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Be Patient, Work Hard, and Your True Writing Voice Will Develop

Updated on September 5, 2014

No Long-winded Lessons Here

Instead of standing on a soapbox and telling you how to do something, I’m going to give you an example of what happens when you trust in your writing abilities, work diligently, and show some patience.

As many of you know, I have been working daily at this writing gig for three years now. It has not been an easy road. I write every day, five days a week, seven or eight hours each day. I have a goal, I have a plan, and I have not allowed anything to derail me to date. Because of that, my writing has developed. Allow me to show you what I mean.

Below you will find a rather long excerpt from the first article I wrote on HubPages.

A writer must patiently build his craft from the ground up
A writer must patiently build his craft from the ground up | Source

How to Stage Your Home for a Fast Sale

Is It Time To Sell Your Home?

The time has come to put your home on the market, hopefully for a quick sell. You do the necessary repairs, you find yourself a real estate agent you can work with and you sign the contract and you are ready to sell, right?

Not so fast! In case you haven’t noticed there are quite a few homes on the market right now and not all of them are selling quickly. These are down times for sellers in this market and many homes are sitting on the market for months without even entertaining an offer. With so many homes available for sale don’t you think it would be wise to do everything you can to make your home presentable?

Staging is one of those ways to make your home stand out in a crowded real estate market. Think in terms of what you do when you are searching for a job and you get your first job interview. You clean yourself up, put on your best “success” clothes, get a haircut, brush your teeth….in other words, you are staging yourself. Never underestimate the importance of appearance in selling a home. Just because all the repairs have been made does not mean your home is going to sell. Your home may even be priced for a quick sale and yet it will sit for months without serious offers. What you need to do….what you must do….is make your home stand out in the crowd, and staging is how you do that.

There are professional staging companies who will handle all of this for you. However, some homeowners prefer to do it themselves and for those of you who are willing to put in the time and effort this article is for you.

Staging the Outside:: Have a good friend go outside with you; go stand on the curb and take a look at your home and property. Now, put yourself into the shoes of a prospective buyer. What do you see? If you were buying this house what do you see that turns you off? Is the paint chipped and peeling? Is the lawn unmowed and are the flowerbeds in need of weeding? Are the leaves spread all over the yard? Do the bushes need trimming? All of these things count when it comes to first impressions by buyers. If your home is not welcoming at first glance you may have lost a buyer before they ever walk into your home.

Staging the Porch and Entryway: Again, first impressions count! Clutter is your enemy, as are spider webs and toys left unattended. Spruce this area up because you want the prospective buyers to really want to enter that home.

Yes, it was a sad effort and I knew it
Yes, it was a sad effort and I knew it | Source

And More Blah, Blah, and Blah

We’ll stop there so I don’t bore you to tears. What we have there is a completely pedestrian pile of nouns and verbs that can best be described as adequate. The topic was named, the information given, and life continued. It is, in fact, a perfect example of an article you might find written for a content mill, and it is worth just about what a content mill would pay for it.

Now let’s look at a portion of my new novel, Shadows Kill, which I am currently working on.

I saw the light and found my true voice
I saw the light and found my true voice | Source

Shadows Kill

I grabbed a glass of milk and a couple chocolate chip cookies and spread out on the couch to do some ruminating. I like the solitude of the cottage. I like waking to the caress of sunshine through the bedroom window, and the smell of roses in the garden during the coolness of dawn. I like being in the capitol city of Washington State and yet unsoiled by the political charlatans and greedy corporations, and I like living in the bosom of Jimmy’s God and yet free of the dogma written by man.

Someone had sent an obvious message for all to see, a message so hideous, so degrading, so challenging, and it had my name on it….my name, my message, carved on Nanci….how does anyone ignore that vileness? Did Jimmy really think that depravity will just disappear, or suddenly be overcome by goodness? I appreciate the message and his fervor, but I’m not buying. Nobody is safe, whether you live in the bowels of New York City, or the idyllic wistfulness of the country. Evil walks among us. Hell, there are those who have never heard of Olympia, Washington, and yet twenty miles to the north of us, Ted Bundy called Tacoma his home, and fifty miles to the north of us, Gary Ridgeway dumped dead bodies as though they were cardboard at a recycling center.

