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Dealing With Writer Insecurities And Self-Doubts

Updated on March 4, 2014

My Own Experience

As some of you may know, I recently finished the first draft of my new novel, “The Long Walk Home.” This project began about six months ago, and I have given it my all. In fact, I have openly declared to the Facebook world that this is as well as I can write and I am proud of this book.

And now I have a confession to make: I am terrified of actually finishing this novel. I have two more re-writes to do and then it will be time to turn it into an ebook and start shopping for an agent; my best guess is it will be ready to release to the public sometime near the end of April….and I am dreading that moment.

Why?

Think about it for a moment. Writers will understand I am sure. If this novel represents my best work….the culmination of all that I have learned to this point, the very best writing I am capable of….and nobody likes it, it does not sell, and agents and publishers reject it…..then what does that say about my writing ability? Does it say that I really am not that good? Does it say I am wasting my time? Does it say that I am living in a fantasy world when I think that one day I can write something that will be read and praised by thousands? Does it say that my best just ain’t good enough?

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I Am Certain of This Point

I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it.

Kobe Bryant

All writers have insecurities.

I would venture to guess that most people have insecurities of some sort. It is a human condition. Unless one is an egotist of such extreme as to be considered unhinged, we all know what it feels like to be nibbled with questions about our abilities.

I have to constantly remind myself of that fact. Most of the great writers in history, if not all, have laid awake at night wondering if their work would be accepted, and if the Hemingways and the Steinbecks have experienced self-doubt then who am I to think I should not?

But that is logic speaking, and insecurity is not about logic.

Here Is Another Point of Which I Am Certain

It takes courage to be a writer, especially with the online world we now face. If it is true that writers share a part of their heart and soul with their work, then openly sharing that work with the reading public is one of the ultimate acts of bravery. There is no safety net when we push that “publish” button. We get no “do-overs” once we have sent our work across the Web. Every single time we publish an article, story or book, we are placing our necks on the chopping block and inviting anyone with a computer and five minutes of spare time to swing at our necks. Every single time we publish something we are placing our already fragile egos on the public pillory to be flogged.

If you don’t think that takes courage then you really have no insight into the writer’s psyche.

And the same can be said for artists and musicians…..it is a willful act of suicide whenever we take our work and go public with it.

And yet we do it, and do it again, and when the adulation has trickled in and been overwhelmed by the one or two negative reviews, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, bandage our wounds and do it once again.

We might as well wear a sign that says “Please Hurt Me.”

So How Do We Deal with It?

Well, quite frankly, some writers do not deal with it but rather quit writing. I have received quite a few notes from writers who tell me about negative comments or lack or support and how they have stopped writing because of it all…..and I find that profoundly sad.

I have received quite a few notes from writers who tell me that they have never attempted to write that novel that is chewing a hole inside of them because they are afraid of the reactions they will received and yes, I find that profoundly sad as well.

You see, despite my insecurities and self-doubts, I keep writing, and once I finish this novel I have two more waiting for me, and once I finish those I am sure I’ll have more ideas, and I will keep writing until they pry the pen from my cold, stiff fingers.

So why am I willing to risk it all while others are not? How am I able to take my fragility and push it aside?

Pay attention and I’ll share some thoughts with you.

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Surrounded By Love and Support

I made a decision seven years ago to surround myself with positive and supportive people. I need them. I am not too proud to admit that. I need my friends. I need my wife. I need the strength that they give me, and I need the positive strokes of support that they give me as well.

Writing is a terribly lonely business, as are all of the Arts. It is just us and our words against an ocean of negativity, and that ocean will drown us if we do not have a support system. I had a mentor tell me once that the most dangerous real estate in the world is the six inches between my ears. I believe that, and because I believe that I make damn sure I have people around me who can counteract the dangerous thoughts of quitting that I have from time to time.

If you do not have such a support system then get one, and if you have negative people in your life who cannot support your writing efforts, get rid of them!

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My Responsibility As a Writer

The world needs writers. The world needs artists and musicians. I understand that need and I feel the responsibility that it places on me. I have the ability to add to the beauty in this world. I can inform with my words. I can inspire with my words. I can provide comfort to those who need it with my words, and it would be, in my humble opinion, a sin against society if I did not write but instead ignored my responsibilities.

I have been given a gift. Who am I to toss that gift aside and not use it? I refuse to do that and quite frankly you should refuse to do it as well. We need your words. We need the song that you can sing. We need the beauty that you can create. Please do not turn your backs on that.

So I Would Say This to All of You

Do not give up, and do not give in to those voices inside your head that say you cannot do it. Do not surrender to the nagging doubts. Do not wallow in fear and allow it to quiet your voice. Do not allow others to silence you.

