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Finding Focus As A Writer

Updated on January 30, 2014

VISUALIZATION

Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.

Stephen King

I am a big believer in visualizing success. I am a big believer in humongous dreams. I know exactly what I want to achieve with my writing. I can see it, I can feel it, I can taste it, smell it and hear it.

Can you?

I can’t help it, folks; I’m a teacher and always will be. You can take the teacher out of the classroom but you can never take the classroom out of the teacher. I observe others. I hear their comments, watch their actions, and immediately my mind shifts into teacher-mode and I spring into action.

This is me springing.

Can you visualize success as a writer? Can you even define what that success looks like? All too often I notice writers who appear to be human tornadoes: there is a whole lot of activity around them but nothing constructive comes of it.

If you are a writer who simply writes because of your passion for writing, then your success happens every single day that you write. However, if you have bigger fish to fry, then you really need to sit down and figure out what it is you want from your writing. Once you have done that then you can begin to devise a plan to achieve it.

So here I am ready to teach again.

I’m going to give you a little blueprint to follow. Consider it an exercise sheet that I want you to fill out. Answer all the questions that I pose. No cheating and no shortcuts. Once you have done that, I think you will have a clearer idea of what it is you want, and in turn how to make your dreams realities.

I’m ready; how about you?

Where it all begins
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A BIT OF THE GESTALT FOR YOU

When you sit down to write, what is your intention? What kind of experience do you want to have? Do you want to have an inspired experience? Do you want a meditative or reflective experience? Do you want to become energized, or do you want writing to relax you?

DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?

How many hours do you want to write every week? Let’s word it a bit differently: how many hours do you plan to spend writing every week? In an ideal world, what number of writing hours would happen?

WHAT RESULTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

What do you want to accomplish with your writing? How much work do you want to produce daily? Weekly? Monthly? What do you plan on doing with your finished work? Are you going to post it online on your own blog, or will you be submitting to magazines? Or will you simply file it away for only you to see?

SPELL SUCCESS FOR ME

What does success in writing look like to you? Do you want to be published? How often? Are you looking for monetary rewards? How much? Are you looking to win awards? How many?

WHAT DOES A WRITING LIFESTYLE LOOK LIKE?

What do you want your writing life to look like? What do you want it to feel like? Envision the perfect writing lifestyle. This is an individual exercise and it will be different for every writer.

DO YOU WANT A SENSE OF COMMUNITY?

Think in terms of a writing society. Who do you need to know to be successful? What forum do you need to belong to? Who are your contacts and who are your peers?

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR BALANCE?

There are families to consider. There are jobs to consider. There are other priorities to consider. How do you find a balance with all of those and still write? You need to sleep, you need to eat and you need to spend time enjoying life; how do you fit writing into that mix?

How you spend your day
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Let’s Take a Look at a Writing Day

A hypothetical look at a normal day if you will. You have to sleep, right? So let’s say you sleep, on average, seven hours each night. Okay, what else do you do? Do you have a full-time job? If so you are looking at eight hours there and one hour for commute and preparation.

Now what about your family? If you have a family, how many hours do you want to spend with them daily? Let’s say four hours in this example. Adding those priorities together we see twenty hours of each day already spoken for; that leaves you four hours to devote to writing…but wait! How about “me time”….you need one hour at least just to relax, right?

Break your day down like that for a realistic look at your writing life. When you can finally commit to a block of time for writing then actually commit to it.

Very practical advice

Relax and enjoy the process
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Are You Being Productive?

What exactly does a productive writing day look like for you? There are so many ways to define productivity, aren’t there, so this one is subjective as well.

For some, writing one chapter is a productive day. For others, writing an article is productive. For others still, doing research is productive or contacting agents or conversing with other writers. There is a misconception that if a writer is not writing it then is a wasted day. That is nonsense of course. Writing is so much more than actually writing. We have a platform to build and contacts to make; we have exercises to do and brainstorming.

Define productivity and then find ways to make it happen.

Begin Building Your Platform

I have written about this before so I won’t say much about it now. To the right you will find my article on building your platform. Basically, your writing platform is your entire body of work; it is who you are as a writer. If you plan on being commercially successful in writing you will need a platform.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

You are not perfect so accept that fact and move on. You will make mistakes. There will be times when you feel like a failure. There will even be times when loved ones fail to support you.

Keep moving forward. If you love writing then you will write despite all of the adversity. If words flow through your veins then no matter what the obstacles may be you will find a way.