Evil walks among us.

Plato said that ignorance is the root of all evil, but what is a sociopath ignorant of? There is no moral dilemma for the depraved among us. They are driven by a voice most of us will never hear. It is not a lack of intelligence, but rather a dysfunction, so deeply ingrained as to be a part of their DNA. They terrorize good, unharmed people, in the name of God or payback for cruelties paid to them in their youth, or whatever other justification they have manufactured. One does not counsel such depravity, nor does one lobotomize it. The only solution for peace-loving citizens, the only reaction that will bring them peace, is total annihilation.

Oddly, Nanci and I had discussed the topic of evil one night after a movie and dinner. She was resting in my arms, and we had just seen the news and a story of a family-mutilation in North Carolina. Tears slid down her cheek, and then she sobbed. I held her, rocked her back and forth, rubbed her back gently, and whispered lies about everything being all right.

“Eli,” she said, “I think evil like that is born from a lack of love. Without love there is only darkness, a festering sickness that has no cure. God bless that poor family.”

I had no better definition for evil at that time. Today…well…I leave discussions like that to the theologians.

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And Tell Me Class, What Happened?

What happened to me, and what will happen to you as well, is that I found my writer’s voice. It came to me in time. I could not force it. I could not fake it. I had to experiment, work hard, and be open to change until I found the voice that had my name on it.

We all have one. It is unique to each of us. It may be hidden, awaiting inspiration, but it is there. All you have to do is work hard enough so that it can escape. All you have to do is dig deep enough, want badly enough, and be willing to stretch far enough, and you will find it…or it will find you.

And when that moment happens, it will be a magical moment. For a writer, it is like coming home and finding a comforting fire burning in the fireplace, and the aroma of freshly-baked apple pie in the oven.

I wish, for all of you, a comforting fire and a lovely piece of apple pie.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Whenever I wonder how you have enough topics to do this everyday, I read a new one and then I don't wonder anymore! Great article, Bill! A nice stroll down memory lane! Thank you for sharing!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      BTW, the new book sounds great...intriguing! I am in the middle of Resurrecting Tobias and it's great! (Probably what inspired me to choose "Less Me" for you yesterday!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Randi. I can't imagine running out of things to write about. All I have to do is open my eyes. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you, Randi, and thank you for reading Tobias. I know a writer shouldn't say this, but I love that book. LOL Have a great weekend.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this Bill. The way you got the message across here was perfect. We all have to keep striving to find our writer's voice. You have certainly succeeded after years of hard work, and I feel as though I am almost there. I can see the difference between my writing now and when I wrote my first hub too. You are certainly helping me spread my wings and fly. Thank you.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I think a writer should love his work. I wouldn't want to read something that didn't have your heart in it! Not to mention you blood, sweat and tears! You have a great weekend, too!

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      That toilet photo is so versatile.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      The new book is looking really good Bill, can't wait. I have to say, after losing such a lot of the work I'd done, my enthusiasm is zero. I'm trying to find my way back but it's not an easy task. Thank you for this, it may just be the tunic I needed. You're always inspirational.

      Have a lovely day, my best.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      It's always interesting to look back on previous writings. When I read earlier pieces of mine I see I have grown over the past couple of years. I don't know if I can say I've succeeded in finding my voice. It seems to vary depending on what I'm working on. My fiction voice is different from my non-fiction voice for the simple fact that one is fact-laden and the other comes more from my heart and imagination. Still, I see my personality coming through more in everything I write, no matter what the topic is. I think my writer's voice will continue to grow. At least I hope so!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      "...a completely pedestrian pile of nouns and verbs that can best be described as adequate." You surely do have a way with words, and with those words, the message comes through clearly.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      There is indeed your awesome personality that comes through all of your writings Bill~! Shared, Up and tweeted this important and useful information. :-) Blessings

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      I'm still searching for the voice Bill but the Apple Pie was lovely. Great stuff as usual.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I know for a fact you are almost there, if not there already. Your writing has greatly improved in the time I've known you.

