How to Write a Novel and Find the Voice Within

How I know I'm a Writer

Hello. My name is Dohn and I am a writer. No one ever told me that I was a writer (thank God) and no one ever had to. How I became a writer was a conscious decision I made on my part and not from some higher-ranking officer because I had some how earned the privilege. No, I am a writer because I write. Perhaps it's like being in love or being in pain. No one can tell you any different. If you are indeed in love then you will know it. If you are in pain then you will know that too. No one can ever tell you that you're not. Only you will know and no one else.

My Evolution

I've been writing for a long time now. It's been twenty years and counting since I first began writing as a method of expression and that is why I feel I've earned the right to write a hub about writing. Back when I was an adolescent, just when my body was changing, I began to think more deeply into things. My emotions were stronger and my senses became heightened. I became much more aware of the pressence of opposite sex and shortly thereafter, imminent heartbreak. And then came the feelings of despair. Despair from loneliness. Despair from being rejected. And then there were other things that began to deeply affect me, like not being popular. Those were just some of the things that began gnawing on my mind. At such times, I felt that something was inherently wrong with me. I sometimes shared my thoughts with some of my friends but it just wasn't enough. My family wasn't rich and we wouldn't have been able to afford a shrink, so I didn't even bother asking. Besides, had I requested a shrink, it would have raised more questions and so have an adverse effect. And then one day, it just happened. With pen in hand, I began writing haikus and poetry. I then read a book titled, "Becoming a Writer" by Dorothea Brande and was engrossed by it . But one of the things that this book taught me was the value of keeping a journal. That was when I really began to write and began takeing writing seriously.

What I wrote

I began writing about my pain and despair. I wrote very fast and in cursive and wrote anything and everything that came to mind, slowly drawing out the poison that was fast trying to kill me. It was like everyday I was being bitten by an invisible snake and so had to draw-out the poison from within. That was how it all started. I didn't care about spelling or grammar. I wrote until the pain in both my heart and mind was gone, sometimes for two hours at a time. Sometimes my hand would hurt so much I would have to stop to momentarily massage it. It became a habit and good one at that, because I began to feel much better each time I logged in an entry. I began to hear myself in my mind. I began to hear my voice that became clear like a bell slowly tolling away getting closer and closer. The book I read stated that if I kept up my journal writing consistently on a daily basis for six months that I could do it for the rest of my life. I stand as a testament to that. By the time I graduated high school and left for college, I had over thirty 5-subject CVS spiral notebooks that were each 200 pages long and double-sided filled with entries. On occassion, I'll flip through them and find some valuable story ideas. As an added incentive for my hard work in keeping a journal, I accumulated a invaluable resource for my writing.

Be Ready For Success

Many of us dream of writing that oh-so-coveted NOVEL. So when the time came to write a novel, I was ready at the helm. My novel writing professor told the class that the bare minimum required to write a novel consistently was 500 words a day. At first when I was told this, I wasn't at all overwhelmed. Why? Because by then, I was easily writing over 1,000 words a day when I was keeping a journal! By the end of the semester, I was the only student that kept up with the professor's regiment of 500 words a day everyday, including weekends, birthdays, holidays and inclimate weather and blackouts. At the beginning of the semester the class was a whopping 25 students. By the end of the semester, it shrunk down to 5 students, me included. Three-quarters of the first draft of my novel was complete. I was well on my way to completing my novel in a total of 6 months, just as I had planned.

Instant Rome!

You know what? Rome wasn't built in a day (who hasn't heard that? Please file under CLICHE) No overweight couch potato ever wakes up one one morning and says to himself, "I think I'll run a marathon today!" So why in the world would anyone think or say the same thing when it comes to writing a novel? I'm sure you heard the cliche that certain things in life are not sprints but marathons. No, these things take time. If you really are serious about running in a marathon, you better jog five miles a day every day for six months straight to ready your body for that big day when you have to run 26 miles. In those 26 miles, your body is going to take a pounding, so you better be ready.

Dramatization Please

So maybe that couch potato gets a shot of inspiration and so wipes the cheez doodle dust from the corners of his mouth and maybe does a stretch or two and then goes out onto the road and actually begins to jog. By the time he gets to the big blue mailbox at the corner of Bad Idea Lane and Reality Check Road, he's out of breath and about to collapse from exhaustion. His tongue is like seaweed paper, his kidneys ache, and something in his knee, which seemed fine just a moment before, suddenly smarts. Defeated, he realizes that he's not cut out for this sort of thing and so turns to go home...

