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Find Writing Success With These Five Tips

Updated on October 10, 2013

In The Beginning

So, what is a writer? That may seem like a rather simple question to answer, but in reality it is a bit more complicated. Webster tells us, simply, that a writer is one who writes. Duh! Thanks for the help Mr. Webster!

Upon further inspection, we find another definition that says a writer is one who writes books or articles as an occupation. Okay, but I believe that’s a bit too narrowed, and I’ll be glad to tell you why. There are many wonderful writers out there who are superb craftsmen of the written word and they don’t get paid a penny for their work. Are they any less of a writer because they do not get paid? I have read the works of some well-paid writers and I would consider using their works as toilet paper.

Do you see the problem I’m having? If someone only writes in a journal, are they a writer? It seems to me that intent must have something to do with it if we are to define writer. It seems to me that the intent of a writer must be to improve their craft, and that the ultimate goal must be to eventually have one’s works read by others.

When I decided to become a full-time writer the process went something like this:

1. It’s a lovely day; I think I will become a writer

2. Sitting down at my computer, I began to write

3. I declared myself a writer

And that was that! Two years later I am getting paid for my writing. However, even before I decided to write full-time, I had written most of my first novel. According to my earlier definition, I had already become a writer before I formally declared myself as such.

The point being that if you want to be a writer then declare yourself a writer and then set about becoming a good one. And how do you do that?

Well, that’s the whole point of this article. The five tips mentioned in this article hopefully will serve as a guide, and will help you focus a bit as you undertake this new venture. Writing well, as defined earlier, is not easy. Anyone can sit down and write, and friends and relatives will pat them on the head and say nice job. Not everyone, however, can write well, so that complete strangers will do the patting atop the head.

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Learn the Language!

I am speaking to those who write English now, but it applies to anyone, whether they write in Spanish, French or whatever. You need to learn the rules of your language and then write correctly.

Nothing will turn off a reader faster than grammatical errors! I really don’t want to sound like a snob, but that’s the truth! English is a tough language; many who speak English do not know all of the grammatical rules and their writing shows that very clearly. I believe that is inexcusable and ultimately it is a killer if you plan on ever doing something with your writing.

Review the rules of grammar; if there are some rules you do not understand then ask questions and learn. The number one tool of your craft is the written word; it is probably a good idea to learn to use that written word in a proper manner.

When I was teaching school I would tell my students that they can’t write the way they talk, because most of us talk gutter English. Unless your intent is to write gutter English as part of your story, it has no place in proper writing.

I have written at length about the horrors of the Catholic school system, which I attended, but one thing I will always say about those nuns is that they made us learn. I diagramed sentences until I thought my arm would fall off, but fifty years later I still remember those basic rules. If you are going to write in English then learn proper English!

Write About Things That Interest You

I have two lives as a writer. My first life is writing for customers, mostly SEO articles, and those articles pay the bills and they are BORING to write. My second life involves writing for a writer’s page called HubPages, and also writing for two blogs I maintain, as well as other novels I am working on. That writing is anything but BORING! That writing feeds my passion and allows me to become totally involved in the creative process.

Seriously, if all I did during the day was SEO articles, I would quit writing. It is nothing more than search-engine-friendly valium for the masses, and there is little enjoyment in it. However, when I write for the writer’s site, my heart soars and my creativity is engaged from the first word to the last, hours later.

I believe that in order to attain your best work and to improve as a writer, you must write about things that interest you. When you are energized about your writing, you will produce better writing, and the energy will show in your work.

The list of things I shouldn’t write about is a mile long. I have no knowledge of or interest in the legal profession. I honestly could care less about rugby or hibiscus, and the price of tea in China is a yawner for me as well. I could do research and write about those things, but my heart wouldn’t be in it and the article would appear stilted and lifeless.

Now, turn my attention to education, alcoholism, adoption, or living simple, and I’m all over those subjects like flies on doo-doo. I am passionate about them and it shows in my writing.

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Always Be Prepared for Inspiration

An idea forgotten is an idea someone else will write about. Count on it!

I carry a notebook around with me, and whenever an idea enters my brain it instantly goes down on a piece of paper for later reference. I simply can’t trust my memory.

