Writing: Secrets of a Writer

'It's Difficult Work ...this whole being a Muse Thingie

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The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

— Aldous Huxley

Perhaps Mr. Huxley would not have minded too too much if this were a second quote which bounced off his ...

The secret of a great writer "is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm."

Keeping our zest for life and learning and knowing and being creative alive and well, skyrockets a writer out of the ordinary into the stupendous.


Secrets...Betcha' Can't Keep 'Em....

"I've got a secret and you don't know it." Anyone ever said that to you??

Of course they have.

Well, at least, I know it was said to me, plenty of times. Even as an adult.

And sometimes I wish they wouldn't because I then want to know what it is that they know that surely I must hear or I will burst.

Writers too have secrets. And, no doubt, some of them are the same for most of us and some of them differ greatly.

Some of the secrets we share have to do with the mechanics of writing. You know, the necessary part of constructing a tale or nonfiction piece that is worthy of the consideration of others....the mundane parts of writing that, in the long run, do form a basis for the creative part of writing to emerge.

How we do that does differ greatly.

As you read the works of many just here on HubPages for instance you may know even before you look at the author's name who it is that wrote it. Over time we develop a style and our voice comes through in our writing.

Secrets...there are many.

I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story

— Tom Clancy

Astonishingly Vibrant Colors

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Jolted Awake in the Wee Hours by Ideas Tumbling Around, Demanding to be Heard


Awakened in the wee hours overflowing with ideas,

Words calling, chanting, singing

Haunting

Metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification....

declarative interrogative exclamatory imperative ....sentence types learned eons ago (for some of us)...

Parts of speech can be cantankerous and troublesome...when a verb can be a noun or a noun a verb ....don't those crazy words know their place???

The billowing wave rolled up to shore;

One excited, little child will wave at us when we drive by his home.

And many many more rules..punctuation and paragraphing etcetera etcetera etecetera.

Calgon, won't you please take me away??!!

Secrets...this is just the beginning of those as yet undisclosed ways you, Little Words, have power of me...

Photos Can Punctuate Articles

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You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

— Madeleine L'Engle

Exceptionally Enchanted

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Enchanted by Adverbs...

Angrily, hastily, beautifully....

adverbs work their magic....deliciously dancing in our noggins ....sometimes

at other times they languish within the folds of our grey matter----like a lazy day in the hottest part of any summer....

and, then unexpectedly, without a hint, sentinels heralding the story that will become...mystical, magical adverbs appear, cautiously...

awaiting a perfect moment to appear, stealthily but, unselfishly.

Without their appearance, writing may appear somewhat droll....

try it sometime...write a piece with no adverbs...consciously decide not to select even one and see if it works.


And it will...in some cases...but to me it seems it would be akin to viewing a rainbow with only drab gray colors...

Adverbs put the sparkle in my writing...

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.

— Lisa See

Patiently Waiting

My Gretta girl who has become my loving pup.
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Between the A and the T

When I was a wee bit of a girl, I would call out, "Daddy, where are you at?" and he would invariably reply, 'Between the A and the T."

I never got it. Not till I was much older and learning to use 'proper English.'

Those doggone prepositions.

Don't end sentences with them...never ever!!

....Over and over I heard that when I was a young writer in high school...

Now I end sentences with them because I can....there are still those who strictly adhere to the preposition rule but after six decades plus, I think a little literary license is AOK.

I fell down.

(No, no...anyway..how else would I fall? O, I suppose I could fall up a stairway if I planned it just right.)

What did I come in this room for? (No no)

Okay, so maybe the writing is more polished with an object after the preposition but there are just times when I feel a need to be foot loose and fancy free.

Soon I will leave home to go out and about.

Writers turn dreams into print.

— James A. Michener

Elegantly Draped Across the Landscape

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Learning from billybuc

I do learn and take to heart what I find is beneficial. Reading billybuc's Writer's Mailbag keeps me learning and growing (Our own Bill Holland right here on HubPages).

