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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
A world with writing | Source

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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      Bill Holland 10 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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      Jo Miller 10 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Peg Cole 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Elena 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Jo Miller 2 years ago from Tennessee

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Arun Dev 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      mckbirdbks 2 years 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 2 years 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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      peachy 2 years 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 2 years 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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      mckbirdbks 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Angela F 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years 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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      Barb Johnson 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Bill I needed your words this morning. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Mary Craig 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Anna Haven 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Anna Haven 2 years 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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      Genna East 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Loreva!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Deb Hirt 2 years 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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      Lorenzo M Vasquez III 2 years ago from El Paso, TX

      Awesome, simply awesome!

      Great job Bill!!!!

      Lorenzo

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      Danny Cabaniss 2 years ago from Shawnee, Oklahoma

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

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      Dennis L. Page 2 years 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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      Molly Layton 2 years 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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      Frank Atanacio 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Denise W Anderson 2 years 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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      Faith Reaper 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      travmaj 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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 2 years 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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      catmalone 2 years ago

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

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years 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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      Liz Elias 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Nell Rose 2 years 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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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Paula 2 years 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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      victor 2 years ago from India

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      CK Brooke 2 years 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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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Nithya Venkat 2 years 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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      Brian Leekley 2 years 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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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years 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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      Linda Lum 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Lana ZK 2 years 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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      CrisSp 2 years 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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      truthfornow 2 years 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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      Serenity Miller 2 years 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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      Bill De Giulio 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years 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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      DJ Anderson 2 years 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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      Eric Dierker 2 years 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.