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A Plea To All Writers

Updated on August 5, 2015

A Statement of Fact

I am a writer!

Say it after me…..

I am a writer!

Go look in the mirror and say it again….

I am a writer!

Good! Now we can begin.

I hear from a great many writers. From Facebook to my blog, from Twitter to HubPages, from sea to shining sea, Boston to San Francisco, Calcutta to Perth, the comments and emails and random musings come to me in Olympia, Washington, and I try to respond to them all.

I hear about the defeats and I hear about the victories. I hear complaints and I hear affirmations.

And I understand them all.

After all, I’m one of you.

I am a writer!

Today I want to talk to you about the number one topic…easily the number one topic….among all of those comments and emails.

Self-doubt!

Get it? The seeds of doubt?
Get it? The seeds of doubt? | Source

The Seeds of Doubt

“Lonely….I’m Mister Lonely….wish I had someone…..”

Thank you Bobby Vinton for that lead-in.

The reasons for its existence are as varied as the writers themselves. For some, it stems from childhood and a lack of nurturing that has carried over for decades. Some hear no affirmation at home from relatives. Some have heard criticism, been told their writing is no good, or ridiculed for being a writer at all.

Many have received rejections from agents, publishers and editors, or worse yet, their queries have been totally ignored.

Some post articles online and those articles are read by few, if any. They start blogs and no one visits. They pour their hearts and souls into a meaningful piece of work only to have that work met with a collective yawn from the masses. Their articles are not read. Their novels are tossed in the gutter of public opinion.

Day after day they try, and day after day the seed of doubt grows until it sprouts, breaks the surface of the ground and reaches for the heavens.

I understand.

The Very Nature of This Gig

The very nature of the writing profession fosters self-doubt. We work alone. We spend a majority of our time inside our own head, the most dangerous real estate known to man. We bounce off our brain’s walls, questioning our own sanity as we attempt to write the perfect phrase that no one will read. Every rejection leaves us doubting more. We are told to learn from the Masters, and we take that advice, and we read the Hemingways and Lees, the Faulkners and the Steinbecks, and when we are done we are left, not with awe, but with more feelings of inadequacies. Who the hell were we kidding, thinking we could ever be a writer? What magic dust have we been snorting to think that one day our work would equal the works of Blake or Bronte?

We feel like fools.

We feel defeated.

We give up.

And by giving up, the world suffers.

A world with writing
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IMAGINE

Imagine, if you can, a world without the Arts. Imagine a world without music, without paintings, without sculpture and without writing. In our current life we get in our car and turn on the radio. Our favorite song comes on and we smile. We get home and grab our favorite book. We sit under our favorite painting, put our feet up, kick off our shoes, sip a glass of wine and allow the words to transport us to another place, another time, and for awhile all is right in our world.

Now imagine not being able to do that.

Let me put it another way.

I turned on the news last night. After fifteen minutes I was not only depressed but also anxious. Drive-by shootings….political hacks bad-mouthing more political hacks….a murder-suicide…..a car bombing….threats and mayhem and my blood-pressure rose and my feelings of tranquility proved to be elusive.

I need the Arts. You need the Arts. The world needs the Arts and, by extension, it needs the Artists.

The world needs you!

Listen, I’m not unsympathetic. I’m sorry nobody buys your books. I’m sorry nobody reads your articles. I’m terribly sorry you have been rejected thousands of times.

I’m sorry, but I still need you to keep fighting the good fight.

The world needs you!

A world without writing
A world without writing | Source

Why Do You Write?

If you only write to make money, leave now. I don’t want you reading anymore of this article.

If you write because you love to write, then how can you quit? How can you give up on something you love doing? If you truly have the passion then giving up is not an option.

Remember this: your writing is part of your legacy as a human being. What you write today will be read one-hundred years from now and it will affect the lives of others. How can you give up on that?

Don’t leave a minute before the miracle happens.

Of course you have self-doubts. What rational person would not have self-doubts as a writer? The odds of a writer being successful are worse than the odds at Las Vegas. How’s that for a bucket of cold water over the head? If your goal is financial success then you really need to go out and get a more reliable day job.

But if your goal is immortality then by all means, keep writing.

If your goal is to inform people then keep writing. If your goal is to educate or entertain then keep writing. If your goal is to make people think, make people feel, and make people react, then keep writing. If you want to stimulate thoughts and emotions then keep writing. If you want to keep the blood of culture flowing through the veins of our society then keep writing.

The world needs you.

I need you.

Keep writing!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Debra Allen 24 months ago from West By God

      This is a great and timely article. Thanks for the encouragment.

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      Janine Huldie 24 months ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much, my friend for this wonderful reminder here today as to why we do write. Happy Wednesday now :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Debra. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Wednesday, Janine, and thank you so much for your constant support.

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      carol stanley 24 months ago from Arizona

      I am now applying all of this to my painting. I love to paint for itself and what I feel. Nice to sell some work--certainly--it is not just about the money but about being paid for your work is a validation for sure. Ieven painted one of your photographs...ummmmmmm

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      Mel Carriere 24 months ago from San Diego California

      The thing I have learned about writing is that it is a war in which you are going to lose at least 90 percent of the battles, and the battles you win are not the ones you expected to. I came into this plagued by self doubt, for probably Freudian reasons I won't go into, but I'm slowly climbing out of that and becoming bolder. If nothing else, writing has enhanced my sense of self worth. It has given me an identity. Great hub my friend!