I have no idea if “The Long Walk Home” will be a commercial success, but I do know that the moment I publish it I will become a personal success for me. I will once again have beat back the demons that haunt me, and I will once again declare to the world that I am a writer and I’m damn proud of it.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I had insecurities when I first had my books published after a wile I saw results and let go of those thoughts.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      A wonderful hub Bill, and a great truth. After all, what is writers block but the fear of writing?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, DDE! Experience helps greatly!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I have never heard of writer's block described that way. Thanks for that reflection.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      You are so right we all have insecurities as writers and believe me I have my fair share, but like you I am happy that I am surrounded by people in my life that support me and know deep down I do love writing. So, those two things alone definitely help. Thanks Bill and Happy Fat Tuesday now!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who support me and tell me to never stop writing. I'm taking a fiction writing course and even my teacher told me I have a great writing gift. When self-doubt tries to rear its ugly head, all I have to do is pull up an email (yes, I save the ones that serve as reassurance), pick myself up by the bootstraps and carry on.

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      Yvonne Spence 3 years ago from UK

      Bill, I feel sure you are right that all writers have insecurities. Even Stephen King mentions that towards the end of "On Writing," which surprised me because till then I thought he seemed so confident.

      My own first novel took 12 years to write and my first attempts at getting an agent met with rejection, leading me to lose a lot of confidence about it - even though a good chunk of it was written during my MA course, for which I got a distinction. Then one publisher said I wrote beautifully but the novel was too depressing to sell. Yet when I uploaded it to Amazon, the consensus among reviewers is that it is uplifting! I am not gearing up to try the agents and publishers again.

      I actually think the mixed messages can be one of the hardest things to deal with as a writer. (A friend who has had some success with short stories but not managed to sell her novels has said similar things.) It's not really that we expect everyone to like our work, but that we write to communicate. I don't worry so much about the quality of my writing as its ability to communicate what I want it to. When my communication isn't understood, then self-doubt sets in. And the reviews that are so, so satisfying are those where it's clear the reviewer has got my message entirely!

      Don't know if this is of any benefit to you, but perhaps it will be.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      One key is to remember Nike: just do it! Sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well stated, Janine, and I'm happy that both of us receive the support we need. Let's do some good today, Janine. Thank you and have a great day.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      Let's "butt race"...no, just kidding...that sounds awful so I hope everyone listens to the video, puleeze...(LOL).

      You are my inspiration, sir. To know you have that self doubt here and there makes you beautifully human and me even more determined to follow your example of writing a little every day...well, you write alot more than a little every day.

      I believe in you. I am greatly looking forward to reading "The Long Walk Home". Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Sha, and by the way...your teacher is right. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I couldn't agree more. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yvonne, so nice to see you here, and you stated some wonderful truths. I love the part about being able to communicate what you want to. So true. Thank you for those wonderful thoughts and it really was nice to have you visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I am an incredibly lucky man. Besides Bev I am surrounded online with the greatest supporters and friends a man could ask for. You are greatly appreciated dear lady.

      blessings and love

      bill

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 3 years ago from Southern California USA

      Well, congratulations for you have achieved what so many have failed to do and that is to start writing a novel. You've already completed the rough draft! You must have overcome your self-doubt to do this. It's always nerve-wracking to put your work out there because we all hope for acceptance while fearing rejection. It's human nature. However, a true writer writes for himself. Commercial writers must consider their audience to communicate a message but a real writer like you needs only one thing: Write from your heart. Its truth will ring through the hearts of your readers. And if your words can touch only one other human being on earth, you've done a great deed.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc: voted up and awesome. I KNOW that I KNOW The Long Walk Home will take off. That being said, it's good to know that we, as writers, struggle with the insecurities you mention in this excellent hub.

      File it under 'normal.'

      I loved the Jimmy Fallon video, and it brought to mind a speech I gave at a Toastmaster contest. Toastmasters is an international speaking club with chapters all over the world. I was a member for 16 years.

      Anyway they had this speech contest which I entered. The bigwig president from Rochester was in the audience.

      Toastmasters pounds into the head of the speaker, "NO NOTES"...so I

      'went along' and attempted to give a speech about my father with no notes. Members from my club were in the audience to be an encouragement. I was REPRESENTING MY CLUB. I WENT TOTALLY BLANK. TOTALLY.

      I forgot everything...I muttered 'oh man' in front of everyone! I finally bumbled a bunch of words that meant nothing! I wept for six weeks over that incident. I had let down my club.

      I was going to quit the club. But my sis encouraged me to take a public speaking course at our community college, which I did. I got an "A"...and I stayed in the club at least 10 more years. BUT I USED NOTES WITH EVERY SPEECH. I learned to listen to my heart, what makes me comfortable. NOT what others demand that I should do.

      The same with writing.

      Your book is your guts...you have written it spontaneously from your heart. There is NO way you will fail. And, as I have said before, if YOU like what you have written, others will also.

      Every thing you are experiencing now, I bet every writer has done the same thing. You hit the nail on the head: YOU HAVE A GIFT and you are creating a legacy for your life time.

      Your sharing these phenomenal tips on writing through your hubs makes you one of the greatest mentors ever.

      If someone said to me, "quit hub pages, you don't have the time," I would say, "no, because there are people on the hubs that inspire me so much that I don't want to lose contact..." you being one of them.