The Writers Mailbag makes me feel as if I am privy to a conversation between those who ask and bill who responds to their query. If you have not read any of these submissions, be sure you do and soon.

A recent one is at the following link:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/The-Writers-Mailbag-Installment-Sixty-Four


A Journey into Understanding

A Few Secrets of pstraubie48

1. Getting lost in novels and works of nonfiction (really my most preferred reading) fills my gray matter with ideas

2. And, did I say, I read. A lot. I even read things that are of no particular interest to me at first glance and often find myself totally engaged in the reading of a topic I may have shunned in the past.

3. People watching finds its way into my writing from time to time....facial expressions, body language, snibbets of conversation swirl around in my mind and may surface at some point in an article.

4. Reading about writing and what makes it 'work' is something that finds its way on my to-do list too. Reading what those who are accomplished writers have to say about how-to improve and how to publish works for me....dispelling the old 'you can't teach and old dog new tricks' saying....

5. I remember what someone told me many years ago when I first knew I HAD to write....

"Don't ever become too enarmoured with your own words. Be unafraid to erase, remove, delete a word. Each piece of writing you do is a 'work in progress.'"

And those words of wisdom have held me in good stead down through the ages.

6. One secret which is probably one many of us do is this:

I write and let the writing 'rest.' I may leave it alone for a few hours or a few days.

And when I go back I edit and rewrite and let it 'rest' again.

I find too that I edit after I publish as well.

(I do miss errors even as many times as I edit and re-edit and when I find them I change them. I even have lovelies here on HubPages who have my back and will inform me of a boo-boo. I do the same as well in an email, never in a comment. And apologize if they do not want to be informed. One person wrote me a scathing note because I, in a friendly way, pointed out an error via email...so you may not wish to risk it. )

Other secrets...well, I have to keep some really as 'secret', you know.

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.

— Matthew Arnold

Another little tidbit...


Choosing only two secrets, I would select read and write.

Read nonfiction and fiction in great abundance.

Read works by authors who have stood the test of time.

Read by authors whose writings you fall into when you are reading them.

Read works that inspire, entertain, uplift, challenge, stimulate, move you to action and reaction.

Be very certain to read something funny...something that makes you laugh out loud...every day.

And write. Write some every single day.

And read some more.

And write some more.


Thoughts to Ponder: What do you find the most challenging about writing?

 
 
 
punctuation
finding the best words
finding time to write
too much concern with length of an article
fear
uncertainty
selecting a topic
staying on topic
constructing sentences with flair
Perhaps there is something else not shown on the table that might be of concern to you. Please feel free to share in the comment section.

This Song Sung by HIM Gets My Synapses Firing on so many levels

Wise Words ...

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange, and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. Toni Morrison

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to use 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. Mark Twain

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard

More Wise Words...

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. Saul Bellow

… the truest writers are those who see language not as a linguistic process but as a living element…Derek Wolcott

Je ne sais quot

Think of authors that you read or have read and may go back and reread. The ones you are drawn to the most, whose writing captivates and holds you are the ones who have that " je ne sais quoi" that it is not possible to define; it just is.

That is the magic we cannot learn. It is part of who we are.

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One Secret All Writers Share

One secret that writers share is this:

Reading and writing are, let us say, the backbone of stepping into this world of writing.

One element of becoming a WRITER is something over which we have no control...

it is that ability to arouse others with our words; it is an innate ability to have words work their magic as they flow onto to the page (screen) and become more than just 'words'...they become the messenger that translates and connects us to thoughts and ideas that have been waiting to be heard.

This skill, talent, gift---call it what you will---cannot be learned. It can be improved upon, I believe, but that improvement is unconscious. It just comes from that longing-to-be heard place deep within us.

. Tweaking and editing is one thing...but making the magic happen is quite another.

Your only responsibility as a writer is to be true to the story that has chosen you as its writer.

— Jean Little

Write on...

Another day will dawn in a few hours.

