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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.

Shall we begin?

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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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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi, Bill....I like your suggestions, starting with the declaration of one's self as a writer. I'm also glad that "learn the language" came high on your list. I read a lot of hubs on HP that would be good, perhaps even great, if they weren't littered with grammatical errors that distract the reader from the content. Some writers do not want to believe that grammar (particularly punctuation) really matters, but it does.

      This is a terrific hub and positive reinforcement for the writer who is trying to do the things you described.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      Great tips on how to become better writer, bookmarked this page already thank you for sharing, voted up for useful

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Great tips, Bill. I believe in myself more now!! And I know that writing what I like to write is the "write" way (pardon the pun, I couldn't resist.) Thanks for a great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, thank you! I really am a snob about proper grammar, but more than that, I would like to see people succeed at writing, and I know they never will if they continue to butcher the language.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      greeneryday, thank you so much! I'm glad this hub helped in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I appreciate a good pun as much as anyone....I wouldn't resist that one either. LOL Thank you my dear!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, another wonderful article that yet again I could very much relate to. I was nodding my head and smiling as I was reading. I too went to Catholic school and credit that part of my education for learning proper grammar. I quitte frankly enjoy reading your articles though and look forward to reading them everyday, which further proves your point that you are indeed a writer my friend. Have voted up and shared too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Janine, thank you! Your children must be allowing you to write this morning. :) I really appreciate you Janine. You are one of the rare ones whose personality and inner beauty shines through in your words...nothing phony about you, you are just a good person.

      And I am honored to be your friend.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Some fine points here, Bill. It is true that as hard as we work, we are not all cut out to write or paint or whatever. If we are good writers, it is good to recognize that we must work at our craft in order to be successful. Your writing is always inspirational. Thank you!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Very useful hub for every new writer, thank for sharing the tips.

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      kingmaxler 4 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      You are a delight to read. Thank you for all the advice.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh....I don't know about, "snob."......."Teacher," says it better. Expecting English-speaking adults to have a command of their own native tongue, is not unreasonable......to say the least.

      Thank you for this excellent encouragement. No matter, whether we are writers, bus drivers, dancers or scientists, to always strive to be/do better, is how we become the very BEST we can be. UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janinismus, my pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, thank you! I hope it is inspirational and doesn't sound preachy. I appreciate you taking the time on a Sunday to read and comment.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Oh, dear...my vote was in the minority. I really don't consider myself a writer. I just write for my own enjoyment, but no one would ever pay me for my writing!

      You are a true writer in every sense of the word. Very inspriational Hub here with lots of good advice, Bill

      Mary

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beverly my love, you are very welcome, and thank you for being my number one fan.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, why aren't you out walking along the creek? Get out there girl and enjoy the fading summer.

      Thank you my dear; I think I am a snob, though, when it comes to grammar. I will stop reading someone's hub as soon as I see two grammatical errors.....makes no difference what they are writing....if they want me to spend my time reading it then they should spend time proofreading it. Just sayin' LOL

      Thanks buddy; enjoy your Sunday!

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      DannyHurst 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Very interesting and fun read.

      I have declared myself a writer on my profile on here, despite actually working full time in an office job completely unrelated to writing! I believe in affirmations and if I went round telling other people (as well as myself!) that I was a struggling wannabe writer then that's how I would be seen and more importantly, how I would view myself. If however I tell people I am a writer, as after all I produce regular examples of writing, I believe it's alot more positive for everyone and puts me in the best mindset for success.

      Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Mary, write for whatever reason you want to....just write. You obviously enjoy it and that's really all that matters. Thank you my friend and have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Danny, I agree completely. I have seen people hesitate when telling people that they are writers....or say something like....."well, I kind of write".....what the hell....I am a writer....now it's up to me to prove it. :)

      Thank you!

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and awesome!

      Your articles are always super excellent and this one is no exception. I loved it especially the straight forward language has made a great impact upon me. Your five tips are unmatched . Thanks for sharing and I am taking an opportunity to share and pin it.

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

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

      Seriously Bill, I am jealous of your writing skills, and the way u tend to connect with each one us us! Simply superb :) Someday I wish I can do that.

      A real tribute to all of us, making us realize how special each of us are in our own ways. Time to read it once more , haha :) Take care!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great advice here, billybuc. I really need to improve on the notebook idea, and even keep thinking about it, as one an idea pops in and I do not write it down, then it is gone later on. Ha. I think I need to place one next on my bedside table, as in the middle of the night, an idea comes and then in the morning it is gone again. I, too, have no where finished saying what I have to say, and I am glad you are not finished saying what you have to say either! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shampa, thank you so much for the kind words and the share. I appreciate you as a person!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, it has been my observation that people from India are extremely nice and very supportive. You certainly are! Thank you my friend; you will reach success as a writer; you have everything it takes to be a good one.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, many of my ideas come to me first thing in the morning while I am in bed trying to wake up. I don't know what it is about that time of day, but my mind is most creative and receptive to ideas first thing in the morning. I hope the notebook idea helps you, and I am glad you have much still to say. Thank you my friend.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the advice and the encouragement, Bill. I appreciate the information. I carry a notebook around with me as you do, and I always have a pen and paper by my bed. New ideas can appear at any time, but they're so easy to forget if I don't write them down immediately.