      God bless and I cannot wait to read your book. Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, beautifully stated my friend. Thank you! I actually already have one published novel....I just wanted to show others that despite experience we all have self-doubts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea my dear, thanks for the pep talk. I have put a great deal of pressure on myself over this book. This one is my best by far...nothing compares to it....and I want it to be successful and a financial hit....I'm sure when the time comes I will dial back my expectations and realize what an accomplishment it is regardless of whether anyone else likes it.

      Loved your example about Toastmasters...thank you for sharing that.

      You are a blessing.

      bill

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I think having self-doubt is a matter of breaking down the walls. They were not there before, in the beginning, and somehow they magically appeared at the end! My insecurities are many and I'm glad I have a support system of writers to encourage me to break those suckers down. Thanks, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mari! I brought this up because I think we all need to realize that it is natural for writers...we just have to work through it and lean on our support system.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      If you feel insecure with all your talent, Bill, it shows that you are just like the rest of us... human :-) I think it's normal that you feel that way because you put your heart and soul in that book. I wish you the best in those last steps of having your book ready!

      Have a fantastic day :-)

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Just remember that you told Facebook, so there's no turning back now. It's going to be great, Billy!

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      Rosa Marchisella 3 years ago from Canada

      One of the ways to help keep the doubts under control is also remember that the publishing world is as trendy and finicky as the fashion world. One of the things I've been told over and over again by people in the publishing industry is that "No" doesn't always mean "no forever". And, just because it's not popular now, doesn't mean it won't be the next big thing next year.

      Pay attention to the rejection letters. If they send a standard rejection (usually a photocopied page), then shop somewhere else. If someone actually took the time to write you back, there's an invitation to try again. They may simply want you to make a few minor changes, or simply try back later.

      If a publisher says, "It's not what we're looking for right now" it means that they're focusing on a trend that doesn't include your style of work - RIGHT NOW. Try again in 6 - 12 months and they may be buying up what you've got to offer.

      Of course, more and more people (including big name authors) are self-publishing through companies like CreateSpace or Lulu. I know this is the route I've chosen to take, especially after having my first fantasy novel rejected like a ZILLION times and then 3 novels printed by some of those companies that not only had my idea, but one of them even named the main character the same name!

      Oh, and guess what? Even big name authors will confess to self-doubt. WHy do people like what they wrote? HOW did they get so popular? Will people like the next book? LOL Those doubts apparently never go away, but you have an AWESOME support system in place. Rock it out, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Joelle! It's a sobering moment when we realize that we are only human. :)

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      Love Doc 3 years ago

      Hi Bill, I agree. As writers, we all have insecurities & some of us have that fear of failure too, but we have to try to put that aside and push forward in the direction of our goals. Writing takes a lot of dedication, persistence and commitment. You have given it your 100% so I don't think you will have a problem. Has Bev read your draft? What does she think?

      You have a gift my friend. I believe that we can all learn from you. Your hubs are good quality and infomative. I like the way that you reach out to others here in the hubpages community. I'm sure that your novel The Long Walk Home will be a success. I'm liking the title already. Thank you for these valuable tips and advice of not giving up nor giving in to those voices that tell us that we're not good enough.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, the jury is still out on that, but we'll see. At least we know that Aspen Elizabeth will have her moment of fame at an early age. :) Thank you my dear.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosa, all great points and I thank you. There is no doubt I have a wonderful support system. Publishing is so random; we just have to write the best that we can and then pray like hell. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc! You are an angel. Bev has read part of it. I'm waiting until the second draft is completed before reading the whole thing to her...but she loves what she has read so far.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      I call this my B-6 shot in the arm.

      Bill and the 6 points dealing with insecurities.

      Thank you for all the encouraging words.

      DJ.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I realized that I was incomplete in my comment, Bill. I agree that to have support of family and friends is essential. I know that we have to believe in our project ourself but if family and friends don't believe in our projetct than who will? I am happy to say that my husband, my sons and my friends are like cheerleaders and encourage me to continue. When we have that support, I think it brings out the best of ourself.

      I am very happy that you too have that precious support around you!

      And I believe in you too :-)

      Enjoy the rest of your day!

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. You will never 'quit' as you say, again as you say you have been given a gift, that gift enables you to inspire others. This you do with confidence and aplomb. I know that you write on other mediums, always you show your open personality and offer advice to all. Keep it up Bill.

      Best wishes.

      Graham.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - When you've completed your final draft of "The Long Walk Home', you can truthfully call yourself successful for finishing the book. You've conquered your self-doubt and insecurity enough to write another full-length book! That's reason enough to celebrate your ability. Any critical and financial success your creation garners is icing on the cake (and I feel certain you want lots of icing!)

      Here's wishing you lots and lots of icing. I'll be glad when your book is "out there", and I'm confident it will be a terrific read.