Where do my ideas come from? Everywhere! I’m always amazed when people talk about writer’s block. I go for a walk, talk to people, read for awhile, and the ideas are practically jumping out of my mind and into that notebook. I think back to when I was a kid, or daydream about jobs I have had, and the ideas are flying around inside my gray matter. In fact, when I take a day off and go somewhere for some relaxation, my mind doesn’t relax and the ideas are always being tossed about. Thank God for my notebook and Post it notes!

Believe in Yourself

How many of us have doubted our writing abilities? During those quiet times when it is just us and our thoughts, how many times has the stinkin’ thinkin’ entered our brains, telling us that we are not good enough to make it as a writer?

Kick those thoughts to the curb immediately! A writer needs to have inner-fortitude and a devout belief in his/her abilities. Period! I have said many times that writing is a lonely profession. Many a day will pass without any encouragement coming your way. Those are the days when you need to strap on your big girl panties (or, as my dad liked to say, strap on some balls) and proceed with the belief that you are worthy of the title “writer.”

Spend a moment thinking about how many writers there are in the world. I would venture to guess the number is in the millions. Let’s face it, that is some serious competition. How will you ever make it? How can you ever expect to become known?

Well, yes, there are many, but consider this: you are the only you writing at this moment. You are unique and as such you are the most precious commodity in the world. There is no writer like you. There is no other out there who has your experiences, your emotions, your memories and your thought process. Once you learn to put all of that to work for you then your possibilities are unlimited.

You are one of a kind! You are a force to be reckoned with! You are…..YOU!

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Market Yourself As If You Were a Precious Commodity

I have some good news and some bad news for you. First, the bad news: as stated earlier, there are millions of writers in the world and all of them are your competition.

Now for the good news: your destiny as a writer is in your hands. You have no boss! You have no back-stabbing co-workers who will do anything to climb over your corporate corpse. You have almost complete control over your future as a writer, and how many people in any line of work can say that? This is the challenge of a lifetime and now we’re going to find out if you are up for the challenge.

If you want to be known in the literary world then you need to learn marketing. You need to learn about social networks. You need to learn about SEO and backlinking. You need to learn about other inexpensive ways to market. You need to investigate self-publishing. You need to learn to market big time on a small time budget.

There have been thousands of books and articles written about how to self-promote as a writer. Most if not all of the suggestions are good ones but do you want to know why they don’t work for every writer? Simply because most writers get discouraged and give up.

Writing is not a sprint to the finish line 100 meters away. Writing is a marathon and the sooner you recognize that fact the better. As of this writing, this writer has one self-published novel and eight books on Kindle. I think I have sold, to date, a grand total of 100 books in two years. Hardly the stuff of legends! However, I am not in the least discouraged. On the contrary, I see it all as part of a larger plan. The more of my work that is out there the better my chances are of being discovered.

I spend eight to ten hours per day writing and marketing my writing. This is my business! I do not have the luxury of calling in sick or giving my work to a co-worker to handle. This is my passion and my livelihood and I’m dead serious about it. I am a corporation of only one and I take it every bit as seriously as any CEO of a major corporation.

Sell yourself!

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Final Thoughts

I do not believe for a second that anyone can be a writer. Good writers have ability; great writers have a gift. There are people who, no matter how hard they try, will never be good writers. That’s just the way life is. I will never be an artist! I make stick figures look like abstract art, so the chances of me taking up art and making money from it are zero and none.

However, I can write, and that fact makes me a member of a fraternity with over a million other writers. Now that I am a member of that fraternity it is up to me to improve my craft, and that is what this article has been about.

I would add one more suggestion to the five listed above and that is to challenge yourself. Do not settle for the status quo because growth does not happen when complacency enters the picture. You must be willing to stretch yourself out and reach for new goals; otherwise your writing will become stagnant and so will you.

Harper Lee never wrote another book after her masterpiece “To Kill A Mockingbird.” When asked why she simply stated that she had said everything she wanted to say in that one book, so there was no reason to continue.

I have not said everything I want to say yet, so I think I’ll keep writing.

May the wind always be at your back, and may your passion for writing bring you success, no matter how you define success.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, my pleasure. I self-published because I wanted to be able to hold a copy. :) the other eight I have done e-books. Again, best of luck.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      I'll try to get it published, but I won't rise my hopes up. In the worst scenario, I'll use e-book publishing at Amazon. Thanks for the support, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, I'm glad to hear that. It was a pretty cool sensation holding my novel after it was published. I wish that same feeling for you.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      When it comes to SEO articles, I don't know whether I can call myself a writer. On the other hand, I've discovered that I write much better when I write fiction. So, I started working on my first novel and I enjoy it so much. Thanks for the tips!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you are just too kind this morning, as you always are. I have a big smile across my face, because to receive praise from someone like you is very rewarding. Thank you my dear; have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      So how do you spell inspiration? b-i-l-l-y-b-u-c! This is my 2nd billybuc hub in a row and am I ever pumped up. I become a better writer just reading your articles. This one is flowing with wisdom.

