Should I stop writing online?

@Jul14nch0 (1414)
Argentina
August 10, 2009 3:47pm CST
Today isn't a good day for me. I just came to my house and readed some mails... first, IMRC told me that they don't want me to write more comments on their website. Because they say that I did too many grammar problems and spelling mistakes... I know i can do it better but I don't think they are going to give me another chance. Another website that used to pay 50 cents for a 350-word story now pays 25 cents for 400 words, I don't know if its really worth it... Also they declined the last story i sent, for "incorrect use of grammar" too. I dind't knew that I write that bad, since I am the best in my english classroom (my main language is spanish), but surely this message is full of mistakes. What do you think, should i stop writing online? Thanks...
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15 responses
@Enascent (40)
• United States
10 Aug 09
NO! No! No! Don't do that. Don't give up writing online. I would advise you to do what I am going to do. I am a writer like yourself. Join a writer's workshop so you can more help with your problem areas in writing. Everyone uses incorrect grammar every now and then. You can get help with your spelling as well. Use the dictionary more often. There is one major difference between people who are successful and people who are not successful: determination. If you are determined to be a great writer online or offline, you must remember no matter how well you write, there is always going to be room for improvement. You have to find time to study the areas of writing you have the most difficulties with and find ways to overcome those difficulties. It is not hard as it seem. Life isn't easy, so you should know you always have to overcome a few obstacles to become who or what you are aiming to become.
@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
10 Aug 09
Thank you! people support gives me enough streght to keep going, it is really appreciated!
@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
11 Aug 09
Great advice.You should never give up on what you want to do. There is nothing perfect in this world for people. There are always going to find errors in writing.Some people style is not your style. I do some writing online and I am not the best.I am learning as I go along.Today the internet don't respect the quality of writer. The teen only want to read the jargon. My friend and I always joke about it kids going to school today will not know how to spell properly and don't know how to write using pen and pencil they will use comp.
@roseyroser (1061)
• United States
10 Aug 09
I've had issues with writing online because my spelling and/or grammar wasn't that great. Don't give up. Even if you get some more declined work, it will be good practice to improve your grammar. When you write something online, you can have someone proofread it for mistakes. Once that is done, submit it to whatever site. From your post, I can see you are already a good writer, and as you know you just need to fix the little mistakes like capitization, etc.
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@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
10 Aug 09
Thank you, i will practice a lot!
• United States
10 Aug 09
I don't think you should stop writing online, but maybe you should hold off trying to write for money unless your English improves. Thre are a few sties that aren't usually too picky about grammar, but you never know when you'll get an editor who *is* picky and will reject something you've written. Doing a lot of eading in the language you're trying to improve will help. Yes, you do have a few grammar mistakes in this discussion, but not enough to make it hard to understand. An English composition textbook would probably be a help.
@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
10 Aug 09
thanks for the advice!
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
10 Aug 09
Everybody's right. Your grammer isn't that bad but there were some two bad ones. You said you readed your e-mails. It should have been read. And the other one was I didn't knew - it should have been I didn't know. But with the length of your post, two mistakes isn't that bad. I have seen mistakes in grammer in newspapers just as bad. So don't give up. Keep writing. Remember, they all have people called editers.
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• United States
10 Aug 09
Don't give up on your writing. The only way you'll get better is by practicing it. For someone whose primary language isn't English, you write fairly well. Just keep working at it. It takes time and effort to master anything. It's not impossible. Keep at it!
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@glambank (221)
• United States
11 Aug 09
I would like to say never give up, but I really don't think you can. From reading your post it is obvious that you have a passion for writing. That passion will always call you. You may take a day or week off from writing but you'll come back. So bypass that stage and find out you can become a better writer. Use the spell checker before submitting your post (misspelled words are underlined in red). Do you have friend online that writes well? If so communicate with this person(s) and request that they return your messages corrected of any grammatical errors. Do this daily and you will get the hang of it. English grammar was my worst subject and I still have problems. I use an online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia almost daily and I still make mistakes. I also proof read my work before submitting it. Keep trying. Good Luck
@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
11 Aug 09
thanks !
