Have a dream ? Write for Hubpages it can become a reality

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Have a dream? It can become reality when you write for hub pages.

Since the age of seven being creative has been a gift. Writing little whimsical stories or jotting down words of poetry on a summer day has been a part of my life, since I was young. Attending college to become a nurse was priority; but secondary was taking the time to write. Deciding to take my work online four and a half years ago was frightening! Believing that only professional journalist wrote for a living, I decided to hone in on my writing skills.

When joining Hub pages it was not about making money; but about honing in on what I already had and writing from the heart. I found writing reviews about products not only to be mundane; but also time consuming. Realizing I had to find my own niche' , the focus was on what came from my heart.

What has been gained from Hub pages?

Overcoming negativity, bullying and even harassment from a handful of peers on Hub pages, has not placed a damper on my goals. Writing about " Close Encounters of a Heavenly Kind", I was sent an e-mail from Josie Varga who explained that she read my story on Hub pages and would like to know if she could include it in her up and coming book. Elated, I signed the agreement and my story will be in her book that will soon be released.

Holson productions is creating a new play about what our mother's mean to us and asked if they could use my article, " A love letter to my mother" in their play. I would receive credits for my story. Again I signed the contract and have given them permission to use the article.

The poem " Freedom" had been published on Hub pages for over a year and although it did not see an abundance of traffic; but now it is being placed into the prestigious book in the Library of Congress called "Stars in our Hearts." ISBN 978-1-60880-123-7. My poem has made history in our Country. All because the World Poetry Movement came across that poem on Hubpages.

An editor from the Examiner ran across my work and asked if I would like to submit an application to write for them. Knowing I had been turned down before, I gave it a shot. Low and behold I an now a Christianity and Spirituality writer for the Examiner. If you believe in yourself you should also apply to become all that you can be as a writer.

Across the web I have written for a client on lingerie and perfume. The long-term writing job has came from Hub pages. Not only have we built a business relationship across the waters; but we have also built a friendship. He has given me so many opportunities and for that I am sincerely grateful.

If you have read the hub about Megan Thomas who was murdered by Jacob Herbert, I am writing a book about her and what happened. I am committed to her family about letting people know about drunk driving. Their contact with me was all due to Hub pages and my article written about drunk driving.

Did I apply for Apprentice?

Yes, I applied for apprenticeship on Hub pages and was not accepted when I first applied. Hub pages gives us so many tools and being defiant I did not take the time to use all of them. Does being denied mean you are a poor writer? Absolutely not. It means that you need to work a little harder at achieving that goal. My goal is to apply again after I am through the grace period.

What can you gain from hub pages?

Hub pages is a place for opportunity. If someone points out grammatical errors, pix-elated images or misspellings, thank them. There are many professional writers' who are only critiquing your work because they know your ability as an individual writer. If you receive an e-mail and a person asks permission to use your work, read the agreement, ask questions an if both parties agree sign the agreement. Job opportunities come and instead of believing all of them are not serious, take the time to review what is sent and ask questions.

When others directly bully or attack your work, ignore it! "There issues are their own shortcomings". Spread your wings so you can build an online resume'; but never completely leave the place that you began.

Look at your online status as a work resume', the longer you remain the more committed and stable you will appear. If you bounce continually from place to place it reflects instability. Attacking others on the forums also reflects un professionalism as a writer. Would you hire someone within your company who handled themselves immaturely?

If someone harms you online be professional and if it really gets upsets you, report the problem. Hub pages looks out for their writers'; but they can't handle it without you.

Lastly. Acclimate to change, use all the tools, continue to hone in on your skills opportunity will knock at your door when you least expect it. "Believe in yourself and follow your dreams!"


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You speak from experience and your writing speaks for itself. You are a wonderful example for those of us who are just starting out. I, for one, believe in you, Julianna, and I am proud to call you a friend.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Julianna, I am honoured to be the first one to comment on this hub. (although I may not be, by the time I finish this comment.)