      I claimed myself a writer with my first series titled "Anyone Can Sing." That was in 1984. It was made into a collection of CD's that did pretty well. Today it still sells a copy or two on "CDBaby" and "Amazon."

      Until I joined HubPages I confined all of my writing to The Voice. Then I discovered my own "hubnuggets" and spread my wings to other areas. My passion is writing and I write outlines for hubs every single day. Voted UP and across and sharing for sure. Thank you billy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha....LOL....wise words....well, I hope so!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Words to the wise, my friend. Words for those of us who have taken the leap and have a little fear as to whether or not there's water in the pool! Thank you, my friend. Now, I have more of your wise words to peruse and absorb, so I'll see you on the next site!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stella, I do something very similar...I find that once I shut my mind off of writing mode then ideas flow freely. Thank you for a great comment and have a great weekend.

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      StellaSee 4 years ago from California

      Hi Billy, I read an article talking about how to deal with writer's block and its advice was to set aside an 'idea time' at least once a week where you read, watch movies, listen to music, etc. that you normally wouldn't which it said would help generate ideas. So far it's been working! I don't know if this is related your advice but I just thought I would share it.

      Thanks for posting your tips! I'll be keeping these in the back of my head.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, that is high praise coming from you. Not a day goes by that I don't appreciate your friendship. You are my kindred spirit from 6000 miles away.

      love to you my dear,

      bill

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      I thought I had already commented here but never mind here goes again.

      So interesting as always Billy ;not just interesting but useful too .

      Therefore I save in with my most useful hubs an that everlasting 'up up and away' just for you.

      I am sure I will be referring to it very often.

      Take care Billy and enjoy your day my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicole, thank you very much! I hope this was helpful in some way.

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      Nicole A. Winter 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love your thoughts on well-crafted writing, thank-you so much for publishing this!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, or like all of us can't make crafts and jewelry like you do. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      GrApEwAtEr....that is one of the things i want people to realize. This is a process. I can almost pinpoint for you the moment I found my writing voice....it took me a month of writing daily before I found something that felt like me....then, like you mentioned, I had to grow into that voice and learn about online writing. It's been a little over seven months now and I feel I'm just now reaching a point where everything is coming together.

      Be patient...feed your passion....and I look forward to watching you grow.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm in this for the long haul....what many don't seem to realize is that this is a long, hard process...there are no overnight successes. I hope you do look into self-publishing. If I can answer any questions please ask me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, I feel like I should buy your lunch or something. LOL Such praise! I'll tell you this: I was raised by parents who taught me practically everything I needed to know about life.....and it was those lessons that I clung to after I sobered up. What is important in life is pretty simple; it's we humans that complicate things greatly.

      Thank you my friend; you make me glow this morning. Like you, I am an emotional man, and I have tears in my eyes right now.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      gmaoli, I am happy if this helped you. I love that you are passionate and I love that you have determination. With those two I am certain you will go far. It is a hard business to make it in, and I would add to be patient. These things do not happen overnight; it takes dogged determination to keep going when nothing good appears to be happening.

      Best of luck to you, and if I can ever be of any help, please feel free to drop me a note.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent thoughts on writing! I really don't think everyone can do it, just like all of us can't be great at math. Very good tips and inspiring as well!