      By the way, speaking of "out there", I don't own an Kindle or other e-reader, so I can only purchase and read ebooks that allow downloading to Kindle for PC. I only realized recently that some ebooks are limited by the publisher to special devices when I was unable to buy a specific Kindle book from Amazon to read on my computer. Since that title is not available in any format except digital, I'm effectively shut out from reading it without a Kindle or any of the other 10-12 devices listed!

      While I became fairly thick-skinned to criticism of my writing years ago, my insecurities as a writer are still just beneath that thick skin. Some days I read something I've written and think it's good, yet may re-read it the next day and think it's tripe. The writer's ego is so fragile. I have to give myself regular pep talks to keep plugging away at this writing gig, and your pep talks help me immensely. Thank you!

      Voted Up++++

      Jaye

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Fantastic hub Billy, I will share it onto our kimaglobabooks blog. Writing is a terribly lonely business, You said it! Every time I suffer from Self-doubt. Always wonder if my grammar or spelling is correct. The gripping anguish is never not there, but then what is the worst what can happen? Rejection. Before I found Kima global I collected 30+ rejection letters over a period of a year from publishing houses in the UK and the USA. I'm so glad I never gave up! I found my publisher nearer home. I love being a writer on hubpages and meeting you Billy. Your support is fantastic.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, it is always a pleasure. I hope the shot didn't hurt too much. :) Thanks DJ!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, you are sweet and I thank you. I know some writers who don't have that family support and I find that very sad...I can't imagine not having Bev's support.

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      jo miller 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Not long ago I visited Oxford, Mississippi, the home of several famous writers. One of those writers, Larry Brown, is one I have liked for some time. I picked up a copy of his biography in their famous bookstore and read it while we were traveling. I was shocked to learn that his first book, "Facing the Music", sold only 7000 copies. Later books sold more but he was never as successful as other Oxford writers, like John Grisham. I wonder if he minded.

      Thank you for this wonderful piece of inspiration. I plan to share it with some people I know.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, that is very kind of you. You are right...I don't have any quit in me. I'm going to finish this novel for me and hope for the best. All I can do is make it my best work and see what happens.

      Thank you my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I think we all learn to give ourselves pep talks; the trick is in believing them. LOL Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As for Kindle, I don't own one and probably won't, but I do download onto the PC if it's a book I really want to read by some HP writer. I wish all books were paperback so this old war horse didn't have to mess with technology. :)

      Thank you Jaye!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, thanks for sharing your experience. There are quite a few independent, smaller publishers that will be hearing from me. I know this is a story people will like; I just have to write it well enough so that some publisher likes it. :) Thank you as always and it is a pleasure knowing you.

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

      "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges". I know cool to the rule when I see it. Bill you transcend in your writing, you take a practical truth and use it to teach us about a purpose filled life. I can hardly wait to sit back and let Toby(?) teach me new truths or old ones.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that's a great story. I wonder if he minded too. :) As for Grisham....a good writer in the right place at the right time. The stars have to align perfectly and that's what I'm hoping for.

      Thank you Jo!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric! LOL Love the badges line. I'll let Toby know you are looking forward to his b.s....he'll be pleased.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Believe me, writing the book is the easy part. You'll know what I mean when you're on your way to your first book signing. I was terrified that no one would show up and then no one would buy my baby.

      I use the word baby for a reason. Writing a book is like the pregnancy. There's fears, there's doubts in during the pregnancy concerning whether we will be good parents. It is certainly the same when writing a book. The book is our baby. Once its created and in your hands, the real work begins.

      As I see it though, Bill, you have a good author platform in place and you should do well. Best of luck with "The Long Walk Home".

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I congratulate you on your first draft. I think that's a wonderful achievement in itself. It's true we need understanding and support to boost our shaky confidence!

      I find that if I'm pleased with something I've written and I know I've done my best, then I don't care if someone else doesn't like it. However, it's much better if someone else likes it as well!

      As for being rejected, you have to view it as their loss, not yours. It's all subjective anyway, so the next publisher may well like it.

      For me, it's all about personal accomplishment - but I do still feel that little doubt when I publish and I ask myself the question, "Have I given it my best?"

      I look forward to reading 'The Long Walk Home' in due course.

      Have a great evening, bill. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Donna, I've done the book signing thing with my first novel and it was terrifying...so I know what you are talking about. Thanks for your words of wisdom born from experience...the best kind of wisdom to have.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you as always. There is no doubt that personal satisfaction plays a huge part in this, and I am happy with my efforts....but....I want more. LOL I might learn a valuable lesson in humility when I publish this, and humility is good, right? :)

      Have a wonderful week, Ann!

      bill

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, think Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Keats to name but a few, incredible writers whose works were rejected, ridiculed and ignored. Many great writers and artists gain recognition only after death, as you've written so many times, rejection doesn't mean your work is not a master piece, it may be as simple as an editor having a bad day. You wrote from the heart, you gave it your all, that's as much as anyone can do. Nonetheless, I do hope you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour in this lifetime. Once again, you are inspirational, best of luck and keep us posted.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yes, humility is good but quiet confidence is better! Ann

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      I can really appreciate the honesty in this hub. I know when I find myself doubting my writing abilities, I feel like I am the only one. It's nice to know that there is another side to it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You have self doubts? unbelievable! I know if you wrote from your heart on your finished novel, it will sell worldwide. You my friend write beautiful stories that inspire. Thank you Bill...

