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Are You A Writer With A Vision And A Plan?

Updated on April 7, 2013

WHAT IS A WRITER?


From Dictionary.com we have this definition of a writer:


1.

a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession;an author or journalist.

2.

a clerk, scribe, or the like.

3.

a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.

I was reflecting the other day on what it meant to be a writer. It has changed over the years, has it not? In the old days a writer either was a novelist, a poet, or worked for a magazine or newspaper. Before the internet changed the landscape, when one said he or she was a writer, it usually fell into one of those categories.

Boy how times have changed. Now we have blog writers, and freelance writers, and content writers, and corporate writers, and grant writers and on and on we go, and each one fits comfortably within that definition provided above.

I guess I have no problem with any of that….I guess. What I have a problem with is the bastardization of the job description “writer” and how the internet has over-simplified the job to the point where many writers do not work hard enough to deserve that job description.

Writing is a noble profession and it should be treated as such. To be a writer is to be an artist, for writing is part of the Arts. The internet has simplified the process and in many ways eliminated the hard work. It is all about instant gratification now, and anyone can publish an ebook and call themselves a writer. Anyone with an IQ hovering around one hundred can do content work and call themselves a writer. Hell, anyone can write a blog and call themselves a writer, but that does not mean they are good at it, and I think that does a disservice to the profession.

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ARE YOU ARE WRITER?


So here we are at the first part of the title question. Are you a writer? Simple enough question, and if you fall under the definition, if you write books, articles, or stories, and writing is at least partially a profession for you, then you are a writer. By definition a content writer is a writer. Heaven forbid but it is true. What do I have against content writing? Nothing, really, since I do it three hours per day to pay bills, but while I am doing it I do not feel like Hemingway. Do you see my dilemma with this whole writing thing?

I guess I sound like a snob but I don’t mean to be. I just believe that writing is a noble calling and should be treated as such. If content writing is your thing then be the best damn content writer you can be, and don’t settle for 400 words of SEO with little value to the advancement of writing.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION?


Do you even have one? Do you see yourself ten years from now still doing content writing and blogs? Is that your vision? Is your vision just to earn some online money by doing Hubs for HubPages? Is your vision to have a publishing company publish a novel that you have written? Is your vision to work as a magazine writer, or have your own column in a newspaper? Is your vision to publish twenty books in ebook form and make lots of money?

I can’t answer that one for you. I have a very clear vision of what I want and where I am heading, and everything I do is with that vision in mind. I’m just curious if you can say the same thing, because I think it is crucial that you have a vision if you are serious about being a successful writer.

And what is a successful writer? Only you can define success as it relates to you. Again, without a vision it seems to me that success will never be found.

Elmer Leonard's Top Tips On Writing

Instructions

  1. Take one part talent
  2. Add one part vision and mix well
  3. Add a healthy pinch of plan
  4. Continue mixing until perfectly blended and then cook on simmer until done.

AND THAT BRINGS US TO WHAT IS YOUR PLAN?


Once you have a vision then you need a plan, right? There are very few overnight successes in writing. The idea of writing a novel and being discovered and having riches, and it all happening in a year, is nonsense. It does not happen so if that’s your plan it is time to re-think your life.

I wrote an article a few days back about having a platform. In it I explained that, as a writer, you are your own advertising and marketing executive. It is your job to announce to the world that you are a writer of some talent. Now, how are you going to do that? Once you can answer that question then you will have your plan.

I have a very clear plan and I stick with it. Everything I do is part of that plan. Every blog I write, every article I write, every ebook and novel and submission that I write, they are all part of the plan. From my business cards to my Facebook page to my website, it is all part of a plan and I have to tell you, realistically it is a long-range plan.

There are no free lunches in writing. If you don’t like hard work then it might be time to change careers. If you don’t like the idea of working years for a single goal then you are in the wrong profession. I am encouraged that it took Steinbeck almost seven years to be published. He had no internet nor did he have ebooks nor did he have blogs. He had a pen and a pad and he sat down daily and wrote. No instant gratification for that man, or other writers like him. No being “discovered” by Blog Magazine and riding the online wave to riches. He sat down and he worked his craft and he became one of the all-time greats.

Let me repeat that last part…he worked his craft.

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WORKING YOUR CRAFT


If you are a writer then your craft is writing. One of your goals should be to be the best writer you can be. All too often I see someone all excited that their blog has now been viewed 5,000 times, or that they received some blog award presented by another blogger. What does that mean? I think it is too easy to get wrapped up in the instant gratification of networking and forget that we should be trying to improve our writing.

Online views do not mean you are a good writer, just as a million YouTube views does not make one a great motion picture director. It simply means you have learned to play the online game well.