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      Umer Farooq 5 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      I have been reading your hubs since I have joined hubpages community. Most of the time your hubs urge me to think of something. Once again this hub has done the same. It urged me to think whether I should think of myself as a writer or not? After giving it a deep insight I can claim that I am a writer who needs to learn a lot to become a good writer. The point you raised about marketing yourself is very important one. I have been giving up regularly but my passion for writing drags me back and I keep on writing something. I have been reading your early days hubs till this latest one and the development from an ordinary to an extraordinary writer is something that make me feel that you always were an extraordinary writer. Just in the beginning you did not know how online writing works. Now that you have learned, you consistently come up with something of value to us new hubbers and a source of inspiration and a role model. Keep writing and add value to this community. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What keeps echoing in my mind is the self-publishing. I am still kicking this around and I need to just buckle down and get it done. Your advice on marketing is one that everyone needs to keep pounding away at as often as possible.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, when it comes to wisdom, your name should be beside the word. Your right on everything. So important to believe in yourself. You can do anything that you wish and want, all you have to do is believe:) Inspiration to a writer very important also. I tell you Bill, you amaze me. I know I have only read a few dozen or so of your articles but you are a very wise man. Not in just one area, but all walks of life. I mean that too, you are. I manage a blog and write for Hubpages as well as another site. To keep up with everyone that you do, plus write for your novel, blogs, Hubpages, it is a lot of work. Shows your dedication. Just like your series on those who follow you, shows your kind heart and loyalty. You have rare qualities that few do. I know I am off topic, sorry:) But, it shows that dedication, hard work, and being true to "you" can also help inspire us. In some way, it nevers goes unnoticed. Another great article Bill, voted up and all the way across. We all can learn a lot from you Mr. Bill. Take care.

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      Gianandrea Maoli 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I like all these tips very much, but I'm especially a fan of two of them: Inspiration and Write to Your Interest. The first one I try to keep up with whenever I can. I don't carry around a journal, but while I'm at work I do from time to time grab a post-it note to make a note to myself to check on something I could write about. This will be if I hear something on the news or if there's a song I like to write about when I listen to my phone. As for writing your interest, I listen to a couple of writers on a podcast that say exactly the same thing: don't write to the market, but rather to your passion because the passion will show in your writing and make you blossom in the writing market! It's certainly worked for me: I focus on charity work primarily and I wouldn't have expected to get as many as 70 followers just from 22 hubs. On top of that, I made a comment on my FB page just last month about a book I've been wanting to write and got at least 30 likes and 10 comments, all anxious to see the book I want to put out. It's a small step towards promoting something I'm truly passionate about, but it really drives your point home to me because I can see the results. I'm bookmarking this one for future reference as I work on my craft...both for my articles and my book. Thanks for all the advice, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alecia! I think everyone who wants to write should write, but it does take a long time to reach a certain level of proficiency....and some never do. Still, if someone has the passion, then writing, if nothing else, is great therapy. :)

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree writing is something that not everyone can do. I love writing and it is my passion but I know that it took a very long time to find my voice and interests as well. Your story is something we can all learn from and I am glad you have decided to share it with us. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chrisin, thank you very much! I'm always happy when someone finds some value out of my writings. Aloha to you as well.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Awesome and inspiring, Bill! Thank you for sharing your life and your soul with all of us.

      An enthusiastic vote up, and I'm happy to share your hub!

      Aloha!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carozy; much-appreciated.

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Very inspiring writing, billybuc. And congrats on your novels!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are a writer and a darn good one! I think we are all waiting to catch lightning in a bottle...maybe today will be the day when we are "discovered." Anyway, thank you my dear friend; have a great week.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Great encouragement Bill! A writer is a writer...how well or how interesting, that's another story. I totally agree that grammar and spelling are very important, typos need to be corrected and so on.

      You've given me a boost as I don't consider myself a "professional writer" but more of a "pleasure writer". I write for the pleasure of it. Would I like to make money? Sure, but it seems just writing takes up so much time I don't have any left for promotion.

      Voted this inspiring hub up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Movie, I think there are quite a few Hubbers who would disagree with you. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, you are a writer.....anyway, I think you are. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhett, thank you kindly! I appreciate those words and thank you for the follow.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tara, my friend....thank you dear.....keep embracing it....I'm in your corner....now and forever.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      newused, thank you very much and I appreciate you stopping by and the follow.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I won't let you give up! You are a very good writer and you will only improve. Thank you my friend and blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Pooja, thank you very much! I assume that English is not your native language, in which case I think your writing is grammatically excellent. It would appear to me that you are still looking for your writer's voice, that unique style that is you....but it comes with time, and I have no doubt you will find it.

      Thank you for the visit and the kind comments.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin....indeed it is! Thank you!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I stumble at the first block - 'believe in yourself'!!! I have yet to declare myself a writer, I am too busy doubting myself!

      Thank you for this truly inspiring hub and lots of useful tips.

