"- it explains the hub written to meet my needs. Learning everyday, kind of slowly adding new words to my vocabulary. My friend billybuc suggested for a " writer " serves as a base a 110000 out of 218000 English words. Besides, this beautiful English is not my first language .

      Voted up, useful and beautiful.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi vespawoolf I prefer writing the way I have been taught and that makes it easy for me readers also understand me thank you.

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      vespawoolf 

      3 years ago from Peru, South America

      It´s true that grammatical errors can turn readers away, but I know that not writing in a natural way can also make text difficult to read. I have been guilty of overuse of adjectives and adverbs. I think a pared down, easy to read style is usually better. I enjoyed reading your useful reminders about writing.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi sunilkunnoth2012 languages are difficult to learn if not your mother tongue. I learned four languages two of which were compulsory. Living in South Africa life was different and we had to learn Afrikaans(Dutch) English is my first language, I do know some Tamil but had not spoken the language. Growing up in a westernized world I did not practice speaking the Tamil language. The best WAY for you to learn more of the English language is to speak the language daily. With practice comes somewhat perfection. I know that if I spoke the Croatian language at home daily I would speak it fluently. The Croatian language is most difficult the grammar and tenses is something that I sometime have issues with in speaking. I do try to speak the language only when with the local people not at home. Reading, writing and speaking is the way to improve any language you want to speak. I hope I helped you out with the language skills. Thank you for sharing your experience here. You are most welcome to any questions concerning writing and language. Have a nice day.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      English is not my first language. My mother tongue is Malayalam. I can understand some Tamil and Hindi besides English. As far as English is concerned I am not fluent in speaking. I am trying hard to improve my skill. I have improved a lot since I began writing for HubPages. So far I have written 116 articles and luckily all are featured. It is a real boost for me. I am still trying my level best by reading and writing more in English. You have great fluency in conveying your message in English. I love to ask you please share some tips for betterment in language skill. This is a good article and I very much enjoyed reading it.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader thank you for the vote up I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello tobusiness thank you kindly for stopping by your thoughts are always valuable to me.

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      jtrader 

      3 years ago

      Sub headings make an article easier to read. Useful one- voted up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Devika, a very useful and informative hub. The English language is not an easy thing to master, I'm always learning. Another interesting write. Well done.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mel Carriere Thank you greatly for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan Thank you for sharing your valuable comment I so appreciate your time taken here.

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      Great advice. I think the biggest mistake writers make is when they write about subjects that don't interest them so then there is no passion in their writing. I have read great articles with terrible English and horrible articles with perfect English. Your tips here will help a lot of people. Even many of us who grew up speaking and writing English make these mistakes.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very insightful hub and I agree with your views!

      Great and meaningful quotes too! English is not my mother tongue. But I do lot of reading and learning to write fluently.

      Thanks!

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway Thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts here good to see stop by. I t is important to make a note of.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi CrisSp Good to see you stop by here. Great words from you than you for sharing your mind here and good luck in your writing adventures. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Useful advice here, Devika. I can only imagine the difficulty of writing in another language and doing it well. In addition to all the formal rules, there are idioms one has no idea of how to accurately express. So much can be lost n translation. Anyone who even attempts it has my respect.

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      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      English is my second language and I am perfectly imperfect too. One thing though, I have a habit of reading out loud and that can be quite annoying to some but I find it helpful to spot some errors, if any. That's why, I think I'm better as an editor than an actual writer. However, I just love writing and so be it despite the struggle at times. :)

      Good valid points Dev. Lessons taken. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L.I appreciate all votes from you and grateful for all comments from you. Thank you.

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      Dave 

      3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hello Devika, fantastic article, which is a must read for budding writers and experienced ones, who like myself, need reminding of these facts you have so clearly laid out. Your unique style of writing gives the reader a lesson without the feeling you are talking down to them. Voted up, interesting,and very useful.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Homeplace Series so kind of you to come by here. Very true and mistakes aren't always avoided. There is no perfection in life. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora thank you for stopping by I figured that this would be a great one.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Tricia Deed, you are so right and I have also been told the same. You made a valuable point and so glad to read your comment thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC Great quotes indeed, I too like the one by Maya Angelou. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc I have experienced my own mistakes in writing and had to let this one out to my readers thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Jodah So glad you came by and I feel the same about my writing. Have a pleasant weekend. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi always exploring thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ericdierker well said, thank you

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      William Leverne Smith 

      3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Well stated. But, I write because I enjoy it. I will not "rules" someone else espouses spoil my fun. If you can clearly read my meaning, I am satisfied. Rules change. Thank goodness. I don't enjoy reading proper English in the original by my heroes, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, among others. They went by somewhat different rules. Enjoy! ;-)

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! Devika, you took us back to school and a very good lesson it was. Thanks.

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      Tricia Deed 

      3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I was always told to read out loud to proof your work or find a willing person who will allow you to read and edit together. I was also told that when we read we read with our thinking and therefore overlook or never see the errors. When a stranger reads the words and sees the punctuation marks the errors will stick out like a sore thumb. They see the errors because they are not thinking. To correct spelling, proof your words from the end of the sentence to the front of the sentence.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub is filled with useful advice, DDE. I love the quotes that you have included, especially the one by Maya Angelou.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      English is my native language and I still find it to be very difficult. I can't imagine how foreign writers write in English. I really can't. Everything you said here is true. Well done!

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I find I am learning all the time and I think my writing has improved a lot with practice. I still make mistakes in typing and grammar, but as you say, no one is perfect. This is a very good hub DDE. Lots of helpful advice. Well done.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting and helpful. I learn new words daily, now using them correctly is the key. Thank you...

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful job here. Truer words have yet to be spoken "You type what you were taught not what you should have been taught." I figure that if you do not struggle you are not growing.

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