      Have a great weekend, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi..I think so too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, right, Lizzy? It can be used for so many circumstances. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm sorry you are down, and it is understandable. Lick those wounds and get started again....the world needs writers to write, and you are a very good writer.

      blessings this weekend and beyond

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      You read my mind Billy. As strange as it may seem, I went back through your hubs a few days ago, perhaps while you wrote this hub. I noted a difference in your writing from those first faltering steps. You have definitely found your voice.

      And so, I have been practicing mine without knowing that you were writing this one and I am hoping that in my next hub, my 50th one here, I will at last show my voice. I can hear a song playing 'I'm coming home baby' and in my own words, I hope I will have found my voice.

      Sally

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Now, now, Bill. That first article wasn't so bad. It's a different type of writing than a novel, for sure, but I do hear your voice in it. And, by the way, the excerpt from Shadows Kill is outstanding. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it better continue to grow. That's what I think. As for the voice...when I write for customers I can still see my fiction voice in it...there is just a unique way that we all have of writing that shines through no matter what we write.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene. I started out wanting to be known as a wordsmith. LOL Now I'm quite happy to be known as a writer. :) It puts me in very good company.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Jo, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, if you enjoyed the pie then it was all worth it. LOL Thanks for the smile. Have a great weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I was grinning from ear to ear reading your words. I love it! You go, girl! Spread those wings and fly. I so look forward to your next article.

      Have a lovely weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are way too kind, but thank you. I hate it, but I'll take the compliment....and as far as Shadows Kill goes...I think you'll really like it if you like goosebumps. :)

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Enjoyed your article and the point you make. We have to keep writing. I'm thankful for sites like this where we can learn and grow. Your book sounds very intriguing. You are a great example!

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I had pre-school orientation and am a bit behind, but just stopping by to check in on you today. And I was totally smiling through this whole article. Seriously, Bill you have not only found your voice (still remember that first article by the way), but totally nailed it. Your next novel sounds thrilling and cannot wait to see how it all turns out now! Thanks for sharing and now wishing you a great weekend once again!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Merrci! This is a wonderful community of supportive writers. I'm sure glad I found it three years ago.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Janine, at least you made it on time to this one. LOL Thank you dear friend, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      It has been such a joy to watch your writing develop. You give so much hope and inspiration to this community.

      I love the line about psychopaths following voices the rest of us can't hear. The nature of evil makes for a very interesting theme.

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      Bradrick H. 2 years ago from Texas

      I just love how you are so willing to inspire and encourage other writers on here. Reading this is a good way to start off the day. Great job sir, and thanks!

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      This is truly good advice. I have my voice, but have yet to write on HP. I keep doubting myself: is it good enough? will they approve it?, etc. I have to admit, I am still a bit resentful that Seth made this deal without asking us where we wanted our work to go. We were forced into this. Some of my articles were very good, but too short for HP. There are some topics about which only so much can be said. Most of those I copied, pasted into Word, then deleted prior to the transfer. I have the voice, but I'm having trouble finding the heart.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Jen! I would not have developed like this if it weren't for this community of writers and their encouragement...so thank you...and yes, evil is kind of fun to write about. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you prospectboy...can you tell I was once a teacher? :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I for one want to see what you can do. Of course, I'm just being selfish. :) Listen, if you wouldn't mind me poking my nose into this.....the world needs writers. These are crazy times, and I think writers bring a bit of sanity to it all. If you have something to say then we all need to hear it. Of course you are good enough.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I'll take the glowing fire, but my husband can have the apple pie! I agree with you, Bill, finding our voice is like coming home! It has been a learning process for me as well, and Hub Pages writing has been helpful in it coming to pass. When I go back and read some of my early pieces, I just cringe! Thank heaven for the delete button!