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      Buildreps 24 months ago from Europe

      Good morning on this Wednesday afternoon :) These were fine words. Needed that. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Carol, I would love to see that painting, and good for you for painting for your own enjoyment and not worrying about the money. Bravo my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I was smiling while I read your comment. I love it! Good for you and your sense of self worth. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am glad, Buildreps, and I thank you for stopping by on this Wednesday.

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      Sherri Tuck 24 months ago from Virginia

      Great article. Thanks again for the support. I always look for your words of encouragement.

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      suraj punjabi 24 months ago from jakarta

      Wow, Bill. Just wow. This is very inspiring. Its very true, very few ppl read my stuff and I admit that it had bogged me down many times. But everytime I stop i feel something missing, I also have this urge that keeps telling me "you need to be more productive" and I always wonder whr can I be more productive? And that is why i have recently become active on hubpages again. Irrespective of earnings or views.

      Art is not just in the paintings, songs and books. Art is everywhere. Designing the car you drove in is art, designing the radio you turned on is art, designing the shoes you kicked off is art. Art is everywhere. Without art we would be in the stone age. Art literally shape our lives. Everything we see is a form of art. It may not be as glorious as monalisa but it is an art nonetheless. It is easy to appreciate art in an art museum. But not many ppl notice that all the cars they are angry at in traffic is a work of art. When you are in traffic just think you are surrounded by artworks!

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      Ann Carr 24 months ago from SW England

      For this, bill, you deserve a standing ovation. It's inspiring, it's encouraging despite the reality check and it gives us all a purpose and a pat on the back. What more could we want?

      It's true that we feel despondent sometimes but most of the time I just love being immersed in my writing. I want to impart all sorts of things, I want to educate, entertain and help; I'm not going to stop! Something within me won't let me stop.

      The main impact of this for me was what you said about listening/watching the news and being depressed regarding the world around us. We can escape, we can make a difference, we can try to improve others' outlooks, moods and interests.

      Well done, bill, for imparting this valuable message with such gusto!

      I'm with you and I'll probably be writing until I lose the ability to think, to push the keys, to use my words.

      Have a wicked Wednesday, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for that inspiring post. A world without any kind of creativity seems a soulless reality to me. Today a friend told me that having 'self doubt' is coded in my wiring! ( She is very good at interpreting peoples Human Design Charts.) Today I have a lot less self doubt than when I was younger. Today I'm fortunate that I can spent every day doing what I enjoy, like writing.There are lots of other activities I love doing, but I NEVER do it just for the money. Yes if I get paid for something I enjoy doing, then that is a bonus, like my very first hub-page check for $52 Thanks for having you as a writing friend, you are an inspiration for us all.

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      breakfastpop 24 months ago

      This sensational piece is worth preserving for all those times that I question what I am doing. Thank you, billy.......

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      Mary Wickison 24 months ago from Brazil

      The proverbial head banging against the brick wall was getting painful. Thank you for the reminder of why we are doing this.

      I hope your week is going great.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Sherrituck...thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Suraj, and I thank you for mentioning that. We are surrounded by art in one form or another, and I, for one, am grateful we do not live in the Stone Age.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I loved your words, Ann, but I especially loved the "have a wicked Wednesday." Sounds like fun. I think I'll do that. :)

      Thank you dear friend. I love being a writer!

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 24 months ago from Central Florida

      Without writers there would be no education. No inspiration. No validation. The written word appears in every aspect of our lives. Everything we see, hear, taste, feel, smell, and dream was written somewhere, sometime. Those who have the gift to go beyond and provide an escape or a message are gifted. And those gifts should be shared.

      Thanks for the pep talk. What we do is important on so many levels.

      Write on, my friend!

      Peace,

      Sha

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      Chris Mills 24 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, I was shocked to see that you had written a whole article just for me. I want to begin by giving everyone else permission to read and take this as though it was written for them as well.

      You nailed the issue at several points. We feel foolish at times, like a failure at others. But this writing is a compulsion, in many ways similar to addiction. Why else would we sacrifice so much just to do it one more time?

      I look at my writing and ask, is it worthy of the place I've given it in my life? Thanks for helping us answer that question.

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      Mary Hyatt 24 months ago from Florida

      I think a lot of us are afraid to label ourselves "writers". Maybe we don't have enough self-esteem or self confidence....

      Great motivational Hub! We all need encouragement!

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      Ann Carr 24 months ago from SW England

      Strange how 'wicked' has come to mean good, isn't it? Might do a hub on that word! Apparently the latest jargon in the world of the young is 'sick' - I prefer 'wicked'. It gives us more scope.

      Ann :D

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      Donna Brown 24 months ago from Alton, Missouri

      I know that I write because it is my passion and I know that you do the same. One thing great about being creative is that we are in competition with no one because no one has created exactly what we have to offer.

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      Larry Rankin 24 months ago from Oklahoma

      To me the biggest detractor to feeling proud about myself as a writer is that it isn't helping to support my family.

      My upbringing teaches me that time wasted doing things that don't provide for your family makes you a bad person.