      Voting up, best wishes Lesley

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Those are some great tips. I follow some of them but need to add the one about marketing myself. I may wait until I consider myself a writer to add that one!

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      Rhett Wilder 5 years ago from Field Of Clover

      Flawless article and a brilliant writer in general. Looking forward to following and reading more of your work. Keep up the great work!

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Great practical advice. Calling yourself a writer is a big part of it. I may not be able to teach now, but noone can take my writing away from me no matter how hard things get. Once I came to that conclusion, i've embraced every minute of it!

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      newusedcarssacram 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      I appreciate your hub...nice one!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the great pep talk and tips and you inspire Bill you really do. Lots of things for me to consider. One thing I know I won't give up. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

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      Dr Pooja 5 years ago

      As always your hubs have the ability to connect to millions of us.Wondering how would you rate my writing .Feel free to be a genuine critic.Need one.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Marketing... s the difference, between success and giving up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thomas, I would be amazed if that doesn't happen to all of us. Luckily, Bev talks me off of the cliff when it happens to me. Good thing because I hate heights. :)

      Thanks buddy!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Bill,

      There are times in the weird dark places of my mind when I think I'm a writer and that's usually because there are some weird dark things in my mind that (I feel) need to be written about. Then I see them on the page and, quite frankly, have to wonder if I have lost my mind.

      That self-doubt crap will get you every time, huh? Excellent advice here my friend that I shall take to heart! Thanks for writing it!

      Thomas

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kelly! I respect you and value your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, thank you! That was a very nice thing to say.....I wouldn't even be here if not for you and a few others early on who encouraged me.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow Bill - you are quite the inspiration to me and so many others!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Billy... you are such an inspiration to me and to so many. What a wonderful and informative hub. Thank you for all you share with us. Thumbs way up my friend...and definately shared! Lisa

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I always appreciate it when you stop by.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, excellent tips for being a writer. Marketing ourselves is very important. Your hub is very useful and am waiting to read all that you have to say. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true Aurelio, and I applaud those writers as well. As long as they are following their passion. Thank you my friend!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think many writers do all these things save for one: marketing. It's an important part of earning money, especially here on HubPages -- it does take some learning but it's not that difficult. Of course, there are some writers who are simply interested in writing and not making money, so marketing is not as critical to them. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you a second time Rajan!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I always hesitate writing a hub like this, because I am afraid I'll make a grammatical error and everyone will catch me. LOL Thank you my friend!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful pointers for all writers. The points, that we should not write the way we speak and writing grammatically correct English, are indeed, worth seriously looking into by many writers.

      I learn a lot of these things by reading your impeccably written hubs, Bill.

      Voted up & useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful pointers for all writers. The points, that we should not write the way we speak and writing grammatically correct English, are indeed, worth seriously looking into by many writers.

      I learn a lot of these things by reading your impeccably written hubs, Bill.

      Voted up & useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira! I am grateful to have met you; I respect you greatly and learn from you often.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Well said, Bill.

      I agree that we ought to keep oneself updated with all genre's of writing 'cause don't wanna get stale.

      Regarding writer's block...yes, awareness is the key to it.

      I am happy that you could publish your own books/novels. I wanna do that in the future but am still waiting up for a good concrete idea to come to help build into a book.

      Bill, you are a well versed writer and I am happy to come across you...thanks to HP.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ryem, thank you! I hope this helps you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jm72, I like that you are standing taller; that's encouraging! Best of luck to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I had no idea Mitchell only wrote the one book. That is remarkable. Yes my friend, I love what I do very much. Thank you once again!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      melbelle, I'm glad you found something worth holding onto in this hub! Thank you and best of luck to you.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      There's some good information in this hub. It's a great inspiration for every writer or soon to be writer!

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      jm72writes 5 years ago from Missouri

      Another great hub! I always love the way you allow your personality to show through in your writing. That is what makes your articles unique; it's the "you" in them.

      I agree about calling yourself a writer. I have dropped other adjectives from my title and just say I'm a professional writer. It makes me stand just a little taller. This is another inspiring article for all of us writers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great info. Bill. You must love what you do, no matter what genre it is. Margaret Mitchell only wrote one book too, ' Gone With The Wind ' I have always wondered why? Thank's for the great tips..

