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A writers lament and a reader's lament

Updated on June 16, 2013

I have friends that were great writers, but they write for a living.

I would not suggest that templates is a dirty word in general but it is becoming one to me. I have seen heretofore great writers brought to their knees by the thing. You see the template is designed by techies not writers. Techies that optimize a writing for Search Engine Optimization. They use formula's and quotients. Glory to them.

They use scientific and mathematical quotients and theories. And they take a poem and the change it into and Epic movie. Hooray for them.

Did you know that if you cannot photo shop or figure that out, you are no longer a writer. If you cannot make quizes and game shows appear in your writing then you are no longer a qualified author of anything.

We all have Volcanoes, we all have churches somewhere in our heart.

I was born on a peak above 7,000 feet. I can only go down from here.
I was born on a peak above 7,000 feet. I can only go down from here. | Source

I understand these things I do are pitiful and should be stopped.

A ten line Haiku is bad, even though it is perfect. An opening paragraph that does not repeat keywords ten times is destined for low scores.

Pictures with no relevance are supported over a pregnant pause or a transitional sentence. Spelling is checked but not for context, just a word that Word knows. Obscure words are threatened. Some four letter words that fit are changed to s**t. The r**pe of a city creates no $.

I do declare that I am complaining. But I cannot complain to publishers Oh No!

And here is the sadness revealed

Publishers give people what they want. People want more pictures and quizzes. They do not want rich content or moving creations. In and out like a tactical team avenging and extracting the quarry.

Most Christians have not read the entire new testament. Most Buddhist cannot cite their founding text, most Muslims cannot quote more than 3 phrases from the Quran. And Lawyers can no longer recite case names and precedent. The President of the United States does not read literature, only contemporary writing, and Nelson Mandela will soon join MLK jr.

Our world is lost. Not because of publishers but because of what the rest of the world wants.

Do we hang our heads in shame as though our work is no longer valid and was always just tolerated?

Andrea and I go way back to a college in Paris

So who dies in this battle and this war.

My father spent a lifetime in public health trying to increase the likely hood of children living to adult hood. He met a guy named Einstein who asked him if his quest was moral. 40 years later my father questioned whether or not he was wrong and wrote me to ask: "Eric we let the hunters thin the herd of Deer so the herd will be more healthy, are we wrong not to allow that with communities of man?". Of course I responded quickly and adamantly: Dad, it is not our call to make. We do our best, nature will defeat us anyway, and man will always find a way to destroy the weak.


And so I tell you my dear readers that the writer's heard is being thinned, who can survive this onslaught? Who can weather this drought of support for creative writing.

Well I can. My writing is more often judged in board rooms and court rooms than on websites and search engines. But that is not the calling for those of us with mission.


The nest of the great Peregrine Falcon is on the left.

A nowhere canyon where a great bird raises her young.
A nowhere canyon where a great bird raises her young. | Source

Let there be a man who changes my words, and I will show you the master of a slave

Who do we write for. Do we write to be accepted by the masses and adorned in jeweled splendor? Or do we proclaim one master and write so the masses can follow?

And so it is I do lament for each day must be better spent

So I stand and puff my chest and proclaim more sanctimonious than the rest. And then I am reminded to take a big rest, for I have flown to far from the nest.

Icarus was cool but he broke the rule. His dad did weep for the promise he did not keep

So I know my roll in this struggle is different than what I pridefully see me do.

My job, my friends is to love and support you and see you through. An extra ten minutes on writers that just write. A thumbs up and a fan mail and an encouraging word. I am not a writer who could lead, but I can tend to those with wounds that bleed.

I shall endeavor to give more support to those who write to write and speak so that others hear. Those that speak their minds so that thoughts are clear.

I may not be great, but even I have the power to be a great friend, until the end.