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      Sreejith k 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Thank you very much billybuc for giving such useful information about writing .

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      Super useful information. I agree that bad grammar is a huge turn off. It really makes you lose credibility. I'm ashamed when I catch it in my writing.

      I also like your idea about writing down ideas. I know that I get really great ideas sometimes and 5 minutes later they're gone. The other thing I like that you mention is to believe in yourself. Who knows where the next great idea will come from or the next great novel? It can be someone that simply thinks "nobody will ever read this," or "I'm not really that good of a writer." Your picture with the words underneath is inspiring. You aren't afraid to put yourself out there and you radiate confidence. Not just here but in all of your work. It's truly inspiring.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Wow, Bill! You're rockin' these evergreen topics! :D What a fabulous hub! I blushed when I saw a link to one of my hubs up there. I mean, you're like Iconic or something...:)

      That being said, I'm slowly defining myself as more of a writer. In fact, I'm doing some personal re-evaluating and I feel like I need to define myself more as a writer/photographer and less as an artist. It's because it feels so comfortable to be a writer! It's a great feeling. :)

      Thanks for sharing this. Cheers!

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      I am taking a minute of yours to inform you that I have linked this article with one of my hub, titled Search for an inspiration.... Take care!

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      Katheryn 4 years ago from United States

      Billy...I love this hub. You hit every point right on and the need to keep at it and continue to learn and improve. Thanks for sharing information that helps so many of us here at HP! Voted up and awesome :)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      There you go Billy. Can't walk away for an hour... and then come back to see you with a new isntallment. This is the best advice you have given to new writers like us; myself included. For some, there is no limit to the imagination and we cannot keep up. Sometimes we just walk away from the screen and then come back with more ideas. I'm glad, so glad to have you with us Billy. Where the heck is my buddy Josh?

      P.S. I was a catholic kid as well: splash baptized, first communion and confirmation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia; I think most people would find it helpful if they did the same thing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sujithbeta, you are very welcome, and thank you for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nmdonders, I credit my parents with the confidence thing. They raised me to believe in my abilities. I still have self-doubts....my novel sat for two years before I finally believed in it enough to publish it. That sort of thing happens to all of us. Thank you my friend and best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi my dear, you are welcome. I was searching for a related hub and then it dawned on me, all of those grammar hubs you had written. It was a natural fit. You are a writer...never forget it....and you are a good writer....never forget it.

      Thanks lil' Sis!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shampa, thank you! I will do the same.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Bill, thanks for the motivation on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, and for reminding me why I do this:

      "You have no boss! You have no back-stabbing co-workers who will do anything to climb over your corporate corpse!"

      Yeah! Woot! Woot! Woot! :-)

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      This is a great hub and very useful tips.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Well my friend.. I love to write I will never be great but i do love it.. I love your hubs because they make me think and challenge me.. I work at it and I love it.. but will I be great?, lol, I doubt but I still love it. You are so awesome and be blessed

      Debbie

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bill when I learned how to write I was very young, my current deficiency in writing has nothing at all to do with writing, its these darn keyboards, and online modules (Text Capsules) that screw up my wording all the time Haha! excuses excuses more haha.

      I know what I want to type and place down, the words at times get jumbled, but I never look up for air though, you know I write like a crazy person on someone who's writing on crack or something :) & that's because I want to make errors, I guess.

      I hate perfection, and I actually am always looking for smarter ways to correct myself though by being imperfect on purpose (The Self refinement process), as well as for people to find fault in what I am doing, this is how my universe works (Use of the Yin-Ying Technique), I absorb both positive and negative feedback, as you've noticed today in one of my hot off the digi press hubs I just released.

      I refuse to look back bro, I love your take on the whole writing process your jokes here are classic, and the similes are super funny as well.

      I must say that your firm grip on being a writer is somewhat like that of my own today, I just recently decided to start up the writers furnace again, I been in the Navy for 10 years, and did absolutely no writing there, I was a tech, I was fixing electrical circuits and all back then. So now I'm a full time freelance writer, go figure, what a transition, right!

      Your writing in this hub is so inspiring, I need to probably go back to grade school do to it, with the grammar aspect, and for that matter I will never be a master with my words or that of the English language, unless I do so. Hah!!!!

      Until such a time I will digress on trying to be that which I am not, and will resort to playing my role outside of that good ole millionaire status writers fraternity you spoke of, and remain where I fit in with the non conformist, and freaks of nature in the writing world, LOL. This is my objective besides trying to inspire others with my below average substandard writing techniques...... I love you hubs man they are the best by far, they are truthful, they are relevant, and they are heavy loaded and packed with that writers stuff that gifted writers truly have.

      Just like Michael Jordan, not everyone who plays ball will be able to take flight as beautifully as he has, he was truly gifted with his Airness, but we can always try to dream of being like Mike!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for another great article.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome Job!!! These tips as with all of your hubs are inspirational and motivational!!!

