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Find Writing Success With A Unique Approach

Updated on October 6, 2014

A Parental Lament

I’m beginning to feel like a parent who shows their child the best way to approach a problem, and then watches in vain while their child tries every other possible solution. It is easy to understand why the phrase “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” was first coined.

I have spent two years reading articles written by my fellow writers on HubPages, an online writer’s site available to all. I have read some excellent articles that have captivated me and held my attention throughout, and I have read a great many articles that, quite frankly, bored me to tears. What was the difference between the good and the not-so-good? In a word…..approach!

Just today I read an article about a recipe for chicken casserole. It was written well in that the grammar was fine; however, it did nothing to grab me, shake me and excite me. Here is the reality article writers are facing. Google a search for chicken casserole; heck, let’s do it together. How many entries did you find? I just found 17,100,100 entries under the search “chicken casserole.” Now what do you think the chances are that the latest chicken casserole recipe is going to be seen on Google? Can you say “next to none?”

The same thing can be said about novels or non-fiction books. I am a mystery genre fan. I read two or three mysteries per week and I can tell you without a doubt that they all follow the same formula: there is a problem and the main character spends the entire book solving that problem. Period! Now how many mystery writers are there in the world? I would venture to guess that there are millions. How do some writers, like James Lee Burke, stand out in the crowd with their work for decades, while others fade into obscurity faster than the pet rock?

That’s right….approach!

No matter whether you write articles about recipes, or write full-length novels, if you don’t have a unique approach and couple it with outstanding craftsmanship, you are doomed.

How’s that for a slap in the face?

But telling you that and showing it to you are two different things, so I’m going to touch upon several genres and give you examples of what I mean by approach. If you are ready then get comfortable and let’s begin.

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.

Barbara de Angelis

When writing about a place, determine what is unique about that place
When writing about a place, determine what is unique about that place | Source

RECIPE WRITERS

I have a writer friend by the name of Victoria who writes recipes. Her online name is VVanNess, and she does a wonderful job of taking a unique approach to recipes. All of her recipes begin with the title “Easy Peasy” telling her readers that this particular recipe will be very easy to make. It might be “Easy Peasy Tacos” or “Easy Peasy Chicken Casserole,” but the important thing to note is that her recipes are all “easy to make” and thus she has separated herself from the crowd of recipe writers.

TRAVEL WRITERS

Here is another category that is tough to stand out in. There are so many travel articles out there, so how in the world does a writer stand head and shoulders above that crowd?

Most travel writers will write articles about “Great Sites In Barcelona” or “Great Places To Visit In Europe,” and just thinking about that I am stifling a yawn. How about taking a new approach? How about “Great Places To Visit For Under $20 In Barcelona,” or “The Best Music Venues in Madrid?” By doing that you are cutting out most of the competition and designating a niche that is uniquely yours.

Is this you after your article falls flat?
Is this you after your article falls flat? | Source

CRAFT WRITERS

I will turn to another writer friend of mine to illustrate this example. I won’t even begin to guess how many craft articles are online today, but I’ll bet the number is in the hundreds of millions. Tough competition for sure; so how about lowering the odds a bit in your favor?

Sally, my friend (sallybea on HubPages) does a series of “wet felt” craft articles. Quite frankly I had never heard of “wet felting” until Sally started her series of articles, but I know without a doubt that within six months to a year, Sally will show up on all the wet-felt searches for those interested in such a thing. That, my friends, is smart thinking.

NOVEL WRITERS

Let’s return for a moment and discuss the mystery writers once again. I mentioned James Lee Burke earlier. What is it that makes his series of novels so wonderful and memorable? Well, his writing is topnotch for sure, but he has also developed a character that people relate to and greatly enjoy. His main character, Dave Robicheaux, is a very flawed human being, fighting his inner demons (and alcoholism) to try to do good in this world. He is a character that people can identify with and greatly enjoy, and the setting of the novels, in the rich bayou country of Louisiana, is also something that gives great texture and depth to his novels.

Think of some of your favorite contemporary writers and then ask yourself what unique approach has the author taken to make their books successful.

