I love to find New Writers and see their Contributions

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 18th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When I look at recently published posts I am always filled with EXCITEMENT when I discover a writer that I don't know who has just published something. Yet this feeling could be related somewhat to the pot-luck at the carnival because you never know whether the prize is good, bad, or truly ugly.

Some time in the day

Because I have had the misfortune to be off work for the last two months I have had the fortune to spend at least some time during daylight hours to "work" on my writing, and because of this I have also dedicated some time to connect with people that I do not know. But I have to say that whilst there is a primary motivation, to gain readers and increase the amount that I can be paid by any site that I write on, over the past couple of years I have also found that reading, of other people's material has always interested me, most specifically those who have just started their on-line writing career and have to say there are vast differences in what people offer.

Twice I have had the opportunity to advise writers before they posted their first article here on Wikinut and know that one writer gained a star for the first page he ever wrote, I was proud for him, but also know that star quality work is unusual for new authors. Yet despite this I am always on the lookout for new writers and would have to say what drives me is a desire to assist in some small way - if possible.

Featured Pages

If you find a new author through the featured pages area in Wikinut then it is likely that you have found one that has some experience writing, you will have certainly found one that has thought about the needs of pages here on Wikinut and one that has an ability to write good quality sentences and paragraphs, because these are the foundations of good language. It pleases me that Wikinut thinks very much about quality because it is sad to say that there are many other sites that seem to allow the publication of anything, almost unchecked, yet of course there are poor quality articles that are published here as well.

In my humble view EVERYONE needs to think about improving the use of their language even the experienced hacks should always think about how to improve their next piece before the desire to click on the "Publish" button.

I use the "Featured Pages" section on the right hand column every day to follow people that I do not currently follow. If you are unaware of this feature it can be found on the menu, beneath "Your Menu" and is displayed as a set of icons, as shown here and if you find a contributor that has the default "W" logo then the chances are they are a new writer, because most writers that have been here more than a few weeks will have updated their profiles to include an image they feel represents them.

Guardian of the English language?

Those who know me will also know that I seek to help people improve the quality of their language usage whenever they write, yet I enjoy reading good material even more. Am I a guardian of the English language? This is not a title I would claim but I suppose in some respects looking at the articles that I have published it is a role that I have adopted over time, yet I have to say that when I first started writing I had a lot to learn - but ultimately I have learnt something at least and have applied those lessons as I write new pieces, in reality everyone needs to do that.

Your first ventures in writing should be regarded as little more than experiments, but with everything you have to ensure that you apply what you have learnt from the first thing you put out to the second, to not do so is a case of failing to improve - and we all need to do that. My suggestion is that a new writer firstly introduce themselves to the world, let people know about you and your experiences. Your second and third articles are best written about subjects the writer knows a lot about, whether that be double entry book keeping or the joys of bee keeping and we will try not to sting you with our comments. This helps you put forward ideas with confidence. If you wish to venture out into other areas then at least you will have gained some fans/followers.

What is Great about a New writer?

The other day I came across some graffiti painted on a rock and whilst I was incensed that it spoiled the natural beauty of the location, you have to think that in itself represents some untapped potential, perhaps the outcry of someone who wants to say something more. In many respects the Internet offers us more potential to express ourselves than ever before, yet there are still many that find the need for an old-fashioned "I woz 'ere" statement. I would encourage ways to create that rather than spoil the view for others.

New authors often bring with them a new perspective - they do not find themselves constrained in any way, often they can challenge the experienced author to go in a new direction, to criticise that which others do not dare and every once in a while we should dare ourselves to do the same. This leads me to ask what is your next daring feat as a writer? Can we do something like on-line graffiti?

Perhaps the artists tools are not the same as the writer's but again they often are, clearly writers think about themselves as artists, albeit using a slightly different canvas, our canvas is not only the paper (although today this is more often an electronic version) but is the minds of our readers, suggest something and we can induce someone to think about something and once they have started thinking this can set off a chain reaction of ideas and perhaps a new way to get something done. A writer should try not to be constrained by anything, perhaps least of all your own views - which could stand in the way of a potential masterpiece, and some writers seem to be constrained by their own perceived limitations.

"I am a Poet," I hear people say "I do not write factual pieces", yet a good poet should be able to write anything because they have learned the natural rhythm of words and as we write we should be aware of the rhythm of all we say.

Poetry of life

Some new writers, think it best to ease their way in with a poem or two, yet in truth the poetry of few rookie writers is worth reading, generally they should stick to writing factual pieces, then turn to their creative poetry once they are adept at how writing in this medium works.