This is exactly why most novels fail...They never get the chance to get completed in the first place because the person writing it wasn't prepared. Their intentions were good, but they simply lacked the fitness to write a novel.

Getting in Shape

One last thing that I want to suggest is that you read. READ READ READ Read everything you can get your sticky, greedy hands on, especially material that you are working on. Read good books and bad books and know the difference between the two. So if you want to wirte a courtroom drama, you better know your Grisham and if you want to write mysteries, Agatha Christie is Queen (Get it? Knee slap please). A book that I highly recommend is Stephen King's (yes, Stephen King the scary guy) "On Writing." The book has given me invaluable advice on the craft of writing, the submission and publication process, and the daily grind of writing. Read it and you'll see why.

In addition to Stephen King's On Writing and Dorothea Brande's Becoming a Writer, I've included Strunk and White's Elements of Style and Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones. All four books have helped and worked for me. In addition, I also recommend Write Now! by Shelly Ellis which most collegiate writing classes recommend and as an added bonus, I added Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul by Jack Canfield which is an inspiring read from great writers. Each one of these books have helped to improve my writing. Hopefully, they'll do the same for you. I hope that my hub helped you in your endeavors and I thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to take advice from a novice like me. Please check out some of my works. Feedback is greatly appreciated. Happy writing everybody!

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I need to read a couple of those books I am completing a novel and need to go in completely prepared. Thank you so much for the inspiration and the information. Thank you as well for becoming a fan I am honored. :)

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, Aevans!  I also have another technique too, it's a bit difficult to explain so I'm going to create a hub to showcase it.  Of course you'll know about it as soon as I finish it.  If you have any questions about writing I'll try to help as best I can.  Keep writing!

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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Nice piece dohn121.  I really like the recommended books at the end.  I haven't read them, I've gone with different authors, however the top two have been recommended before and are suppose to be very informative.  Many wonderful and famous writers have written books on writing, so if anyone is scared off by Steven King, (this was humor) they can always see if one of their faves has one or is in an anthology of authors essays about writing.  Thanks for sharing this info. Thumbs up.

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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

Great advice here. I was thinking of writing a novel loosely based on a past relationship so I'll see if i can be disciplined with that! But definitely keeping a journal is a great idea - I usually do it electronically because when your thoughts are racing you want to get it down as quickly as possible, and I type a hell of a lot faster than I write. :)

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Frieda. FYI I am a HUGE Stephen King fan. I read over 30 books by him and always look forward to his newer work. However, with that said, I didn't discover his book On Writing believe it or not. My Creative Writing professor did. At first when I saw the book on the syllabus, I thought it some typo! Turn's out, its THE best book on the craft you can buy--see for yourself. By the way, that same professor is now the head of the Creative Writing department at my alma mater, SUNY New Paltz!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, marcofratelli. Going back to the journal idea. I definitely recommend it, especially if you want to find your voice. Call me old-fashion, but I believe that there is no substitute for simplicity. Once, when I was visiting my ex-girlfriend in Utica. Soon after she left for work, I took my journal, a pen, brown-bagged a lunch and walked out into the woods where I found to my surprise a waterfall. For the next 3 hours, I sat on a rock collectively listening to that waterfall with my thoughts and my writing. I could not have asked for more.

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Thanks for a wonderful hub! I'll try to get my hands on your recommended books. I'm a relatively new writer (I usually deal with numbers) but I am finding out that I like doing this. Hope to read more informative hubs from you! Thanks again.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, emievil. I ever you have a question please ask as I'll try to help as much as I can. I will be writing a hub based on plot structure, character development and layering too. There's just so much I want to do! Thanks for your comment and keep writing.

\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

taking...... hard to write when you dont read enough...... starting to read and underline how people do speech etc, as you never know I may become a writer one day ha ha

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Please refer back to Paragraph 1 above! And read EXACTLY what you want to write, then try to do it better! Good job Brenda : )

Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

This is a great hub. I have several "novels" that I am working on. The way I write is I just sit at the computer and start typing whatever comes to my mind. Somehow, a story unfolds anfd then I go back and edit and edit some more.

I would love to do something with some of the novels that I am working on. However, I do not have any clue how you would get them published or where to begin on anything past writing them.