Now, what about your writing skills? Do you belong to writing forums where your work will be critiqued? Do you enter writing competitions to see how you match up against other writers? Do you go to writing workshops? Do you continually challenge yourself to be better?

I have nothing against the internet or blogging. I think they are useful tools for writers and should be incorporated in your platform and your plan. Having said that, I also think they offer instant gratification and tend to blur the vision. The great writers of the past and present never lost sight of the fact that they needed to continue to work on their writing. They continued to produce thousands of words a day with zero gratification. All that drove them forward was a desire to be better.

We could learn a few things by following their example.

What is your vision? What is your plan? How willing are you to do the work necessary to be a better writer?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am especially attentive now to your hubs on writing as I am contemplating a book. Most people become an overnight success in about 5 years....I think having a vision is so important. Funny thing I woke up this morning and started in my usual writing agenda for the day..And I promised myself to spend one hour a day on the book..because I don't have direction yet..just the vision. As I have mentioned this marketing of others is easy enough and then we look to ourselves and sometimes do not know where to begin. This was most helpful ..especially this morning when I was feeling somewhat directionless. Voting, sharing and pinning

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, interesting and thought provoking blog. I am in a slump and I certainly need a plan :o) I think the ability, which you clearly possess, to be clear minded and focussed is key to writing success and you're right that writing should be the best you can make it. My issues at the moment are about 'adding value' to what's alread out there; if I can't add value, why bother? I am working hard to get better and add value...for now though, blank!

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      DabbleYou 4 years ago

      Nice advice. Will have to try your advice. :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, I am a writer without a good plan =) Sort of like in college I was a student without a plan who ended up with about 190 credit hours and four foreign languages.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I wrote this hub because I decided I needed to focus more on my plan. It had become somewhat hazy and unclear to me. So Bev and I sat down yesterday and brought the plan more into focus. I think it is very easy to lose sight of the goal....and I think it happens to all of us.

      If this helped then I am glad. Thank you my friend and good luck with that book.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I'll start by saying I think you are a very good writer. I will also say that we all go through slumps. Hearing that, of course, doesn't really help the one who is in a slump feel any better, but I thought I would mention it nonetheless.

      What is your goal, Julie? Once you answer that they maybe some clarity will come. What do you want to achieve through your writing? If you can answer that they make a plan to achieve it, and it has to be more detailed than just writing. How are you going to reach your target audience?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dabble and good luck to you.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, you can see by my small number of Hubs that I do not appear to be a very prolific writer! The fact is, I write every day, but am most engaged with long term novel writing, and find I just can't do more. I admire someone like you, who is able to write so prolifically and so well. I sometimes feel despair, but I carry on anyway. It. Is very important to me that I also spend time with family and friends, and I probably need to work out how I can balance it all! Very interesting Hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I came out of college with degrees in Marketing and Economics and no clue of a direction. Welcome to my world. :) My first question for you would be what is your passion? If you can answer that they you have your focus in writing. I know you are passionate....use it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, it seems to me that your vision is crystal clear. Work on novel and spend time with family. :) I certainly see nothing wrong with that plan. I spend much more time at it than you do, but I have the freedom to do that with Bev working. Our lives will be changing in two years and then I'll change my plan a bit to include more time with her.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I am so trying, but know I could be doing better with my plan, It is hard writing and taking care of a family. Balance is key and I do struggle with this admittedly so. My blog does take up a good portion, but I do need to get back to editing and dealing with my book. I am going to try my best, but I know that this is not going to be easy. Thanks for the advice and once again great tips here!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, thanks for a response that has made me actually sit down with some paper and a pen and a desire to create a plan and get myself going again - it's my own fault really, I just need to refocus.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I don't know how you do it quite frankly. People always say that about me, but seriously, I don't have to small girls to take care of. I think you are doing a remarkable job with the time you have....perhaps finding a way to schedule time for editing and taking time away from the blog....one hour switched from one to the other??? I'm just tossing ideas out and see if they stick to the wall. :) Thank you for sharing my dear friend. You are a joy to know.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I am excited to hear that. If I can be of any other help drop me an email at holland1145@yahoo.com. Sometimes it just helps to have another writer to bounce things off of.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This really makes me think. I suppose I do have a vision and I'm following my plan...but suddenly my plans all over the place:) lol

      Thanks Bill...I'm having ideas floating around in my head after reading this...uh huh!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Bill, this is thought provoking. My goal is to be a success here on hubpages, then later start a couple of blogs, and continue to work on my fiction. Right now I find I spend so much time on learning seo and all the other web stuff, reading and commenting on others work (which is a great learning tool) and researching info for my hubs. And promoting and learning social media is very time consuming too!I think I need to make a schedual and stick to it as I am all over the map right now! Thanks for this and best wishes with your new focus!

