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Be Yourself In Writing and In Life

Updated on September 9, 2013

The Genesis of This Article

I recently read an article written by a friend of mine. Sheila Myers is her name and she wrote about rebelling against the established rules of writing. You can find her article here.

I want to applaud Sheila for what she wrote and then, because I am a writer, I want to expound on her points with 1200 more words to hammer her point, and my point, home.

I don’t know why you write, and therein lies the problem with writing articles about the craft of writing. No two writers are the same, so the best one can do when writing “how to write” articles is supply suggestions to those who are interested in that particular aspect of writing.

There are some who write online with the sole purpose of making some passive income and I say hooray to those writers. My articles about how to establish a rhythm in writing are worthless for those writers who are only concerned with writing 400 characters for Bubblews, or 1200 words for HubPages, and then clicking the like button to earn more pennies.

There are those who are interested in writing for magazines and there are those who are interested in writing novels, and there are thousands of writers who fall somewhere in-between. Then there are those, like me, who just write because it is a passion, and their only driving force is to be the best writer they can possibly be.

To all of you, no matter what your motivation may be, I say BE YOURSELF!

We all have our own unique writing style. It is what separates us from the masses. It is our signature on the literary world and as such it should be embraced and cherished. Why, when we are unique, would we attempt to write like someone else? Why, when we have been stamped as a rarity, would we settle for being like some other writer?

Sheila speaks of tossing aside pre-ordained rules that might hold you back from your writing destiny, and I am in total agreement with my writing friend. Why are some pieces of literature considered classics? Why are some authors considered masters? Is it because they were technically perfect writers, or perhaps is it because they followed their own path to greatness?

This is me and not John Steinbeck
This is me and not John Steinbeck | Source

I think this says it all

What Is That Path?

I will never be able to write like John Steinbeck. I could probably do a fair imitation for a paragraph or two, but prolonged writing over the length of a novel…forget about it. However, it may shock you to know that I have no desire to write like Steinbeck, nor do I care to be the next Blake, King, Koontz or Hemingway. What I want, my friends, is to be the best writer named Bill Holland that I can possibly be, for I have come to realize that nobody else in this world of seven billion people writes like I do….and I love that fact.

I am unique in my writing talents and so are you. The sooner you come to that realization, and the sooner you embrace it, the happier you will be with your writing abilities.

So, understanding that I am a unique writer, my job then is to cultivate that uniqueness and get the most out of it that I can….and since my goal is to be me, pre-established rules do not apply to a certain extent, and paths previously travelled by other writers are in no way the only paths for me to follow.

I think, at times, that writers trap themselves in a certain box and think there is no other way. Well he has done that and it worked for him so I’ll try it, or she tried this and was successful so I will be too, or this style works for them so why not me and on and on and on when in fact, uniqueness needs no road map. Uniqueness needs no lesson plan or outline or book of instructions…unique simply is.

So my message to you is a simple one: determine the type of writer you want to be, and then forge a new and brilliant path to the goal.

And Now for Life

A nip and tuck here¸a few thousand hours of stairmasters there, and I will be young-looking and beautiful once again. I need to pick up the latest designer shoes because everyone is wearing them, and I need to change my hair color because red is in, and thin is better and a nose job just might do the trick and for the love of God, STOP!

Gotta have the big screen television, and let’s trade up on that luxury car, and why settle for 4,000 square feet of living space when 7,000 is a stronger statement, and if it’s good enough for the Jones family then it’s good enough for us and for the love of God, STOP!

Why can’t I make any friends, and what’s wrong with me, and why can’t I find love and I’m such a loser and so damn boring and I can’t do anything right and for the love of God, STOP!

It breaks my heart.

Do you know anyone like that? Of course you do. Perhaps, somewhere in the last three paragraphs, I described you.

Thank the gods that I had loving parents who raised me to believe in myself and to cherish my uniqueness. The lessons were at times tough, and I needed constant reminders, but I finally reached the point where I now love my uniqueness and I have no desire to be like anyone else….and what a liberating place that is.

How about you? Seven billion and counting and there is only one you.

And yes, I know, there are some right now who are saying damn it, what’s so great about that; why can’t I be like other people?