Awakening a new set of opportunities to expand our writer's minds....

Eagerly anticipating the bewitching way that words will fall onto this screen and take on a life of their own

Write on...dear writers...

© 2015 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes he was, Peggy. He was one who used humor often in relation to words. We would come to a " draw bridge" on our way to Richmond, VA.,. And every time we did he would call out...,"get out your pad and pencil!!" He and my Momma caused me to fall in love with words from my earliest years. And it is evident you have an ongoing relationship with words as you so skillfully paint stories for us. Thank you for the good wishes. Angels are headed your way.ps


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Peggy W 5 months ago from Houston, Texas

I was an avid reader long before I got the writing bug. Your advice is good as might have been expected from those familiar with your work. Your dad saying that he was between the A and the T made me laugh. He was trying to teach you a grammar lesson using humor. Blessings to you and your entire family! Sharing.


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Swalia...it is a favorite of mine!!! Angels ate on the way ps


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swalia 10 months ago

Great hub and very helpful advice!


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pstraubie48 11 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping, breathing The wonder of words and how they can come together to paint a picture we wish for is a lovey experience...wishing you much success with your writing endeavors.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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breathing 11 months ago from Bangladesh

Every writer has own secrets to develop writing or continuing the writing when the mind is not in a mood to continue. The author has brought out some of the best ones from them. Indeed these secrets are very important for the writer to carry on. Many times the mood is not good but some magical words are flying in the mind. If you do not write those words at that time maybe you will never be able to write them again. Thus the readers will miss some great writing. So every writer should use these secrets effectively and gift the readers amazing writing.


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breathing 11 months ago from Bangladesh

Every writer has own secrets to develop writing or continuing the writing when the mind is not in a mood to continue. The author has brought out some of the best ones from them. Indeed these secrets are very important for the writer to carry on. Many times the mood is not good but some magical words are flying in the mind. If you do not write those words at that time maybe you will never be able to write them again. Thus the readers will miss some great writing. So every writer should use these secrets effectively and gift the readers amazing writing.


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O thank you Amanda Such words from a fellow writer are very humbling.

This is one of my most favorite hubs ever. It truly was one that just rolled along as the words formulated the ideas and created the message.

So nice to see you stopping by

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Amanda Abbott 12 months ago from Los Angeles

Wow! *standing ovation* Being a writer since I was ten years old, I have been waiting all my life to hear those words. I was told to write children's stories without adverbs. I have and it makes a huge difference. I chuckled at your "Awake" section. You should teach creative writing courses, you do it here effortlessly. I'd be your star pupil. Fantastic work! Keep it up, hon!


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping to visit.....this was another hub that was done mainly by the words....I just sat back and let them take over....and they spilled many of my secrets which after all are not really 'secrets' at all....

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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GAES STEM 13 months ago from Chesterfield, Virginia

Secrets have a way of gushing out of writers, sometimes embellished or twisted for the sake of the art. I LOVE both the lead cat photo and the dog photo. You seem to have a special talent for capturing their inner spirits.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice to see you, Jo.

I so enjoy falling in to the mystery of writing and attempting to find my place within this whole realm of writing. I find the more I write about it, the more the words seem to have to say.

So appreciate you stopping by

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Jo_Goldsmith11 14 months ago

Excellent reading here dear friend! :-) So much wisdom in your words. It was funny and captivating. Of course all of your writings really speak to me in some way or fashion. Loved the photos! :-)

Yes, writing can be as much fun as you allow it to be. And when it becomes a "chore", that is the time to take a break for a bit.

I agree 100 % with reading as much as you write, especially our Bill Holland! This was amazing and I shared...applaud you for your flair with words. Blessings always...


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

And you know what, Lawrence....whatever works for you is a GOOD thing...no one way is THE way...

we all have our own approach...often, very often, the words take over and yes, many times, long before I am at the keyboard so I can identify with that.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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lawrence01 14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Patricia

I can't help it! It's just the way I have to do things, my articles are often written long before I even get near a keyboard or any writing instrument!