I think you are a very talented writer and you know I am your fan. I look forward to reading your novel someday:)

hubpageswriter 7 years ago

Your stuff is so good... I will have to read again. Thanks for sharing..

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, HPwriter. I'm currently posting a 55-word story hub if you'd like to join or if you simply want to do some critiquing. Either would be fine.

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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Hi and thank you. Now I understand. I see the very strong links between your experience and what the Master Writers recommend. Stephen King's 'On Writing' has always been one of my favourite books and I am a huge fan. Strunk and White's Elements of Style is invaluable and reading, reading, reading and writing, writing, writing seems to be the only way to get there. I am looking forward to reading your other hubs - you have a great writing style.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Russ and thank you for viewing my hub. "On Writing" is not only a very entertaining read, but an invaluable instruction manual for writing. I remember the first day I bought it. I opened it up and could not stop reading it and so ended up finishing it in one sitting! King actually employs some of the techniques from Strunk and White and brings it up to date. Whenever I need a little inspiration, I'll reopen "On Writing" and a get a shot of confidence! Thank you for your compliment. It means a lot coming from you.

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andromida 7 years ago

Thanks for your references and your suggestion "certain things in life are not sprints but marathons".Its a truth.I hope this hub will work for me as an inspiration.Thanks once again.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, andromida. In life, anything worthwhile is going to take some suffering to attain. I'm one of the biggest procrastinators around and I was still able to finish my novel. I truly believe that if I can do it, anyone can. It just takes getting into a good habit of writing 500 words a day. Once you start, it'll be like brushing your teeth every morning...You won't have to think about doing it.

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kirstenblog 7 years ago from London UK

I enjoyed reading this hub page, and you hit the nail on the head. The reason I have not written an autobiography is fitness or stamina, I only ever get so far in telling my story before I have to stop and it gets lost or deleted or whatever. I dont even think about how to get it published! I will remember this page if/when I build up that stamina here writing smaller projects to launch me onto that next level.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Well, at least your honest about it! Not everyone will admit this, that is not openly. Perhaps in the meantime you could settle with just keeping a diary/journal and read as much as possible. A book a week is probably best. You have a great deal of freedom here on Hubpages to write as much as you want so if anything, you certainly have an outlet. Thanks for the comment!

pgrundy 7 years ago

Hi dohn! I loved Stephen King's book "On Writing." I tell everyone about it--I think it's one of the best books for aspiring writers around. He's very honest and straightforward, and you see that he didn't get rich overnight. I love the first half that tells all the crappy jobs and thankless nights he spent writing and writing and NOT getting rich! I'm glad you finished your novel and I like your perspective. Whenever anyone asks me how to be a writer, I say, "Starting writing. Don't stop. Bingo! You're a writer!" lol!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, pgrundy! Safe to say, I was inspired by Stephen King and gained a lot of respect for him after reading, "On Writing." I think you hit the nail right on the head about him be honest and straightforward. That book is really two books in one (in disguise). One half is an autobiography and the other half is really like a textbook but thoroughly fun to read--once I bought it, I sat down and read it in one sitting. Thank you for you comment. It means a lot coming from you ;)

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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

Instant Rome is a product of consumer based culture. We are told if we have the money we can have what we want right now.

Also with today's technology everything is instantaneous. The very idea of waiting seems so foreign. This may be why I myself struggle to focus on certain activities. Let it be known I read this word for word without wandering off to another page and it was not easy.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're right about that. All of us want everything yesterday--instant gratification is where it's at. I'm sorry to tell those people that it can't and won't be so. No one should expect to walk into a Dojo as a white belt and by day's end come out a black belt (I love analogies). The same goes with writing a novel. It takes time, discipline, dedication, and an impervious resolve.

I appreciate your stopping in and reading every word. If I can just help one person to write a novel, I will have accomplished my goal.

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broussardleslie 7 years ago

I bought the book "Becoming a Writer" by Dorothea Brande; I hope you get credit for it!

I've never been much for creative fiction writing, but your hub makes me want to try.

Thank you for sharing your story, Dohn.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I really appreciate your endorsement of me as it was very kind of you to do so. By the way, you just made me my first sale on Amazon! I hope it inspires you as it did for me. Thank you so much for everything! Please let me know if you have any questions as I will do my best to help.