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Now We Have Something to Work With

I’ll tell you a secret right now: there are days when I wish I just wrote for my own satisfaction rather than chasing the elusive publishing contract. It is exhausting trying to become a financially successful writer. There are always contacts to be made. I need to be thinking constantly about my platform, and making choices based on time and money. The days I truly enjoy the most are those days when I can set all of that aside and just write. Those are the days when I remember why it was I became a writer in the first place…..because I have a passion and hunger for writing.

I wish you well on your journey. Never lose sight of your passion. Visualize success and then go for it.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great article, dear Bill! This is an encouraging and practical piece here to get us all focused on what and why we write. I pray that elusive publishing contract comes your way soon! I know you will never give up, as you have that drive to make that happen.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

      (I wonder if I am the first to comment this day for a change LOL ---still in the deep freeze until around noon in the Deep South.)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Faith and you are the first. It isn't easy to beat Janine here but you did it. Thank you for starting my morning with a lovely comment. Blessings to you today and always.

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Love, love, love your advice here. You are right we will totally make mistakes, but the key is getting back up and trying until we do succeed. Thanks Bill and have a wonderful Thursday now!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      You're right about not being able to take the classroom out of the teacher. :) It gets in your blood. Seriously. Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Cyndi! There are days I wish I could get a transfusion. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine....mistakes are my middle name...but I keep trying, as do you.

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      Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

      I always, always enjoy reading your hubs. Great advice, and wonderful tips that any of us can use....especially me. Bill, please know this....I do always read, don't always leave a comment, but I am going to correct that. I mistakening thought that because you have such an enonmous readship that my little comments will get lost. Your hubs have helped me greatly in my attempt to make a comeback after my illness. Just need to keep my focus.......

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, I appreciate your following and your comments....if you make a comment I promise it won't be lost. I will always respond. I'm happy if these help you; now let's continue with that comeback of yours. :)

      bill..............oops...thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Terrific, useful advice. You've provided a lot of good things to mull over here, and I shall do just that.

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

      I am still trying to figure it out. I gave myself time to do that. So I guess I am still in the pre pre pre portion of my plan.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Focus...leave it to a teacher to focus on our focus. Knowing where you want to go is certainly more than half the battle then focusing is the other half.

      You never leave us guessing Bill, which is of course the teacher in your. Another great hub to read, re-read and follow.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Flourish. Thank you so much for your continued support.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And bravo, Eric, for giving yourself time....as long as we are breathing there is still time. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, my head swells after your comments. LOL Thank you kind lady. I know how hard it is to lose focus; get too busy doing too many things....thus, this article.

      bill

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi Bill,

      Like you, I am taking my writing career seriously. I just filled in the production outline what I plan to write for the rest of the year onto my calendar. I finally have learned how to start slow and build rather than jump in only to find myself drowning in commitments within a short time. Now that production is figured out, my next step is marketing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I appreciate you pointing out that writing isn't just about writing. There's research to do (which can be quite intensive and time consuming depending on the subject), titles to fiddle around with, touching base with other writers or sources for information or advice, etc. Sometimes my entire day is spent performing these tasks, but they are necessary. Even when writing from the heart or writing fiction, there is research involved if you want you story to carry a sense of reality. Writing is a process and has many layers before the final product is ready to make its entry into the world. And it all takes time.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Thanks for the motivation and tips! I'm plugging away and hope I can get a routine down soon. I believe in having a structure to certain things and a schedule for writing needs structure! Thanks, again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Donna! Your comment is music to my ears. Carry on my friend and best wishes.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you always say it so much better than I do...your comment is right on. Hey everyone, read Sha's comment and skip my hub. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mari, you have little children, don't you? If so, scheduling and structure must be a real challenge....good for you for recognizing the need for it. Thank you my friend.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I know I repeat myself constantly but again 'teacher Bill' hits the right notes. I especially found the paragraph 'Let’s Take a Look at a Writing Day' useful.

      Keep them coming and lots of love from wales.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! It is so easy to wander from our writing schedule and get distracted...and ignore other obligations that we have...focus is the key...that and an understanding spouse. LOL

      love,

      billy

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Your hub is filled to the brim with wonderful and creative advice. If you'll excuse me now, I want to write something!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Hello. My name is DJ., and I have a writing addiction. I can go a few days without writing, but then I get a burning in my gut. I become agitated and my mind can think of little else than getting back to my research and following though with an idea to see if it will work in my story line.

      I am not mocking or being sarcastic. These feelings are very real. I may do six hours of research to get only a few paragraphs written. My fix may come from the research, after finding amazing information which

      can be used. Or, my fix may come from writing only two paragraphs for an entire afternoon of work.