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Y'know, I'm very glad you wrote this hub Bill. It made me aware of how unfocused I am. I really don't have a plan and I'm in the middle of a big 'ol block right now. Hmph.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Well this was such an interesting article for me and the timing great. I have so many thoughts and ideas in regard to a plan and vision it is overload I feel! I want to do everything and need more focus, planning as i have the passion, determination and will to succeed I think!

      I am learning the craft and art that is writing and do not presume to be "up there" with those writers here I really do admire and respect.

      Thanks for showing me the paths I need to take.

      Respect and gratitude always my friend, love to you both for the week ahead!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I think you just mentioned a common problem...we tend to go all over the place without focus. That's why I wrote this hub and I hope it helps. :) I appreciate you, Kelly. Thank you for your visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I understand what you are saying. It is a common problem. You say you want to be a success on HP...how are you going to do that? What is your specific plan for doing that? If you can answer that then you will be on your way. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      onegreen, if you are glad I wrote this then I am glad. I want to help writers focus on their vision and develop a plan to make that vision a reality. If I have helped you then I did my job. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you show great focus if you ask me. You have narrowed your focus to health products and I think that is smart. I think that field is ripe for plucking and your hubs are informative and well-written. Keep doing what you are doing. Views on google take up to a year to materialize, so be patient and keep pounding that subject.

      Thank you dear friend. I greatly appreciate the person that you are. Tell the Mickster I said hi and tell him I mentioned he might want to clean up that garage. LOL

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      *sigh* I would like to have a vision. It's sad to admit that I don't have one. Maybe I've had a few, but they seem to change. I enjoy blogs, but not so much that I keep up with them enough. Some people get so into blogging, but I can't. I don't know what I'm working toward, and it gets discouraging at times. And content writing feels like I'm prostituting my brain. Not so good.

      I love the videos you shared. I wish I had the confidence that Ray Bradbury did--those dummies just don't comprehend my genius! LOL That's awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, that's why I included that video. I loved that line of his. Sigh indeed! As for blogging, I probably should get more serious about it but I have a philosophical problem with it. I know part of that is illogical but oh well, it is what it is.

      Thank you my dear; have a great day. It's chicken time!

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Well I'm happy I had a read at this as I'm not a writer nor pretend to be nor try to be. I'm simply online in an attempt to create a mobile income which to date is non existent.

      Here on HP to earn money now that's the best line I've heard in a while.

      There may be some that do but the vast majority I'm sure will never see anything worth the input they put in while others may see something above the poor efforts they make.

      Never been afraid of hard work nor short on determination and I'm not trying to be a writer so all those who genuinely have skills with words and create wonderful works have nothing to fear from this little scribbler.

      My simple goal is to earn money by putting my DIY and mechanical knowledge and experience in words and earning a crust.

      I've no desire for riches or awards. No aspirations to be complemented for my scribbles. Complements for passing on some useful tips and tricks, absolutely.

      So I'm happy to belong to the bastardization club.

      One other thing Sir Bill "what's an IQ?". Is that like a special pen.

      All credit to those who have the talent and skills to turn words into something enjoyable and interesting to read.

      MJ.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      I readily admit that I have awesome vision but am struggling through the plan part. It's wonderful that you have a life love and partner like Bev with whom to share and hone strategies. The sense I have of myself is that there is indeed raw talent, but the focus is somewhat askew, like my eyes without my reading glasses.

      That's why I consider it a godsend to have encountered you and your work. Your writing comes across with a strong and definite writer's voice, and I am left with the feeling that you and I just had a great conversation on my front porch or in a coffee shop. It flows easily, and it doesn't feel like there are any contrivances...just a simple creek meandering through the countryside.

      Behind the scenes, as I'm discovering by reading your inspirational/instructional hubs, I learn that you put a lot of hard work into your craft. The work ethic taught to you and me by our respective dads bodes well in this writing profession.

      So I'm not just fraternizing frivolously when I say that part of my developing plan is to read billybuc's hubs, one day at a time. The learning and the teaching that you did for all those years pay off in huge dividends long after you tossed the keys to your supervisor...the one who called you unprofessional.

      In a way, she was right. In a way, she was wrong.

      You're not an ivory tower professional. You reach out to the masses because it was the only sane and right thing to do in a lifetime of recovery. I know full well what that's about. That's the core of billybuc.

      And yet you are professional in the manner in which you conduct your day, your business(es), and your identity as William Holland, writer.

      That woman had no idea of the significant role she played in catapulting you to even higher levels. Neither did you, as you drove away, your hands shaking so much that holding onto a steering wheel was akin to a wild night of reverie.