And it breaks my heart.

Follow the course of your own river
Follow the course of your own river | Source

Do you embrace your uniqueness?

See results

Supply and Demand

Seven billion people on this planet and only one you. According to the laws of supply and demand, that makes you the rarest commodity on Earth, but your value will only rise if the demand rises, and you are saying there is no demand for what you have….and I say bull!

If there is no demand for your product (you) then you have done a poor job of marketing that product. Build it and they will come….develop it and they will be at your doorstep….flaunt it and your star will shine with the brightest in the universe.

In other words, it’s about damn time you act like you are the rarest of the rare and not some discarded refuse in the scrapyard of life.

Stand tall, be proud, and toss aside the silly rules that say you must act like someone else in order to be successful. Kick to the curb the stinkin’ thinkin’ that has held you back for so long, and erupt from your self-imposed jail cell and soar among the gods who came before you.

Do not follow their path but blaze your own. Do not copy and imitate but rather copyright a make and model never seen before and never to be seen again.

Now….take a deep breath….go to the nearest mirror and look into it. Do you know what you see?

A miracle!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Excellent work Bill! You are right, we all write for different reasons. And sometimes there are those who try to pick on others' brain, nothing really original comes from that.

      I simply write mostly from my experiences and life's journey, that way, I know I can't go wrong, or try to make up something that is not, because in the end, our work will find us out.

      I enjoyed reading and learned a thing or two. Have a blessed day! :)

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Ok, seriously couldn't agree with you more and when I write I always try to share from the heart and get across who I am even if it may be a sponsored article, I still try to put my own touch on it. Thank you Bill for sharing this and here is to another wonderful week now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, thank you so much. It really is a fool's errand trying to be someone else....we are beautiful just the way we are.

      Have a wonderful week.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Billy, yesterday as I lay in bed with a fever. I guess it's the back-to-school flu I caught from my children, I received a phone call. That phone call prompted me to force myself out of bed, almost falling over, and begin writing here which I didn't finish which I plan on finishing today. But in essence, the meaning is the same. Be true to yourself!

      Amen!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you got it! That's your signature as a writer, the personal touch. Amazing more writers don't understand that.

      Thank you dear friend and I hope your wee is a great one.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, I love it....great minds think alike? :) Feel better soon and I look forward to reading your new hub.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      OH MY!!! This is SO off the charts superb! I was SO amazed while reading this that I hit the print button in the middle. Did you know I have a 'Billy Buc' folder? With copies of MANY of your hubs in it that I take with me to Barnes & Noble to STUDY?

      PLEASE keep pounding all this into your hub fans who adore and follow you! This is a terrific write for anyone who is discouraged about being an author.

      I call it the "Billy Buc Hammer!" Don't ever stop hammering away at us...it is SO easy to get discouraged. Sometimes I wonder if you are bionic - your energy, compassion, genuine sincerity, and loyalty to doing what you love is phenomenal.

      THANK YOU SO MUCH for being the role model you are to Sparklea.

      I am still working on my book, and taking 3 non-credit courses at our community college(in October) led by a successful publisher who does not mince any words. She is a doozy. And just what I need.

      You Light up the life of this hubber - always. LOVE your gorgeous nature photo and the caption under you...This is me not John Steinbeck.

      God bless you real good, and Thanks again, Sparklea :)

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Another winner, Bill.

      I am really glad to hear you say those words. Every day, I read to become

      a better writer. But, after I read, and set to work. My head goes down to

      the key board, and I write that which is in my heart. Sometime it is just bursting to come out and jump onto the pages. Sometimes it needs a little coaxing. At some point in the future, I will go back and smooth the rough places out.

      I really do appreciate every word of advice and information. But, first,

      I must write what is in my heart.

      Many thanks for all your efforts, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, that should always be the starting point....the rest will come in time, but if we leave out the heart we leave out our own personal touch....a part of our heart...and that is not good at all. :)

      Thanks my friend....now go write!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you brought a smile to my face as I begin my day, and that is a gift. Thank you so much and I really am honored that you have a file with my work. That made me glow with happiness just reading that.

