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Do a lot of people seek out creative writing on HubPages for reading enjoyment?
It seems to me to be just a small number, most people who are using it, are either using it because a search engine brought it to their attention (they were searching for something obscure or because they are trying to make money out of it. However I do occasionally get the odd person stumble across my stuff and comment on how much they like, by in large I do not believe that is what hubpages was designed for.
I think most of the creative writing (fiction, poetry, essays) published on HubPages is read by other HubPages members, usually those that follow the writer or the work is shared with a member's own HP followers. Some creative writing is also shared through links on social media.
However, people using search engines are usually looking for information that can be found either in an informative or "how to" article or on the website of a company selling a product they need. Although I've been reading voraciously all but the first four years of my life, I never try to "Google" a short story. If a story contains keywords, either in the title or body, that match a searcher's words, he or she might open it, but it's doubtful the creative writing would be read by someone looking for helpful information.
I think most of us who publish creative work (fiction, poetry, essays) on HP do so for it to be read by other HP writers and to get their feedback. If you want true critiques of your work, you will have to join a writer's group to get it. I've found that, while HP writers will give you positive feedback--even specific comments about what works, it is rare that someone makes a critical remark or points out something you should change. I think this is because (1) most HP writers do not want to discourage other writers, especially newbies, and (2) I've read comments by many HP writers that they don't want critical reviews of their own work.
So...if you enjoy creative writing and want an outlet for it, mcbel, HubPages is a good site where other writers will read your work. Many will vote and leave feedback in the form of clicking on one of the adjectives listed. Others will comment, and what they say may be helpful or just make you feel good. Either way, you will have written and put it "out there" for others to read. That's a step in the right direction for a serious writer.
P.S. You might also check out the online writing community www.booksie.com as a potential site to post your creative writing.
I write creatively on hubpages frequently. I often write poems and occasionally other pieces of creative work, but never stories because I always think nobody will search for that kind of writing via Google. Most of my comments come from other hubbers, and of course they are generally positive comments - I think most hubbers would rather not comment at all than leave critical feedback. If you want people to critique your writing you can post it in the Improve Your Hub thread on the forums.
It's not altogether true that it is only hubbers that read creative hubs. Most of my poetry views come via search engines. I have been contacted and asked for my permission to use my poems in schools on a few occasions. I have also been asked for permission to print one in a Swedish secondary school text book and for another to be used in a college project and printed on posters. This is not by any means a profitable scheme - but it is rewarding to me simply because people obviously like them and find them useful.
One or two of my essays are also used for education purposes - I can tell simply by the highs and lows of the traffic. If there is no school there is no traffic!
My biggest tip in having creative hubs read online would be to be careful of your titles - some are so obscure that I always wonder how anyone could possibly find them. And the hub must provide a use for someone, my feeling is that not many people look for creative hubs just for enjoyment, unless they are other hubbers reading work by those they follow.
I came to HubPages with the impression that it was a place where I could just practice my writing, and possibly have it read by a few people. I found it by searching for something like 'creative writing sites'. HP must try to attract writers to the site who are interested in creative writing, otherwise the keywords I typed in wouldn't have led me here.
When I got here I quickly found that there was a thriving creative writing community, and many of them are happy to provide genuine critiques. However, more often than not a creative writer will get positive praise, or no comments at all, because most readers don't like to post anything negative. For that reason I think that HubPages is a good place to start, to gain that little bit of confidence needed to start putting one's writing into a public space. I've been thinking that it's high time I moved on to somewhere else, but I'm not sure where to go from here - people have different opinions about which sites are the best. It's also the daunting task of having to start again right from the beginning - but that can also be fun.
I don't believe that many people seek out creative writing on HubPages, apart from other hubbers. Obviously there are exceptions, and perhaps Polly C's poetry is one of those exceptions. Part of the reason that my type of writing isn't viewed from searches very much is because I pay no attention at all to keywords, and I know that many of my fellow writers treat them with similar contempt! But then, we're not really interested in making money here, or getting a 100 score - it's purely about having an outlet for creativity, and sharing a little bit of our talent with other similarly minded people.
by magnifique1005 years ago
Could I put some of my creative writing on HubPages so others can read it?
by DasEngel2 years ago
This one is going to be fun! What I've observed on the forums is that there are a few, kind of unwritten cliques of hubbers who consider themselves 'experts' in almost everything and kind of try to 'educate' newcomers...
by Mary McShane3 years ago
The discussion forum "Fiction Writers - Please Introduce Yourselves" (located at http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/91914 started by Website Examiner) is almost two years old. Website Examiner is no longer...
by carol stanley12 months ago
Do you continue to read hubs of those you follow if they don't comment on your hubs?When you have limited time do you just comment on those who regularly comment on your hubs?
by Dobson7 years ago
I am exploring all areas of Hub pages, but my main background is in creative writing. I wouls like to develop friendships with other CW folks os we can cross promot each other's work.If you are dabbling in creative...
by Missy Smith2 years ago
I was wondering if anyone would consider taking the time to stroll through my hubs and read a few? I would love more feedback, and I think it would help me get to know other hubpage authors. Thanks!
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