I don't lay awake at night with them but I have been known to miss a turning and go 'off route' (for a bus driver thats serious!) but I've often got my hubs written in my head long before I get to the computer screen!

Some great advice here, thanks for sharing

Lawrence


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The Dirt Farmer 14 months ago from United States

The photo on this one drew me to it. (What a face!) The lively writing kept me there. Fun to read and good advice. Have you read Writing Down the Bone by Natalie Goldberg? It's old now, probably 30, but sometimes reading a chapter of it inspires me.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks Genna so appreciative of you stopping by to visit....I find I am spending more and more time thinking about writing and what it means to me...

It seems my Muse is calling out to me to write all of the stories that swirl around me.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Genna East 14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

"How we do that does differ greatly." It certainly does! I enjoyed reading your secrets and words of advice. And I loved this quotation:

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

— Madeleine L'Engle

Well done. :-)


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aviannovice 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Yes, going to bed, then getting up again to write, because it will flee from out minds before morning. I have been there many times, which is sometimes when my poetry strikes. It even happened on the way to work once(grin). What can you do? Just DO it. Thanks for defending me in my madness...


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you for stopping to read and comment, tillsontitan...

You know the more I write the more I enjoy it and especially here on HubPages.

Hoping all is good with you Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

For me also, DDE...thank you for stopping to read and comment. It is evident that you enjoy writing as much as I do :D

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Nice to see you stopping by Swalia....fun what we can do with words and the lessons we learn along the way....

Sending Angels your way this afternoon. ps


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swalia 14 months ago

Awesome piece!


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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York

This was brilliant and enjoyable! You've hit lots of nails on the head and we can certainly relate to many of them. Where were you when I was learning English in school? I would've learned so much more with the humor and intensity you have here.

If there were still buttons I'd be voting them all!


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DDE 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A n interesting hub with such lovely photos. Writing is such a pleasure for me.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are correct, dahoglund, we need to learn to forget rules and let our Muse guide our writing...

thank you for stopping to read and comment...I really do appreciate it....

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Rebecca...I am always humbled by such comments...it makes me feel as if my work is somewhat appreciated....

Hoping all is well with you and yours...

Angels are on the way once again bringing blessings and hugs ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Eric...yeah, silly little old secrets ... I guess I spilled the beans on most of mine....and that's okay by me.

Hoping all is good with you today...

Angels are on the way this afternoon. ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Frank

Thank you so much for stopping.. Yes, that bugs me now (the whole where are you at thing...cuz I learned my lesson well from my Daddy.).

I appreciate your kind words and the fact you took time to read and comment.

Angels are once again heading to you ps


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dahoglund 14 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Sometimes we have to learn to forget some of the rules we were once taught. The rule about prepositions, as I recall, came from the time people studies Latin and Greek in order to learn English. It was true, I thing, for Latin but not really for English.


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Ericdierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A wonderful piece. Gives me much to ponder. Secrets? I used to think I had them. Now I am not so sure.


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

what a time investing hub.. Loved it ... where you at.. between the a and the t.. yeah I remember that way back when too.. voted awesome and a thrill to read.. also love some of the pics.. :)


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Nell

I know....that song sung by him just works for me.

I so appreciate you taking the time to stop and read and comment.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice to see you, Gypsy Rose Lee.

I appreciate you taking the time to stop and read and comment.

Each day here is a new adventure and a learning experience for me.

Hoping you have a lovely day today.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes, bravewarrior, I got that message very early too...no, where are you at saying in our house.

And I suppose that is why it does really grate on my nerves as an adult....I am with you there.

Thank you so much for stopping to visit and comment. I appreciate your visits. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping to read and comment, Randy. And yes, it is my opinion that I have shared here. (We of course know what is said about opinions :D)

As I have mentioned in some other comments above, I just had to get out of the way and let the words do the writing :D

Hoping all is good with you today...Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are a peach, Faith. How humbled I am to receive such a sweet comment.

