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Unjustified Confidence of the Literary Incompetent


Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.


Like I was recently defining my literary activity, I don't consider myself a writer, but -- within the context of this post -- rather just an amateur. I can't compare my vocabulary and my talent with one Bill, Bev, Linda, or so many others on this Hub Pages Network, the list of whom would be quite long.

Actually, to say it with my, by now familiar, raw sincerity -- I wouldn't even aim at that level of literary excellence, simply because writing is not really that much of my passion. If it were that, the way I am, I would be spending some nights studying finesses of this language which happens to be my second.

Thus, for those moments when I want to literary express some of my thoughts, my version of English is good enough -- and don't you dare to say otherwise, lol.

However, by casually noticing some new names on the Feed, out of the curiosity I check them out a little, and lately, to my surprise there have been a few for whom my instant reaction could be expressed with: "WTF are they doing here?" Note, I didn't add an exclamation mark, because that "wtf" was quite enough to depict the type of my reaction.

I wonder how such wannabees find enough confidence to write, or are they so oblivious to their level of literacy. Which instantly brings me to that one instance when, some years ago, a dude left me a comment reading:

"I like your writing. Would you please write for me?"

For a little humorous metaphor -- as an ex-drill army sergeant, and comparing guns with pens, I would send such a novice home, so he doesn't hurt himself with gun. In a translation, Hub Pages Editors should discourage such overconfident people right at the start -- to spare them from embarrassing themselves.

For, it's one thing to present some promising talent coupled with good understanding of basics of writing, but in a need of some coaching. Bev is doing an exceptional job there.

But it's an entirely different thing trying to coach someone who has problems with interpunctions, starting a sentence with lowercase letter, and misspelling a lot. Come on, dudes, collect stamps, learn to play a guitar, try something where your true strengths are -- don't write.

In the next couple of rhymed pieces I am depicting the topic of hard to justify confidence, and the way we present ourselves which shouldn't exceed our abilities.


Confident Beyond Ability

I've seen a woman acting like movie star

but not a head-turner no matter what a taste

just with a self-image that must be quite bizarre

to see it less than narcissism would be kind of waste.

I've seen some snobbish political types

unable to realize how shallow they sound

annoying to ears like the bunch of bag pipes

but knowing politics better than anyone around.

I've seen a politician acting like a king

lying quite a lot but convincing quite a few

how he felt like a winner, that's another thing

for deceiving himself and others was all he knew

I've heard a singer with nothing like a voice

with confidence of a legend how he'd appear

why embarrass himself, while he had a choice

perhaps playing soccer he could get more cheer.

I've seen snobs advertising their possessions

needing others solely to witness what they had

while struggling to make some lasting impressions

certainly not with their relations that were pretty bad.

And I've seen wannabe writers with no talent at all

just eager to see in some public place their name

making me wonder why not use some other call

instead of pursuing writing as their losing game.

I Am That I Am -- Not More, Not Less

"Jack of many trades, and master of none"

I never met a master to make me feel bad

with not too many games that I have won

just loyal to myself what makes me glad.

Nor have I met Jack with as many as my trades

though some made big deal of their one or two

witnessed quite a few of such ego charades

at times when I had nothing better to do.

I have never tried to be what I am not

though not selling myself for any less

I try to say it as it is -- no matter what

pretending just causes a lot of stress.

Self images somehow don't work well for me

to define me I wouldn't know where to start

I guess I'm for everyone what they see

and I don't care if it's just an old fart.

No matter how much I try to literary express

it's never a complete portrait of what I am

thus I just let others imagine and guess

if guess is wrong, I don't give a damn.

I write to fill my time with some fun

it has no significance involving pride

a Jack of many trades, master of none

not much to advertise, even less to hide.

© 2021 Val Karas


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 22, 2021:

Hi ValKaras, I am with you on this debate. I have noticed newbies here and their daily writing surprises me. I mean who writes an article every day? I don't write daily. It requires time and thought to write an article every day is not impressive. Also, asking people to leave comments, that is not allowed. I am glad you brought this on it makes others think of what they are doing here.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 21, 2021:

You certainly have a point but I would look at this problem in a different way. It is up to Hubpages editorial team to sift the articles and I'm afraid they're not doing it. I remember a couple of years back when I used to write on Helium and Suite 11 one had to write at least three articles to qualify and they had to have a particular standard but this is not in hub pages where anybody can write anything. So it is not right to blame the writers. Many are writing substandard poetry and it is getting published. in addition I was surprised when one writer made an open appeal to the others to please 'comment on my article.' What the hell is going on? how can somebody make such requests and how more comments is going to help that man. It's pretty messy but definitely there is a need to help these writers improve their writing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 21, 2021:


I've come acrossed a few myself that even email me asking to edit their articles.

I have no problem helping someone ..that's me.

But when i read some of their work..i am confused.

They just write sentences down that don't connect to anything.

I'm not a pro at anything, but I want to attempt to make my writing look good.

No problem with your English here.. You always do a great job. Sometimes you stump me, which is a good thing.

You make those wheels in my brain work.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one finding a few that I wonder about...

Val Karas (author) from Canada on April 21, 2021:

John -- I am glad you share my impressions. While I am not introducing myself as another fighter for the image of this HP Network, it simply doesn't look right that just about anybody who can ambitiously punch some letters on their keyboard believes that they can join our fine community. While none of us is a Shakespeare, we don't need in our company those who can't even spell S-h-a-k-e-s-p-e-a-r-e.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 21, 2021:

Val, I too have been taking a look at a few "articles" by some of the new names appearing on my feed. Although I have found one or two worthy of a read and deserving some encouragement, the majority easily falls in the WTF? category and that is being polite. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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