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Woody Marx 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great advice. I liked King's On Writing as well, because he made no bones (pun intended) about the fact that a writer writes--everyday--without fail. King even admits to writing on his birthday and holidays. Something to emulate I think.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's great to hear that you read it. I read the entire book the day I bought it in one sitting. I'm not ashamed to say that I've written while on vacation to Walt Disney World and Las Vegas (if you can believe that) without shame. The thing that many people don't understand is that with writing daily it becomes second nature, practically hygienic, it that you will have the urge to write and won't be stable unless it gets done.

Thank you for visiting me.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Wow, this is interesting and useful. In the paragraph "what I wrote" - Writing must have been a kind of Therapy for you then and you have the added bonus of them being a useful resource. I think I'll start keeping a proper Journal - like one page a day. Cheers & Good Luck :)

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's very good to hear, Lady_E. Doing so will help you to find your voice and hone you skills in your stream of consciousness writing . I hope that you stick with it, because it you do, will you see an improvement. Give it 6 weeks and you'll see what I mean! Thank you.

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Fountain of Info 7 years ago

Thanks for the link to your hub dohn121 !!! It was great read. I was surprised when you mentioned Elements of Style by Strunk and White, I actually have that...I had to purchase it for my AP English class....although I never used it, I will be reading it now though lol! I mean I am a pre-med major, but I love to write and read, and I got a real inspirational boost from my 12th grade english teacher, we had to write short stories and he really thought mine was great and told me I had a natural gift for writing. I hope one day I can have a book published for the world to enjoy and have a glimpse of the world I live in lol! Your hub was great! I plan on checking back and looking through all of your hubs soon, but I need to go to bed right now haha its almost 3 am here in california.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That really is wonderful to hear that you're a pre-med major. My parents really wanted me to become a doctor out of high school but I just didn't have the passion to do so. After going into general studies my first two years I decided that I wanted to write (my hub, goes into a bit of detail about it. I just listened to my heart and so went with it.

I too had some very encouraging teachers and professors throughout my years as a student, but even with a degree in Creative Writing, I continue to learn as much as possible from other writers both alive and dead! I read as much as I can as well. I'm sure you're busy, but please feel free to drop in anytime. Should you ever have a question or need some help, please email me and I will do my best to do so. Good luck, keep studying and follow your dreams to the end of the rainbow! It was wonderful to meet you.

Fountain of Info 7 years ago

thanks dohn121 ! Thanks for the offer of helping me, I am sure I will be pestering you with questins in the near future lol! Nice meeting you too!!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Not a problem, Fountain of Info. I'm always willing to help any way I can! I look forward to hearing from you again.

Jonn Deacon 7 years ago

I would like to know: Has ANYONE ever PAID you for anything that you have written?

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, the quarterback on my team back in seventh grade paid me $5 for a poem I wrote (and no, I'm not being a smart alec either). Since then, I have not been paid for anything that I have written. However, I am looking for a literary agent to represent my novel. I hope to publish soon and in the meantime, I would like to submit a few of my short stories to a few contests and literary journals. Thank you for asking.

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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hi dohn I thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge.

What a generous heart you have to share your tips for your success with the 'world. That is what it is all about giving, loving, caring. That is a rich, abundant life.

We do reap what we sow. You have inspired me to move faster. Thank you. I have some new,awesome writing tools.

Your friend, Blessings Galore

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you again, skye2day. I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to give back. I believe that I've been bless with some of the best teachers and professors throughout the course of my life and much of my advice comes from them. I'm very curious to read your writing and would love to follow your career very closely.

Please keep writing! I'll talk to you soon!

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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

Thanks for this great hub dohn. I wrote non fiction books and now I try to write a novel. It is harder. I need a kind of 'feeling' right?

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Well, not exactly...The best thing to do is to read what you are aspiring to write. I get a lot of good ideas for stories while reading. Just keep practicing. The best advice I've ever received is that the story is king. Think about the best stories you ever heard and then analyze the properties of what makes it such a great story.

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Luciendasky 7 years ago from Florence, OR

This is great advice. I love the 500 words a day bit! 500 words is not a lot and very manageable. Thanks dohn for recommending this!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Luciendasky for coming over to read this. I really appreciate it and hope that it does help. I highly recommend reading "On Writing" by Stephen King as it has helped and inspired me tremendously. Thanks.

