writng for money

@irene66 (1670)
Philippines
October 5, 2011 6:58pm CST
This is sad. In my attempt to earn money, I joined some writing sites online. However, some of my works were rejected because I was careless with my grammar. Sometimes I write sentences with some articles like "the" omitted.[] At times, the reason would be simple sentences. Have you experienced the same?
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@anklesmash (1414)
6 Oct 11
Thats a good thing about my lot not discriminating due to bad grammar or spelling all you need to is be able to communicate your point effectively .This is good as it allows people from all over the world to contribute even if english is not their first language so there grasp of grammar and spelling is not as good.This is what makes my lot good the global exchange of ideas with people from different outlooks,cultures and beliefs .
@dfollin (20007)
• United States
6 Oct 11
I have to agree,that's a great thing about myLot too.
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@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
I totally agree with you anklemash. So far to me mylot is still the winner to this date. you are really free to express your ideas even with grammatically wrong sentences. This reminds me when I was in China teaching ESL where one Chinese teacher told me that what is important in English is to be understood.
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@oindy54 (3446)
• India
6 Oct 11
Great point made there!Mylot is the best as it never discriminates!
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• United States
6 Oct 11
I can't really say until I know what sites you are talking about. Some sites are stricker than others, I do suggest that you get your start by blogging and working on perfecting grammar. Then you could start placing bids on jobs via freelance sites.
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@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
It is the iwriter. I had been academic papers for non native students in the U.S which actually gives me the courage that I can do it in this site. but sad to say out of 27 articles, 7 got rejected with grammar issues. I tried to let it be check with free online grammar checker but it only suggests to change some words.
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@LouieWpHs04 (4556)
• United States
6 Oct 11
Don't feel bad. I am an English speaker and even i get denied from writing sites like that. That's why I started hunting down clients myself and it works far better, and I get paid better as there is no middle-man. Plenty of sites that as long as you can present yourself right you can find plenty of work.
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@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
I don't actually. I take it as a learning experience as I know I am not a native speaker of English. Where do you hunt your own clients? I had been trying too but I cannot figure out where exactly the places I can get some.
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• United States
7 Oct 11
I also run a GPT website and one of the features I offer to people through my website is that I help to find them writing work. So if you're any good and want to work with me directly I would take out a small % for helping to provide my clients the writing work they need and you still make a good profit after all is said and done. I am always looking for writers(If you're any good. It's hard to find quality writers but don't worry, some of my clients aren't too picky.) By doing this, every piece of writing work you write 99% of the time will be accepted and you will receive pay for. I can even pass you on to some of my other writers emails as more of a verification that I do pay my writers. =) If you're interested just send me a message on Mylot!
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@00fear (3220)
• United States
6 Oct 11
Actually I have been looking for sites like this. people had said that those are usually scams and I want to do it. I know it might be extra money opportunity because online making money won't make us rich.
• United States
6 Oct 11
Triond is a good and easy place to start really.
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@00fear (3220)
• United States
7 Oct 11
I just don't get it though. I have accept it since all we need is our fb log in, but I don't get it. I mean I have always wanted to do writing and was willing to learn but I don't get it.
@BeetleBam (171)
• United States
6 Oct 11
I'm not the best with grammer, but I don't make too many mistakes when I write. Usually it is just mispelling a word or two.
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@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
Good for you! That is nice to hear. What sites are you involved in writing?
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@greenline (14848)
• Canada
6 Oct 11
One has to do proof-reading before submitting to the sites. But, still, don't be disappointed. That happens once in a while. As you continue writing, you will become more and more conscious of the grammer and spellings. Best wishes to you !
@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
You are right greenline. We should not be disappointed but to keep going! That idea really makes my day. I had been writing but I think I still have to learn more.
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@dfollin (20007)
• United States
6 Oct 11
Of course,when I was writing a book,I was writing late at night after everyone was in bed.But,I was tired and would make type-o's and make other mistakes.And if I write during the day,the kids need something,the phone rings or someone's at the door and I make errors then too. So,it will and does happen.Just keep your chin up and find when it works for you to write. I also keep a dictionary and thesaurus on my desk.