Can you think of a unique approach to gardening?
Can you think of a unique approach to gardening? | Source

HOW TO ARTICLES

This is a rather broad category, but one that will serve our purposes nicely. Let me give you one example of the perfect “how-to” article with a unique approach and then we’ll move on. Here it is: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Car Repair.”

Need I say more? Well, I will anyway.

Whoever dreamed up that marketing and writing approach was a genius. This is an approach we can all relate to so very easily. Who hasn’t felt like an idiot when trying to do a repair on an automobile? We even say those words when we make a mistake….”Oh, I feel like such an idiot.” Well now all the idiots of the world have a guide written just for them.

Brilliant!

I Could Go on but You Get the Point

It is not necessarily the title, but a great title certainly helps. It is not necessarily great grammar, although great grammar is nice. No, for all the examples listed above, and for the thousands I have not listed, it is all about a new approach…..finding a new way to present old information. That is the key!

But how do you do it, you ask?

Well it certainly helps if you have some knowledge about the topic. It also helps if you have some passion about the topic. But to really hit a home run with your approach, you need to think like the average citizen. What is it that they need? What is it that they relate to? What is it that they will be interested in that has not been presented to them before….or….what unique approach can you give in presenting the mundane?

I am not saying this is easy but I am saying it will pay huge dividends if you make the effort. Whether you are an article writer looking for passive income, or a novelist looking for the next series of bestsellers, finding a new approach can be your key to riches.

And keep this sobering thought in mind: eventually, if the horse does not drink, it will die of dehydration. Just sayin’.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Sally! It was my pleasure. And thank you for the kind support you have given me over the years.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 12 months ago from Norfolk

      I enjoyed this reminder of how life has moved on since you first wrote this Hub. I was so grateful for the confidence you showed me then, and as you continue to do so, thanks again Billy.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, when the time is right for you, the words will flow, and not a minute sooner. We are 75% inspiration and 25% determination, as writers, so your time will come.

      blessings my friend, and bless you always

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      Michael-Milec 12 months ago

      Wisdom of this article speaks to me much clearer than some two years ago when reading it first time, helping me to evaluate Michael's current situation. Honestly, I have to go a long way yet to reach the level to "think like the average citizen." My unique approach ?, oh my background... Would I ever be able to come so close to the souls's breathing of my fellowcitizens whose world-view is continents away from that of my upbringing?!

      At least, I am commenting now, being encouraged to wait a bit longer and observe..

      Good night my friend, and may God bless you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Dennis. Thank you sir!

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      Dennis AuBuchon 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information. You presented information which is beneficial to all of us. I voted up, awesome and interesting along with liking, pinning and tweeting

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Au fait!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      More great advice!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Deb! Entertain and inform or be left in the dust. Thanks for your input.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Everything now is about new ways--the "new and improved," "never-before-seen," all of them have their own ways of showing new information. That is what the public wants, not the same old dull info.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We do indeed, Brandi. That is the challenge for sure. Best wishes to you and thank you.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Yes, these are all great tips Billy. Even right here on HP, sometimes I'll get an idea to write something. But when I look it up, there are already about a dozen articles on the same topic. It's getting more concentrated in certain areas, so we have to become creative in our selection of titles.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenn, it is a good thought. The writers who make it big in this business all have a unique approach. They stick with one subject, establish their authority in it, and make it work for them. Good luck my friend and thank you.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This is extremely useful for any writer who wants to succeed. I guess I never thought of considering a unique approach, although some form of it has always been in the back of my mind with anything I've done.

      But now, with a clear understanding of the power behind it, I'll definitely keep it in mind as I continue to write.

      Once thing I can see already: combining all one's work under the same unique approach can help towards building authority on that subject. Just a thought.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna. You are always so supportive and positive in your comments. I appreciate you greatly.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I always come away with great advice from reading your posts. I am defining my Hubpages articles to cover parenting and education. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, I look forward to that day. Thank you again!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      I will surely heed to your advice. It totally makes sense to me.

      Also, if I am within catching area of your city, I will definitely make an attempt to connect with you face to face :-)

      Best regards,

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Genna! I guess my passion for writing shows, huh? :) Have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “No matter whether you write articles about recipes, or write full-length novels, if you don’t have a unique approach and couple it with outstanding craftsmanship, you are doomed.”