      My soul tells me that all the time I've spent on my art has to mean something.

      The result is an always doubting person.

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      John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I agree with Ann, Nadine and others, this is one of your most inspiring posts. I used to have a lot of self-doubt about many things, especially my writing..but not any more. Every article, hub, story, or poem I write makes me grow more confident. It is now a passion and I have a constant desire to write. Whether it makes any money or not is of no consequence a long as I am happy with it and others enjoy reading it, that's all that matters. Sometimes I think our Government doesn't understand the true value of the arts. Ours in particular i often reducing funding in that area to concentrate it elsewhere and I think that i a mistake. All artists in every field need encouragement and support.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 24 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Dig the bit about the human mind being the most dangerous real estate we own, cuz sometimes it seems it's only on a six-month lease, and the neighbor's dog is barking at eight in the morning "get up, get up you lazy louse, burnin daylight, burnin house, start to write!" Really liked the Hub Billy Buc, keep 'Hubbin'!

      The 'magic dust' is snorting the self, egotistical ecstasy in an essay, believing in the value of immortality and idolization; instead of, writing within the parameters of perfection for perfection (knowing perfection is impossible, yet something to strive for): I advocate Zen writing, intro-and-extrospection, and not merely working for literary or commercial affection. Though those things are nice affirmations!

      Keep Writing Bill!

      An affected writer and reader,

      -E.G.A.

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      David B Katague 24 months ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      Hi Bill, Another excellent , interesting and well written hub. The paragraph below is the essence of this very inspiring hub. I have written a hub on my personal feeling why I feel inadequate as a writer on this site.

      "If your goal is to inform people then keep writing. If your goal is to educate or entertain then keep writing. If your goal is to make people think, make people feel, and make people react, then keep writing. If you want to stimulate thoughts and emotions then keep writing. If you want to keep the blood of culture flowing through the veins of our society then keep writing." Voted up!

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      Venkatachari M 24 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very inspirational and emotional message. I adore you, Bill, for this kind of encouraging our writing profession and showing the right path.

      I started writing only because of interest and innate feeling to express my views and be of some help to the betterment of our society and for entertainment. I get some satisfaction in it and a feeling of joy.

      Thanks for reminding it. Voted up and awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This piece of writing comes at a perfect time for me. I've been having so much difficulty with my new laptop computer, sometimes I just want to quit. I don't need the stress, then I remember how much joy I feel when my muse gives me a great idea for a story or poetry, and my cyber friends, I would miss them so much. So whatever technology hits me I'll keep on keeping on because I love it and you for being there with us all with encouragement and good will..Hugs..

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine. I feel the same way about all of you. You are all my extended family and I couldn't do any of this without your support.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Carry on, Pop, and thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My week is a smashing success so far, Blond, and I hope you stop banging against that wall...the wall will win that battle every single time. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peace, Sha, and I will indeed write on! It's in my DNA and I love it, as you do, I know.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, it was my pleasure to write a hub just for you. LOL Yes it is worthy...write more of it, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, we do all need encouragement. Just consider me your own personal cheerleader. :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Me too, Ann! Wicked is much better than sick....I really need to use it in an article soon.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point, Donna! You brought a smile to my face with that one...I always feel like I'm in competition with myself. Now that is a no-win situation if I ever heard of one. LOL

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      muhammad abdullah javed 24 months ago

      Instead of plea, the contents of the hub and the inspiration we draw demands that it should have been termed lighthouse for the writers. Thanks for the wonderful thoughts, you have not only provided us with the wings to fly but also made the vastness of skies within its purview by efficiently describing the purpose of writing.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I understand that all too well. I struggle with that. We could use some extra money for sure, and occasionally my roots come back and tell me to get out and find a part-time job....but I just can't do it. I've worked hard all my life and now this time is for me.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The same is happening here, John. The Arts are always the first program to be cut when funding is scarce, and I think that is a crying shame. I know for a fact that your writing has value and I hope you continue for many, many years. We need you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you EGA....great comment about the magic dust. Perfection is impossible??? Now you tell me. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Chateaudumer. Keep writing my friend, for all of those reasons and more.

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      Mr Archer 24 months ago from Missouri

      Bill, your timing is impeccable as always; the content perfection personified; and you the Master of the Written Word. Thank you for the inspiration as I decidedly needed it right now. I am turning out "fluff-n-stuff" at present and need to step beyond that and finish more of my in-depth works. I hereby dedicate myself to pursuing that which I feel best about. Take care my dear friend. I pray I am fortunate enough to meet you face to face one day and shake the hand of the man who has been the most important person in my chosen field. You have no idea, Bill. Say hey to Bev and your farm "pets"; all the rain here is making my late begun garden produce pickles like crazy! I'm getting almost ten pounds of pickling cucumbers every second or third day now!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, I love your reasons for writing. We need more like you. Noble comes to mind, sir, when I think of you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Fight through the pain, Ruby, and enjoy the gain. :) I just made that up. How do you like it? LOL Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, m abdullah javed. I am a lucky man. I have friends around the world. Who would have ever thought that possible? Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I do believe that somehow, someday, we will meet. Until then, keep on keeping on, my friend. My best to your wife and son, and good luck with the pickling. Thank you for the very kind words.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 24 months ago from Norfolk

      Thanks for the encouragement Billy. I do feel so lucky! I get to be creative and I get to write about it. True, it is not the the type of writing I pictured myself doing but, I feel priviledged that people return over and over again to read it. Perhaps one day I will get around to writing a 'real book' just like you:)

      Sally

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      Linda Crampton 24 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for creating and sharing a very inspirational hub, Bill.