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@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
Bulls eye! That happens to me too. However, if there are no disruptions, the problem with me is the call to sleep. if that happens, I become groggy and so with my sentences too. Sometimes my mind go ahead than my writing believing I had written all what was in my mind.
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@oindy54 (3446)
• India
6 Oct 11
Hi, I am not a native English speaker and am pretty good in English.But some sites have strict policies in accepting articles.May be that is why they have rejected some of your work for errors.But do not be disheartened my friend.I am sure if you run a spelling and grammar check before submitting your articles and proofread it once,the chances of such errors will be eliminated.Good luck to you friend.If you could tell me what iwriter is,I shall be grateful.Is it an article-writing site like Triond?
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@EdnaReyes (2625)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
It is a must that hen you submit your aticle it is well-wriiten and that's includes no wrong grammar adn spelling. You should edit it yourself and if you wnt some help, you can use writing tools like the paperrater.com. It's free. you have your paper checked with word use, plagiarism, style and spelling. Why not try it. it may not as accurate but it helps.
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@bigapple (58)
• Shenzhen, China
6 Oct 11
i am not good at english,so i often have some difficulty with my english grammar too . i may also write something for money,but now ,i have realized that learning english is more important for me .
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• United States
7 Oct 11
English is really a tough language to learn. I am lucky it is my first language. Mylot is good place to learn too.
• Shenzhen, China
7 Oct 11
yes ,i agree with you ,mylot is really a good place to study english.
@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
You are all right there. You can really go around the globe without understanding the language nor participate in international sites and forums. It is the medium of instruction in my country but it is different to have it as the first language.
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
There are really sites that are strict with regards to punctuations, grammar and capitalization. I have been rejected also on some promising sites but I never lose hope to write on some other sites which is earning me some cents. I do have the passion to write about things I like and so I do encourage you to try blogging.
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@ebuscat (5945)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
For me yes I will involve with content current but it will said not passed in there category so sad.
@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
9 Oct 11
That is also sad. Anyway do not be in despair as everybody say here that we should not give up. We should try to be optimistic all the time. There will come a time we will be successful.
6 Oct 11
no i never experienced such things but yes,they do reject your writings if you have too many grammatical mistakes. you should try to learn grammar or do some other easy work like data entry etc. Regards.
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@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
9 Oct 11
Have you tried data entry yourself? If so, how is the pay and the work involved? I am also interested with this but do not have enough idea how it works. Do share if you have been doing it in the past or still doing it.
• Indonesia
6 Oct 11
I haven't tried and surely my answer is not to refer your question. I would like to suggest you if you took your time checking up your grammar first before posting them online. Just tried writing simple sentences or start easy topic and ask your friend who is smarter than you and letting him or her correcting your language order if you don't mind. Thank you.
@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
9 Oct 11
I had been checking my grammar before I submit articles. At times i let it run with an online checker. However, it seems the client is not satisfied with some other things only him understands.
• China
6 Oct 11
Don't lose your heart,language is very flexible,it need accumulation,even now i often make mistake,it should spent time to learn it,the grammar it is my weak point,remember when i am in university,we learn russian,oh,my gosh!it is very terrible for me,because it's grammar is so complicate,and it's hard to write ,even if you can write,then the pronunciation is another problem,there have many many retroflex,it is my nightmare.
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@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
I think you are right. Learning a language really takes time. Pronunciation is another challenge. I remember when I am in China too trying to learn Mandarin and was not understood because of my pronunciation. A small mistake in pronunciation really makes the word mean differently. I eventually gave up.
@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 11
Grammatical errors are carelessness and once that is being tackled, a major problem is solved and everything should run smoothly.