Poetry, in my view, is the highest form of writing, yet I see poems published across the Internet that are nothing but a collection of random words that have been brought together to express one person's feelings about a subject, most of which is not poetry not does it have a natural rhythm. The good poet will already be thinking about the rhymes for the opening words of this paragraph and will already have considered several rhyming words for each of "highest", "form" and "writing" and be using that to construct thoughts emotions and rhymes that would allow them to express either the next line or that following it. In my view poetry is hard, yet probably 60 percent of new writers on any web site start their venture with a so-called poem.

There are some great poets on-line and I am sure that some time in the future we could select the poet laureate for perhaps the Internet, or certainly a specific site. Yet in some respects the Internet is more than poetry in motion because more people use the Internet everyday to satisfy things they search about and their desired results are perhaps more likely to include my next washing machine, or facts about a car that someone is thinking about buying than something poetic, yet if you can describe your experiences with that car through the words of a short poem then that could be of great benefit to the reader, but also be part of a more factual article.

And of course we should always remember that everything that is read on-line is because of the desires of the reader, and that is where a new writer can bring as great an insight as an experienced one.

Your next Contribution?

If you are a new contributor reading this, then let me say welcome and I hopw you enjoy writing and bringing out your insights as much as I have.

The following are some of the more recent articles that I have published on a variety of topics, which is now approaching 500 articles on Wikinut.

Each person has a unique voice and Wikinut is great a place for you to share some of your wisdom, insight and knowledge, you could start by adding a comment, but perhaps you need something more in which case should join Wikinut, write then become connected to others who share a passion for writing, supporting one another, and learning on Wikinut.

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author avatar Retired
19th Aug 2014 (#)

An interesting piece! I am reading this as a 'newbie' to Wikinut who is not at all new to online writing, having been playing this game for at least six years in 'other places'.

I do so agree with your comment on would-be poets. As somebody who gained a degree in English 40 years ago, and has read and enjoyed poetry ever since, I find some of the pieces that purport to be poetry both laughable and painful! I hardly ever write poems, because I know how difficult it is to write good ones.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
19th Aug 2014 (#)

John, welcome to Wikinut. I moderated a piece by a new writer today that was precisely as I described - a random collection of associated words. Poetry is HARD!

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Welcome to Wikinut John. I too have tried my hand at Poetry but do not experiment much lest Wikinut bans me from sharing my poetic instincts :)

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th Aug 2014 (#)

And Wow! You have written 6 articles in just one day! Great!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
19th Aug 2014 (#)

I am sure new as veteran writers can and will learn to be better writers due in part to your knowledge.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
19th Aug 2014 (#)

I am certainly not the font of all knowledge in the English language, but I am learning all the time.

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author avatar Retired
19th Aug 2014 (#)

A great article, Peter. Relevant to all writers on the Internet.

I totally agree about poetry... :)

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author avatar Retired
19th Aug 2014 (#)

There is ALWAYS room for improvement when it comes to writing. Nice review here, Peter, and informative too.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2014 (#)

There is certainly always room for change, but people sometimes mistake change for improvement. What one person might regard as an improvement, another might see as making things worse!

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author avatar Retired
19th Aug 2014 (#)

Helpful and informative, Peter.

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author avatar spirited
20th Aug 2014 (#)

A lot of interesting points you have made here Peter.

I sort of agree what you have said here about poetry. Some of my first efforts were woeful.

On the other hand, you have not discouraged people from trying their hand at it too.

We can only improve by writing and writing and writing, and by reading and reading and reading...LOL

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Hi Spirited,

I know you write much poetry. I believe it has much value (I have myself written one) but it takes much skill/effort. We all must take on the task of continual improvement though.

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author avatar spirited
20th Aug 2014 (#)

yes, I agree with that Peter, we must all strive to improve our own writing.

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author avatar snerfu
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, we all iddla diddly diddly dum at some time -- like there sometimes are those rain clouds in our skies when we have left the umbrella at home.

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author avatar Mariah
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Very well crafted piece Peter, thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Thought provoking and informative, thanks Peter. I love to read newbies as each one brings a new perspective to our beloved site. One should try to improve all the time and stay relevant too. Now you have let the cat out of the bag - not all that is classified under poetry are really that, I had that suspicion all the time! siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Peter, thanks for sharing this great article. The tips are very much appreciated. I've been writing online for years but I always welcome suggestions.

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author avatar Retired
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting read. Not much of a poet myself, I do like to write little ditties from time to time.

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