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I don't think you have a thing to worry about when it comes to your novel being perfect when it comes to the proper use of English, character and plot development, and the other basics that need to be there. I can tell from your hubs - how they're written and the advice for writers - that you have those parts nailed. I bet any rejection letters you get from agents will be in the form of "Sorry but I can't take on a new writer at this time, but I sure wish I could because your book is great". Once you get past that roadblock, I'm sure your book will fly off the shelves. Just remember to let me know when it becomes available so I can be standing in line waiting for my copy.

      But everything else you said here is so true. I think all writers are at least a little insecure. I know I was so eager to sell my books to my friends and, after they had them in their hands, I was sure they were all going to hate it. They loved it and have bought all of the others I've written to date. Even with all the support, I still get a bad case of the nerves when I have a new book out and I know people are reading it. I always think how they liked the others but the newest will be a dud.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Every time, the moment before I hit the "PRINT" button, I become insecure. Sometimes, that insecurity keeps me from actually hitting the button. I know this is something I need to learn to overcome. But, wow Bill, you are such an accomplished writer, I'm shocked that it happens to you too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you my dear. Let's hope I don't have to die for success to be gained. LOL I'm not sure I want it that badly. :)

      Have a wonderful week, Jo, and thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm overflowing with quietness right now. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ryem, I'm happy if this helped you in some way. I suspected there were some who needed to hear this. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh yes, Ruby, self-doubts aplenty....but I want this book enough to overcome those self-doubts, so stay tuned. :)

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, everything you wrote in that second paragraph I can relate to. I still cringe when a friend buys my first novel for all the same reasons. LOL We really are something, aren't we? :) Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Marlene. I struggle just like all the rest out there...this is a part of my heart and soul, and I want it to be perfect....and that, my friend, is a tough goal. :) Thank you Marlene!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....I thought quite a while about what to write. I wasn't really sure, so I waited a while and re-thought it....then I changed it until I felt it better expressed my viewpoint. Just then, I realized maybe I should read your hub again. It's possible I didn't get the gist.

      I always know how I feel. OK, not always, but most of the time I know how I feel. To clarify, maybe I should say I know what I'm thinking, but not actually how I'm feeling.

      Since I enjoy your hubs so much, I never doubt I'll have something to say to express what I've learned from you. Of course, I can't be 100% confident that I've gotten the message you'd hope to share...........

      But the one thing, not the ONLY thing, but just one thing I want you to know is that I don't understand all this self-doubt and lack of confidence. I could clearly explain what I mean, but maybe you wouldn't understand me, because I'm not as great a writer as you are....and I'd make mistakes that would jump out at you and then I'd embarrass myself.......which I hate to do because it beats the hell out of the incredible confidence I have in my skills......and well, I'm sure you...................................................................................

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Bill,

      How can we doubt when you're there to prod us along. Thanks again for the encouragement and the push forward. Oh, and congratulations on the novel. Looking forward to its release.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      You, my friend, are not only a good writer, but you are also a great encourager and positive person. We at hubpages are blessed to have you among us. This is an inspiring hub.

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      DonnaCaprio 3 years ago

      Thanks for being courageous and putting your heart on the line. I was recently thinking I was wasting my time because my writing is not of a quality that it should be, or that I would like it to be. If I can someday write as good as you with a voice someone will want to read, I would be very happy. Please always keep writing as long as you desire to do so. You are such an inspiration. I had a wise mentor once tell me to do the work and not to focus on the result, and the result will come. Your book will be a success.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I know that because of you, my doubts are less. But when someone puts a negative comment on here. I ignore it but let it be read especially if I deserve it and I keep trying to improve from there. Never look back, salt is not good for you.

      Voted-up, Useful, Awesome, Interesting and shared.

      --Shyron

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      There's no way that it will ever be easy or should ever be easy to share a project that is as big and sweaty and personal as a novel. My wife and my mother-in-law are my biggest supporters and they are brutally honest people. So when they say that I'm good enough, then that's all the confidence I need. God bless those people. And congratulations on that draft!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula...message received. Thank you Sis!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, I think we all doubt...but it sure helps having someone in our corner to dispel those doubts. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I guess I am the eternal cheerleader. I want you all to succeed and I'm glad that message has come through. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, you are very kind and I appreciate that. You are a very good writer. Believe...and I will do the same...and I'll meet you in the winner's circle.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I love salt on food. LOL But not on my wounds. I'm putting the salt shaker away for the rest of the day. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, God bless them indeed, and thank you for sharing that. My novel is what it is...the best I can do at this time...who knows what I have left in me? :) Thank you Brian!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      I am so proud of you and I cannot wait to read your book, the moment you hit the publish button : ) !!! As I was reading your intro there, I felt as though I completely understood from where you are coming on this, being ... here you are about to publish your novel and it is done, but then ...what if .... and I think that is normal as can be to feel those feelings. It is almost like letting your children go on their own for the first time ... you are all for it, but ...