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for writing this! I haven't been writing long but I have definitely started to find my voice and style compared to day one.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I did a lot of cringing early on. I want to re-write my first novel because I know I can do 100% better....all I need is time my friend.

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I sincerely believe you have helped me find my true voice, through your positive reinforcement… supported by others here, as well. Good job, Bill, thanks for sharing this reminder… and new book excerpts!! ;-)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      billybuc, I've only just met you, but I'm intrigued with your writing. How do we know when we've "found our voice?" I know my writing has improved in the last 10 years, but I still don't feel I've found mine yet. Thanks for your advice in this Hub, which I'm sure I will refer to often. Bookmarked, shared on FB and G+

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Ive only been doing this for a little over a year, I can see some improvement in my skills from my very 1st. I do have a long long way to go. Thanks for the advise and inspirstion to keep moving forward.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I am a very lucky writer. All these years I’ve spent editing and rewriting other folk’s work has given me a voice as a side effect, but sometimes I come off mundane because that’s what I have to write. Now I’m going to play editor and kick your butt, so please don’t “unfriend” me. Yes, you have found your voice, and a lovely, effective one it is. BUT, I wish you had done a lovely rewrite of your blah “pedestrian pile of nouns” that sound like a content mill and used it as a comparison. Comparing a blah information piece to an excerpt from your novel is like comparing an old brown-spotted banana to a beautiful Washington-state red delicious apple. I wish you had compared a shriveled red delicious found on the ground to the beautiful Washington-state red delicious apple.

      She meekly lowers her head and spares him a reticent glance from her willow green eyes. “I’m just being and editor. Are we still friends?”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DealForALiving, you are very welcome, and thank you. It takes time but it does develop if we work at it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, if I've helped you then I am happy. Thank you for your kind words, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, that's a great question. I'm not sure how to answer it, but my first guess is that when we are satisfied with how our words sound, we are real close to our writing voice. Of course, if you are a perfectionist, you'll never find it. LOL

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, esmonaco. Best wishes as you continue to develop. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I never get upset about constructive criticism...nothing wrong with that at all. And you know what? You are correct. How do you like them apples?

      Thank you my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Wow thank you Bill. I gain great motivation from you and your work. I can totally agree with you as I often feel I am in the right location but have not completely stumbled upon my true voice. I also believe as you. I will write until the day it comes without defeat. Once I find it then world look out :) I can only hope that with practice comes ability.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mdscoggins, I love your line "once I find it then world look out." Great attitude, and I have no doubt you will find it. I do believe that with practice comes ability, and you are already ahead because you have ability. Thanks for your uplifting thoughts.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Hello, Bill,

      Great information, as always.

      I'm just passing through.

      Hope you and Bev have a super weekend.

      DJ.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Don't know if I have a voice per se, but my articles are pretty consistent in terms of structure and presentation. So for my nonfiction work, I guess that would be my "voice."

      What I've found is that once you have this style, voice or whatever you want to call it, writing gets a whole lot easier.

      BTW, I'll take a slice of cheese on that apple pie. :) Happy Weekend!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      I guess I have a split personality or something when it comes to my "writer's voice!" I love writing biographies and doing research, but I love writing fiction too and I'm not willing to focus on one over the other to settle on a single voice. Both require a different approach, which is why I figure I've a split personality. lol

      You are always so supportive, for which I'm grateful. Your topics continue to interest us- your students. I enjoyed having a peek at your new novel, which looks intriguing.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      That's so true. I've only just realised how much my writing has changed since I started here. The big difference is that my confidence has soared and that I've found out what sort of things I write about best.

      I'm more comfortable, yet I feel more challenged and that's what I like. In the last few days I've decided what book I'm going to write, what genre I want to concentrate on generally and what my 'voice' is.

      The reason for most of this, apart from the fact that practice improves writing anyway, is the support and comments I've had here at hubpages.