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Leop 7 years ago

Dohn, thank you for this great information. I keep coming back because you are a great writer and always have very valuable ideas. I am starting my writing and can also use some tips. Thanks for offering to help. Well done.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, Leop. I'm glad that you visited this hub and hope that you can benefit from it, as this is a culmination of much that I've learned over the years. All of these tips helped me and so hope that it'll help others as well. Thank you for reading this. I appreciate it.

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words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

:) I am happy for you...Dohn,

Chasing your dreams,

through rough rides and flowing streams

in deed you have come a very long way

and I bet you; you will soon have only success

to savour in the coming today!

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words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

A wonderful hub for all those who want to be writers-BIGTIME!! (Count me out!)

:)Altogether Dohn, I am so happy for you..

that I instantly composed this-

"Chasing your dreams,

through the rough rides

and flowing streams..

indeed you have come a long way

and I bet you;

you will have only success & happiness

to savour soon,

in the coming of your today!"

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words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

I do not understand what goes wrong with my net connection or with HP, I post a comment and try edit it and then get only a new comment!:/

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

No worries, words cocktail. I try to only click the button once and wait. Sometimes there's a glitch (I know from leaving a gazillion comments, lol).

Thank you so much for reading this and leaving a comment (not to mention writing a poem ;) ) I appreciate your support and kind words. One day I soon, I will publish and this I know. I'm not really sure why I know this, but there it is. Thanks my friend. I hope that you're well and that happiness finds you in around every corner.

Jack Kong 7 years ago

Dohn, great article! It was really an engaging and inspiring read -- hallmarks of great writing! And thanks for the book recommendations!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Jack. I appreciate it. Please look into reading these books as they'll sure to be an asset to you as a writer. Thanks so much for the feedback!

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Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

Good post, I will check one of those books out, Thanks Dohn.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, TFT. Thanks again for reading and commenting. I hope that you get just as much out of them.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

"Becoming a Writer" by Dorothea Brande, I will take a look at that Dohn, and thanks for your incite here. And I believe in what you said that you are a writer because you know you are one, Amen! You are indeed a good writer Dohn, just case you still doubt it, LOL

here is my beer for yah, YEHEY, NYG won! have a good day, Maita

poetlorraine 7 years ago

did i miss this somehow...... i do not believe you were ever unpopular......... are you happy with the progress you are making with your writing?

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@prettydarkhorse-Thanks, Maita. Dorothea Brande's book certainly helped me as adolescent. I'm sure that it'll help any and all readers who are eager to write. I do hope that you take a look and would like to hear what you think once you do. Thanks for the beer, Maita! Great game, huh?

@poetlorraine-No, being an Asian in my school, it was a bit tough to get unnoticed...I am happy with the progress I'm making-thanks for asking-but I know that the road is that much longer. I won't ever give up on getting published. Thanks, Brenda ;)

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A-Traveler 7 years ago from United Kingdom

This is one of the best advice I have ever had!....Thanks mate, I was looking forward to see such clarifications on how to write and from today I will definitely keep a journal :)...Thanks again

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, A-Traveler. Thanks for the feedback! I always am on the look out for improving my craft and this hub is a culmination of the best advice I've ever received. I'm glad that you think so by the way. Good luck on your writing!

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Run Down Battery 7 years ago from UK

Great stuff. I admire your tenacity. I'm new to writing and like you it came from despair. It is a healing process and I'm not sure if I'll keep writing when the pain has lessened. I'll be the first one in the shops when your novel comes out! Inspirational...

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, RDB. My best advice to give to you is to write from your heart. Keep a journal and free write. Just write how you feel and remember that this is the most personal writing that you can do. I cannot stress this enough. Let me know how it goes. I hope to hear from you again.

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Hello Dohn,

You are indeed a writer, not because you write, but because you do it well. There is passion, despare, hope and joy in your writings and that's what makes them great.

There is no doubt you will be published one day and we will be there to celebrate your success

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Petra, for your support and vote of confidence. I really do believe that I will be published and very soon. Writing for a living is the only thing that makes sense to me. I don't want to do anything else. Thank you for reading this! It means a lot to me!

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MBP42 6 years ago from have received my official license as a Pastor, praise God

Thanks for the article and the book selections. I had to laugh I read to study for everything else but never dawned on me to study the craft of writing. lol

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, MBP42. If their is one single book that has helped me more than any other, it's Stephen King's On Writing. I cannot stress this enough! The book was so highly regarded by my creative writing professor that he included it in out syllabus! I hope you pick yourself up a copy--from this hub or elsewhere. You won't regret it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My brother Dohn...