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@GemmaR (8520)
6 Oct 11
I think that you should practice by blogging and things like that first, as this means that you would be able to get feedback on the things that you write whilst knowing that they can't reject the things that you are trying to post. If you can show people the things that you've been writing, they would be able to tell you where you're going wrong and also the things that you could do in order to improve your work. You should be aware that anything that you choose to publish on one of their websites will reflect badly upon them if the spelling and grammar is not correct.
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@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
7 Oct 11
Hello irene66, I write for several organizations on the web. As you have heard before, some are stricter than others. Run on sentences, sentences inflated with fluff (extra words that are not really necessary), will get you tagged every time. What I found helpful when I got started was first off writing about something that I have good knowledge of and that interested me. Secondly, take advantage of the grammar check in your word processor program. MS Office has a good one built in, and you can add one to Open Office. I found this one works well and is easy to integrate into Open Office: http://afterthedeadline.com/ Also, read what articles others are writing, to get a feel for popularity and style. I saw that someone mentioned Triond before, there is also the Yahoo Contributor Network, which has a lot of options for earning. Main thing to remember, don't get discouraged. Keep trying, as you learn from your mistakes in grammar, and I have found most of the other writers to be quite helpful and encouraging.
@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
I think you hit it right. I believe it is on the run on sentences where I am really caught. One comment in my one article state that my writing could hardly be read by an American reader. I am a member of triond but the problem with it is that nobody is going to check my article if it is written well. In my belief, I am writing grammatically correct sentences as I edit it also before submitting but some bounce back because of grammar issues. I will try what you had suggested. Thank you for it! You are a blessing indeed.
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
8 Oct 11
Hi Irene, That is a pretty harsh comment! I don't know who wrote that to you, but it is hardly appropriate and not supportive at all. Not all of us are English majors, but we try to convey our thoughts through words none-the-less. (I am not an English major myself). Here is a link to my blog http://jjs-ohm.blogspot.com/ I have some of my articles on Triond and Yahoo Contributor posted there. You can check some of them out if you like. I also write for Constant Content, but you can't see entire articles there as they are for purchase only. Don't give up on yourself, and writing. I got a few rejections myself early on, and I set a goal for myself that I would send in a paying article that would not need any edits. It took me a few times, but eventually I got one that needed no edits! Then of course the one after that did. I find a lot of articles I read in print seem to only touch on major points, and do not explain them enough. This seems to be what is requested these days, so you might find it helpful to focus on one aspect of what you are writing about, and discuss that in detail. Keep trying, and keep smiling!
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
8 Oct 11
Hi irene, I just published an article on Apple and Steve Jobs. I would welcome your thoughts on it. I have a link to it on my blog. Have a great night!
@beingwell (3625)
• Thailand
7 Oct 11
It's funny 'coz you also misspelled writing above.hihihi... Our minds travel faster than the speed of light. That's why some of our motor skills don't catch up what we want to write. In essense, everything may be there but some of the articles like "the" and "an" or "a" may be missing. Anyway, what matters is that we learn from our mistakes. Right? :) Happy earning!
@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
That is not intentional. That is slip of the mind Funny indeed but you are right we correct what we learn from those mistakes. As I was reading it again, that is the only time I know the"i" is missing. How I wish I can make magic to insert the "i".
@beingwell (3625)
• Thailand
10 Oct 11
Hihihi.. That's funny. How to correct it? Hmm... Probably making a new discussion on the same topic would be one of the choices..hihihi...
• Philippines
9 Oct 11
I do know what you mean. I have been writing online for almost a year now and some employers are hard to please. They are quite hard when they give out negative comments. I want to learn and in the process of learning I have discovered that some criticisms are unfounded and were given because they want me to accept a lesser pay. I do want to be openly taken advantage of so I just dropped out of applying for that job.
@irene66 (1670)
• Philippines
12 Oct 11
I think the right way to say it really is that they are difficult to please. You are fully correct there. Not all employers are the same. They even try to find ways to say your article is gibberish until you really settle for a fee which is far too low than expected.