(I reckon this is bit of a tribute and a promise to a Texan in a white hat, that wrote from the heart but felt he must move on because of what I here complain about. We miss you Wayne)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We keep moving forward with our message, Eric. Time they are a'changin', but there will always be a place in this world for a good writer with a good message.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Even if it is in our saddlebags, with nothing but the doggies and the moon and stars. We shall write and let the heavens be our judge. I am always encouraged by you my friend Billy.

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      You always write with heart and I've seen you support people who do the same (and I personally am grateful for your friendly support). You voice some very common concerns here, and there are many of us who could echo your laments! ~Lurana

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This hub came at the right moment, when similar thoughts were going on in my mind and I was thinking I am alone, but I am not. Thanks for echoing the views of many hubbers, who have started thinking this way.

      I agree with your views completely and I admire your writing.

      Lets see how things shape up over here. I am afraid, I am losing interest here, for the reasons already mentioned by you in this hub.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I know Lurana we will keep singing and writing and dancing, it would be nice if we can do it here.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You asked a perfect question to also address the issue thank you.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Eric. Your writing is like the singing of Andrea Bocelli. It improves all the time. Each day you point out to us new and worthwhile ways of looking at the world. I learn a lot from you. Keep up the good work.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow Chris, I am pretty sure I listened to 3 versions of Ave Maria performed by Bocelli when writing this,,, and as you say his latest is always his greatest. I have never received a higher compliment. Thank you.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Eric, this is fantastic! Only some readers expect all of those extra elements, and even though these sites restrict what is featured, many people will still enjoy great writing for what it is. I just hope that those who really like to write don't get discouraged, and just keep trucking on.

      I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      right on Kathryn, let us make it our job to prevent that discouragement --- if not us, then who?

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      So, where is the nest of the great Peregrine Falcon again? Uh-oh, I sense a bit of sarcasm there. *smile* Thank you for this hub. At least, now I know that I am not alone. *lamenting on a jovial mood*

      Love from the sky~

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you, It is so cool that we can lift each other up and over any hurdle just like you passed it forward, so can we all.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Ericdierker, there must be a match between writer and publisher. I used to work in a publishing firm, specializing in school books. If any writer were to submit a novel to them, well-written it may be, you can guess what the outcome would be like.

      I spend more than 2 years writing for Wikipedia. It was a very disappointing experience, what with so many rogue admins there, trying to throw their weight. Here feels like heaven... at least I can buy myself a cup of coffee once a week, LOL, but not in Wikipedia.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Buddy, if I ever got paid here, I would soil my britches. But I do cry and laugh alot. And just this morning I read a great piece by you: Every one should read https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Vedas-the...

      I gotta say I could never write that well!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Awwwww Ericdierker, you are so humble! And thank you for your promotion. I ought to buy you a Starbuck coffee, if I can't get you a cup of Soma drink. By the way, I'm still wondering if cannabis can help one to think outside the box and come out with a bestseller, LOL.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Keyword 10 times....Sorry, but have to laugh. I do freelance writing. . .somewhat for a living. . .and Google would really frown upon over use. There's a formula for everything, and like most things internet based, the formula changes often. It's sometimes a tricky thing to keep up with SEO "rules".

      But, that said, that's why I actually like HubPages. Forget the stinkin' scores. It's the community of writers that interact with what is written that I enjoy. I don't feel the need to write for Google. There are some hubs I've done more for the sake of Google, but I don't keep track of how much traffic it actually generates from Google, though I know some. The creative prose and/or poetry does not really get Google traffic, but most here are okay with that. So, aside from wanting to be featured for more traffic from fellow writers and creative writing lovers, why worry so much about the scoring and SEO system?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My darling Shanmarie, You have broken me from my revelry. I was happy just sitting here listening to my son play music to my ear.

      You are good and right in what you say. Let us play another day.

      for we just write. I am sorry to say.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      What?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Darling honey bunny. You grace my life. That stuff going on out there is for others.

      We like our place here. We share and love each other. I cherish you.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Well, you make me smile, but I'm tempted to ask what smoke you're crackin' because I'm all confused. Talk of revelries and playing another day seems random to me.

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