      I love that you are taking three courses at the community college....always growing, always learning...I love that, Lea!

      blessings to you my dear friend

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I totally agree, I think even writers we absolutely love if we were honest there would be certain things we would change, because that is the we in us. I would hate to think I had to write like anyone else and not be me. Maybe we are just conceited bill, do you think? lol

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Coach Pete Carroll had his Seattle Seahawks team practice all week long at 10 AM in order to acclimate the players to game time in North Carolina yesterday.

      The unique strategy certainly helped. Coach and team are making a strong statement that they are committed to be the best team that the Seattle Seahawks can be.

      In like fashion, what you're sharing with all of us today is very powerful. If we were to compare ourselves with the greats, the majority of us would be so paralyzed in our awe that we'd stop dead in our tracks. Those greats had predecessor greats that they admired and were just as awe-struck by...with a major difference...each decided to take his or her writing to a higher level by being the best writer he or she could be. Sounds simple, but the complexity is in the rationalizations that prevent one from taking that first step.

      Encouragement never bit the hand that fed it. I thank you, my friend, for the generous invitations to supper at your table.

      Aloha and mahalo!

      ~Joe

      PS Bill, I will be in Orlando for the next few days. Will do my best to attend to your hubs, but if I go MIA again, just know that my family and I are fine and that I'll be in touch with you again upon my return. Thanks for everything, Bill!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Be yourself is a great part of ones life, in every way

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, no truer words have been said. We all have our favorite authors. Why are they our favorites? Because of their writing styles and voices. You have to believe in yourself and just get out there! You don't know if you can swim until you test the waters.

      When I was considering building a website, I procrastinated because I was insecure about testing the waters of technology. I was also grappling with finding my niche. One day I just grabbed myself up by the bootstraps and went for it. After all, there is very little in my life that I've failed at, if anything. Guess what? I overcame my doubts and let my strength work for me. As far as finding my niche, I just started spewing words and the niche revealed itself to me: motivational, inspirational and self-help. Who knows what else will come from this newbie blogger, but I've once again learned to trust myself and just let 'er rip!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Jackie, I think there is definitely a bit of ego in all of us....and as long as we keep that at a healthy level that is a good thing. :) Thank you for that insight.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, good morning buddy. Orlando??? I hope there is a hub to come explaining that journey. Be safe and be happy...the rest will come out in the wash. :)

      Awe-struck indeed! No way would I write another word if I tried to be Hemingway....but I can be the best Bill Holland possible on every given day, and that's good enough for me.

      Have a great trip my friend.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      it is, DDE, and yet so many people seem afraid to be so. :) Thank you!

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      DabbleYou 3 years ago

      hehe. This hub somehow reminds me of Katy Perry's song "Fireworks". And yes, no matter how hard we try to imitate others, the uniqueness in us will always stand out.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      You always give me food for thought, careful, I might have to go on a diet soon!

      I write, first to please myself. My theory being, if it pleases me, then there is a good probability that someone else may enjoy my writing too. I like that I can earn a few pennies just for expressing myself. Thanks Billy, always a source of inspiration, you have a great week

      Sally

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Laughs, You know me bill. Someone says "no", I say YES!

      Anyway, another awesome article filled with truth and sent with Love.

      Mark

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      Kelly Umphenour 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I loved the hub Bill, as always, chock full of information. I think everyone knows I try to stay true to myself in my writing:) lol. UT OOOOOoooo!

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      AngPow 3 years ago from North Cali

      Bill!

      Very insightful and inspiring. Yes you are right, the Stinking Thinking's got to go! You are awesome. Always enjoy your hubs. Such a treat to read the refreshing truth.

      -Angela23

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I think most women have felt this way one time or another. And being yourself...Not always sure what that means. Sometimes we have to modify to fit in..I write like I talk..that is for sure. Anyway another good point or points you have brought up and a good way to start the week.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Dear Bill,

      This is so interesting, very enjoyable read and speaks of the truth in writing. Thank you, I know I am unique for I am a writer without a niche but I simply write because I love to write. I may not be in HP all the time but my passion remains the same and will continue to do so for as long as I breath...I will write straight from the heart of what I know and what I feel.