      I just love that you have included Beth Moore's book here. She is one fine, Godly woman, who has been through so much in her life. She knows her stuff, and she knows exactly who she is ... I just wanted to add that, as I was so happy to see you include her here.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Anyway, many hugs and much love your way,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Faith, it's like sending your children off to college. Are they going to be alright? Did I raise them properly? A book is six months of sweat and tears with no guarantees that you did any of it correctly....we'll just have to find out, won't we?

      blessings and thanks always

      bill

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      You are a true inspiration to writers. I do not consider myself to be in your league. I will never know how you find the time to write and still be so active here and elsewhere. I hope you book is a big success for you; you deserve it, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that is very nice of you and I thank you! I'm running against the clock; that's my secret. I have a long list of things I want to accomplish while I'm still above ground. :)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      You are definitely a great writer, and I am sure it will be a huge success! but as you said even if it isn't its about you writing it, and making it your success, good luck with it, and knowing you, you will do great!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell! I've got ten fingers and ten toes crossed. :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Best of luck with your book, Bill. I hope it's a great success!

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      Madalyn Maria Myers 3 years ago from Forestville M.D.

      This is odd that I stumbled across this article in some divine way. I wrote a book and I was really scared at the result and outcome. But I have been researching publishers to try and get through the first step. I am glad that I read this article because It is very inspiring and helpful of me over coming self doubt.

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      Shell Vera 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      How timely to read this tonight when a friend and I were just talking about how we are both "this close" to being done and yet feel stuck---unable to push through "something" blocking us from finalizing our manuscripts. Ugh! Thank you for sharing this insight, Billy!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, I want so much for this to be a major success for you. You are an amazing writer! While you are perfecting your skill and writing the next, best novel, you are diligently and passonately helping others. (And you're not so bad at WWF, either ;) But, seriously, I have no idea how you do it. I am just so glad you do! You are an inspiration and positive influence to so many of us and I will be proud to say, "I knew you when..."

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      We all have insecurities, and certainly by revealing your own you have helped others with theirs. Sometimes the most talented people struggle with the biggest self-questioning.

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      suraj punjabi 3 years ago from jakarta

      Mr. Bill, as a writer I really cannot give input on writing, as we speak I have just written my 7th hub. That is all the experience I have a writer. As a friend however, I would like share my point of view. Insecurities comes from thinking too much about the outcome or the result. I have found that many people living in this world are very result oriented. While it may have some benefits, one of the disadvantage to it will be the insecurities and anxiety tht comes with it. There is a quote in the Bhagawad Geeta where Lord Krishna tells Arjuna to just do your very best and never think about the result. Good results, fame and money are a byproduct of doing your best. The product of doing your best is that feeling of satisfaction and gladness that you did your best and to be thankful you have got the opportunity to do in this life. Not thinking about the result also will help you to be stress free and feel less pressured to perform as an artist.

      Do not think what other people think. This is your child, your baby, and expression and extension of your soul..way beyond than fame and money. why should what other people's judgement effect how you look at it? Dont worry, my friend, you are a good writer and I say that from the bottom of my heart, and I will definitely give you my love and support! Have faith in yourself and your work! I wish you goodluck

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, writing about your self-doubt as a writer is the very best way to deal with it. You express the thoughts of so many other people, and I bet that the feedback is mostly encouraging. Congratulations on your progress and all the best! Hope to see the book soon.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia; I hope so too. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sassy, I am very happy to hear that. Best wishes on your journey, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eyes, believe me, I know the feeling. All we can do is push forward....best wishes on your books, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, how very sweet of you. Thank you! I love my friends on HP and find great enjoyment helping them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, that is my hope...I want all writers to understand that this is normal and we just have to work through it. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suraj, that was a very kind thing for you to write. Thank you so much. This is my baby and I love it; now we will just have to see how everyone else feels about it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! I learned a long time ago the benefits of speaking about our fears. They lose their power over us if we bring them to light.

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      Online Research Beast 3 years ago

      Hey Bill,

      I just published a book on Amazon Kindle and I can completely relate to the feelings of self doubt when pushing that Publish button. You expose yourself to the world. And I too had a hesitation towards the end of my writing. That fear you spoke of overwhelmed me for a bit.

      But you push through and you accept that as long as you did your best, that is all the world can ask for.

      Thanks for this post. I plan on doing a write up on this on my Facebook page.

      Best Regards,

      Jim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jim! I wonder if that feeling ever goes away no matter how many books you write? This is my second novel and I suspect my next one will illicit the same feelings.

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      Online Research Beast 3 years ago

      Hey Bill, I am working on my second as well. And yup! It's already happening! I guess that's the "cost" of doing business for us as writers. I still love it though.