I love to find these early writings from you! It gives me an idea of your persevering attitude, your progress and your essence! Great advice! It is current and still stands, that´s the beauty of this, bro!

Thumbs up!

warmest regards and infinite blessings,


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Al. I'm always eager to hear what you have to say about my writing and my advice on writing. Yes, this is certainly one of my "earlier" hubs--it was written when I was still trying to find my way on HubPages. Fortunately enough, it's an "Evergreen" hub, meaning that others will be (hopefully) viewing it months and years down the road. Thanks so much my friend.

Warmest Regards,


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

A very good hub! I have found it to be true also that if you have problems and then write them down, it helps to put them into perspective.

This is all good advice. Writing is a lot of work and if you don't spend hours every day then you will never be successful.

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Absolutely. One of the key things that my professor of Creative Writing taught to us is that writing is hard work. For the concert pianist to the top Olympic skier in the world, each had to hone their skills and practice their craft to no end in order to become who they are.

Thank you so much for reading this!

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My Odyssey 6 years ago from Somerset, Kentucky

Thank you so much for giving me this link! Great Hub! The information you gave will help me hopefully start working on preparing myself to write. I have always wanted to complete a novel. I am going to read some of those books you listed and start working on really grasping what it takes to write a novel. Thank You!

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for taking my advice as I thought it would help. One other thing I'd like to recommend is to read the genre your interested in writing. That way, you'll know your competition and know the market. You'll be one step ahead of your competition by KNOWING your competition. Please let me know how it goes!

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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Awesome hub dohn121, Thank You big times for sharing your success. Your beautiful writing gave me much to work on. Fantastic tips. Everyone does go at it different but put all the great minds together and the sky is the limit. I love your hubs. I must come over sooner for a visit.

Many More Blessings dohn121. I like you. Your face shines all over the hubs. Mr. Popular. Were you popular in school?You were the 'brain' everyone loved to know huh?kidding.

You are very special and have Blessed many including me. Thank You. Sending a hug.

II posted my first chapter 'scented oil' check it out when you can. Nighty Night.

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks so much, Skye for the wonderful compliment! In school I was more infamous than famous :D I just wish I was known for other things, I guess! I'll certainly check out "scented oil." Thanks so very much for reading this, for commenting, and for the support!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

dohn, This is wonderful, most of all I loved your description of knowing your a writer. I remember knowing I was a writer from the time I could hold a pencil, things have never been the same. Thanks for this it's a great contribution to anyone who writes and others as well. thanks and peace:)

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Katie. Thank you so much for commenting. Yes, I think it's important for everyone one of us to chase after our dreams and to recognize and find exactly what our niche is. You certainly understand what I mean :D Thanks.

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BennyTheWriter 6 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

Hey Dohn, I'm one of your new followers. I think the information and encouragement you give here is invaluable. Like you, I had a childhood dream of being a writer--no, the knowledge that I WAS a writer--but somehow life circumstances and personal problems sucked that confidence out of me. I began to feel "silly" for being a writer as I wanted to fit in more and more with others, and the world seemed to scream that it wasn't a viable or realistic profession. I still never did fit in though, so I might as well return to my dream!

I do believe I'm getting back into the grove again. I feel like I should have much more experience writing than I do, but the only course of action for me right now is to TAKE action and press on. I'm learning that, and your hub has given me a gentle push in the right direction today.

I'm definitely going to check out those books. I've checked out some of your work; you're an awesome writer, and I look forward to reading more. Thanks for taking the time to inspire : )

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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi Benny. I've been an absentee landlord as of late so my apologies for not getting back to you. I cannot believe that it's been this long since you left your comment. Since you first/last saw me, I was just at the cusp of a new meager-paying job. This new job then became a great paying job that hordes all of my time and so no HubPages for me. Again, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner.

My dream as a writer (maybe long after I take that dirt nap) is to have my work dissected in a college setting. I'd like for students to rip me up and tear me up and be made to write papers on my work, much the same way I wrote papers on the greats like Hemingway, London, and Faulkner. But there it is. That is what I want more than just shear money or fame. And the worst thing that could happen after I publish is for my books to go out of print as it's the kiss of death.

So what are you doing now? I hope all's well and that you are pursuing you dream as a writer. I cannot express how happy I am that you got my message through my hubs and that I have somehow provided the impetus to get you going. Best of luck to you, Benny.


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