This is so inspiring and it was so good of you to share your journey with the Hubpages community. It is so wonderful that you did not give up on your dream and here you are. Bravo and blessings to you!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Julianna, I am inspired by all the opportunities that have come your way through your writing here. Very impressive. And as for the apprenticeship program, I felt bad when I was turned down for the program, but feel much better knowing I'm in such good company! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on writing here.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

billybuc: I am proud to call you a friend too! Hubpages is the place for new beginnings and when people give up how are they going to be found? Even though I have been so busy, I could not imagine leaving HP altogether. I am idle; but this is my home. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

prairieprincess: Don't give up your dream either. You have to just believe in who you are and let all of the negativity go. Keep on shining and being who you are. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

DeborahNeyens: Don't feel bad for being turned down and yes you are in good company. We just have to use all of the tools that Hubpages gives and publish consistently. There will be many opportunities ahead with Hubpages not the first and not the last. You can do it, just believe! :)


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Niteriter 4 years ago from Canada

I think this is the most graceful exhortation to join HubPages that I have yet come across. Well done! And certainly, congratulations on your many achievements.


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Rosie2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

AEvans, Congratulations on all your accomplishments here on Hubpages and beyond! Wow indeed! Very inspirational hub. I'm happy for you. Voted up and shared. Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Niteriter: Thank you. HP is an area of opportunity when people just give it a chance. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Rosie 2010: Thank you. But its all due to Hubpages they were the stepping stone to so much. :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I have a cool response planned for this hub here, it in the making, lovely job!

More power to you Julianna , you know what I'm doing with this hub no need for me to mention it neither.


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Wendell Patterson 4 years ago from Alabama

Very inspirational, I have been writing on hubpages for only a couple months even though I joined three years ago. I made a promise to myself this year to make more time for writing and to develop my skills as a writer. Hubpages is a great outlet to that.


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mepperly 4 years ago from Vancouver,WA

Very inspiring hub, thanks for the info and story, great stuff.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

CloudExplorer: Thank you so much! Thank you for the kudos too! :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

You rock! You rock! You rock! You rock! You rock!

You really are such a gem and an asset to HubPages. When I'm having a bad day, I'm going to come HERE to get re-inspired. Bookmarking now. I was disillusioned with my day job. I felt like my creativity was being squelched. I felt like what's life worth living for if you can't be true to yourself? So, I now write for HubPages, opened a Zazzle store, started a couple of blogs, I'm getting better at photography and it's all because it started here at HubPages. Thank you so, so much for sharing this, Julianna. You. Are. Awesome.


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

Wow, such an inspirational hub! Congratulations on your success and thank you for your wise words. As a relative new comer to this site you have given me hope and direction.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Thanks for writing this! I've been wanting to read your story. Wow--that's neat that so much of your work was "discovered." Very cool! That's neat about the Examiner; I've thought about checking it out. I just have to keep going, going, going and working on different things to make this gig successful. You are inspirational, Julianna. Thanks so much for sharing your success with us!


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CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

As a new comer to hubpages this is inspiring to me and also paving the road for what is realistic. I appreciate your honesty and applaud you for your achievements.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

I always enjoy our writing. Every once in a while you even jump into the political arena if to do nothing else but shed some wisdom.

TFP


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

As I've already said, HP was the first place I found when it came to writing online, I've written a lot since I was 6 - but, HP became a home. Even though I used to be busy at university and completing assignments and stuff, I used to be on HP at least 3 - 4 hours a day for 9 months now. But, even after all that, I managed to get just 30 hubs up. I'm proud of some of them and realized the ones you write from your heart do the best.

I wrote some review hubs - I knew some of the models and relied on others for info on the rest. Collecting info from various sources I wrote a huge series on Kitchen Hoods - they're doing well and people have mailed me thanking me for the research put into one place.

But, one single comment on my tomato series brought me joy that nothing else could bring - a parent thanked me for helping her daughter in a tomato project - all I could think of was: 'Wow!'

