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Freelance Writing: It Really Is A Job!

Updated on June 28, 2014
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The idea for this Hub came from comments I have received from friends who don’t seem to understand that even though I work from home and even though I write for a living, I really do have a job. Evidently the concept of writing eight hours a day does not qualify as ‘work’ in the minds of some. Hopefully this Hub will clarify that thinking just a bit.

As I was organizing this work in my head I realized that maybe it will serve another purpose, namely to point out to new writers or hope-to-be writers that this is not a profession that can be done in your spare time if you plan on eating during the month and making your house payment.

I believe that is enough of an introduction and my purpose has been reasonably stated so let’s begin.

WRITING IS AN ART FORM

I have always believed that writing is right up there with painting and sculpture and music as an art form of the highest order. To write well means to reach into the hearts and souls of your readers, to elicit emotions from them, to make them recall meaningful moments in their lives that helped shape them. Writing is and will always be a bonding of writer and reader. From early childhood to today, curling up with a good book has always been for me akin to visiting with an old friend. Laughter, tears, anger and joy, no emotion can be restrained when I pick up a good book and begin reading.

As I continue to practice my writing and shape my craft I realize just how difficult it is to be a good writer. It is not enough to think you are a talented writer, nor is it enough to have relatives tell you that you have what it takes. Writing at the level I wish to attain takes years of hard work and practice, a slew of rejection slips from agents and publishers and the support of loved ones when it seems all too much to handle and endure. Name the giants in art, in sculpture, in music, and to a person they will tell you that they labored in relative obscurity for decades before their talent was recognized. In truth, that is how it should be.

WRITING IS A FULL-TIME JOB

Before I take you through a typical writing day for me, let me first explain that writing is a full-time job if your goals are as high as mine. If all you want is some spare money and the freedom to relax for much of the day, then there are freelance jobs out there that will pay you a couple hundred dollars per month and then, in that case, writing is certainly not a full-time job. Having said that, here is a typical day for this freelance writer:

7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. work on my freelance writing jobs and apply for new ones.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. lunch and relaxation with family

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. work on my HubPages; work on current personal writing projects; send query letters to agents and publishers; work on promoting my writing.

Do I do this daily? Yes, most certainly, and for two reasons: one, I consider this my profession and two, I consider this my passion. Working at home as an independent contractor and as a small businessman, it is crucial to establish a routine just as you would if you had a typical job at some place of employment. The temptations are endless when you work by yourself and if you can’t focus on the task at hand maybe writing as a profession is not for you.

WRITING IS NOT FOR THE WEAK OF SPIRIT

There are literally hundreds of thousands of excellent writers in the world, each one with a passion, each one with talent, all with similar dreams. In many ways succeeding in writing is a matter of being in the right place at the right time, catching just the right person at exactly the time they are looking for what you have to offer. The same can be said in any of the arts or for that matter in any professional undertaking. What truly separates one exceptional writer from another? Very little in most instances; there are few Harper Lees or John Steinbecks out there, writers so talented that one query letter and their careers take off like a rocket and fame is assured. That leaves the rest of us, toiling away in obscurity, doing what we can on a daily basis, looking for that one big break, hoping against the odds that lightning will strike and we will succeed.

Of course, that raises the question: what is success? I am sure the answer differs at least minutely for each person and only you can answer what will constitute success for you. Possibly the most important question to be asked and answered is how are you going to handle the lack of success until success does arrive, if in fact it does? I have probably sent out over one hundred query letters to agents and publishers in hopes of getting a book deal; the odds are astronomical of that happening but that has not kept me from religiously sending letters out. After three years of work on my first novel and countless rejections I finally self-published and marketed the book myself. To say the response to the novel was minimal would be overstating by quite a bit. However, I was not willing to throw in the towel then nor am I willing to do it now. What I learned from that endeavor was that I needed to work harder to become a better writer.

My story is not unique; probably the only thing that makes me a bit unique is the fact that I am doing this when I am sixty-three years old; I waited a long time and lived a full life before I started, so I feel the clock working against me at times. My greatest assets are a belief in myself and the support of loved ones; to some that may not seem like a bounty of assets but to me it is all I need.

IS WRITING A PASSION OR A HOBBY?

If writing is nothing more than a hobby for you, like collecting coins or sewing, then I hope you enjoy your hobby to the utmost. If, however, you have a passion for writing as I do, then I hope your passion fuels many years of doing what is necessary to be the best damn writer you can be. Don’t let the naysayers out there tell you that your talent is lacking. Don’t let the lack of funds and seemingly insurmountable odds keep you from pursuing that which you feel in your heart of hearts. Don’t let the rejections and the self-doubt eat away at your dream. Life is too short to give up on that which moves you so deeply.