      But thank goodness for those of us here on HubPages who are becoming more polished in our respective writing endeavors because of the difference you've made.

      A heartfelt thank you, Bill!

      It's the bottom of the ninth. 2 outs. The bases are loaded, and so is the count. You're facing the homerun adversary from the rival school located on the far side of Tacoma.

      What's your vision, Bill? What's your plan?

      See you after the game, Bill, when we can celebrate with a cup of joe at Valhalla Coffee on 6th Ave!

      Joe

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy Buc as usual you write the best hubs.. I would like to think I am a writer.. but some days.. lol.. I try I do know that.. I think I need more education.. that would help no matter what.

      God Bless you billy for your love and encouragement you give us..

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, I like your niche and I think it will garner views in time. People always want to know how to do stuff with cars and repairs. Keep at it; it takes time.

      As for IQ...I have been chasing that rabbit for years and haven't caught that sucker yet. :)

      Give Suzie a hug for me and keep doing what you are doing. Thanks, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, it's good to see you back among us. You have been missed.

      As for helping others, I'm very happy to do it. If my writing helps others then I am one happy writer.

      Blessings and love to you my friend.

      bill

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      I do not think that I am a good writer, but trying to be. My intention is to share the information and knowledge I have....

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent and motivational hub here once again, Bill!

      Thanks for continuing to put the fire to us to keep us focused.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      Writing, for me, is an itch that requires scratching. It is an urge which overpowers me and my release comes in the form of the written word. For poetry...it is almost always inspiration and the feelings in my heart...my need to share emotions with the reader and have them understand. With political essay, it is driven by passion...a passion for what we have had as a nation and need to continue to have in our future. With fiction/short stories, it is the desire to tell a story usually with a lesson learned of sorts from the truths of life then shared with the reader on some emotional level. So much of what we write becomes what it is when the reader actually consumes it. I do not always see the depth of what I write but many of the readers pick up on it and point in out in comments. So, for me, success as a writer, the ability to call myself a writer, comes so much from my perception of how I am being perceived by the reader. I think that was the joy that the great writers of our past must have experienced on some level. It is like the applause of a live audience for the actor. ~WB

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      sybol 4 years ago

      Thank you. This was very helpful.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Hard questions that require some contemplation. I can imagine you doing workshops on things like this and getting paid for it. This is another inspirational hub, the kind you write so well.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, although I earn a living via content and SEO writing (for now!), I don't feel like a true writer unless I'm writing creatively. I feel proud when I am proud of a short story and it gets good response. My goal is to write a novel and eventually become the kind of writer who sells books.

      SEO is a stepping stone and a means of making the mortgage payments. That is not how I want to be remembered as a writer. After all, once those content and SEO articles are posted, they no longer belong to the mind behind the words. In fact, most times the writer has no idea where their articles end up.

      I've got the vision. I need to work on the plan.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, several months ago I sat down and wrote down my vision and a plan to reach those goals one day. They may change a little down the road as I go along, but it made a world of difference in my direction. Your article is very helpful and I know exactly what you mean about being a 'writer'. I can't tell you how many articles I've clicked on looking for information only to find the 'writer' had rehashed what I already knew. It is obvious that SEO unfortunately rules the roost more often than not.

      Striving to deliver information that is really helpful is my motivation. I know that you certainly deliver on that promise. Bravo my friend! Votes Up++

      ;) Pearl

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Very interesting hub you have here. I do have a plan of sorts, which is to continue writing about my travels and other things that I love. I figure I have about 5 or 6 years left in my day job and my goal is to be well established here on HubPages and to have a website of my own by that time. I really love writing about my travels and I have a lot of places to see that are on my list.

      You have given me a lot to think about. Perhaps I should be aiming higher?

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      This is where strong work ethics comes into play. Hopes and dreams versus ways and means.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      My plan is to always improve. I want to be interesting and I want people to read without being bored. I want my pictures of make a statement and be at One with my camera.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Starting somewhere is highly important Bill you are 100% correct, having a plan to get somewhere with it all is even better.

      I was taught as a youth and in creative writing class at school, and art class as well, that having drafts and sketches are tools for those who haven't yet figured out their masterpieces. So yes indeed I totally agree with your article here, and it fits right into all of those categories.

      I think however some folks aren't truly ready for show time, and are here online seeking ways to master that of their craft, and so this is where all the blogging comes into the picture I believe. Professional writers have always out-shined the average writers for sure, and that's why there's so many of the venues your hub spoke of as well.