I'm currently writing on Wizzley, but I've not left HP for a single day, I'm here constantly checking on my hubs. Even though I began writing for fun, I realized that it was a great way to earn a few bucks - but the thrill comes when people appreciate what you've written and I'm sure you'd agree.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Wendell Patterson: You can do it! When I first started it took me about a year to also begin to write. But once I began it was all up hill from there. See you around and good to see that you appreciated this hub. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

mepperly: Thank you! With so much opportunity you just have to keep on moving. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

cclitgirl: A Zazzle store? How exciting! Look how far you have came and you continue to write from the heart. Good for you! Be all that you can be and you can do it right here on HP. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Thundermama: I am glad I was able to inspire and give you hope , moving in a different direction is exciting! :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Victoria-Lynn: You can do it! You have what it takes to write on your niche' . There are so many that have to just believe and you are one of them. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

CarlySullens: Anything is realistic if you never give up. The longer you are here, the more that comes your way.:)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

The Frog Prince: I miss the forums but I have been so busy with work. As for wisdom sometimes I like to just express myself on the forums. You are awesome too! :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

lobobrandon: Do you see what can happen when you write from the heart? A tomato project? You helped a little girl with her beautiful creation. When people do appreciate your work its truly a blessing. :)


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

Ya she said it was a tomato project. I guess it was a paper kind of a research paper about tomatoes. Her daughter was young in the 5th grade if I'm not mistaken. So, I doubt it could be a huge project :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Hi AE,

Very Impressive and congrats. Hope that "better half" don't start getting on you, for the fame and extra freebies coming your way. You promised not to buy a doormat for the house anymore . Lol! Glad for you....wait, there they come...? Your 4 dogs...Gotta go!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

lobobrandon: That is the sweetest thing and a memorable one I that. I will be sending you a list later on. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

lord de cross: Oh you a funny man! lololo! Can we now say 5 dogs? lololo! God is good brother and its coming and for all that has happened I am so grateful!


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

Ya no hurries :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Good. I will send them. :)


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Seira Girl 4 years ago from North Carolina

Congratulations on all your accomplishments! Your ambition and tenacity have definitely paid off -I'm impressed, and inspired! Good luck with you book - I, too, am just finishing up my first, and hope to e-pub it soon!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Seira Girl: Thank you and good luck and congrats on your first book too! :)


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Nalini Marquez 4 years ago

Congratulations on your work and best to you in your upcoming projects! Thank you for sharing your story. It is very motivating!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Nalini: Thank you and I would say to you, please stay focused and look at all of the positives and not the negatives. :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Hey AE, congrats on the Most likely to be hired. You deserved that and much more!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

lord de cross: Congratulations to you to on your award! :)


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Nalini Marquez 4 years ago

You're welcome and I will keep your words in mind. I will definitely try to stay focused and to look at all of the positives. It's important to do that in all aspects of life! (Although challenging at times.) :-)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Nalini: Yes, it can be challenging. lolo! But you can do it! :)


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Nalini Marquez 4 years ago

Thank you! Workin'-working on it! You can/are too :-).


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Nalini: You are welcome. :)


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jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

I was recently accepted as the Raleigh (NC) Fatherhood Examiner. I'm glad to see you've had so much success! Good luck and best wishes for much more!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

jessefutch: Congratulations to you too! I honestly enjoy writing for the Examiner and I believe you will too. Its a different level of writing; but worth the experience. :)


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aykianink 4 years ago

I think I really needed to read this. Thank you for this hub. I want to be where you are, but I am not there yet.


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jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

It certainly is possible! Many are much further ahead than some of us... Lots of these great Hubbers have a lot to teach us!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

aykianink: You will be and every writer moves at their own pace. Just keep writing. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

jessefutch: I have been scoping out your work and you just like so many others are pretty amazing! Keep up the great work. :)


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Deborah Demander 5 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Just what I needed today. A bright spot of encouragement.

Thank you.

Namamste

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