I wish for you a long life. I wish for satisfaction in your chosen field. I wish for you happiness.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

If you would like to purchase my novel in Kindle format go to:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081A2CWU

Another hub worth reading on this subject:

http://christywrites.hubpages.com/hub/why-freelance-writers-feel-overwhelmed-and-how-to-overcome-the-issue

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silkekarina, thank you so much. There are billions of readers in the world. I certainly can't keep them all happy. :) That would be quite exhausting even trying. I'm happy with my group of dedicated followers and I am pleased to see you here.

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      Jean Valerie Kotzur nee Stoneman 4 years ago from Germany

      At our age (and like you I'm in my sixties) we have been through the mill of life, and because of these years of experience we doubt our abilities. Only the youngsters know everything, if they didn't, they would not occasionally fall on their faces and collect experiences that give them the insight we now have. There are those who will always love your writing, can't get enough of it, and there are those who wouldn't give your writing a second glance. Who cares, there are so many people in our world. I think your writing is of a high quality and always interesting. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Art! This is a tough job for sure. Not for the weak-hearted.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Passion is the most important vibe. I admire your commitment and strength.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Creative, there is no doubt that writing is a business, with all the headaches. Still, I love it!

      Thank you for the visit!

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      Brian Scott 4 years ago from United States

      Writing is a full-time job. Unfortunately, when you make writing a job or a career, it involves many of the other undesirable elements, such as marketing, bookkeeping, and keeping editors and clients happy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, there is, in fact, no way to convince someone of this fact; the only way for them to find out is for them to write full time. Then they will definitely re-arrange their way of thinking.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, writing is a full time job; it is as simple as that. And unless one understands this himself first, making others realize this is not going to happen.

      All points noted, my friend. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Supermom, you are absolutely correct. It takes time to get established and set up networks AND make a name for yourself, but it is all worth it in the end IF you have discipline.

      Thank you for the great comment.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      Excellent hub! Many people don't understand that working from home takes discipline. You have to hustle to make money. You end up spending more time working from home than a 9-5. The perk is that if you use affiliate networks, you can continue to earn years after you write your article. It's a great perk! Voted up and useful. ;)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Vespa! It's been a good break as I mentally needed one dearly.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Well, everyone has days like that as well! Sometimes it's nice to have a little break. I know you'll be back at it as soon as possible. : ) Take care, Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, it's funny you wrote that...today I'm feeling burned out big time and just want to walk away and not write. I'm just worn out mentally and need to discover life away from the computer. Anyway, thank you for your comment; I appreciate you visiting.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Nicely said! I enjoy your writing and admire your determination to stick to a schedule and keep going despite criticism. All writers receive criticism, even the best. So finding joy in our chosen profession is imperative! Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I think I have finally convinced everyone that what I do is a job and I'm not available at any time for their needs. It was a painful process for sure. Thank you my friend; you are appreciated.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Totally can relate to this hub and have had to on more than one occasion explain to family and friends that writing is not just a hobby or past-time for me too. Also, I too love to read and even as a small child loved reading. Nothing beats reading a good book to me. Another awesome hub Billy and am sharing and voting up.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Thank you very much, billybuc! I find Hubpages to be very fun to be part of and it is absolutely amazing to find such interesting subjects on here like this Hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KDuBarry, welcome to HubPages. Six hubs in four days young man; you are well on your way to becoming a HubPages Superstar! Thank you for your comment; you will do well here.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Definitely dedication takes a well evened out place with heart and soul in writing. How can you be a good writer, or a writer at all, if you are not willing to dedicate your time to the art form? Writing is more than just rambling a few words down on a piece of paper or on the computer, it takes a lot of thought and careful analysis to ensure that the writer can reach into the hearts of their audience. Great hub! Voted it up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sushma, making money does not make one a writer as you pointed out so correctly. Heart and soul make a writer...and passion. Best wishes to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Richard, if this isn't a job I'm working awfully hard at a hobby. :) Blessings my friend and best of luck to you.

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      Sushma Webber 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Well written and thanks for pointing out the need for self-discipline when working from home. I consider it as work when you put your heart and soul into it, whether a person makes money or not. Another quote that inspires me is:'The thing that distinguishes an amateur from a professional is that a professional writer writes every day.' All the best in your writing career and may you publish many books.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that's what friends do...or are supposed to do. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You have no idea what help you are to me, Bill! In all ways I need........

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, as always, I love to hear from you. Let me know if I can ever be of help.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      GDR, thank you and congratulations on your achievements so far.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! I'm gonna check it out for sure!