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      Michael-Milec 24 months ago

      Hello the friend of human souls. What a life sustaining medicine ! When Bill talks, everybody listens. ( Worthless if short of action.) You should se me standing in front of the mirror, repeating after you "I am a writer, " then, uncontrollably as if automatically came the second time " I am a writer", 'I am a woodworker," 'I am a gardener,'- I...forcing myself to contemplate on what Iv'e just heard. A plea goes to the writers, you have disqualified yourself says the couch ... Second chance please. .. Thank you : I am a writer. You are speaking to me, total article is directed to my previous life. Once I was beloved appreciated writer, popular some has admitted, only to be rejected, humiliated by the ' elite staff ' simply because " your style isn't in submission to our rules.'' I was given chance to deny the highest Authority's wisdom and loyalty for the submission to lover level for lucrative 'salary." Instead choosing One friend for eternal purposes, my journey never turn back from narrow road, enjoying freedom and liberty in ' by sweat eating my bread' as productive woodworker, being prosperous in everything my hands touching - but writing. That door has been closed behind me for next thirty years - until recent now. Coming back is much harder than anticipated. My soul and spirit is in it, my time of twenty-four hours a day is not enough to do it all... .

      Is there room for one more, or am I needed is my dilemma along with why I am here? Then , My mentor says " world needs you -............... -keep writing... "

      Bill my friend, your heart is bigger then you. God bless you.

      Voted across, bu funny.

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      Michael-Milec 24 months ago

      Hello the friend of human souls. What a life sustaining medicine ! When Bill talks, everybody listens. ( Worthless if short of action.) You should se me standing in from of the mirror, repeating after you "I am a writer, " then uncontrollably as if automatically came the second time " I am a writer", 'I am a woodworker," 'I am a gardener,'- forcing myself to con template on what Iv'e just heard. A plea goes to the writers, you have disqualified yourself says the couch ... Second chance please. .. Thank you : I am a writer. You are speaking to me, total article is directed to my previous life. Once I was beloved appreciated writer, popular some has admitted, only to be rejected, humiliated by the ' elite staff ' simply because " your style isn't in submission to our rules.'' I was given chance to deny the highest Authority's wisdom and loyalty for the submission to lover level for lucrative 'salary." Instead choosing One friend for eternal purposes, my journey never turn back from narrow road, enjoying freedom and liberty in ' by sweat eating my bread' as productive woodworker, being prosperous in everything my hands touching - but writing. That door has been closed behind me for next thirty years - until recent now. Coming back is much harder than anticipated. My soul and spirit is in it, my time of twenty-four hours a day is not enough to do it all... .

      Is there room for one more, or am I needed is my dilemma along with why I am here? Then , My mentor says " world needs you -............... -keep writing... "

      Bill my friend, your heart is bigger then you. God bless you.

      Voted across, bu funny.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, if you feel lucky then you've got the world by the tail. :) Carry on and may you always find happiness in your writing. Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Alicia, and thank you for reading it.

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      Clive Williams 24 months ago from Nibiru

      good one. nice information...voted up

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      William Leverne Smith 24 months ago from Hollister, MO

      I do believe you touched a nerve... that runs through each of us, pretty regularly. Standing ovation deserved, for sure. And, I know you needed it right, now, as well. Thanks for sharing - again!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, the world needs your words. I don't care what kind of rejection you suffered through earlier. Those who rejected you were wrong. If writing is in your soul, which it is, then it deserves to be set free, to soar along the airwaves online and to be enjoyed by many. I hope you continue your comeback, my friend.

      Thank you for such kind words. I hope to one day deserve them.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you again, Michael my friend.

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      MariaMontgomery 24 months ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thank you, billybuc. I needed that.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Clive! I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. I'll always take a little applause now and then. I'm not immune to self-doubt. :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Maria, and thank you!

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      Alan R Lancaster 24 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Here's me doing my deep-sea diving act, or caving amongst the narrow caverns of the Pennines... Risking life and limb (puff-puff) to bring a message by pony express to the wilds of Washington state (What no arrows, whar's them Injuns?)

      Back to earth with a bump now Bill. That's gravity playing its part in the scheme of things.

      We could go back to gathering in the long-house (the old equivalent of the Church hall or civic centre) and listen to a 'skald' tell of the king's adventures, raiding another kingdom (or being paid Dane-geld for just threatening to) - or maybe hear the wise woman tell of Thor's aggravations with Loki and the dark elves or ice giants (available on dvd).

      Of course we want to enlighten the world - and spread the cash, sorry... spread the word - and tell a tale (but not be tell-tales). We don't want to be put out to grass (that's a gang-land euphemism here for telling tales, but to the law not the public).

      Raise an ale to the pen-wielding skald, everyone:

      The idea of putting down sagas for entertainment stems from the Icelander Snorri Sturlusson with his prose and poetic Edda and horrific sagas of vengeance and murder. Nowadays we have whodunnits, Kathy Reichs and all that, with a bit more detail to titillate the senses.