      Amen! That is sooo true. Your hubs are always so relevant, informed and perceptive. They are treasures. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, what a wonderful adventure that will be. Yellowstone is my favorite place in the U.S. If you find your way to Washington State then give me a call and we'll meet. In the meantime, look for the unique in a place; something nobody has written about. That will be your key to success.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      A very interesting and useful article Bill that I somehow missed reading. I read the advice you gave on travel writing and thought man, I need to learn much more.

      From winters of 2014-15 and onward, I plan on taking lot of photography tours to places like Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Everglades, so on and so forth. I know I will have lot of travel related ideas and pictures of nature to share. And I know for sure that I will be reading your articles along the same vein as this one over and over again to write readable hubs.

      Thanks for sharing useful and informative hubs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you are the perfect example of this article. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing these awesome tips, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, you are a talented writer. I'm sure you will settle into a familiar area that you prefer over others...in the meantime, those of us who read your work thoroughly enjoy it. Thank you Sir!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love this hub Bill. You are so right of the need to be "unique". I'm afraid I will never have my work categorized in one genre, so I may not be successful but at least I will continue to enjoy to write without boring myself on one type of writing. I do try to make all of my hubs "unique" in some way though.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eazy_E, it sounds like a reasonable goal. Good luck!...and thanks!

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      Eric Pelka 3 years ago from State College, Pennsylvania

      I don't think writing in many subjects is the thing that holds writers back. I think it's failing to make a unique enough mark on each subject tackled. Like you I tackle many subjects. Poetry, fiction, education, religion, and tech reviews. The goal I have to work on is placing my stamp on each of these subjects making my articles stand out in each subject.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Rose, good to see you and thank you. For sure you understand this principle. Your crafting hubs have garnered a great many views over the years so you are definitely doing something right. :) Thank you again for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, you do the same thing I did early on, and I did it because I felt the need to do it. In the end we have to listen to that inner voice for counsel....so carry on my friend. :)

      Thank you!

      bill

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're right that taking a unique approach is key to success in any creative endeavor, not just writing. I like that you detailed several different types of writing (i.e. recipe, craft) to illustrate that point. Great tips!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      As always shrewd advice and given in an interesting manner. I write in lots of different genres on here which I know isn't the way to go but at the moment it feels right. I do know you are right though and I should narrow down my remit. I will one day. :)

      Your input is always valuable and I always look forward to reading your words.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, possibly a repeating phrase in the title of each craft hub...just something to make your "name" unique. Just a thought.

      Now, are you caught up on my hubs? I hope so; go enjoy the rest of your day and thank you very much.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Good points Bill, but it's hard to think of a unique approach when I write about so many different types of crafts. Not sure how I can incorporate this into my hubs, but I'll be thinking about it. Thanks for this hub. Very helpful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eazy_E...glad this was helpful and I hope you see new success because of it. Thank you!

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      Eric Pelka 3 years ago from State College, Pennsylvania

      I love this advice. I may have to rethink some of my titles and definitely be more selective with my topics. I appreciate your support for the community. Awesome Hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you have grown as a writer right before our very eyes, and it is a joy to see. Well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it can, DDE. I can't imagine the day when I can't write. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, a comment? I don't even know what it means. LOL I think the writer might have "dropped" his shipping with that line.

      Thank you my friend and have a great day.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cecileportilla, keep looking. It's inside of you waiting to break free. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Alicia! Thank you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I hope I'm not one who makes it seem that your tutoring is in vain, because I really take your instructions to heart. Thank you very much for sharing as much as you do.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing is such a pleasure and with the different approaches it can be so helpful.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another first class and informative hub.

      I read this line today and have sent it for a comment please.

      'The biggest benefit of drop shipping is the ability to hold no stock' How's that for quality.

      Graham.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Another well written informative Hub. Still trying to find my unique sty;e billybuc!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great advice yet again, Bill. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, nicely stated. I believe the world will embrace the offbeat if given a chance; it is our job to offer it to them. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, I have no doubt that your mind is always looking for a new approach. It shows in your body of work. Carry on my friend, and thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      With a flooded market of online contributors, sometimes it helps to be a bit offbeat and celebrate rather than stifle one's uniqueness.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Great advice Bill. I find myself always trying to find new approaches, but....