      We realise what people enjoy, what they respond to and we see many styles of writing, some brilliant and some bad. It all adds to the mix and makes us more knowledgeable.

      Great hub, as always, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey DJ, you do the same my friend. Thanks for the fly by.

      bill

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very interesting and thought provoking. I know for me, when first starting out, I didn't really know my own voice. I was paying more attention to the rules of grammar and too "scared" to find my own way. Now, things have changed. I'm taking my own roads all over the place and having fun with this writing. I love it and glad I kept with it!

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, your first Hub was written "well", but there was no passion, and without passion writing is nothing more than words on paper. Three years later you have found your passion, your voice. Again and again you show it to us. Thank you for teaching, guiding, and loving us enough to share.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. It is amazing to look back at some early hubs and see how far we have come. I look at my first few hubs and it's a wonder I am still here. I obviously didn't have a clue. I know I still have a long way to go but the improvement over the last 2 plus years is very noticeable to me. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement. And have a great weekend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have a long way to go, but i do feel i'm improving. It's people like you who encourage and teach life lessons that help the most. Thank you.....

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I always love reading your posts about writing. I never would have dreamed that I would acquire a passion for writing, but I have even more so since I joined hubpages. Thanks for sharing...

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Your novel sounds intriguing and dark, exactly the kind of stuff I'd like to read. I like how you provide a contrast between earlier and more recent work.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for an excellent post, I enjoy reading it and I'm sure you have your writing voice. I'm not quite there but I will make it.

      My lens moved over to hubPages today, I'm happy with them, but will be adding more words to some of them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I'll save you some sharp cheddar. Yes indeed, style, voice, whatever, it does make writing easier. As long as I don't become too stale...that's my only concern.

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, I agree with you...if you write two different genres, then most likely you will have two voices. i just can't write things like you can...biographies....I do believe you might be better-rounded than I am. I tip my hat to you.

      Thank you as always...have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you said a mouthful my friend. You can swallow now. :)

      Of course I agree with everything you said. I would be a fool not to.

      I'm tired and I'm silly so I'll close for tonight. Have a great weekend, and thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Confidence, Liz, breeds experimentation, which leads to a voice, which leads to more confidence, and pretty soon you are spreading your wings and flying. :) I couldn't resist.

      Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, you got it right...I do love my friends here, and I know what all of you are going through, and I want to help if I can...and I know all of you would do the same. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill, and it really is interesting to see the growth. I love this journey and I know you do as well. Enjoy your weekend, Bill, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you are improving leaps and bounds. Carry on my friend, and thank you for being my friend.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sometimes I feel my voice is heard and at times I am still not sure. Interesting and useful.

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      Anita Saran 2 years ago from Bangalore, India

      And you have certainly found your voice. I was first told I had found my voice when writing my first novel 'Circe' (which found a publisher long ago) by Roger Culpan, the Admin of the Warrington Writer's Workshop in England.

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      ronaldoh 2 years ago from England

      Another great article, well written and thoughtful. It is true what you say, patience an belief are what is required as with all things in life.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Glad you have found your writer's voice, best of luck with your novel. The portion that you have showcased is very interesting, great write and a great hub as always. Voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      A little late to the party! Sorry about that! To contribute my two cents, it takes patience, indeed, to find that writing voice...what is characteristically "you". It's there, but we have to be confident to express it.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      "...had my name carved on Nanci?" The one you held in your arms and rubbed her back while she was sobbing? What a jump from your advice on selling a house! This is another spectacular hub, because every writer, I am certain, desires to find his/her voice. You are correct, it comes with time...which is something many writers do not have, and tend to procrastinate on. The real key, for myself, is...if I do not write first thing every morning, it does not get done later. And write, we must. You are the writing angel of Hub Pages, spreading your wings of advice, tips and suggestions far and wide. You are not only a terrific writer, but you deeply care to help others hone their craft. A million thank you's could not begin to cover the gratitude I feel, plus, I am certain, many others, for the tremendous contribution you make to this site. God bless, Sparklea Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I have found that over time I have strengthened my writing voice and have a better idea of what I like to write. I think it is a matter of maturing and also that we change.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, that is wonderful. I'm so glad you love it now. I believe that is the greatest gift of HP, and I love it here. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Flourish, it is definitely dark and I hope intriguing. It is a psychological thriller that will leave everyone wondering who the good guy is. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elsie, I'm glad your lens finally made it. Best wishes with the transition, and thank you for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, it is definitely heard, and it is growing, and that is a beautiful thing my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anita, congratulations. I look at this writing journey as a marathon and not a 100 meter dash. However long it takes to find our voice...that's fine. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that to be so, ronaldoh. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur...I am really enjoying the process in writing this one.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfectly stated, Michelle. Many writers just don't understand what a long process this is. They quit before the miracle happens. :) Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And yes, Lea, it is I who is grateful. I love this site and I love my friends. I'm just grateful you all allow me to hang with you. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend dear lady. You are appreciated.