      I don't think writing books is in danger of going to the wall. There are more writers than at any time. You only have to go into LinkedIn and join a writers' group to know that. Enjoy the read.

      TTFN

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      Lori Colbo 24 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a wonderful encouragement! I like what you said about the importance of the arts. My favorite line from the movie Mr. Holland's Opus came from the situation where they were cutting all the arts programs, including Mr. Holland's music program. The principal kept saying reading and writing had to come first when making budget cuts. Mr. Holland said, (paraphrased) if you take away the arts, they'll have nothing to read or write about!!!

      When I feel self-doubt about my writing I look back on my early stuff. Because I share a lot with friends, their affirmations are a huge boost for me in confidence. I'm not on HB primarily for $$'s, but it's nice. I write because I love to write and I feel I have something to say that is worthwhile. And I have made so many friends. Thanks for being one of them billy.

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      drbj and sherry 24 months ago from south Florida

      I already mentioned, Bill, that I admire your knowledge, willingness to share and your honesty. Now I have to add 'Cheerleader Supreme' to the rest.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

      See you're a poet

      And didn't know it!! Hee.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 24 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I often think that the reason I live another day is that I have something more to do. Thanks for the encouragement to keep trying; there's good reason that you wrote this today.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I admire your persistence in searching for the next available comment space. Well done! :)

      I always learn something from your comments. Of course, you could just be telling a tale and I wouldn't know the difference, but if nothing else, your comments are entertaining, and for that I thank you!

      Raising a figurative ale in your direction.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lori! One of the best decisions I made over three years ago was to join this community. I have friends all over the world and I just find that remarkable. The encouragement we receive here is invaluable to say the least.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, drbj...rah, rah, rah!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Tee Hee...only in my wildest dreams, Ruby, but thank you.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Dora, and I'm sure glad you've lived many more days so we could become friends.

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      Eric Dierker 24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A lot less hair, a big of a gut and feet of clay. Someone said something like that once about middle age. I reckon I get those old feet of clay more often than I used to. Just the other day I faced a cliff that I hiked many times but this time I needed some hearty encouragement to make it. Self freaking doubt will send us from our middle ages to our old age in a New York second. Thanks for the pep talk.

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      DJ Anderson 24 months ago

      Bill, your words were absolutely magical.

      At this time, when the world seems to be falling apart, my sanctuary

      is in my writing. My sole joy is being by myself at my PC, because although

      neighbors and friends know where I am and what I am doing, no one asks, "How's the novel coming along?"

      That's alright. One day, I will finish and then, the editing process will begin. And, because of people like you, I feel that what I am doing is exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I am proud of myself, my work

      and my novel. Because, someone told me I could do it, I started this journey. And, that journey was started by you and your encouragement.

      From the depths of my being, I say, "Thank you, Bill".

      I hope to make you really proud, one day!

      DJ. :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 24 months ago from The Beautiful South

      You have me thinking about going back to writing on things I love to write about. I want to do a good job no matter but so much more for something that stirs my heart. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I'm curious about the history behind that phrase "in a New York minute." I've never known what that means. Thanks for the incentive to do some research and of course, for being here.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, my silly friend, you already have made me proud. You tossed away the self-doubts and began the Great American novel...and that in itself is a serious accomplishment.

      You are very welcome, my friend.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I hope you do. I will rejoice when that moment happens. :) Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 24 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for the pep talk Bill. I particularly like the legacy comment about people 100 years from now reading what we write today. So true. Have a great week Bill.

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      Serenity Miller 24 months ago from Brookings, SD

      Bravo!! Love the boost. "We work alone. We spend a majority of our time inside our own head, the most dangerous real estate known to man." Man... ain't that the truth! I often say I'm not a people person, but I have to work in people positions to keep me human. Leave me alone with me for too long, and things get ugly in no time flat.

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      truthfornow 24 months ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for taking the time to encourage others. There is too much negativity in this world!

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      CrisSp 24 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for another kick-a*s motivation! I just got my meagre (regular) pay from HP as well but it isn't bad. In fact, it's good enough to pay my telephone bill. So, thank you HP! I'd say that's awesome because truly, it's not all about the money and as I said in one of my hubs...I write to reach out what my hands cannot reach.

      Always a good read from you Bill.

      Love from the sky~

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      Lana ZK 24 months ago from California

      Well...I don't know if my goal is immortality...Immortality frightens me. I'll settle for non-obscurity :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I hope your week is filled with unlimited possibilities.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Serenity, I know exactly what you are talking about....been there, done that, wrote several books about it. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, truth....I love this community and I want all of us to succeed.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, I love that...what your hands cannot reach. Great line and oh so true. Thank you my friend, and hugs coming at you from Olympia.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kalinin, truly, non-obscurity is an admirable goal. :) Thank you for weighing in.

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      Linda Lum 24 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I thought I commented on this earlier today--will give it another try.

      Thank you for your words of encouragement--you lift me up often, and you lift all of us up every day with your words and your example. The opportunity to write is a blessing. The thought that my words will live after me is encouraging and sobering at the same time. What a challenge--I'd better give it my best.