      I am totally hooked on that all encompassing feeling of creativity. It

      elevates my feelings of self worth and takes me one step higher to the

      clouds.

      Nothing makes me happier than having the house to myself, my cell phone, which I use as a dictionary, by notebook full of notes and my keyboard before me. I am the google queen and all the words are my subjects.

      Today is one of those days. I have closed the blinds, and my fingers are itching. My fix is only a few good paragraphs away from this time, right now.

      I have only one person who encourages my addiction. Yes, he got me

      hooked on the good stuff; Grammar, Synonyms, Thesaurus. Then, he

      upped my daily need for conjunctions and compound propositions...no

      not prepositions---propositions!

      So, CAUTION, PEOPLE!! You too, could become his next victim.

      Yes, I will name my word pusher!

      He is known as Bill, (aka billybuc)

      DJ. :-)

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent advice! You are indeed a teacher, Billy. I believe the only bad in writing lies in a writer's expectations - in their idea of success, which could be unrealistic.

      Personally I write because I want to understand something, and then I want to share what I understand. Doing this in more than one genre makes writing a challenge and also gives me the opportunity the understand even more of what I have learned. Earning money, or fame, is not my goal, no longer, but when it comes my way it is certainly a marvellous reward. Yes, once upon a time it was my goal, and I remember the stress, anxiety and intense disappointments, and also the victories, which lasted only until the money was spent, or until the spotlight has moved on, before the end of the day, to the next achiever.

      May all your dreams come true, Billy. Persistent determination, just like talent, is a requirement for success, and you have both.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Finding Focus As A Writer is filled with awesome ideas.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are excused from class, breakfastpop...go write! Thank you for the smile.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO....DJ, you kill me. Way too funny! But, words of truth here as well. It is an addiction if you have a passion for writing. I don't want to be disturbed when I'm writing my articles or novels.....just leave me the hell alone and let me drown in the soothing comfort of my words. Believe me my friend, your pusher understands. :)

      thank you DJ

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, you are a doll. Thank you! If I don't succeed it won't be because I didn't try. Just like in sports when I was younger, I leave it all out on the field, every ounce of effort that I have. I don't know any other way. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE; I'm glad you thought so.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Hi Bill, I wrote a hub about this very topic a few weeks ago, along with some advice from published authors to help inspire. Although only a few leave comments, I know people are reading it because the hub gets a lot of traffic.

      Making time to write is an issue many writers complain about just because of life being "life."

      For many writers with daily responsibilities in their home or outside their home, making time to write is difficult. While some writers who do not work outside the home profess themselves to be at home "full time writers," even though they say they don't need to, those writers must make time to write because of the distractions and interruptions of the phone, the neighbor intrusions, the impromptu visitors (who figure you are home and you won't mind if they stop in), the doctor appointments (that can only be made in the middle of the day so that the writer puts off writing for that day), the lure of a television program, or spending time on internet forums, which takes time away from producing content. So even when a writer says they are working full time at home, everyday life dictates keeping to a "schedule."

      The importance of a schedule cannot be stressed enough for anyone who wants to advance from being a "writer" to the title of "published author." The difference between the two is huge.

      I agree with you in that to be successful, discipline is paramount. Take a disciplined writer who has made time to write whether it is a planned daily schedule or random day schedule that remains the same from week to week - it's still a schedule! The "productive" side of their column looks decidedly different to the "productive" column of a writer who has less discipline in their writing schedule and who writes whenever they have the time.

      Another good food for thought article Bill. Well done :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This particular hub is quite special for me because I used those exact arguments with my son who wants to be a writer. When he sticks to it, he can see himself going ahead but it's so easy to be distracted by the world around! It takes a continuous will and a vision of what a dream can become. It's the only way and it's one day at a time!

      Always inspiring, Bill! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thanks for the great comment. I have to agree with everything that you wrote. I am a full-time writer with a schedule, and when I am writing that is where my focus is. The schedule is right in front of me, and when it is time to move on to something else I follow that schedule to the minute. I have to have that kind of focus and commitment.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is indeed, Joelle...this is not a profession for the easily-distracted among us. :) Thanks for sharing about your son.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I have to add that I probably didn't tell him as eloquently as your wrote it! But it was said with love because I really wish him to achieve his dream :-)

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Great exercise. I need to be more focused and answering your questions helps!

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

      Bill, you must have been one hell of an inspirational teacher "Visualize success, and then go for it." Great advice to galvanize us into action, a very useful article, you never disappoint.