      “If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last.”-Naguib Mahfouz

      Love from the sky~

      P.S. Pinning and sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm sorry it took me so long to comment. The internet kept switching off on me...now I think it's working and I can say thank you as always for being here. There is only one you and that is a treasure, so treat it like one. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dabble, I don't know that song but now you have me curious, so off to YouTube I go. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, thank you and I like your theory. I hadn't really thought of that but I definitely like it.

      Have a great week in Norfolk!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I was just listening to a Beatles song...you say yes, I say no, you say stop and I say go, go, go....LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Pete Fanning 3 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the words of encouragement Bill, for writing and life. I love the creativeness that writing affords, whether I'm writing something good, bad, somewhere along the way, it's not about the clicks to me, it's about the process of writing. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, you are an original for sure and that's just one reason why we all like you and respect you.

      Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angela, thank you so much. I'll take "awesome" any old day. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it is a dilemma many face...being true to themselves....but it only works if they know who they are. :) Kind of a Catch 22.

      Have a great week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pete, I feel the same way. I could make no money at all and I'd still be writing....I love to create....it's nice to hear from someone else who understands that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris my dear friend, thank you, and may you always find passion in the written word.

      love from Olympia

      bill

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This hub made me smile Bill. Thank you so much. A very inspiring point to start this week with. Hope you are well.

      Have a blessed week my friend.

      Sending you blessings and smiles :-)

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Everyone wants to be the next incarnation of ____ (fill in the blank). "Me, too" thinking has led many a business into the nonprofit zone (not the charity kind). Sure, get inspiration from the best. But to always be adjusting to who or what is hot right now is exhausting.

      Thanks for being one in 7 billion, billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, your point is well taken and we see it all the time in business. Instead of paving a new path everyone wants to follow the path already paved and get a small chunk of the latest sales splurge...it is a recipe for mediocrity at best, and real winners do not settle for mediocrity. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Very true. Even when reading the different hubs on here, the written voices are very distinct and diverse.

      Your own voice rings out clearly. Almost like a lighthouse in fog.......metaphorically speaking off course!

      As you lighten the way, and make the path just a little bit easier.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, if I made you smile then I am a happy writer. Thank you my dear. I hope your day was a good one in jolly old UK.

      hugs and best wishes coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I can live with that description. Thank you! :) How are things in Scotland? I hope you are well and happy my friend.

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      All quiet here. Darkness is falling earlier and the air is starting to chill. Roll on winter..... :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We might as well welcome it in, Anna; it will be here whether we open our arms in welcome or not. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      There is no point trying to be someone else, we can only ever be a poor imitation. But what we can become is the best damn version of ourselves we can be. Another inspirational write.

      My best to you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the way you put it, Jo...be the best damn version or ourselves. Right on my friend!

      blessings to you, today and always

      bill

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I think you'd look cute as a redhead. Forget the nose job, though.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Good, bad, or indifferent I don't know why I write. I know I've always had to though.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Bill- This was well said and that point came across. I love that you used Sheila's example. I became friends with Sheila a few years ago when we both first started writing and although we never met, she's been an awesome and inspirational friend and writer.

      Your hub is dead on accurate. If we try to be or write or act like someone else, we won't recognize ourselves at the end of the day. Thank you for sharing these motivational words.

      They'll be no writing for me today but I plan to be back in full force tomorrow!

      Liz

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, me and red heads don't mix. LOL I am thinking of growing my hair out again and going the ponytail route. :) The 60's never die in some of us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mylinda, I love it! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Liz, when you emerge from your one day vacation I'll be here to cheer you on.