@ivyoon (673)
• United States
10 Aug 09
I see a few grammar mistakes in your post here, but they are not too bad. Your English is very good, and you should keep trying to improve it no matter what. Don't let rejection from others force you into giving up. If you keep trying, you will get better... practice makes perfect... like with anything. Don't give up, keep writing online (and even offline for more practice if you want!) The more you do it, the better you will be, then maybe you can go back to the websites that didn't want you to write anymore and show them that you are better than they thought you were! Good luck, and keep up the great work!
@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
10 Aug 09
thank you! I will try my best this time!
• United States
10 Aug 09
Don't feel bad about imreport card, writing reviews can be difficult at times and you do not always know what they're looking for. No preocupes, there are so many sites you can write from and earn money y quizas puede escribir en espanol si necesita xomba pays you to blog, you can try triond, promote yourself on twitter. Don't give up, spellchecker.net and grammarslammer.com can help you with your grammar and vocabulary, try reading out loud but the most important thing is that you not give up.
@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
10 Aug 09
Thanks for your tips! They are really appreciated... i will check out Xomba! Im already writing for Triond i just started and i like it. I will try spellchecker and grammarslammer too, thank you!
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
10 Aug 09
I think that your spelling and grammar has been addressed sufficently in the previous responses. So I am just going to mention that payrates go up and down all the time. A lot of sites initially have their payrates set too high, and can not maintain them once they learn how much business they are actually going to recieve. That and the economy is not helping anybody. If you are interested in being a working writer, you are always looking for new markets and sites, just like you are always working on your grammar and spelling. Don't give up just because you got rejected or someone decreased their rates; there are a lot more markets out there.
@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
10 Aug 09
thank for your comment i really apreciate it!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
11 Aug 09
To be honest, maybe these things are a sign that you need to improve your grammar. I don't think you need to stop or give up, but you are making mistakes and you can use this as an opportunity to improve.
• China
11 Aug 09
I think writting something doesn't only for meney, but also for hobby. What you get is not just material reward. Maybe you had some grammar and spelling mistakes, but they would not be problems if you are more carefully. You can communicate the website to explain and try to pursuade them to believe in yourself.
• United States
11 Aug 09
Never give up on something you love because of minor bumps in the road. Instead, why don't you get an English-speaking friend to read some of your work and help to show you how it should look? If you stop writing online, do you think that your English in the classroom would suffer as well? Your message does have some mistakes, but you're still learning and the best way to learn is to make those mistakes! I think you write phenomenally well for someone who is learning English as a second language, heck, you can even use contractions like "isn't" and "don't" correctly, and some people who have spoke English their entire life have trouble with that!
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi, Rejections are not meant to topple you down but to lift you up. Don't look at it as a failure but an opportunity to do better. Since now you know where you went wrong as pointed out by IMRC and the other website, it's time to re-assess yourself, check again where you fell short of their want, and do something to improve along those areas. Maybe it will help to review elementary lessons in English grammar, vocabulary and spelling - many believe it's not necessary, I'd say it's a necessity if you really want to be good at it. English is a tricky language but when you get the hang of it, it's actually fun. Knowing what is referred to as the international language brings a lot of benefits - earnings included. So don't lose heart, don't lose hope, improve yourself and in no time you will be at your best. Have a good day!
@rifathuha (274)
11 Aug 09
No way buddy. As your mother tongue is Spanish, you may make mistake while speaking other than Spanish. Just keep trying. Every darkest sky has a shining ray.
@jbrooks0127 (2326)
• United States
11 Aug 09
Correcting spelling mistakes is no problem. Going back through what you have written prior to sending it out will show where you may have done better in your choice of words. Grammar is not so easy. If English is your second language I can tell you that you do very well with English and should do well on Mylot. I have seen much worse and English was their only language. The problem with the other web sites is they are looking for the perfect story. Spelling, grammar and content are very important if they are going to use it so that will take a lot of work. I would love to be able to write. I only know one language...English. My lack of ability fall in two areas. I really never learned what I should have in school, regarding proper grammar, and lack of imagination. I'm pretty sure you have both. Just keep trying, don't give up. I know it is a lot of work for nothing when that happens but each time you learn a little more.