Write. Write. WRITE!

Hong Kong
June 15, 2007 8:16am CST
Since I have joined mylot, I notice myself spending incredible amount of time writing here. I must say I had kind of "give up" writing for awhile because of my daily schedule and there is not always something I would want to start a whole article on. With mylot, I am stimulated to write and I think I am getting better at it again. I do better in expressing my thoughts in English and now I tend to write faster in English too. What about you? Do you think mylot has helped you polishing your writing skills in a certain way?
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• United States
15 Jun 07
I've noticed myself getting back on the band wagon since joining mylot. I've only been a member for about a month and, since joining, I've been querying a LOT more and have landed two assignments from magazines. I had been very stale in that department prior to this because I didn't think I had the energy to really produce a large quantity of writing. Yeah, wrong about that one. I've also been taking classes since December and, in each class, word counts are calculated daily . . . one of my classes has 30,000 words and it's only been in session for four weeks. So, I've been writing a lot more in a lot more venues then I thought I was! It's been quite an eye opener and has given me to confidence to pick the pen up professionally on a daily basis again.
• Hong Kong
15 Jun 07
Nice! So mylot has really contribute to your success in writing career! Congratulations! I think it's the same for me too, I used to write so many stuff when I was in school, but when I work, all I write are those boring business letters. After I join mylot, I feel like I find myself again and I am more stimulated to try writing more, exposed my skills more to other stuff. I even start writing articles on beauty stuff (only thing I really know of) seriously. *smiles*
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• Hong Kong
15 Jun 07
Hey very interesting, thanks for the link (like the animal prints on the sides), and I have bookmarked it. I am not sure if they accept non-US residents, but I will check with them. I think I will try communicating with them just before my career break, so I might have something to occupy myself with *smiles* and also with a better amount of time, I could do more research and produce a better piece. Oh, I see that you are a member of Helium in your other thread. Mind giving your link to me so I can read some of your stuff (it's quite annoying that we cannot add friends there, it would make the "checking out" so much easier!).
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• United States
15 Jun 07
This sounds great - I hope they do accept people from outside the US. That's ALWAYS bugged me about the world wide web . . . there's people from the world wide using the web, but only a handful of sites cater to the world wide . . . on the web. ::shakes fist at sky:: I'll never understand it. ::smiles:: Here's my Helium: http://www.helium.com/user/show/128958 I'm not sure if it's very good writing or not, but then again we're all or own worst critics! EEP!
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
15 Jun 07
Hello,wondericequeen,i have been writing alot since i joined mylot four months ago,although i am busy everyday, i still spend some time everyday to write on mylot. Honestly,from your discussions and replies,i am sure you have very good fundamentals in english,so it does not matter whether you are in mylot,you can still write english without any problems.May be mylot has helped you to type faster. For me,my writing skills have not improved at all,it is just as before,but i notice that there are many people who can write english brilliantly even they are speaking english as their second language.
• Hong Kong
15 Jun 07
*laughs* hey you are a native speaker and you type right from your mind already! But we have to translate everything in our brains first before making sense in English and I guess that's why we are a little careful with words and pay attention to the grammar stuff. I do agree with you that a lot of people here write really well, I have to get my butt going too! *smiles*
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
15 Jun 07
Honestly,being a english native speaker may not mean his/her english is good,in fact,many people may still have limited vocabularies even they can handle daily life situations. Just like me,i tend to use very simple words when i am writing.Also i may also use the wrong words when i am typing:P and typos of course.
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• Hong Kong
15 Jun 07
Yes I know what you mean, my boyfriend cannot spell at all, every time when I read something from him, I have to read it to myself before I know what he is typing! So funny! Sometimes I just have to laugh in front of the computer! It's not like he is not educated, just that I know he doesn't have the patience to spell everything in detail. I remember when we first talked, I was like "Oh wow? What? Do people spell like that in other parts of the world?" (that's how bad he is!)
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• India
15 Jun 07
Thats why I am here in mylot and taking part in various discussions. Money making is not my dream. By taking part in various discussions, we can polish our language as well as our spelling too. Whenever I get confused I check spelling, if I am wrong on any one, I pen it down in a note book. Try to avoid spelling mistake next time for that particular word. This has definitely improved our language and spelling. We are becoming fluent day by day. Those who have already, this comment is not for them. But I am agree fully with the Wonder's comment.