      Thank you....trying to be like someone else is a dead end road with no plus attached to it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like the illustration in supply and demand. I can affect the volume of demand for me, if I continually present the best of me. Both Sheila and you make great sense about our uniqueness. Thank you.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Billy, I never thought of it like that! Wow! yes we do try to emulate other people and thats where we go wrong, I know that when I write from just my own thoughts it flows so much better than trying to box it in as you said, wise words as always, nell

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      Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      It is of course vital that any writer be themselves and approach their writing from their own unique perspective if they are to be successful. Sadly, when writing is your full time job (guilty!) it is not always possible to retain one's principals and earn a living, even though it is of course always desirable. You make many very good points and I enjoyed noting them - thank you for the read! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I like the way you worded that....if you continually present the best of you...well said my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Nell, it's good to see you. I find great solace in knowing there is only one me in the literary world, and you should too. :) Thank you, Nell!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gordon, welcome to my site, and thanks for stating a truth for most writers. We are compromised in the writing business if we plan on eating. Sad but true, so we have to hold onto and cherish those times when we write from the heart. Thanks for your reflections.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Gotta have the big screen television, and let’s trade up on that luxury car, and why settle for 4,000 square feet of living space when 7,000 is a stronger statement, and if it’s good enough for the Jones family then it’s good enough for us and for the love of God, STOP!”

      When I see all of this excess to “keep up with the Joneses (sp?),” all I can think of is to ask, “Why? What’s the point? What for?” It won’t bring joy and purpose into your life.

      I do love your hubs, Billy. Thank you for being here, and for being you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Genna! I don't understand it either my friend. It is all senseless to me.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I often use the word "inspiring" when I comment on your hubs, Bill, but this is yet another one that falls into that category! Thank you.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I have little choice in this character. But I understand the masons are keeping the other Martin alive.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Billy and I can relate to this one as always. It is so important to be ourselves. I am sorry for neglecting you this past week or so. I've been so busy; life does strangely at time s has a habit of getting in the way. Take care and have a wonderful day my friend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I will gladly accept that comment. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin and bless the Masons.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Family and life, Eddy.....no apologies necessary as it is always nice having you stop by for a cup of tea and a chat. Thank you my dear.

      love,

      billy

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      How I needed to hear this because I do and have marched to my own tune which I follow wherever it leads me regardless of whether I followed just the "right" meter, used the "right" syllables or maintained the "right" flow. Thank you for this excellent piece of writing. V+

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, good for you. I think poets should do this more often and not worry about meter or rhyming....but then what the heck do I know? LOL

      Thank you for stopping by, Kim!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Truer words were never written. If i can't write from my heart, i can't write, simple as that. Thank you...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and it shows every time you write, Ruby! Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      "Be yourself." Now those are words to live by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They are indeed, vkwok....thank you my friend.

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      old albion 3 years ago

      Another first class helpful and informative hub Bill. I look forward to your hubs, always free advice, always the truth.

      voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read them and comment. Thanks my friend and I hope life is treating you well.

      bill

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Excellent advice to all. I write what pleases me. Of course, in my case that changes from time to time. I have many interests, and I love having the freedom to write on a variety of topics. Awesome hub.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Writing with your heart will net you some great things. Believe me, I know. I could take you decades like it has me, but when you find that little inside wall, it is the same for all of them. See you on the stairway to success...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I can hear Led Zeppelin singing in the background. We deserve success you and I, and I look forward to the laughs we will share when we both achieve it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, as do I...the freedom is a rush indeed. :) Thank you!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      As with pretty much all of your hubs, bill, I need to thank you, first of all. TY for saying what's in my heart and on my mind.....and putting it out there, so, SO much better than I ever could.

      Being MYSELF is a BIGGIE for me.....in my writing, as well as every other thing I do, say, share, think and dream. So much so, I'm often out-dated, bringing up the rear, causing a ruckus, asking too many questions...you get my drift. I always have ONE comment/response: "Hey, this is WHO I am." I'd have no clue how to be anyone else!!...........UP+++ shared, pinned, tweeted

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Paula, what a pleasant surprise. I thought you would have your hands full of grandkids right now. :) I hope you are having a well-deserved vacation/visit with loved ones. Thank you my friend, and quite frankly we wouldn't' be friends if you were anyone other than you. :)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent suggestions, Bill - as always! And the video of Sammy Davis singing, "I Gotta Be Me," sums it all up completely.

      What a great talent Sammy was: besides his compelling singing voice, he could dance, play several instruments and impersonate other stars.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I hadn't thought about him for quite a few years, but his memory came back to me when I was thinking of this hub....so I watched some of his music videos and re-gained my appreciation for him. He really had a very lovely voice and he was so talented.