      I like the way you go about motivating the crowds of writers today, and I hope many folks think seriously about their craft. I surely do have a massive achievable plan, and I'm not letting my short coming as a writer stop me neither :) Awesome hub bro!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jainismus, the fact that you intend to be a good writer speaks volumes about you. Keep writing and keep perfecting your art my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, once a teacher always a teacher. I was born to motivate I think....and to love. :)

      Blessings and love to you my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, I could have written your words. Thank you for giving words to the feeling of passion that I feel every single day as I write. It's one hell of a high my friend and yes, it must be very similar to a live audience for an actor or a musical group. Well stated, Wayne! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sybol, thank you! I really appreciate you stopping by twice today.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, thank you! Part of my long-range plan is to give inspirational speeches....I love to motivate people and help them work through whatever roadblocks they may experience. I appreciate your kind words, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I have no doubt that you have the vision. The plan will develop over time. Be patient and stick with the vision...nothing good comes free, as you well know.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, you are good for my ego. LOL Thank you! I love your vision and I see proof in every piece that you write. Keep to the vision and plan and good things will happen.

      Thank you so much for your friendship and loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, a five or six year plan should bear fruit in that time. I don't know about aiming higher. Give your plan time to mature and see how you feel about it next year at this time. :)

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Art, I love that line. You have a talent for saying a great deal in few words. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love that...statement and be at one with your camera. Love it! Photo journalists do quite well, and what you seek will come in time. Keep working and I'll see you at Boomer shortly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, thank you! There are times, watching other writers, when I can't tell what their plan or purpose is....and it may be that they are just working on improving before they move forward. That is all well and good and I applaud them for it. Still, if one has a grander plan, it is best to make it as detailed as possible....you are living proof of that my friend. I can see your plan unfolding before our very eyes and I love watching the process.

      Keep doing what you are doing and good things will happen for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe my friend, I left this for later in the day when I had more time to respond. Thanks for such a glowing comment, but more importantly thank you for our new friendship.

      What's my vision? Bev and I have been kicking this around for quite some time now. I would have to say, first and foremost, my plan is to inspire and empower others. I want people to feel as good about life as I do, and to feel and believe that the only limits on them are the ones they post themselves.

      Of course I want to be a successful writer with money coming in, but I get great satisfaction knowing that I am helping people through my words. It is a high unlike any I have experienced before. Beats the heck out of getting the home run king to ground out weakly in the 9th inning.

      My plan....I just keep pounding away through every medium I can use. I keep contacting agents and publishers, keep refining my craft and keep getting the word out. I have to work harder at networking....definitely not my strong point....but I am learning.

      Time to go take care of our new chickens. Thank you my friend and I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday with that wife of yours.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I think if you can honestly say to yourself that you constantly strive to improve your writing, and achieving fame and fortune is secondary, then you are a writer in the very best sense of the word. I agree Bill, a clear vision is needed ( and the longer term the better)...great advice here:-))

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      No goal will be achieved without a vision and a plan. This hub has set me thinking and I can say I have a goal, a vision and things are going to a plan, just finding the time at hand short, for all that I wish to do!

      This hub is as inspirational as the rest.

      Have a nice day, my friend!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Bill,

      As always excellent advice and wisdom. Creating specific goals or a plan can be really challenging in any area of life. We must have been on the same wavelength this weekend. I read your HUB after I posted" Four Reasons You're Not Writing"

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, I agree completely about your definition of a writer. Thanks for that and best of luck with your vision.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, we did both seem to tune into the same mental program this weekend. Love it....now I don't feel so lonely. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan and without even knowing your vision I can tell that you have a plan. It is very obvious for anyone who follows you. Carry on my friend and you will be successful.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Amen to the points in this hub. I share the grievance about people who want the title of writer but present sloppy work with no evidence of serious effort. I know that there are others better than I am, but I'm trying with my vision and plan in mind. Thanks for the opportunity to affirm that.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      You always give topnotch advice, and it's been a great help.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have a vision and had a plan. A couple of times I thought I was on my way to becoming a writer worth following and had some interesting and helpful articles. My plan was to continue to write and improve to the point that I could eventually write a couple of books and maybe have a website to generate some residual income. I have to admit that the ups and down have got me down. I need to re-think things and maybe adjust my vision and my plan. Very good points here! Voting up and useful! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, I salute you for striving to be better at your craft. There are too many shortcuts out there today and none of them make someone a better writer. Only hard work does that.

      Thank you my Caribbean friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I'm very happy to hear that. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, I had to re-evaluate my approach a while back. I think we all do from time to time. Things change so rapidly in this business, and we have to be willing to adjust accordingly. Thank you for sharing your personal story with us.

