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Could Someone Please Help Me?????

Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.

Bad Writing by bad writers needs to be cleaned up.

Bad Writing by bad writers needs to be cleaned up.

Sure, you want to make money as a writer? Right?

That's my first assumption, that all of these people who are asking for help with their articles are looking for a way to make money on the web.

Well, I'm sitting here in my RV, and it's a rainy day, so I have been scanning my "feed" for interesting articles to read, and there they are; all of these people, who are often young and from Asian countries that are begging for what they call help.

To be honest, I do actually click on one of their requests for help, but there are several things that will stop me.

Rampant Bad Grammar

One of the things I see, when I get into their so-called article, is that it is just a number of paragraphs full of horrible grammar.

People, if your article is not well written and if it doesn't use the English language nearly perfectly, then go away right now and learn how to write.

I tell you this because no one will read your embarrassing attempts. This is not someone's personal blog site where you can converse with your neighbors and draw in other interested writers.

No, this is a WRITER's SITE, and we are all semi-professional writers who have learned this fact with our past writing, and even if we do have a grammatical mistake or two in a new article, this is often the case of just that, one or two grammatical mistakes in a thousand words or more.

Terribly Poor Themes

And please, if you do write something, remember you have a large and diverse audience looking at you, and not some friend or two of yours who liked your blog on a subject that both of you like; but the rest of the American/European population fo readers will not care a whit about your subject.

That will not make the cut for the writer's on this site. NO, We are seasoned writers and readers, and we are looking for something that truly interests them. They want to be entertained or maybe even taught something that they did not know, and your writing about a very narrow subject will quickly get the mouse click that takes them somewhere else to read something that is more interesting.

Let's say you are from India. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against having a writer from India sharing website space wit me. In fact I have been to India, on a business trip a few years back and the nation as a whole both impressed me and depressed me.

The ancient culture, and religious history amazed me; and as a tourist, I was treated well by so many kind people while there. But (there's always a But, right?) your social system (castes???) often made me cry. And, your version of the English language, like in so many other countries that were once British colonies is not what the college professors call "proper King's English".

And when you write something and put it on this writer's site, there may be a few who have lived in India themselves, and can speak the local version of English but if you want to be a success here, you need to attract the larger audience; because you want to get the largest number of readers like your article that you can.

Your Other Problems

In all probability, you will most likely have a number of other writing problems, such as; punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and so on and so on.

And how do you fix these problems" Well, just like with your other problems, you need to Read. Read everything you can find that is well written and popular.

Also, you need to study. Having a professional teacher (college level) explain your weaknesses for you will help you more that any advice from your friends who might just be suffering from the same problems as you do but in conversations.

Your Big Problem?

I'm going to stop here with my criticisms of what your problems in this site might be.

These two problems alone will literally kill any interest a fellow writer might have in your article.

So, any advise you get from us, your eventual fellow writers on this site, might help you, including the rare bleeding-heart writer who sticks their neck out and actually ends up rewriting part or all of your article for you.

You see, your getting that one article rewritten for you might feel great, but no one on this writer's site will will become your "ghost writer".

And, sooner or later, you need to buckle down and study just how to be a writer, ON YOUR OWN

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on June 16, 2021:

Thanks for writing this article, Sir. I don't want to name, but I am getting many emails from different new comers asking how I can make a payout I have 7 featured articles. I mean, How can you make a payout after only 10 days of being a member of HP? This is just one example, the most recent one. There are plenty more, I even won't like to mention here. As a writer, if you are not willing to accept constructive criticism on your articles, you will never improve. The questions that should be posted in forums are being asked in emails, and when I don't respond, I think of myself as a bad person. I always ask them to spend their time in learning center if they really want to be a writer at HubPages. But this is something they don't want to listen.

Many Blessings to you

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 16, 2021:

As I mentioned in my response to Rupert Taylors comment, I truly believe that MAVEN is not able to put any resources on this problem, and sad t say, they may never.

Have a Nice Day!

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 16, 2021:

Rupert - If HP (or should I say MAVEN) feels the publication of these terrible writings is detrimental to their business, then and probably only then will they implement blocks for these people. Until then, I'm afraid they really don't give a Hoot!

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 16, 2021:

Glenn - As one old HP writer to another, I actually feel the same way about these seemingly desperate newbies.

But sometimes, I just have to say ENOUGH! and throw a verbal wrench at them and their poor attempts at writing actually interesting articles in what is obviously their second (or third?) language. Oh Well, I'm sure there is another one out there crafting what they think will make them a millionaire.

Have a Great Day,

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 16, 2021:

DW - Right on with the preferred way to mount your toilet paper! And thanks for your comment.

DON

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 15, 2021:

Don, thank you for writing this. Not a day passes that I don't see a request in the Hubs feed to "help me get my article featured." It's not a get-rich-quick site. Substandard writing skills just won't cut it and they reflect poorly on the community.

Rupert Taylor from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on June 15, 2021:

Don you have hit on a theme that appears frequently here. There is a daily deluge of sub-standard content from people who have no hope of being successful writers on HubPages, or any other English-language platform.

A few of us try to guide these folks to the Learning Center so they can get to know what's required. Sometimes, it's simpler just to tell them their use of the language is not good enough. But, still they come and some of the bad material makes its way on to Discover, placed in the same hopper as articles from those of us that do know a bit about writing. That's annoying.

The most valid suggestion that's been made is for HP to require all newcomers to pass a simple English proficiency test before they getting access to the platform. Probably won't happen as long as idiots such as me try to filter out the rubbish.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on June 15, 2021:

This is a great article Don. Your sentiments hit home because I also click away quickly when I start to read an article with bad grammar and poor sentence structure.

It’s sad, in a way, because these authors might be intelligent people. And they could have something important and meaningful to convey. They just don’t have a command of English as a second language.

DW Davis from Eastern NC on June 15, 2021:

And here, I thought this was going to be another article about the correct way to load toilet paper on the roll. (Over the top, according to the patent office drawings by the inventor.)

It has been my experience that the least successful style of writing hereon is fiction, whether serialized stories or one-hub short stories.

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