      I will always keep this hub in mind. Thanks a bunch.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sandra! We learn as we go, and we improve as we go, and I'm sure you are doing the same.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      carrie, thank you for those kind words. The fact that you are aware of this means you are ahead of the crowd. Continue on that path and it will pay dividends.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lyric, you speak the truth my friend. I have been at this SEO game for over two years now and it is not easy....but that's the game we are all stuck with if we are going to make it online, so learn it or get out. :) Harsh but true.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I wish more writers would hear the words you just spoke. There are far too many who continue to sound like the crowd. Thank you for saying it so eloquently.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Sandra 3 years ago from Maryland

      Your comments interlaced throughout really make your approach to writing visible, and it's a strong, bold one :)

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      As always, a well written and strikingly meaningful hub. I strive on being unique by pushing the plot envelope and pulling back the sweet stuff, but the challenge is everlasting. Thank you for your support and another slap of reality :). Have a wonderful week.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, another great point and lesson learned. You're absolutely right. With so much online competition, you have to make it special, touch on unearthed topics, offer something no one else does. If you can't find such a topic, make the article better. It's tough. Heck, I get bored with my own writing, that's when I know it's time for a change of scenery. Being an SEO myself, I know how hard it is to rank your content so people can see it. Hard to write unique with keywords be including just to satisfy the search engines. It' tough for someone that knows search engines, I can only imagine if you didn't have some idea how it all works. Being unique with your content is a great way to rank. Sound advice as always Bill. Take care.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, we all have something different to offer, so we should let our light so shine before the world with our uniqueness in our writing! Let's give it our best to stand out from the crowd. Great advice as always, dear Bill.

      Here's to standing out from the crowd! You are certainly one of a kind and we are thankful.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Ruby, and tomorrow's hub is for you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark, and you have all three my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi....I love that last catchy little saying of yours. :) Thank you! I'm working on a tagline for my new novel; not as easy as people might think.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. You are such a good travel writer; I just want you to experience the readership that you deserve.

      so far so good on the week; I hope yours is going well too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Liz....and I know that implementing it is not as easy as I made it sound here. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You make a lot of sense Bill. Who wants to read the same old words. There are so many hubbers who write differently and i love to read their hubs. Thank's again for helping us spread our wing's

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      If I only had a brain...heart....Courage!

      Another good advice filled article Bill :)

      Mark

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      You cited some great headline examples from our friends here on HP. The headline's the sell of writing well!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, this is very, very helpful. Most of us here are writing about topics that are competing with millions of other articles. We need to do something to separate ourselves from the crowd. You got me thinking, we'll see what it leads to. Have a great week.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very informative, Bill and a great deal of valuable information in this hub. It makes perfect sense...now just have to implement it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Sheila, if people love your main characters there must be something about them that are unique....just my guess. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Thanks for listing ways to stand out from the crowd. By looking at my hub stats, I think I know which of mine do just that because they get a lot more views than the others.

      After reading your section about novels, I found out have another thing in common. To me, crime novels aren't interesting if they're "cookie cutter" copies of all of the others - and there are a lot of those out there. People do love my main characters, but I'm not sure how original or unique they are.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, there are some things we are all good at and find easy to do...writing is one of my things....combine it with years of teaching and it is no wonder I do well in this niche. Play to your strengths...we all have them. Once you find those you will be on the right path.

      Thank you as always my Oklahoma friend.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Bill - I wish I could figure out all the little secrets to succeed with a few more unique hubs. You have it down pat. You came forth with several niches and how to improve them. Your brain is like a wizard. The article helped me to see more clearly the path to success. Thanks for sharing. Blessings Audrey. Sharing

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, it really is my pleasure. I like helping good people and you are definitely good people. You are doing all the work; you came up with the wet felting idea; I just sang your praises a bit. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck Carb Diva; I have no doubt you will do well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lori. I can always count on a nice word from a fellow Northwesterner.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Georgescifo; I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck Donna and thanks for the visit.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy

      Thanks you for the plug Billy. It really means a lot to me to know that someone who I respect so much feels I have got it right. I know that I have enjoyed more success that I could have dreamed about with my felting Hubs and in such a short time too.