      Best Regards,

      Jim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jim and welcome to HubPages!

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      Donna Suthard 3 years ago

      Excellent Hub, really enjoyed your professional writing..

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Donna! I appreciate that.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      While cleaning my car Sunday I found a short story rejection slip that said "I'm sorry but I'm afraid this story just didn't hold my interest." Couldn't he have found a little crappier way to put it?

      I have had other rejections that say a story was great, blew them away, but it just doesn't fit the format. Who knows what goes through the minds of editors.

      I understand your anxiety because I am the King of self doubt. But we will work through this together and rise to the top, my friend!

      Good luck on your book. Where do I go to friend or follow you on Facebook?

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      What an encouragement . Even you ? - Knowing you I don't have reason to doubt especially after superbly described your experience. (Interestingly enough a superhumans go through very same human's occurrences.) Apparently , insecurity and self- doubt are bearable companions evolving maturity without we woudn't be who we are , would we ? Great Hub as always.

      Voted useful, awesome , beautiful.

      Make enjoyable evening my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that Mel.....and no, I don't think he could have come up with a crappier way to put it. LOL

      Together we stand...I like that.

      Facebook.....https://www.facebook.com/bill.holland.58

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend yes, even me. Writers, I believe, are naturally insecure...and yet we find the courage to put our hearts and souls on display for all to judge....now that I put it that way, I'm more nervous. LOL

      Thank you Sir! Blessings always.

      bill

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      No such thing as failure. It's only a new beginning or a chance to learn when didn't work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts Lady!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting and shared with followers.

      Sounds like stage fright. Consider: You have numerous fans of your writing already. Your writing craftsmanship is well honed. Advance snippets indicate you are writing the novel with heartfelt passion for your characters and their story. Sounds to me like the odds are in your favor of a well received novel.

      If when you finish what you hope is the final draft, your beta readers (writing group, freelance editor, or friend who tells it like it is) agree it is ready to send out into the world to seek its fortune, and if, after setting the manuscript aside awhile and then having another look, you agree, too, send it forth with the hope and expectation that it will be read, loved, and recommended.

      Each of your future novels, each more masterful than the previous one, will gain more admiring readers of this novel.

      Sales will get an initial boost from HubPages colleagues, from other communities in which you are known, from your extended family, etc. If the writing is awful, those taking a chance won't get past the opening pages. If it is so-so, they may not read to the end. If it is very good to excellent, they will read to the end, but most won't go to the extra effort to review or recommend it. Many will do so if the novel is fantastic. I can't imagine your writing anything less than very good to excellent. Whether the novel will be EVERYONE -HAS-GOT-TO-READ-THIS fantastic remains to be seen--and I won't be surprised.

      Whether your marketing is helped by a great many word-of-mouth recommendations and enthused reader reviews or no, getting this novel done and out the door will be a giant step in advancing your novelist career. The journey to a million readers might take several novels (or lifetimes) but begins with finishing and sending forth this novel. The journey to regret begins and ends with procrastination.

      To see that persistence pays, go to literaryrejectionsDOTcom/

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, that was one of the most honest comments I have ever read. There was no sugar-coating with this and I appreciate that. It was a very realistic statement of fact and in its own way very, very encouraging. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. That's what I needed to hear.

      bill

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I see where you are coming from Bill. We all get stage fright at the last minute. You have so many followers on here, if only a quarter get on side an purchase a copy of your novel it will be well on its way to being successful. You can tell from your hubs here that people enjoy your writing, so just have Faith and take the plunge.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thank you! I've got too much time and effort invested in this one to turn back now. I'll keep the faith my friend.

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      Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

      I find my existence as a writer to equate to that of a speck of dust floating about in the universe---just one of so very many. That perspective is quite sobering and really questions one's desire to continue as the potential that you will get noticed or read seems rather fleeting. I think that is the premise which defeats so many who try it. I also believe that there are many who are simply in love with an idea that they soon find does not exist. The one thing I have learned is that the "true writer" not only wants to write but needs to do so and frequently. There are things inside which must come out and writing is the conduit. Whether it is seen or read is a secondary factor to the necessity to scratch that itch. Is it okay to be apprehensive, fearful, and a bit insecure about it all? Certainly it is---most likely, that is what keeps you pushing to grow. No matter how it works out, Bill, that novel is yours lock, stock and barrel and the pride of accomplishment that you exhibit for it can never be diminished or measured in sheer numbers. The fact that you finished it is the statement of your success. Good luck! ~WB

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, thank you! You are a good man with experience on your side, and I'll always listen to experience. As for that itch...it never stops. I was raised to do my best; my only problem is in recognizing when I have done my best. I always think I should do better. If I ever solve that little problem then maybe I can relax and enjoy the process. :) Thank you Sir!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Your honesty is refreshing and you are spot on, we are all our own harshest critics.