      I doubt myself--often--but when I do I look back on things I wrote 3 years ago and even I can see the difference. However, I don't like the thought that "practice makes perfect" because once you have reached perfection, what else is there to do? I'd much prefer the thought of doing this until you have to pry the pen (or mouse) out of my cold dead fingers.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      What a great pep talk that was. You make a person feel guilty for even thinking of giving up on something as worthy as the Arts. (Must be the Catholic school background. lol)

      Thanks for this. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go write something.

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      Brian Leekley 24 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      From my list of reasons to feel downhearted: Arthur Rimbaud, French 19th-century awesome poet and major influence on modern literature and arts, quit writing poetry when he was circa 20 years old; at 73, I am still striving to cross the quality gap from amateur to professional fiction and essay writer. I identify with Salieri in AMADEUS. Yet, I persevere, addicted to the delusion that writing an entertaining, insightful work that is popular and critically acclaimed is just around the corner.

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      Nithya Venkat 24 months ago from Dubai

      Positive and encouraging. Immortality is the goal - a great cause to write. Writing for the love of writing is the best and the rest follows, I guess. Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that "practice makes perfect" thing is a bunch of bullwinkle. I'll never been perfect. My goal is to improve....that I can do.

      Thank you for your kind words. Have a superb Thursday.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you do, Zulma! Enough hanging around my block...get busy young lady. :)

      Thank you, Zulma!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, it is a delusion I chase daily. Hopefully, one day, that delusion will become a reality for both of us. Carry on my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does follow for sure, Vellur. Even if the rest doesn't follow, writing for the love of writing is a great starting and ending place to be. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 24 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, thank you once again for the encouragement, you're nothing if not inspirational and this is right up there with the best.

      Many writers here on HP don't really see themselves as writers in the true sense of the word, myself included. Maybe when I can publish something I know is commendable, something people are willing to pay good money to read, I'll be able to shout it from the rooftop. However, words of encouragement from someone like yourself is priceless. If I should ever make it as 'writer' it would be because you have played a major part in helping me to believe in myself, like so many others who read your articles. This is a case in point, absolutely uplifting.

      Take care now, my best always.

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      CK Brooke 24 months ago from Washington, MI

      This article came when I most needed it. Now I'm choked up. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that is a very sweet thing for you to say. Thank you! I happen to believe you are a writer, but I understand your point. Best wishes, my friend. I'm here if you need me.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, ckbrooke....thanks for being here and remember...what you do matters!!!!!

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      victor 24 months ago from India

      "The world needs you" really makes sense. Great encouragement for writers.

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      Paula 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      (Note to self): Print copy of Bill's hub. Blow up to Poster size. Hang in office above desk. Read daily. Heed and apply. Remember to Thank Bill repeatedly.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you newjerusalem...I hope you always remember that simple message.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I can send you my picture, Sis, if you want that on your wall, too. :) But why destroy the decor, right? LOL Thanks a bunch.....now got those projects done so you can do some writing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 24 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you so much for this message. I needed to hear every word. Perfect timing!

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      Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

      Thanks Bill, you always manage to kick us in the butt and head us in the right way when we are feeling down and useless! lol! great info, and thanks for the boost, nell

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is totally my pleasure, Marlene. Thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, at least I use soft-toed shoes for that kick in the butt. LOL Always thinking of you. :) Thank you!

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      Liz Elias 24 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Thank you so much, Bill, for this fresh perspective. I do write because I love to write; because I hope to educate; because I hope to inspire; because I hope to capture beauty in word paintings.

      That said, I also hope to make at least some pocket change that can help with the annual bills, such as auto registration; with an unexpected repair; and so forth. It is tempting to give up at times, based upon that goal. But I suppose, in all honesty and realistically, as you have so aptly pointed out, it is not a worthy goal, at least not here--not online.

      And pocket change is all I can really do--for very complicated reasons, much as I would love to have a much bigger income--ironically I cannot afford to have that happen. (I know, that sounds wholly contrary and nonsensical, but I cannot (and will not) go into all the details here.)

      At any rate, thanks to some very patient helpers in the forums, and to you, I am still plugging away, trying to improve my articles. Meanwhile, my e-book is on the back burner, as I have discovered several more poems that need to be written, and my muse is not cooperating. ;-)

      Voted up +++ shared and pinned!

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      Heidi Thorne 24 months ago from Chicago Area

      I think that part of the frustration with writers is that they also can have unrealistic expectations or confusion as to what writing success is (a topic you addressed in this week's Mailbag). Yes, that "reach for the stars" sounds encouraging and motivating. But where are your "stars?" If they're light years away, expect a long trip. By no means am I suggesting a low hanging fruit goal only. Rather, I'd suggest a "reach for the STRETCH," just one or two steps beyond where you are today. Thank you, as always, for your community encouragement and support!

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      catmalone 24 months ago

      Thanks for such encouraging words. I'm inspired to get back on track.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, actually, what you said about money makes perfect sense in today's mixed up financial world. I hope things work out for you soon. In the meantime, fire that muse and get yourself another one. They all work cheap and are plentiful if you know where to look for them. :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Heidi. We just talked about this over dinner and, of course, I agree with you. What else is new, right? :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I'm very happy to hear that. Best wishes on your comeback and thank you.