      Anyway, you know how much I appreciate you, but I'll say it again...thank you...I appreciate you greatly.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Excellent advice Bill. I am always me. I don´t even like to wear clothes which look like the others have them too, how much more in copying a writing style. I might be sometimes boring, but it´s me and the way I write. Thanks for this encouraging hub. Have a fine day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, I love it. Keep being who you are and the world will find joy in your uniqueness. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OH......"HANDS FULL" IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. But so is "stubborn, determined old lady.'

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Never old, Paula.....if you are old then so am I and I ain't buying it. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Yep late again to this party of uniqueness! Full marks on this advice my wise friend, we should all be embracing our own style and unique gifts. Not worrying if it is right, but showing our own personality through our words. Interestingly, I have always been one to rebel and create my own path, do things my way. When it comes to my writing I try and do the same but sometimes I don't know if it shines through enough!

      Loved this my friend , greetings from the hills and will be over at the rest of the gems I have slacked on!!

      Have a good one!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, the party never really starts until you show up, so thanks for making an appearance. Now we can let our hair down and rock on!

      Yes, Suzie, it does show in your writing....keep doing your thing, building your platform, and they will come.

      Enjoy the weekend!

      bill

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      Alanna Murphy 3 years ago from Weston, Florida

      This article is great. I think so many people just want to "fit in" and be like everyone else, rather than embracing what makes them unique. What people don't realize is that it is their unique qualities that makes them valuable. When it comes to writing, so many people leave their passion out just to create an article that will sell, but it is the passion, and the unique (not always by the book) articles that are always the most interesting. Thanks for sharing such wise words!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      anmurphy, my wise young new friend...thank you! I enjoyed reading your article this morning...keep those words of wisdom coming.

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      picklesand rufus 3 years ago

      I AGREE Billybuc!! Be an original in everything you do!! Depending on another person's opinion to decide anything is such a waste of time. Great hub!

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      picklesand rufus 3 years ago

      I AGREE Billybuc!! Be an original in everything you do!! Depending on another person's opinion to decide anything is such a waste of time. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pickles....good to see you again. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thanks again, Pickles. :)

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill , marvelous person, and tremendous friend and extraordinary writer . You cleaverly ( positive) detects all my flaws, listing them in an essay - rightly so - helping me continually be myself in life and in writing. ( Trying my best the second one.)

      What made me laughing is how after hamering points seems to me also the person too, you calmly sends ( me ) to the nearest mirror and have me to look into it. Right now I'm fighting what I see . That one after being absent from writing for looong time, wants to continue in other physically more demanding activities. It's a struggle now... My body gets tired and then we both need to take rest. And you've pointed to it in your answer, that my need is to toss in some love and compassion. Ouch, and I like it, need to deal with it withou looking into past conflicts only because it became my weakness not just " love" everything and everybody to gain a pretense favor or being compassionate where didn't applied . ( Coud be other , yet undiscovered part of me? H'm .)

      Perhaps after needed rest the second look into mirror will reflect a miracle.

      Thank you for being great encourager every time.

      Voting up, awesome and useful.

      Have a blessed and prosperous week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I'm sorry it took me so long to respond to your fine letter. I spent the day with my wife and decided to delay my comment to you for when I had enough time to do it justice.

      Looking in the mirror can be a challenging task for all of us my friend. It is no easier for me today than it was fifty years ago because I seem to be able to see flaws where none exist. :) I suspect there are a great many people who do the same.

      We are what we are, Michael, and the great challenge for all of us is to accept that fact and keep attempting to grow as human beings. I have no doubt that you are doing that.

      Thank you Sir! I hope your week is a bountiful one.

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I really really like this hub Bill. There are times when I wonder if my how to/craft hubs are up to snuff or even worth writing. I have no aspirations to be a grand author of prose or poetry, I just like writing about the things I do at home. This article reaffirmed that for me. Thanks and hope you had a nice weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, your craft articles are excellent and I hope you always remember that if you have days when doubt sets in. I wouldn't bother to tell you that if I didn't mean it. :) Thank you!

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