      blessings always

      bill

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      It is always a pleasure to read your hubs. I have to say, I believe I have found my voice and I am truly grateful. Voted up, useful, interesting and always awesome.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This was really quite inspirational. The demise of Squidoo had me worried as it was I thought the one last site that helped the genuine creative writers. I was wrong this site is just as good (maybe better?), and the advice and help from people like you will certainly keep me on the right track. Thank you so much!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      You have challenged with your thoughts on writing today. Writing voice is something I need to perfect.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the inspiration, Billy. You are an example to all of us.

      And now I will dream about apple pie until I bake/buy one and devour it :)

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      chemsluc 2 years ago

      thanks for the exampe you gave, strange for many people but efficient...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Paula. I think we do mature as writers, as does our voice. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Breakfastpop, you have definitely found your voice. Carry on my friend. You don't need my help at all. :) Thanks as always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dressage, I'm glad you are here, and i think you will find some very good, serious-minded writers here. Thanks for the following and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, if you haven't perfected it, you are very close. I enjoy your voice. Keep working and it will come, and thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      Your new novel is off to an excellent start and I can't wait to read it once published!

      I believe I have found my voice here on HP for what it is I am writing here. However, I have learned to try new writing styles of which I am surprised people have been responsive to and say I should write more in that genre. I have so much more to share and write on, but I am focusing all of that energy on writing my novel at the present. HP is a great medium to get feedback and just see how others respond to the sharing of one's heart. Always beautifully.

      Went to a concert last night, "The Fab Four" which was great, but made me a bit sad when the look-alike George Harrison came out and performed "Something" ... so many great songs to remember by those who have gone on.

      Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martie. It's apple pie season here and time for us to bake a few.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chemsluc. I'm glad you found it efficient.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you, and I'm excited about that novel of yours. As for the Fab Four, they were so influential on my life back in the 60's. Sad that two of them are gone.

      Have a wonderful Sunday

      blessings always

      bill

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Fantastic article, Bill. Dorothy Allison seemed to be speaking to me directly about a few things. It was so timely, so on target. Thank you for adding that video. I believe I've found my voice. It's more a matter of being brave enough to put my real self out there. I'm getting there. Thank you for the encouragement. Shadows Kill sounds great. so far! Speaking of voice, Cormack McCarthy is one of the best writers I've ever read. "The Road" was written with such economy but such power. It is haunting, beautiful and captivating. Talk about a voice!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Bill, you're right that it's going to take a lot of patience. Thanks for sharing more of your wisdom.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great illustration of finding your voice, and it's true that the experience is magical. Hope it happens more often than not. Thanks for reminding us of the need for patience.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, thanks for those insights, and the recommendation of McCarthy. I will have to check him out.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I think you are there, buddy. Of course, it changes over time as we develop our craft. Anyway, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Dora. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      bizarrett81 2 years ago from Maine