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      I appreciate this challenge. I have great dreams of the future, and needed a reminder that it will take a plan in order to get there! I also appreciate the hard work you do. You are an inspiration. Honestly, I have no idea how you are able to write so much AND keep up with reading and commenting on others' hubs.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      your views on writings are really interesting. The basic answer to a question why a man or woman writes is he/she wants to communicate. The main objective of writing is communication. As a writer we need to have flair for communication.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Billy, Billy, Billy excellent as usual. You always write thought provoking and useful hubs that help to get us on track with our writing goals. I have a vision and a plan. Finding the time to work that plan is my issue. I know we have had this conversation before and I am doing better. I have not published yet but i am working and doing better with making notes to keep me moving. Thank you and please keep on us to hold our vision in front of us. Thumbs up useful awesome and sharing.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article Billy. As the Bible states, 'Write the vision and make it plain." I think we should have the vision and write it out, as in "written goals." This article brings that home even more. Voted way up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Inspirational as always Bill. Right now my visions and my plans all have blurred edges but eventually I believe I can pull something together. Right now I'm just working on things day by day. Passing this on.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Bill, writing article is a noble profession and we need to keep on looking new ways to improve it. For me, I do trading in US to pay bills as writing is not giving me enough income to cover my expenses. Voted up.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      4. a person who can do nothing else. Being an egotist, I met my goals. Type my name into your computer.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great hub, with an excellent message. Your hubs always make me think of my goals and rearrange them. Or just reflect on life. I am like you, when I think of a writer I think of those great writers of the past..... How where took their writing so seriously. And now the word Writer has lost that romantic essence that was attached to it.

      I am a 'wanna be' writer, LOL, still searching for my goals. That's why I am here, testing out what would be best for me and what am I good at. Yes, my goal is to improve myself, but also to find myself....... :)

      Always enjoy your hubs, Billy, and I always feel like I get a lot out of them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us..... Take care!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing requires a plan and vision, goals achieved as a writer must be with a purpose, I found this hub to be useful and voted up!

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      Jean Valerie Kotzur nee Stoneman 4 years ago from Germany

      Billybuc, you have undertaken to do what has been needed on this site for a long time 'defining the craft of writing'. I have been a member of hubpages for quite some time now, but so far, have not written a hub. Although I have been writing all my adult life (professionally non-fiction) I have hesitated to take the plunge. There are too many inexperienced youngsters on Hubpages offering life changing advice and barbecue recipes and some of them read like shopping lists. If I want that I can buy a magazine. I am on the threshhold of my eighth decade and as long as you and a few others like you, write on this site, I will read (and perhaps even contribute) to hubpages.

      Voting up.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I think it all starts with a vision. planning ahead and a little determination to achieve it.Well said!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Expect, in truth it is getting harder to do all those things you mentioned. I'm running out of hours and I'll need to adjust a bit. Anyway, you are very welcome and thank you so much for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I agree with you...we are all reaching out to our audience with our message, whatever that may be. Those who are successful in doing that will see success.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I have a vision, but my plan needs work. You make an excellent point about instant gratification. Spending an entire day writing legal blogs helps pay the bills, but it doesn't get me much closer to my vision.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, it sounds to me like you are right on with your vision and plan. Learning to find time can be part of the plan. Keep doing what you are doing and best of luck to you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, I totally agree with you. The vision and plan should both be written out and put somewhere where you will see them daily.

      Thank you my friend and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, good luck to you my friend. Sharpen those blurred edges and bring things into focus. It will help you in the long run and cut down on wasted efforts.

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, whatever you need to do to pay bills and follow your profession you will do. Best of luck to you and thank you for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...I understand, Martin. Love your honesty my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, then I think you are following a plan. Finding what is best for you is part of the plan. Once you have found it you will move from wannabe writer to real writer....I happen to think you are very close. :)

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. Best of luck to you with your vision and plan.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silekarina, what a nice thing for you to write to me. Thank you and you have really touched me today. Writing is a sacred undertaking for me. I have admired the greats for decades, and I refuse to sully their craft by churning out childish rubbish. I hope to see you write on HP one day. In the meantime, thank you for reading my work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, we are in complete agreement. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand, Deb! I feel the same way every day that I write SEO content...blah! LOL Thanks and good luck to you.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Yes, I am a writer and I do have a plan. This is an excellent hub, Bill, and it forces the reader to pause for a moment and think about ten years down the road. I will continue to write on HP, but I will also challenge myself to write a novel. I would love to have a publishing house publish it, and I would love for it to be on the NYTimes Bestseller List. But, will I accomplish all that? I don't know - all I can do is try. I may only make it to the e-book level. But, that would make me happy also. Yes, writing is certainly more accessible today with the internet and blog writing. But, it is a great way to get started and to get some immediate feedback from readers. Many writers like Hemingway started out as journalists, but saw that as a bastardization of a writing career. They were not happy to be journalists and only used the profession to make money, support their families and put food on the table. Not much different than us writing on HP, being content writers etc, to make money. This is writing in the 21st century. I like it and I like the freedom of it. I don't have a copy editor changing my writing, so good or bad, I learn a lot about the craft of writing. When I look at my first hubs and the ones I'm writing today, I see growth, so I am happy. Will we all become the writers, novelists we want to be? I don't know - I can only hope so. In the meantime, I enjoy reading billybuc because he is a good and talented writer, his writing makes me think, and I tell people I know of a good writer that lives out in Olympia, Washington near Seattle. You are definitely a writer, Bill.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning, Bill