      Congratulations on nearing the cumulation of all your hard work and inspiration, and I am sure you will see the rewards you deserve. Tis just a matter of time. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna! Your faith in my abilities is gratifying. As the Stones said, time is on my side. :)

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You are right, Bill, insecurity is not about logic, it is about feelings and thoughts that plague us whenever we try to do something creative. We realize how weak and insignificant we are, and wonder why on earth we even try! We look around us at the gods who create worlds and the people who rake in the dough and wonder if we can even measure up. And yet, like you, I know that each time I turn out another article, or write another song, that I feel a sense of accomplishment and wonder that I cannot duplicate in any other way. Way to go!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I love your words....insignificant and yet vital to society. What an interesting creature man is. :) Thank you for those wonderful thoughts.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful lesson which I am saving for future reference. Here's hoping you are enjoying your weekend and keep these priceless words of wisdom coming.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, our weekend has just begun but I have no doubt it will be wonderful. The same wishes for you and Dai.

      billy

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Billy…

      “We might as well wear a sign that says “Please Hurt Me.”” How very true. Writing is a lonely pursuit and at times, our friends and loved ones may not understand this. When we write, we are alone, and are “in the zone,” so to speak. This can be difficult for others to comprehend. We then risk everything when we openly share what we create with the world. Are we crazy? :-)

      Your “Do’s” are perfect, and spark of the inspiration we all need when we begin doubt. Thank you!

      I sooo look forward to reading “The Long Walk Home.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Genna! Trying to explain that which drives us as writers is a difficult task. Unless one is a writer it is almost impossible to understand...and God how I love it! LOL

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Being insecure in writing is like a bad habit, it is almost an addiction - hard to fight and hard to break. Thank you for another re-assuring article!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Monis...very true. Good to see you again my friend. Thank you.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you Bill for the reflection. I presume while maybe feeling that is a crossroad I am at now. I have removed from HP around 200 articles with notes of what I have learned. Like you shared " I do know that the moment I publish it I will become a personal success for me" rings true. Just doing the act is accomplishment as you point out. And, there is acclaim and that achievement is a lifetime award. It did in fact occur resulting from inspiration, desire, effort, and some kind of message. As, many who shared within the comments. It took just one for discovery it was in fact worthwhile.

      Thank you for the reminder brought forth as inspiration.

      tim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tim, best wishes to you and I hope you always find joy in writing. Thank you for the visit. I'll be by your neighborhood soon to see what you have been up to.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We will never know how our stories do unless we publish them. The sales will reflect how successful we are. The reviews will also reflect the same. Criticism isn't necessarily a bad thing. It simply shows that our material was READ. Isn't that war we REALLY want?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Deb, that's what I really want, and that's what you really want. I suspect there may be some who don't want the same thing. :)

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 3 years ago from Southern California USA

      You both spoke well. A writer's goals are first to express and second to be read. Feedback and profit, while nice, are never motivation for true writers. With every sale, I rejoice and thank the reader for taking the time to read my writing. Every reader is precious to me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, I love that you do that and I agree. I would be nothing as a writer if it were not for my readers. They are the ones who inspire me daily to keep writing. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 20 months ago from Southern California USA

      I just reread this hub during a time when I needed to be re-inspired. Thank you for all of your very inspiring hubs. You do a great service to the world by encouraging writers. I have forgotten recently that there is more work to do, and we owe it to the world to give of our gifts. The self-doubt speaks loudly though until I doubt I have anything of value to offer.

      This reminds me of a song:

      "Brave" by Sara Bareilles

      You can be amazing

      You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug

      You can be the outcast

      Or be the backlash of somebody's lack of love

      Or you can start speaking up

      Nothing's gonna hurt you the way that words do

      When they settle 'neath your skin

      Kept on the inside and no sunlight

      Sometimes a shadow wins

      But I wonder what would happen if you

      Say what you wanna say

      And let the words fall out

      Honestly I wanna see you be brave

      With what you want to say

      And let the words fall out

      Honestly I wanna see you be brave

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I wanna see you be brave

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I wanna see you be brave

      Everybody's been there,

      Everybody's been stared down by the enemy

      Fallen for the fear

      And done some disappearing,

      Bow down to the mighty

      Don't run, just stop holding your tongue

      Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live

      Maybe one of these days you can let the light in

      Show me how big your brave is

      Say what you wanna say

      And let the words fall out

      Honestly I wanna see you be brave

      With what you want to say

      And let the words fall out

      Honestly I wanna see you be brave

      And since your history of silence

      Won't do you any good,

      Did you think it would?

      Let your words be anything but empty

      Why don't you tell them the truth?

      Say what you wanna say

      And let the words fall out

      Honestly I wanna see you be brave

      With what you want to say

      And let the words fall out

      Honestly I wanna see you be brave

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I wanna see you be brave

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      See you be brave

      I just wanna see you (yeah)

      I just wanna see you (oh ooh)

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

      I just wanna see you

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, I'm very happy if this article helped you to find inspiration, and thank you for sharing those lyrics. Beautiful indeed.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just got a notice about a comment here. I am glad I did, I needed this again. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Eric. Welcome back!

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