      Bill, it seems I always come across a hub by you that is perfect for my current issues with writing. I hope to be at a place where you are today, able to write for hours every day! For now I'm struggling to commit to twenty minutes a day (which is better then nothing!) and I hope I can find my voice soon!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, you are in a pretty difficult situation, not ideal at all for a writer, so twenty minutes is good in my opinion. Thank you. It was nice of you to stop by today.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      If that voice is within you, it will come out. I have been writing since I was twelve, and I can close my eyes in order to give what is deep inside the soul, paint that picture with my pen, and keep you wanting more as the sun sets and dawn comes forth. My best friend was the library. The more that I read, the more that I understood about writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, your last sentence is a real winner. Read and learn. My goodness, they were teaching me that in grade school. It hasn't changed.

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I think I may be somewhere in between your two examples. At least, I hope I am. That would be a blessing because then I would know that I had improved and it would also mean that I have a journey ahead of me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I think writers are their worst critics. I'm sure you are doing quite well. Carry on the fight my friend, and thank you as always.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      OK I understand this - but 8 hours a day writing!! I can't do that - I just can't. I admire you very, very much. It's about finding your creativity - you get good at what you do. It's a dream ...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Giovanna, I know this sounds fatalistic, but it really isn't. I'm 65 yrs old, and I'm running out of years to achieve my goals in writing....so I hit it hard daily. :) Thank you for your kind words, and it's good to have you as a new friend.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      So true and helpful, being patient while working hard. ( Isn't patience coming slowly ?) Jus wondering if there is any other way then working hard ? Here in American culture so often people say " Don't work hard". whenever directed toward me, my answer is ' either I work hard or I do not work at all"- the way I was trained to live by. Similarly in writing there isn't better way than by being patient and let the writing voice substantiate clear discernment what to write and write it correctly, since what we ( I ) have to say might affect outcome many peoples life for very long time.

      Thank you for your patience with me.

      Voted useful and interesting.

      Be blessed and prosperous.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness, Michael my friend, patience is not needed with you. Friendship binds and allows us both to grow at our own pace. No one can rush creativity and no one can rush the learning process.

      Peace to you my friend

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      bradmaster from orange county ca 2 years ago

      billybuc

      You certainly have comment filled hubs because you have a product that sells, it is you.

      Feedback for any task, especially for writing is like finding a maze with bread crumbs already put down by successful travelers of the maze.

      The essentials of grammar are an important piece in building a foundation in writing, but by itself there is no flair, or art. Once again, it is the presentation that sells, and that can be learned by trial and error, or the process can be escalated by learning from those that have found their flair, and art.

      Still, it is their flair, and their art, and one must find their own presentation. Otherwise, it is just an echo of the voice of someone else.

      I still clear the writing mine fields the old fashioned way by stepping firmly forward while covering my eyes and ears waiting for silence or a loud noise. (no punctuation required here) boom!

      Thanks

      bradmasterOC

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, there is a lot of truth in what you say. I wish more writers understood that they need to sell themselves as well as their product. I come from a marketing background, so I knew early on that, as an author, it was necessary for me to meet my audience, and the only way to do that was to allow them to know me as a person....so far it's worked. :)

      Thanks for your thoughts!

      bill

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      bradmaster from orange county ca 2 years ago

      billybuc

      The ironic thing about marketing is that today with all of the talk about branding, the job market for marketing positions is really at a low point today.

      Fact is that marketing jobs are scarce today.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes they are, Brad, and I doubt that will change. So many of these mid-level management jobs are gone now, never to return.

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      While I have not given up on writing the things I write, I find I don't have as much time now, but still manage to publish something from time to time. I'm also fairly confident that my writing voice has developed and I find I really enjoy writing the things I do. It's not brilliant prose, but I suffices for me. I also think that staging a house is a bit like staging your writing and love that example in this article. Maybe after staging enough articles that voice comes through.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think so, Glimmer. Everyone wants to know the secret to finding a writing voice, and I think the secret is to write. Eventually that voice will shine through. You've been busy my friend. Thank you for being here.

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