      Take care and my best to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Joelle, I suspect he hears the message and feels the love. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I'm glad if this helps; from my perspective you are doing quite well with the time you have.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo. I was pretty good with kids; never had a chance to speak to adults about this matter...maybe some day. Blessings to you my friend.

      bill

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      You have described fairly succinctly the path I have been on since I retired from teaching and administration, myself. I took a while, a few years, actually, to figure out who I really am as a writer and what I really want to accomplish. Visualization is important. I work at it constantly.

      Thanks for the great reminders! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrBill, thanks for sharing your experience. I think it helps other writers to know they aren't the only ones who go through this process.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      These are all great questions every writer should ask themselves before they start working as a writer. I'm so glad you mentioned about the time people plan on writing. I fall into the group that doesn't write full-time and, instead, have a regular eight hour work day. While I'm working on a novel, I average about two hours a night writing and still have time left over to do the other things you mentioned.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Very useful and I did answer the questions. I do know exactly what I want, although it may take me a few years to get there.

      Time is like a runaway train in my world just now!

      You will need to teach me how to stretch that 24hr day into a 36hr window. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      This hub is very encouraging to stick to your writing. The teacher in you shows up very clearly in your hubs. I agree in visualizing your success, and I doubt that you will enjoy success if you don't believe in yourself.

      I still struggle with having a consistent schedule due to home obligations, but I believe that things will improve. I've found in life the neither good times nor bad times come to stay, but they do occur.

      I wish you great success with your novel. Excellent hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great planning on your part, Sheila, and your body of work produced is impressive considering the small amount of time that you write. Well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, when I figure that out you will be the first to know. In the meantime, I hope that train doesn't derail. :) Thank you my Scottish friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Pamela; I like what you said...they good and bad don't stay but they do occur. True words my friend.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      No matter when I stop in, I am so greatly inspired. I yearn for the day when I can shed more of my teaching responsibilities and focus more on my writing...for now, I am loving our community and the myriad of information I am learning from wise teachers and friends like you.

      Many thank and may you have a peaceful evening. Love, Maria

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Of course this is Wonderful advice Bill, not to be taken lightly...Do I stay focus...I try, I try. This Hub is an inspiration to do so. You always Inspire us, and make us question and take notice more. As a recently Retired person, I feel I can devote more time and energy to my writing...However, sometimes there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to do it all.

      Anyway, thanks so much for a most informative and UP beat Hub.

      I'm voting it UP, and Interesting indeed!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Great article, BillyBuc. Will be writing 200 words on those five cards on your website.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the thought provoking hub, Bill. As always, it's also very useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are a doll my friend. Thank you! We are all appreciative that you are here and so supportive. It wouldn't be the same without you.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, my pleasure and thank you for stopping by; it's always nice having you in my clubhouse.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Grand old lady, I'm glad you are going to do that exercise...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Alicia, and thank you!

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      L.M. Hosler 3 years ago

      Thanks for another article of helpful encouragement. I know I need to be much more focused and I am going to try harder of find more time for writing.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I'm gonna do something soon even if it is wrong and you are my inspiration!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another great teaching hub Bill. I'm learning every day. I admit right now to not having a writing schedule.....should I go stand in the corner? I try to fit in as much writing each day as I can but due to my home circumstances it is dictated by other matters. I do try to sit down at the same time each day but things happen to disrupt that, or I can't think of a thing to write at that particular time. If I am doing something that gives me a sudden flash of inspiration though, I will stop immediately and take notes, then get to writing it as soon as the opportunity arises. In a way writing is a therapy for me, and I get a high when I finish a piece and can turn it into a hub. Maybe one day I will have the opportunity to set up a writing schedule, but for now it's out of the question.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Awesome helpful article billy :) Thank you :) Voted up and shared :)

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Great teacher and inspirational. To be a good writer you need passion and dedication. Great advice here and makes you think!

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Thank goodness you are ever the teacher. I practically view you as my personal mentor. I say practically only because I have to share you with the community. I do wonder how you don't tire out, run thin on advice and encouraging words for all your individual students. You know us all individually and you never do run thin.

      I have asked your questions above, done the homework and I came to the realization that I love writing! But what really pees me off is this whole (having to go to work to pay the rent lark). That takes me away from my writing. So with that in mind then, I want to write for money. Not fame. Not celebrity. God NO. I would hate that. I don't even want to be rich. I am quite happy to live in my little flat, here in London on exactly the same money I have now, which isn't great (but Im not complaining) and to not have to work (secularly) I like to call it as writing is quite a spiritual thing for me.

