Has your writing improved over the years?
How long have you been publishing your writings & has your writing improved much since then? How?
I have been writing since 1999. As a writer there is always has scope for improvement, no matter how long you've been writing for and how skilled you already are.
Yes, my writing has improved over the years in more ways than one, although it is somewhat like a patch quilt not finished. In other words, what has improved are my English language usage, editing skills, and compositions for online articles for HP. The bulk of my publishing has been on HP for six years. I have noticed since the QAP was instituted my HubScores have risen, so there is progress that can be seen.
What has not improved is advancing on lifelong goals for book ideas. Why? I have been concentrating more on online writing skills, although those should assist. To tell more would be a long story with pondering.
I do agree with Stella there is always room to improve. To further improvement means taking advantage of tools; editing software, constructive criticism - readers & writer groups, proofreader, editor, and more readers, IMHO.
We write for the joy of it at HP. So, to know that you are gaining ground must be so satisfying Tim. The book will come, in its own time Tim, and you'll be ready. I for one, will be ready to read it.
Yes, I agree when writing is fed by a passion for it then it becomes joyful and other blessings. I have written one book for a specific audience, which was my old workplace. It was well received, but will not go any further than that.
I joined HubPages about seven years ago and that was my first experience at publishing my writing. I like to think my writing has improved and evolved quite a bit since then. Reading what other people produce as well as the advice available from more experienced and qualified writers has helped greatly.
I'VE been writing most of my adult life, and I am 86 years old. I noticed the most improvement after writing and publishing my first memoir.
I am not far behind in years Nancy, but I only started writing to publish a mere couple of years ago. You give me hope, that I will keep on writing and publishing. I see you are doing very well on HP.
I have a new book coming out June 6th: Operatic Divas and
Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale. Check it out on Amazon.
God, I hope so. Else - what has been the point all these years?
I wrote my first poem in high school, my first short story and news article in college, my first novel in my 30s. Publishing was sporadic at best until the advent of ebooks and self-publishing. And HubPages has been like pouring gasoline on a fire. I've been here almost six years and in that time have published five books. Better than that fact, I've learned from some great writers here and gotten priceless feedback to improve my work.
I believe writing only gets better by doing more of it and listening to intelligent criticism.
I started writing online in 2010. Sometimes, I look back on my earlier work and shake my head! It looks so terribly amateur compared to the work I do nowadays.
And that answers your question. Yes, I have improved drastically over the last 7 years, more than I ever hoped or dreamed I could.
For this improvement, I am eternally grateful to sites such as Hubpages, in fact, especially to Hubpages because they stuck around and improved right along with me while many other sites fell by the wayside.
It is my love of writing that kept me going even when I was barely earning 1 cent a month. There's still a long way to go, however, but with sites like hubpages, it will be a fun journey.
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