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• Hong Kong
15 Jun 07
Nice, I appreciate your learning attitude! It would be very good to write down the mistakes and remember them. And because we have somewhere to "practice", it's easier for us to remember those mistakes and won't do wrong again! I have to learn from you! I can see that you write really well!
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• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
rinarose, you should be confident of yourself. Writing is a form of communication, as long as people understand and you make your point are fine. People understand that you're not native speaker, with more practice, you will improve. By the way, I find your writing really clear and good too! No worries!
• United States
20 Jun 07
I agree with you I had stopped writing because of my college classes and my job taking up so much of my time. Now i'm starting to write a book, and all this writting in mylot is helping me express my feelings better and not restraining them.
• Hong Kong
21 Jun 07
Oh nice! Starting to write a book! But it would surely take a lot of time and energy. Wish you every success!
• United States
21 Jun 07
Thanks so much. Yeah it does take a lot of energy especially when i get writers block i just start writting random words to see if I could unblock it. Hopefully it comes out well.
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• Hong Kong
22 Jun 07
Keep it up! Don't let the "writer's block" block you! I am sure you will do well! Passion is everything when it comes to writing! Wish you all the very best!
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
20 Jun 07
my fingers have forgotten how to type the ASDF way, now it's QWERTY.i was only into computers two years ago and the last time rack my brain in writing was decades ago.since i got my laptop, i don't have any choice but to learn to type again. i agree with you , mylot became a practice ground for us to type and and the same time think and write. our writing skills are coming back.i am spending time here to get ideas for my articles,not to copy them but ideas to develop to be publish in one of my websites.check this out; http://www.squidoo.com/ondepression oh, the owners name is lucybaker.
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• Hong Kong
20 Jun 07
Nice work (I checked *laughs*)! I have been writing forever these days and I am getting happier with my life *laughs*. And getting to talk to different people around here sure would stimulate our brains a little faster than usual. Wish you good luck on the writing and typing *laughs*.
• Hong Kong
21 Jun 07
Are you British living in the Philippines? *laughs* Just found your way of talking seems interesting. Anyway, thanks for the tips and sure will investigate. But how come you cannot withdraw the CASH??
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
me no british,me filipino.lol! maybe it's my typo,my dear.i can't use the cash that i would be generating from squidoo because it's in paypal and paypal does not recognize the philippines yet to recieve payments, we can only use paypal if we are sending money.have you registered at squidoo? use it and submit your articles to the web directories and to make it easier go to http://articlessubmitter.imwishlist.com/ have fun!mwah!
@semodders (457)
15 Jun 07
hay that whats happening to me aswell well i do write fast but since i have joined mylot and this is my second week on mylot and i have realy got the hang of typing in descriptive text and i am proud before i use too think it is sooo long writing about 6 - 7 lines but when i started writing 7 -8 lines i realy got the hang of it in 6 houres now i can type descripitve text and very long lines and my earnings are going up yeaahh!!
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
15 Jun 07
yup. myLot can bring us all the best in us if we allow it to be. we are able to practice some of our thoughts being shared. we are able to be with people. know their culture. know our differences. and yet, we're here uniting, exchanging ideas. it has taught us the value of words we use. and how powerful each word can be... anne
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• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
semodders, I can actually feel your happiness! Congratulations! I am happy that some people are finding this site useful other than the monetary reward (of course I wouldn't mind my earnings going up too). I am so glad that I finally get a place to write regularly without getting bored (I casn get bored pretty fast with something) *smiles*. Happy postings!
@bcl_me (583)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
That is great. Another great thing thing about mylot. Me too, I am planning about going into writing so that I could earns some extra bucks. So I am practicing a lot here aside from the fact that I am just here to kill time, to avoid going out to spend money and more importantly gain friends which I would say is I am doing perfectly ok. I really want to improve my writing skills especially my English which has gone very bad since I graduated college.
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• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
Right everyone's English seems to deteriorate after graduating from school. I agree that mylot has occupied my time and I spend less time going out and spend money (still I did today! Too bad). It's a great place to practice, make friends, and get insights from other writers. I wish you every success with your writing career!