      When I watched the film 'This Is It'- MJ's last rehearsals. I was struck by how happy they all were. Kenny Ortega was yelling '" Yipeeee. Rock 'n' Roll""""as though he were a big kid, he was really happy. It struck me how there are a lot of people doing things they love for a living. Not pen pushing in an office or sweeping the roads.

      In conclusion I want to write for me. But I would also be happy to write what the people desire to read. (except SEO.. keywords. I hate that!!!)

      Sorry - I've taken up half your page. I will stop now.LOL

      ps. Love that SK quote!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It will come L.M....try not to be too hard on yourself. :) It takes what it takes. Thanks for visiting twice today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you mean i'll be your inspiration for doing something wrong? LOL God I hope not. :) Have a great weekend my funny friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, it is hard when you have a family. I have no doubt you are doing as well as possible...good luck with that and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rdsparrowriter, you are very welcome. It is nice to see you again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tasha, thank you and it is nice having you visit. Best wishes to you in South Africa.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, no reason to apologize. I love to hear what other writers feel and how they are coping with the real world. I would love to know you better and sit down as friends over a coffee and learn oodles and gobs about each other. :) Maybe one day you will get your wish and I'll get mine, and won't that be a lovely day? Thank you my dear. Have a splendid day in London.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      What a thoughtful article! Nice job as always. :) You are a real inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Victoria. I hope you have a wonderful weekend in Arizona.

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      BobbiRant 3 years ago from New York

      I really have enjoyed all of your pointers on writing. I recently finished a love story, much of it using your tips on character development, etc. It is on Kindle right now and On Amazon in book form in a few days. I wrote a review, here on HP, yesterday about it. Thank you, again, for some great tips. Keep sharing them. I love reading them even if I do not always comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, I have your recent article sitting in my basket waiting for me to finish up some odds and ends. I promise I'll get there. Congratulations on your new book, and thank you for your kind words.

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      Emily 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      I am new to Hubpages and just found your hub while exploring. I just wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know that it really inspired me this morning, as well as pushed me in a more focused and constructive direction. I just graduated from college with a degree in English, and I am trying to begin my freelancing career, as well as write a novel. Big dreams, I know, but I have a passion for writing and would love to pursue it. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and knowledge. It was much appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emily, the fact that you have passion will take you far in this business. I have been a freelancer for awhile now, so if I can be of any help feel free to ask questions.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      The "how many hours" question is so crucial! In fact, I'm working a hub on a related blogging topic which also questions how much time is being committed (or over committed!) to writing.

      On the opposite side of the coin, those who are not writers cannot understand how much time it really takes to write. They believe that if you're so good at it, a new article should just plop itself onto the page. Yeah, it works just like that. Not!

      Have a great weekend spending time doing as you please... and Go Seahawks! Go Broncos! (I like both Super Bowl teams.)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Heidi, it sounds like you win no matter who wins the Super Bowl. Thanks for the visit on this Friday afternoon....for me, the writing is fairly easy; it's the promotion I'm constantly learning about.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Bill. An awesomely inspired confidence that you won't quit, can't quit, -you'll be coming back with more pieces of the puzzle…

      Useful & interesting . Good night my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I don't have quit in me. Just the way I was raised and what I believe. I sense the same about you. Have a peaceful weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Great ideas and tips, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again vkwok!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. As always food for thought and inspirational Bill. I'm always and ever ready to keep focusing in my goals. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, good to see you and thank you! Goals....I don't know where I would be without them.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Hi bill! You've pointed out so many angles of writing here and made it wonderfully clear. I love the quote about 'money....constipates the writing process'. I have the luxury of writing for enjoyment but I do like to make a little extra if I can; it gives me a kick to see that someone values what I do.

      I had a hilarious image in my head at your words, 'this is me springing'!

      This is all about planning and perseverance isn't it? We have to dedicate time to whatever we do that's important to us; it's no good waiting until 'inspiration' arrives on a plate.

      Great words from the maestro, as always. Enjoy your day! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, it is all about planning and perseverance....and a dash of talent would help. I'll leave you now with that image of me springing. LOL Have a marvelous afternoon my dear friend and thank you.

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Interesting Bill. When I read this I realize that my writing really is still a hobby. I'm not nearly as in tune with time management as I probably should be. Maybe I'd write more hubs. I just have to remember to always have my camera around so I can take pictures and do things without it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I have gotten away from picture taking this winter; just didn't want to go out in the rain and cold....in about a month I'll head on out and get inspired taking pictures. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I believe tat the more we want something, the easier it will become.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, there is great wisdom in that simple sentence. Thank you!

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