      My reason for coming to this site was not because I think I am a writer but because writing is a passion of mine. Sharing what I have learned or am learning or can do is satisfying. My goal is to do this as long as I find that to be true.

      One reason that keeps me coming back is having interesting and/or uplifting articles to read and to keep in touch with those with whom I have come to know here on the Hub.

      The suggestions you offer are worthy of consideration for those wishing to be known as writers. I have read many of the writing themed articles you have written, and from my experience as a teacher, I find them to offer pointers that will hold anyone wishing to aspire to a firm reputation as a writer in good stead. You have pointed them in the "write" direction.

      In essence you are offering mini-workshops through your articles....a whole new world of excellent writers should emerge. :)

      Sending you many Angels and much thanks this morning :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, what a kind thing for you to say. I love your attitude about content writing and, like you, I can look back on my earlier writings and see tremendous growth. Isn't that what we are trying to do...grow in our craft? Excellent points that you made my friend. Thank you so much, and if you are ever in Olympia be sure to let me buy you lunch. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, good morning!

      I love your attitude and I love the fact that writing is a passion for you. Whether or not you consider yourself a writer, those of us who read your work certainly consider you to be.

      If these articles are a mini-workshop for writers then I have done my job. I want to help...that's been one of my goals since I joined HP. I am grateful if I am accomplishing that goal.

      Thank you my dear friend. Have a great day and blessings and a hug are headed your way.

      bill

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Do you have a writing forum that critiques your work that you recommend? Thanks! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Stephanie! Give this one a try..... www.mywriterscircle.com

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You have a way of reminding me that I need to stick with the plan. It's hard sometimes. I'm going to try to be more like you and Ray Bradbury. He truly is a success story. I believe you are a success story too. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. Not too many people would take the time, but then again, there is only one William Holland - a man of integrity. I wish there were more people like you in my life.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I in no way have a desire to write a book, but i loved writing from your promps concerning the blue house. I hope you do that again, it's fun to let your imagination run wild..I am sure you help many wannabe writers with your articles. Thank you for caring and sharing...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go again, Marlene, making me blush. You are a giver, just like I am. I gain great satisfaction out of teaching and giving. If I help you then I am a happy writer.

      It is hard to stay on plan. My mind is all over the place and there are a thousand things I would like to write about...but I am better off, and my plan is better served, if I narrow my focus and establish a niche....like this niche.

      Thank you Marlene. I consider you a true friend and not just a virtual friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby and thank you for the reminder to do another of the prompts hubs. I'll do that in the near future.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I am a writer and have a vision but I am a firm believer of destiny and know that only 1% of the time it will get executed thus, gonna keep on rowing this boat of mine and continue learning and failing....

      Great words of encouragement, bill.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Superb! As with anything else, if you have no plan for your writing, then you will only stumble along. You will be one of those writers who only write when the urge hits, and we all know how that works. We have to work at writing to do the very best we can, just like anything else.

      I so agree that the quality of what we produce should always be the best we can do because it is always a reflection of our work, whether it's articles for someone else or poetry that we sign our own name to.

      Take care.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, get those oars in the water and paddle like crazy. Who knows when good fortune will strike. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you stated it all perfectly. My writing is, indeed, a reflection of me as a person, and as such I want it to be exceptional. :) Thank you for a great comment.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have a vision, but not really a concrete plan. In the back of my mind I always seek to become a better writer, and this is the year I want to complete my book, but above and beyond that just seems like wishful thinking. Thank you for causing me to think about it.

      I agree with you about how writing has taken on a different tone. Anyone can call themselves a writer nowadays.

      I am a writer, and I have known it ever since I started writing feverishly as a kid. I didn't have to be a published author to know that. It was in my blood and my heart.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I love that you call yourself a writer, and with conviction. Bravo for that and I agree with you. If you have the passion and work at this craft, then you are a writer in the truest sense of the word.

      I would rejoice with you if you were "discovered' and your writings were rewarded. Best of luck to you my friend. Never lose that passion.

      bill

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have only the vaguest idea of what my vision is. My plans change according to my circumstances and whims. I'm still trying to get my head the fact that I actually have a talent for writing. I'm only just realizing that the potential was there but was buried under negativity.