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      melbelle 5 years ago from Southern United States

      Thanks for the encouraging hub. I never considered myself to be a writer, and I have written for local publications, been published and been paid by them. I especially liked how you stated: "there are many, but consider this: you are the only you writing at this moment. You are unique and as such you are the most precious commodity in the world. There is no writer like you. There is no other out there who has your experiences, your emotions, your memories and your thought process. Once you learn to put all of that to work for you then your possibilities are unlimited. You are one of a kind! You are a force to be reckoned with! You are…..YOU!" Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I think there is always a doubt; I read once the Steinbeck had self-doubt. That made me feel a bit better. :)

      Thanks my friend.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, this is all great information. I have declared myself a writer and yet I am frequently filled with doubt about the quality or worth of what I write. I know better based on comments, but there is a battle in my head between the doubt and the input!

      Thank you for this useful article.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Thanks. I need to pack that bag now. It's soon 11 pm. Lol! Hugs back to you and say hello to Bev! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I gratefully accept the award. Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made....:) Sending hugs across the Atlantic Ocean!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Bill you are part of the Super hubbing fraternity too, I made it up recently and I consider you a super hubber, if they ever had one before. LOL

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You will be a great nurse, Made, because you are kind and caring. I have great faith in you!

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Not really. I think I've mentioned somewhere that I'm both working and studying. I've been doing that for 18 months now. In May 2013 I can hopefully call myself a "practical nurse". :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is so exciting, Made. Have you written a hub about your pursuit of nursing? I will have to check but I don't remember seeing one.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Bill, there is something out there that connects us. Thank you for your lovely words. Enjoy the rest of this Sunday and your week! I'll pack my school bag now and prepare for the next five days as a student and one step closer to becoming a nurse.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mel! I will say thank you again in my hub tomorrow. :) We all need encouragement from time to time. I am lucky to have Bev around, who always encourages me, and my friends on HubPages, who always leave me feeling special.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I want to add a word next to the thumbs up, and that is "inspiring". I felt as though you were speaking directly to me in this article. I needed to hear these words. Thank you for always being so encouraging and positive in your articles. We are very lucky to have this community to lift us up in the days that we're a little despondent in our writing, but like you say - it's up to us to put on our "big girl panties" or to "strap on some balls" and just go for it with all we have. Great job! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Writing, I am all for rough drafts...in fact, for many it is necessary...as long as the edit happens at some point. Thank you and thanks for the follow.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Looking forward to it, TT! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Rich! I think you help me every bit as much as I could help you.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      Ya think ya might be able ta help me out, jes ta little?

      Great hub! It's a "back to basics" addition, only with a different topic. Well done, my friend!

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      Karen 5 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

      I've always felt that the emphasis on grammar is optional. You have to have ideas and get them out on paper first. If worrying about grammar gives you writer's block, then you should forget about it at first. After you say what you need to then it's time to edit and get the grammar and mechanics right. Some people can self-edit their work, but more would benefit from a second set of eyes at least, and maybe some professional help too.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thanks, Bill. :) I'll keep writing my 'how to air dry the wind" and 101 uses for a flat tire. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you have told me that often, and have I ever told you that I love you for it? I connected with you on a personal level very early on. I saw something in you that reminded me of me, and from that day I have wanted to know you better as a person. I have enjoyed every minute of our friendship and I look forward to many more such moments. Peace and blessings to you my dear, and hugs coming your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irc, thank you! If it helped then I am grateful and happy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sis! Arrogant? I think most writers, to be successful, have to have a little arrogance...as long as it is healthy and self-motivating in nature. Keep doing what you are doing and people will notice.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, my novel sat for two years until that time when I had a talk with myself (at Bev's urging) and decided it was time to poop or get off the toilet. LOL I have a passion for writing, but larger than that, I have a passion to connect with people on a personal level and share my thoughts about life. Writing gives me that venue, and I will not revert back to the old ways of letting something sit for two years.

      Thank you special lady.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, that is exactly what I am waiting for. Bev often says it only takes one reader to change everything, so I'm waiting for that reader. In the meantime, I'll keep perfecting my craft and enjoying people like you, who make me want to be the best that I can be.

      Sending hugs across the country.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Judi, I have to disagree....I think you are a very good writer. I always love your hubs, especially those about history and the paranormal. Keep doing what you are doing....and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike; fair seas for sure.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you! Check out my hub tomorrow; I do believe you will be mentioned in it. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Patty, and thanks for the share. If you have the passion then the following will come. You obviously love to write; it shows in your writing and your voice. I am proud to be one of your followers.