      You are such a wonderful mentor, I am so grateful for your support.

      Thank you

      Sally

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank you for this. You have given me much to think about as I write the next 100 hubs.

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I'm challenged with each William D. Holland hub. Thank you!

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      georgescifo 3 years ago from India

      Great and motivational tips for those aspiring to become a successful writer. Really enjoyed reading the hub Billy!!

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      Bill - thanks for more great advice on writing well! Being unique is key in all kinds of marketing. To have a different approach is to be creative and think outside the box. I used to think that ideas just popped out of a persons mind if they were really talented, but I am learning that it also takes practice. I will think about approach as I continue to write.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy and I'm happy to hear you are back with the writing course. Hopefully it will pay big dividends, and I salute you for going the extra mile to improve.

      Blessings my friend

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rafiq, if our goal is to be noticed as writers then standing in a crowd won't accomplish our goal. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, there is nothing wrong with being one strange dude if you can make it work for you. :) I happen to like strange dudes.

      Good luck my friend.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub my friend and shared so naturally I could quite easily be stood by your side and that in itself says everything. I am coping so far well with my writing course (again) but I also enhance the studying by adding your to it so keep them coming. voting up, across and sharing. Wishing you a great day Billy.

      Eddy.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks Bill for the advice! It's important to offer something fresh to your readers. Just beating about the bushes won't help you standing out in a crowd. Great hub!

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

      Hmmm! I reckon I ain't never ever seen nothin the same way some one else saw it. Go figure, I probably need to turn this article inside out and just try to do the opposite. Seems like most of my stuff gets comments like "you are one strange dude" ;-) I suppose I should go finish that article on "how to fail".

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, using Creighton as an example is right on. I wish I could drive this lesson home for some of my friends...they just don't seem to understand this basic approach to uniqueness. :) I'm happy to hear you are working on it. Best wishes my friend.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Another great lesson, Bill. I intend to improve my approach, now. Actually, that is one thing I've always had trouble with. And I feel like one of those recipes - lost in a million hits on the Internet. I've always admired the late Michael Creighton. His novels stood out because he always wrote about things that were almost scientifically believable, or at least the reader thought they were. Only he had that ability. Not even Gene Roddenberry came close.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ologsinquito, thanks for stopping by. I think far too many good writers die on the vine because they are one of millions doing the same thing. The trick is to find a way to stand out in a crowd. Best wishes to you.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is a great article. Because the market is flooded, online writers really do need to focus on unique content. Then they have to market it to the masses. I do know a very successful craft writer. She is a pro. I don't think many others can do as well as she can. She also seems to have a craft niche.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suraj, you make some excellent points. We need to trust in our writing abilities and our voice is one of those. Keep believing in yourself and carry on my friend.

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      suraj punjabi 3 years ago from jakarta

      This is a great article, Often times I feel intimidated by the amount of articles written that are similar to the article I have in mind, then I just put it off.

      Nowadays, I stop trying to find how many other articles have been written that is similar to what I have in mind and just write the darn article the way I want it to. Everyone has a unique voice. I guess to find that voice we need to be introspective.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Doc, and thank you for always being here.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      It's all about the approach. thanks for these helpful writing tips. I'll come back to this as many times as I need to. voted up useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, I can't give advice on that. I worried about keywords my first year and then stopped and just wrote in my own style...and amazingly my earnings increased. Go figure! :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, if you had I wouldn't be reading them. :) Yes, approach my friend...make it unique and eventually they will come...and you are unique indeed.

      Thank you my friend and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, the pleasure is all mine buddy. I really enjoyed talking to you; it gave me a person behind the name and that is very cool indeed.

      Thank you as always. I hope your day is everything you want it to be.

      bill

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      Good advice. I am still trying to figure out keyword tools, but maybe I need to just type it into google and go by the number of responses. Thank you for sharing this.