• India
16 Jun 07
yeah, sure. Mylot is unknowingly helping all people here improving their writing skill those who regularly reponds to the discussions or post articles. But, I personally found a very little discussions which could be responded using better writing skills, others are just so simple and worthless that probably are not going to make any difference. What you think about this?
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• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
Intelligent question! What about trying to explain things better and with a deeper meaning still related to the topic? I do that, when I see something simple I want to respond, I would try to make it lively, and explain more in detail. Also, maybe you could start some discussions to stimulate us to respond with better writing skills, then you could "comment" on us too!
@subathra (3519)
• India
16 Jun 07
Absolutely , mylot has helped me a lot in improving the language skill and learning some new words. Even i didnt start any new topic this whole week due my busy office schedule and i noticed my earning completely down because of this.Hope this weekend i will start some discussion to boost up my earning. Sometimes i too feel tired in replying and i just log off from mylot in that moment to relax myself.After some while i will again login to start my work.
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• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
Oh, we all need breaks at certain times on certain things. Don't worry! You will be able to make up your earnings soon! I will be waiting for your new discussions *laughs*.
• United States
15 Jun 07
I know what you mean when you say your daily schedule kind of gets in the way of writing. I've found myself in the same boat. I am just getting back into the writing mode myself. I guess it's okay to take short creative breaks; but it is very hard to get back into the swing of things if you stay away from it too long. I think mylot can be helpful in polishing writing skills a bit. Good luck with your writing.
• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
Good luck to you too! I agree with the short creative breaks! But I was on a break forever *laughs*. Now I feel like my brain is working on various things I want to write about, I just feel more lively.
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
15 Jun 07
i have lots of thoughts in my mind. i used to be a writer since i was in highschool. but when i finished college and started working, i was too focused on earning money already. i forgot my love for writing. and when i came across with myLot, i was able to bring back "myself" again. and i am glad to really be here. being here for 10 months enabled me to be a better person and a more knowledgable one. i am able to share my ideas to people around the world. i am able to find new friends. and i love being here in myLot. this is one place i can be who i am as a person... anne
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• Hong Kong
16 Jun 07
Lovely. You're here for 10 months and you have 9500 posts already! Oh my! You must be writing bunches *smiles*. Anyway, I feel very much the same with you. I used to write so many stuff when I was in school, but somehow the daily life gets me and beats me down. I completely forget about my interests and just focus on making money from work. How sad is that? I am glad I found mylot and get to know people who have passions on writing, it definitely gives me way more things than "better writing skills"!
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
15 Jun 07
yes to a certain extent, but what it has done for me is has allowed me to write, i dont have a lot of time during the day as i am pretty busy but this has given me a chance to jot down some thoughts and reply to some other people's...in some ways its better than a blog!
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• Hong Kong
15 Jun 07
Yes it's better than a blog because we get to interact and share thoughts with others. I think my brain likes it this way.
@Abbyey (760)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
That truly depends on the person who is writing, i believe it helps a lot because i have read a lot of great discussions. However i also read some that are not so nice but i gave them the benefit of the doubt too. Good discussions i base on the story flow and also the sense of the topic being discussed. I love mylot all the way. I cant stand a day without it. :P Happy posting! :)
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• Hong Kong
15 Jun 07
*laughs* me too! I just have to get on everyday to see what's going on!
@derek_a (10902)
16 Jun 07
There is no doubt about it that on mylot I write a lot more and am exercising that part of my brain that needs to think about what responses I am going to write. So it definitely helps creativity. :-)
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@dfollin (12744)
• United States
16 Jun 07
I joined a few months ago,but was unable to get started till day before yesterday.I love to write and I hope that this is making me better at it.But,the actual reason I started was I need to make money.How much do you think I can make at mylot?Trying to earn I have been spending way too much ime here and ignoring my housework and other things I need to do.
@oarnamav (2708)
• India
15 Jun 07
I think billions of people have written since millions of years and what is needed is thousand readers atleast who care to read between the lines when a author writes something sometimes.
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@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
15 Jun 07
Yes...I think you definitely have a point here. I think that you can definitely improve your writing skills from just doing it everyday and what a better forum then here on MyLot...
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