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      GDRshop 5 years ago

      I agree. I am earning close to $1000 a month just by doing this... and in my place that money is a lot

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Uninvited, when I first started out I found all of my jobs at http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-... that helps and thank you.

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great hub. Where do you find most of your freelance writing jobs?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, congratulations and you are to be commended! That is a great accomplishment.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Wow! I am a college student at age 52, so I know how a bit how difficult it was for Dagny's father to go to medical school. I'm only a couple of classes away from my A.A. but have decided to double back for the A.S. in graphic arts, which will complement my writing. I think will work better for the goals I have. In the end, I expect to have both the A.A. and the A.S. instead of the BA in mass communications, though who knows? I may end up with all three! Dangy, part of the reason that I am in school is to be an example to my children and grandchildren. It is working. My 29 year old daughter started college last semester to become a physical therapy assistant.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dagny, that is remarkable about your father. What an accomplishment! Thank you for sharing and for reading my hub; I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      dagny roth 5 years ago from Neverland

      Very uplifting! Thanks for sharing. I don't think you are ever too old to accomplish a dream. My Father taught me this when he decided to go to medical school at the age of 50. He completed and has fulfilled an age long dream.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alifeofdesign, thank you. I love working from home but it is an adjustment after decades of working for someone else at a work site. This is my passion and I will find a way to find balance; I'm already happy so that's a huge bonus. Best of luck to you as well!

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Well written, billybuc. I think it's another example of; "the grass is always greener". Working from home sounds delightful to so many that don't work from home. However, I think all to often the word 'working' is eclipsed by the word 'home'! Working from one's home certainly has it's perks, but like all jobs there are negative aspects as well. Continued success in your writing adventures.

      Best Regards,

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravewarrior, that had me laughing. As a former teacher I had better have some grasp of grammar. I do know what you are talking about, though; I have seen some rather shabby grammar on HubPages and it surprises me a bit. Writing is a craft just like any other and you either take it seriously, which means knowing how to spell a damn word, or you don't. Best of luck getting fired and in your future career.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! One of the best insprirational hubs I've read! Not to mention the fact that your grammar, spelling and composition are impeccable! I've read a few other hubs regarding writing for a living and I'm appalled at the poorly written content, misspellings and misuse of the English language.

      You have offered huge insight to those of us who truly have a passion for writing. I hope to be fired from my day job so I can concentrate on my dream!! (My wish, certainly not the message you've conveyed....)

      I look forward to more of your thoughts and insight.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eolikes, I am honored. Thank you for choosing me first and I hope your stay at HubPages is a joyful one.

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      eolikes 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      excellent post billybuc. This hub is the first one for me which i read on hubpages. Great job. Thanx for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B. Leekley, anyone who can sew at that level deserves the title of artist. I understand what you are going through. The hardest part of writing for me is marketing my own writing. I would love it if someone would just allow me to write and they take over all the nasty business of finding sales. Sigh! Best of luck to you!

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I liked your hub. I'm in a similar position. I'm 69 going on 70. Whiskey Creek Press published my first (and only so far) novel THE SON WHO PAID ATTENTION, a family drama cold case murder story, in 2010. Although feedback has been positive, sales have been low. The publisher has no sales and marketing department, aside from their website and from getting their titles into Amazon and Fictionwise. I am poor and an introvert with no chutzpah. So even though reviewer and reader feedback has been positive, calling it a good read, sales have been low. (The publisher has the e-book on sale this month. Hopefully that will lead to word of mouth marketing by satisfied readers.) You seem to be doing a good job of marketing your self-published novel, like making YouTube videos. I have a book, POWER MARKETING YOUR NOVEL by Joyce Spizer, that has lots of good ideas. I just need to get up the nerve to try the ones I can afford. I hope your novel(s) sell well, because sales mean readers. And as a postscript, sewing can be an art form as well as a craft. My wife's window treatments and crazy quilts are evidence of that.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Consacra, I believe good writers who have a passion for it can make a living, but it is important to realize that it needs to be treated as a job and it is work. If you have the passion you can succeed. Best of luck to you and thank you for commenting.

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      consacra 5 years ago

      Thank you for this useful article. It gave me clearer insights to writing as a job because I was asking myself questions along the line of freelance writing/ copywriting. It definitely takes more than it seems to achieve certain outcome and results. Writing for now is definitely a passion but will I be able to independently maintain a flow of work, something for me to sleep over. =)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shawn, you are so right. Those who sew or crochet or quilt or any of the other manual arts are every bit as talented as other artists in other genres. Thank you for making that point and for reading my hub.