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      travmaj 24 months ago from australia

      Good grief - the world needs me. It is getting a bit late but I am ashamed - thanks Bill for the big wake up call.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, I believe it to be true...keep writing and thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Bill, oh, you, encouraging one, you! I am sorry I missed this one somehow ...my hubby had knee surgery yesterday, just minor with a torn meniscus repaired and scoped. So, I have been off from work for the past two days, and thinking really hard about getting my behind in gear again, as I do have so many creative topics in my mind to share ..."Just Do It!" LOL

      I can't even imagine a world without the Arts or even everyday life! It's the Arts that make everyday life bearable as you pointed out in your wonderful example. If there were no more fresh and creative words written, paintings and music ... how tragic!

      Thank you for being an inspiration to many.

      Hugs coming your way from southern USA.

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      Denise W Anderson 24 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks, Bill! We all needed to hear this. I almost walked out on my day job a week ago. Thankfully, my boss had a level head that day and told me how much he needed me to stay, that he wanted me to stay, and would do whatever it took to get me to stay. I stayed. Now, here I am, sitting down to write once again....the rest is history!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I hope your husband feels better soon. I'm quite confident your loving hands will have him on the mend quickly. Enjoy the weekend and thank you.

      Blessings are on the way

      bill

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      Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton

      Billybuc this is exactly what the Writer's doctor would have prescribed.. a chance to rethink.. rewrite and the gathering of writers.. yes I am a writer too... and I say it proudly.. and no matter what pays my bills.. writing fulfills empty spaces in my creative mind.. so yes.. this hub was a much needed push.. bravo my friend :)

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      Molly Layton 24 months ago from Alberta

      I tagged it as "Beautiful" because "inspiring" isn't an option.

      Writing is a brilliant endeavour. Even when it gets tiring, the words come out wrong, or the rejection letters pile up, writing is something to be cherished. Writers should keep your ideas in mind. The world needs our stories.

      (And if mine gets me heckled, so be it!)

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      Dennis L. Page 24 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      You rarely disappoint your readers and again, you have hit a home run. Your posts have such a natural ebb and flow to them that they keep the reader absorbing one sentence and anticipating the next. That, my friend is a true artform. I must confess that during the spring and summer months I am preoccupied with outdoor activities and I write very little. Today you motivated me. Today I have committed to ending my writing hiatus and at least make some notes for future articles. As always, thank you.

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      Danny Cabaniss 23 months ago from Shawnee, Oklahoma

      Thanks again, Bill! Your consistent wise encouragement is terrific!

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      Lorenzo M Vasquez III 23 months ago from El Paso, TX

      Awesome, simply awesome!

      Great job Bill!!!!

      Lorenzo

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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      To me, the key word is passion, and I let that flow in what I write. I want you to feel what I feel, see what I see, and for every pill that Carter has ever made, taste the sweat on your brow after you have been in the hot sun with me catching a glimpse of that rare bird. Can you feel it?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, thanks for sharing that. I think we all feel like doing that from time to time. I'm glad wiser heads prevailed. :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Frank. That's the perfect advertisement for what we do....we need this. It is who we are. Thanks for the perfect summation.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I couldn't possibly agree more, Molly. What we do is vitally important and we should never forget that. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dennis, that is a very kind thing for you to say. Thank you! That's the "voice" I strive to use when writing. I want my writing to seem natural...a conversation between me and my readers...so thank you....and welcome back.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Danny! Thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Loreva!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, passion is the key. You summed it up perfectly...wanting the reader to see and feel everything you, the writer, sees and feels. Thank you!

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      Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Bill, this is so incredibly inspirational. Writing, for me, is not a linear experience. I'm impatient to a fault with learning and doing by rote, and have a tendency to think spatially. Beginnings and endings are easy; they're already written in my head when I begin the story, as well as my characters, plot and basic storyline, which are like tracings or the outline of a painting. But it's the transitions between dialogue, and movement from here to there, that can be awkward and self-conscious, which create huge doubts in my mind as to whether I can write at all. Then my characters pick up the brush and pallet and begin to dab at the canvas, convincing me to keep trying. It's a bit of a roller coaster made more challenging by my work demands. But writing is a passion/compulsion I can't let go of for fear of losing part of myself. Thank you, Bill, for being the inimitable, amazing and encouraging Bill Holland. We need you. :-)

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      Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

      I see that you are still inspiring and encouraging Mr Holland. I go away and leave you for a few months... and then roll back into Hubtown, and there you are, helping others and spawning self belief, and you do it so well.

      Hard as it is, we can only believe in ourselves or no-one else will. The best thing is, that writing from the heart spills those words onto the page in a beautiful and vibrant burst of creativity, and Bill, like yourself, I fully believe in all of us. :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Genna. You actually follow the same process I do when writing a novel. I just have more time to devote to it than you do. Keep working at it. Your muse will guide you along the rough parts.

      Blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I'll probably be here until the day comes when I can't type. I'm glad you don't mind me still hanging around. I'm afraid someone will toss me out with the day week old lasagna. :) Thank you for your kind words. It's always a pleasure hearing from you.

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      Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

      You are more like the glue that holds the community together, rather than a mere lasagna, and you and your clever words are one of the main reasons that I do pop back. :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Anna! Thank you so much.

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      Mary Craig 23 months ago from New York

      I think you have moved from sensei to General, leading us into the battle of writing. Without someone to encourage us, to challenge us, and yes to push us, many of us would walk away.