      I write because I love to write...still trying to find my niche. Not sure if I am a great writer or not that is for readers to decide, but I am very fortunate to read Awesome Writers like you here on HubPages!!!

      Voted Up, Awesome, Useful, Interesting, and Shared!!! Thank-you for sharing your words of wisdom!!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Love love love the notebook. If I lost mine I wouldn't know what to do. Also enjoyed the hub. I've never considered myself a writer. I just enjoy doing it and right now I have things to say. Who knows if I will a few years down the line, but I'm having fun now.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      All thumbs up, fair winds and following seas shipmate, your ship is off to sail here for sure, and that bottle of champagne has been broken on it as well.

      Sharing has been fully activated!!! Sir Bill.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      I suppose I need to bite the bullet and stop being "someone who writes stuff" to "a writer". May take a while. I'm not good at self-belief. Encouraging article though, thanks very much :)

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great article, Bill. I, too, have my own horror stories about the Catholic school system, but the nuns were sticklers for grammer and it serves me well. Like you, I believe writing is an art form and, like everything else, is not something simply learned, but a gift. The vastly competitive field of writing means having the ability to say what's already been said in a new way. I am not good at self-promoting. It goes against my grain. I've always subscribed to the idea that art is a treasure worth digging for. Yet, I do agree with you regarding the importance of marketing in today's fast pace and abundant noise. I'm still holding out for a miracle from cyberspace, because it only takes one reader that finds distinct value in something written to change a writer's life. I feel rich already in the visits I receive from fellow writers like you, my talented, industrious friend.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Bill, this hub is inspiring and scary at the same time. It sirs within the idea of either "Get busy living, or get busy dying." (From Shawshank Redemption.) In other words, get busy writing, or get busy doing something else.

      Who am I? An artist? A writer? Can I possibly be a writer? Yes, I can create with words. But saying that and meaning it in the fiber of my bones is going to need some nurture and care as I "Get busy living," with writing.

      I have a book that needs to be written. I need to stop the daunting excuses and plow my way through.

      I will come back to this hub, because it stirs me in the right way to move.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Most excellent advice, Bill! I agree with every bit of these tips. I think I have a couple of these down (the believe in myself - am I arrogant enough yet? heheh), but the marketing thing could use some work. Will be sharing this. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, it is my pleasure! What is your real name if I may ask? Calling you Travel just isn't working for me. LOL

      Thank you my dear; have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Joseph....thanks buddy! Josh was suffering from burn out and said he was going to take some time off....these kids nowadays....can't take the hectic pace of a writer. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, it's a good life. You are a very good writer and you will only get better. What is cool is that I get to watch you as you grow. :) Thank you my friend; enjoy your sleepy Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Sweetie; thank you for the visit and I appreciate you commenting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, you are awesome as well and we both love what we do....that is the gift that keeps on giving.

      Peace and blessings to you my dear.

      bill

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      A great motivational hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I think you and I gravitated towards each other because we were both born to help others. Is there a higher calling in life? I think not! I hang with the winners and you, my friend, are a winner.

      Your writing style fits you perfectly and I hope you never change. One's writing voice is so important, even more important than being technically correct in word usage. You have that voice...sincerity will always win out in my book.

      Keep doing what you are doing and I'll keep following faithfully.

      bill

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Hi Bill :), I agree with all you say. This hub gets me very motivated and I really want to start writing in Swedish, but I'm not sure where or what to write. I'm dreaming of writing a book some day, but I'm not prepared to quit my job to start writing. People would think I was crazy and I'm afraid I would feel too much pressure and I never would get started. I know I'm not good enough to express myself in English to become a great writer. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome hub filled with great tips! Bill, did I ever tell you that you are a the most wonderful and supportive person on HubPages!? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay, you are very welcome, and thank you for another visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 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.

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      Bill Holland 4 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 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike; fair seas for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Terrye Toombs 4 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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      Karen 4 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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      Rich 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Looking forward to it, TT! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Melanie Chisnall 4 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 4 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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      Madeleine Salin 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Finland

      Thank you.

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      Mike Pugh 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I gratefully accept the award. Thanks buddy!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 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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      Mark G Weller 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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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      melbelle 4 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 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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      jm72writes 4 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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      Ryem 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Ruchira 4 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 4 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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 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 4 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 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you a second time Rajan!

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      alocsin 4 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 4 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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      Nithya Venkat 4 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 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 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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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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

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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 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 4 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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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Dr Pooja 4 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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 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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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      I appreciate your hub...nice one!

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      Tara Carbery 4 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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      Rhett Wilder 4 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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      Healthy Life 4 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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      Movie Master 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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      Mary Craig 4 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 4 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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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carozy; much-appreciated.

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      chrisinhawaii 4 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 4 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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      Alecia Murphy 4 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 4 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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      Gianandrea Maoli 4 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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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 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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      Dianna Mendez 4 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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      Umer Farooq 4 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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      Tammy 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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      Nicole A. Winter 4 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 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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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 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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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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      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

      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

      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, 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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