We all are evolving and growing here as we share our thoughts and feelings and yes, even our secrets.

I am so blessed to count you as 'friend' ....hoping all is well with you and yours...

Angels are on the way to you bringing joy and blessings and hugs, Faith

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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for taking the time to stop and read and comment. This was a write that was done by the words...I had to step back and get out of the way.

It is always a pleasure to have you visit, Ms Dora

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O my Gretta has become a special member of our family.

Glad to share her with you.

I agree. I think we need to do what works for us and not worry too much about 'rules.'

Thank you so much for stopping to read and comment Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Carb Diva....I am glad the photo of Milo caught your eye...he is my love bunny. What a joy..I could write volumes just about him.

So glad you stopped by to visit..I appreciate your comment

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks Jodah for stopping by to read and comment.

Every day exploring and trying on new words and new word combinations is an adventure for sure.

Hoping all is good in your little corner of the world today Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Jodah. There is no magical can to open but, on the other hand, the magic begins within each of us each time we sit down to compose....let's keep it coming.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Missy I know what you mean. For me, it really depends on the type of article I am writing how strictly I adhere to all of the conventions, mechanics, of writing.

Thank you for stopping to read and comment.

Sending Angels your way this morning ps


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

What an enjoyable article; the photos are fantastic and your words are full of encouragement! You also show we are all so much alike... the writer in us all with the desire to reach others with words.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi bill

I thought I responded to your comment but I do not see it. It is my pleasure to share your work...I do learn from your posts in the Mailbag Series as well as finding much to ponder in your other entries.

Thanks for your kind words.

The precious Angels are once again headed your way to you and Bev carrying blessings and many hugs. ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment...The words did the writing for me....so I had little to do.

The pup? Well you see, my daughter and her family moved to another town to be nearer the doctors they need and were not able to take the pup.

Actually I was not fond of Gretta (the pup)...she liked to jump and nuzzle up on me too much. But over time (a short time in fact) she stole her way into my heart. And now I simply adore her.

Angels are headed your way bringing blessings and hugs ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice to see you Marlene. We can only get better as we edit and re-edit our work.

And I do love that people take the time to send me a message if they find a glaring error.

Hoping all is good with you today Angels are headed your way ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

How I appreciate your kind words, drbj Over the rainbow has never been sung with such passion as the way he sings it...

Hoping all is good with you

Sending blessings and hugs and many Angels to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for your comment, Manatita....that is what keeps us going...the ever changing part...it makes our work grow and (hopefully) become better.

Angels are once again on the way to you. thank you for sending good thoughts to me for my family too ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Ann...I feel so many kudos from your comment. What fun it is to step back and take a look at this whole writing thing...to think about how it all fits together.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Nell Rose 14 months ago from England

Hiya, I loved this! and Izzy (video) took me along with the flow of your words too, what a great hub!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia

A most interesting and thought provoking hub. Thank you for sharing.


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bravewarrior 14 months ago from Central Florida

Writing is a creative effort and cannot be forced. At least that's the way it is for me. Proper English has its place, but not in dialogue and often can be thrown to the curb when making a point. The only phrase that really annoys the hell out of me is, "where you at?". Even as a child I knew that was wrong.


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Randy Godwin 14 months ago from Southern Georgia

Interesting look at what makes a writer.....or if one is simply born to be such. I enjoyed your opinion on the subject, Patricia. :)


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Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

Thank you for sharing your secrets, dear Patricia! Your writing always inspires and I always receive a blessing when I read. I hope HubPages has an award for Best Non-Fiction Writer in the Hubbie Awards next year, as I would surely nominate you. Your personal photos you share on your hubs certainly do add that wonderful something special to your articles.

I have been writing (not publishing though) and have several articles in the works, but I am to that point where I want to make sure they have some element of magic to them and not just your run of mill article. I know you understand from where I am coming on this no doubt.