      Some days we look at what we wrote and wonder at the beauty of it. Other days we look at what we wrote and wonder, "what were we thinking?" Knowing that others share our joy and share our misery keeps us going. This piece is certainly at the top of the list. Thank you my friend.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary! Yes, we all need encouragement...even me...and I get it from writing friends like you. You are appreciated, my friend.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 23 months ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Bill I needed your words this morning. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Jamie. Thank you for the visit.

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      Barb Johnson 23 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Thanks for the timely, uplifting, medicine to push us forward Bill. The writer's life is really a mission of sorts; a labor of love sometimes, a voice of reason at other times. And we never really know who our words may touch or even save. What if it turns out to be just one person, isn't that enough?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 23 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi my friend,

      Well you hit the nail on the head here for most of us and yes this world would be a drab, boring, depressing and bland place without the Arts. I love all the Arts and find its where my passions lie.My absence recently has been due to my starting back painting and building a brand to then sell. Scary but exiting I will fill you in later but this piece has made me more determined to bring out my love of writing and keep the fire burning. Keep well Bill and talk soon xx

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's enough for me, Babby, and from your comment, I know it's enough for you. Thank you for the beautiful reflection.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, I couldn't be happier to hear you are back to painting. So exciting! I am grinning from ear to ear from across the Pond, my friend. Bravo, or as the British say, brilliant!!!!!

      love,

      bill

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      Angela F 23 months ago from Seattle, WA

      As is the case with most of your writings -- just what we needed to read :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm really very happy to hear that, Creative. Thank you so much.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      tillsontitan is so right about those days when it seems our writing is touched by the fire of the Muse herself. And then there are those other days when our writing should be set on fire. I'm going through that now. I was rereading some of the pieces I've written that had actually placed 1st in writing competitions and all I can think is how dreary they are and how I could have done so much better. Is this to be expected as we become better at our craft? Or is it a case of an artist being their own worst critic?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I think that is quite normal. I had no sooner finished "Tobias" and I was thinking of how I would have written it differently the next time. :) Sure, I'm my own worst critic, but I still think we all do that. We are evolving as writers, and when writing a book, a good six months go by from start to finish...we grow during those six months...we are better writers over that time. :) Or maybe I'm just blowing smoke to make myself feel better. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      :) So is this our lot in life? Forever evolving, always vowing that next time it will be perfect but never quite satisfied that it is then starting a new story again vowing that it will be perfect but it's not quite, ad infinitum? And if it is, why, oh why, do we willingly do this to ourselves???!!!

      We must be nuts. :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      As for why we do it, Zulma....we must. But I also agree we're nuts. :)

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      mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I feel like I wandered into a W.A meeting. (Writer’s Anonymous)

      Ok, the bad one-liner is out of the way. You have put the spotlight on what many writer’s feel. I came to writing late, hence no time for doubt, no time to worry about financial success.

      I did have a laugh – ‘they’ won’t read you today – but ‘they’ will in 100 years – I say why wait!!!!

      Bravo

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike! They damn well better read us today, and tomorrow...to infinity and beyond. We can always hope, right? :)

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for reminding me. I am a writer, a lousy writer but not giving up yet

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peach, I don't think you are a lousy writer at all. Let's eliminate those thoughts immediately. :)

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      mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Someone on Twitter asked for a book recommendation. I told him to get a copy of Resurrecting Tobias. Now a couple of thousand more and you are set.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mike. I greatly appreciate that, my friend.

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      Arun Dev 23 months ago from United Countries of the World

      It was encouraging. Writing is the best path in my life. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, adevwriting. Carry on, and thank you for the visit and comment

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      jo miller 23 months ago from Tennessee

      I think I needed this. Many thanks. I'm going to go write something.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Jo! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      So true. A preacher once told me "its ok to doubt, but when you start to believe the doubts, thats when you've got a problem?"

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Lawrence. I try to never listen to those voices inside my head. Try, but sometimes fail, as I suspect we all do.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Elena 23 months ago from London, UK

      I am a Writer.

      I am a Writer.

      I wish I could read posts like these daily. I used to enjoy writing everyday but now, it's once in a blue moon. Thank you for a timely article.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady E, thanks for stopping by. I hope your muse returns soon.

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      Rolly A Chabot 22 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billybuc...

      Well done my friend, very well done. Particularly addressing self doubt, one of the worst critics we all face is ourselves. When people write from the heart it is sure to touch another heart.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is my belief, Rolly. Thanks for mentioning that. Hugs coming your way from rainy Olympia.

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      Peg Cole 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      You've said it, here, Billybuc. "If your goal is to inform people then keep writing. If your goal is to educate or entertain then keep writing. If your goal is to make people think, make people feel, and make people react, then keep writing." So true. This isn't about making money, although, that would be quite nice.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It would be nice, Peg. For sure, it would be nice. :) Thank you so much.

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      jo miller 6 months ago from Tennessee

      I was looking around to find Sun Never Rises, Chapter 3 when I came across this. I need to read this instead I believe. I was feeling a little down yesterday about writing and needed to kick myself into gear. So thanks for the little extra kick this morning.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Jo! We all need that kick in the rear from time to time. Thanks for stopping by.

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