      One day I will have a clear vision and a definite plan. In the meantime, I will keep on writing and trying to find my voice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I love your solution....just keep on writing. As for voice, I'm writing about that and will have a hub soon....have a good day writing my friend and thank you.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Ah, Bill - even as i read your words - i felt my 'type A' personality attempting to escape from the tiny cell i've banished it to - in favor of a nice, calming 'Type B-" (yes, that's a minus sign..lol)..

      I worked hard to tamp it down - and still do - daily! I spent sooo much of my life NEEDING to achieve 'goals' - for whatever reasons..

      SO..I guess i'm just a...HUB-writer - nothing else - and - for some reason - i'm good with that...lol

      I don't even know what 'content writer' means..

      I have no plan - other than to try to keep breathing - and writing when the mood swings me - trying to change the world in my little way..

      maybe one day put a little ebook of poetry together - but - whateva..lol

      i'm sorry, dear friend - i'm a bad, bad girl - i hope you can still love me..

      LOL..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie...bad, bad girl? That's why we love you! You have that wicked thing going on. To keep breathing is a pretty good plan...and being a Hubber is a pretty damn good thing to be. I know this boy is glad you are around. Keep writing, keep being real, and I will keep being a devoted follower and friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thanks for mentioning Steinbeck, that kind of detail encourages all of us!! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, it's always nice to see you. You know I hated Steinbeck when I was in high school. I had to mature a bit to understand the brilliance of the man as a writer. Gives me something to shoot for, right? :) Thank you my friend and I hope you are well.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you, and I know what you mean....Grapes of Wrath made for seriously dry reading in high school!! :-D But the images have stuck with me, and I think that's one of the marks of greatness. He is stark but with clarity and depth. I've only read a few things by him, but that's just my general sense.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, stark is a great description of Steinbech. I read "Of Mice and Men" and had shivers down my spine, and he caused that with a minimalist technique that was definitely stark.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Excellent, excellent. So simple, so thorough. I also printed this one out.

      phenomenal advice. Blessings, Sparklea

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you are giving me a swollen head. LOL I'm glad you find this useful my friend. Best of luck to you with your book project.

      blessings, today and always

      bill

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Bill - I got my BA in History because I love learning and it seemed right to work hard and finish something. I pursued the graduate degrees because a professor encouraged me to, and shortly thereafter I realized it was only a matter of time before my husband left and I had three boys to support.

      Somewhere along the way I realized I was one of those incredibly fortunate people who really, really like what they do and also happen to be very good at it. About 15 years ago I was talking to myself in the car, trying to answer a question posed to me by a friend from church. I was wrestling with how to clearly define myself, articulate the vision if you will.

      Teacher wasn't quite right, although I am...and writer wasn't quite right, although I can and do. Finally the word came and with it a flood of tears (which is what I do when I see, hear, experience a deep truth - mine, yours, in a book, in prayer, etc). The "word" was "communicator." All of my life, in one way or another, in one medium or another, I have been trying to communicate - sometimes it is one on one, sometimes the classroom, sometimes research papers, sometimes poems and hub essays.

      So what is my point and why am I going on and on? :) I think it is that my vision has always been to learn , to teach, to encourage, to exhort, to share beauty, to deepen my own soul and broaden my intellect and help others to do the same. I have been very gratified teaching; turning to a new form of writing (not so scholastic) has been exhilarating. Is there a novel out there. I am pretty sure not. But my plan is (assuming I live long enough) to (1) keep teaching and writing conference research papers, (2) be there for my family and friends (this is actually number one) , (3) finish editing my grandmother's poems and get them published (4) keep writing and posting on hubpages (5) and see if what I write eventually lends itself to either a book of poetry or a book of essays.

      Sorry, I didn't intend to write a book, but your hub and your questions have the good effect of encouraging the organization of one's thoughts and the devising of a plan. Thank you for being instrumental in helping so many of us to move toward clarity with joy and determination. Blessings. Theresa

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, what a lovely comment. I love the term "communicator" and it is so appropriate. What a great vision you have my friend. May we both live long lives of communicating with others....and loving of course.

      Thank you my friend....now get out there and spread some knowledge. :)

      Blessings to you

      bill

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      I like to think of myself as a babbler. I don't think I qualify as a write/author really. But I do however fall into one of the 3 catergories you listed up there.....hmmmm a writer I may be. :)

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, a writer you are.....if you love to write and you write then you are a writer my friend. Keep writing! :) Thanks for stopping by during your busy day.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I have a vision, Bill, but not plan. Maybe in the future...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, I wish you well in the future....let that vision become a reality my friend.

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