Keep on being you, precious gem and excellent writer.

I am sending many hugs and much love on the wings of Angels your way.

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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean

"Each piece of writing you do is a 'work in progress." I share that secret among others. Thank you, Patricia for giving some helpful advice and some thoughts to consider. I appreciate the quotes.


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MizBejabbers 14 months ago

I adore your Gretta girl. She makes me miss my Genghis so much.

Sometimes you just have to end a sentence with a preposition. To do otherwise makes it sound so stilted and tight-assed. Tell that to one of my co-editors, a retired English teacher. Another rule that was written to be broken is that transitions must be used into every following paragraph. One of my journalism professors always followed that rule and counted off if we didn’t. He could make an execution sound like a birthday party. Anyway, love your secrets.


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manatita44 14 months ago from london

Many salient points here, Patricia, and to me, few as potent as your encouragement to read and write, except perhaps this final bit by Saul bellow and Derek Walcott:

"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. Saul Bellow

… the truest writers are those who see language not as a linguistic process but as a living element…" - Derek Wolcott.

That is me all over: ever-creative; ever-new; ever-transcending ...

A great Hub on the writing process, enchanting and poetic also. Much Love to the family.


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MarleneB 14 months ago from Northern California, USA

These are all wonderful tips for writers. I am a reader and I think that is what helps me the most. I write, re-write, and rest the things I've written and then write and re-write again. No matter how much I work to find errors, I always seem to find one immediately as I hit the "publish" button. I enjoy feedback and emails letting me know of errors. I thought others liked it too. When I first started writing at HubPages, I would see errors and send emails to the writers. They didn't like being corrected, so I stopped doing it. Nevertheless, I want people to let me know about errors so that I'm not putting erroneous stuff out for the world to see.


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

Your words and thoughts in this hub, Patricia, are as magical and beautiful as that enchanting video by Israel 'IZ'. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share it all.


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Carb Diva 14 months ago

I love, love, love this. What a wonderful day to begin the week--with this beautifully written hub. (By the way, you had me with the photo of the kitty).


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hey ps, what a delightful hub. Your advice and examples are spot on. Thank you for revealing the "secrets" of being a writer. Fortunately it's not like being a magician and you can freely reveal most of them. This was very comprehensive and helpful. I also loved the quotes you included, especially Elmore Leonard's : "I try to leave out the parts that people skip". I enjoyed reading this immensely. Thank you.


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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

That was so nice of you to mention me and share a link. Thank you for that. I loved this article. I think there is something here that every writer can nod their head at and say "I understand." Well done my friend.

hugs and blessings coming your way on a warm wind

bill


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annart 14 months ago from SW England

What a great, encouraging hub, Patricia! You've tackled what can be a boring subject with a wonderfully chatty piece that's given us lots of advice and lots of smiles.

I love the quote '....if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children' from Madeleine L'Engle. How good is that?!

As for prepositions; well, that changes with the times. If we're writing for some really serious readers on a serious subject, then maybe; but writing reflects life and language evolves and we are the ones who dictate how it evolves, ergo... we can do what we like! All in the name of artistic licence of course!

I couldn't agree more about the 'let it rest' advice. I do that just about every time I write because there is always something I miss when the words are still in my head. Proof-reading must be done, straight away if you like, but definitely a few hours later, then tomorrow, then maybe again. That presumes we have enough time before an article has to be published of course. Anyway, I ramble.....

Great hub, great photos, great philosophy, in fact just....... great!

Ann


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Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

This was entertaining to read. I get caught up in writing things correctly all the time, and then sometimes, I just say what the hay, and do it the way I feel like it. lol. What is the right way or a wrong way anyway? If people enjoy reading it, what do every single period and comma have to do with it? Well, in a perfect world, it would be that way. :)


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rebeccamealey 14 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I enjoyed this, Patricia. It captures the essence of our wonderful craft so well. And you always pick just the right photos to go in your hubs. Did you get a new dog? Blessings!

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