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      Shawn May Scott 5 years ago

      I agree that collecting coins is a hobby and that writing is not only a career, and an art form and for some a hobby. But sewing is an artistc art form as well as writing and should be included as part of the arts. Look at all the amazing clothing designers out there!!!:)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alice, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this and comment. If it helped you then fantastic and best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I thank you brsmom68; truly the biggest problem is telling everyone that you are not always available just because you are working at home. It seems to be a difficult concept for family and friends to grasp. I wish you well on your writing career and thank you for dropping by.

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I too have friends and family in my circle who do not think of my writing as a "real job". I have been a freelancer for two years now, and have made enough to pay some bills. In the beginning I did it when I had a few minutes here and there, but I am to the point now where I work on my writing and my website more regularly. I think the writer also has to have the mindset it is like any other job, where you have regular hours. It is all too easy to be distracted by other household chores. I find that because I work at home, everyone thinks I am available to do what they want me to at any given time. I am getting to the point where I do say NO.

      I congratulate you on being able to follow your passion at this point in your life. Pursuing one's dreams is what makes life worth living. You have my vote. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      xlorna, I really appreciate you saying that and I love that my hubs help people. That's why I write; I doubt I'll ever get rich from it but I sure do get enjoyment out of it. Thank you so much!

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      xlorna 5 years ago from Western, MA

      I love this hub! I don't write full-time, but sometimes I wish I did. I think it will become my full-time career later in life during retirement - because what writer ever truly retires?

      I try to write every day, even if it's on a napkin while I take my lunch at work.

      I love reading your hubs. They are very inspirational and great for those searching for a new life-direction.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jasper, I hope it does the trick and they all come to realize the time and effort it takes to write for a career...best of luck to you and thank you so much for following along

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      jasper420 5 years ago

      Exclent hub! Writing is my one and only job and Im so lucky to be able to do what I love. It really gets to me when people say I don't work because for me writing takes up a lot of energy and time. I wouldn't change what I do for the world! Im so glad you wrote on this topic and you did such a good job putting it together in a way that others will understand Im sharring this with my family and friends!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sinea, it really is a strange occurrence that seems to happen to many of us. I'm not sure why they think that but I know to me it is a labor of love despite what they think. Thank you again for your comments.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Writing truly is a job. It's almost 11pm on a Friday night. I got home from my day-job at 7:30 and now I'm writing. I love it but you are so right...family and friends don't really believe that it's my second job!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      vox - I couldn't agree with you more. I have got some great pointers from people who are much better article writers than I am. What I write is great for entertainment purposes, but I have to write completely differently if I want people to hire me as a content writer/business writer. As such, I have been getting pointers from one of the writers here who is much better than I am.

      Meanwhile, I've run into other people who can't understand that I can enjoy reading one type of writing they do while I am not a fan of everything they write and end up writing me nasty messages about me being a rat. How tiresome!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, it truly is; I have avoided hooking up with a writer's community and I'm not sure I can explain why. Now that I have I feel so lucky to be amongst kindred souls.

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      That's exactly why I love HP so much. If I didn't get the chance to write and participate in an online community such as Hubpages, I would have never met some great people who helped me to grow both as a writer and a person. It's a miracle what this kind of engagement can do for you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, I will see what I can do and I love that example that you just pointed out. Why is it that the people I really enjoy on HubPages live so far away? It will be fun growing together in our writing skills.

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      Constructive cristicism (even if it is negative) can be very helpful if you want to make progress. For example, just a couple of days ago, I started reading a book on web copy that sells and found some interesting facts in the foreword section. The author is Maria Veloso who, prior to working for the Aesop Marketing Corporation, worked as a great copywriter, but for the offline market. Her boss described her position in his firm as a miserable job and felt sorry for her because of her enthusiasm (he knew how hard it was to please him when it came to quality web copying). Her first web copies were great, but not good enough for the online market. In her introduction, Veloso showed great gratitude to this man because his negative critics led her to being who she is today - one of the best web copy professionals out there.

      My point is that I'm very happy to have come across a writer whose writings teach me something just by reading them; I'm grateful for the readiness to follow how I'm doing and complimenting me with a few tips or opinions on improvement. I must repeat, I consider you a great writer and would accept criticism any time :)

      Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, I am not a writer of such fame that I would dare critique your writing. As I said earlier, you write in a different style because of the nature of your subjects that you write about. If someone were to read my SEO articles they would think someone completely different wrote them, that it couldn't possibly be me.

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      Take your time, my dear friend :) My hubs are not going anywhere, and those bill customers can't wait, of course :)

      Thank you...looking forward to your opinions and critiques on my writing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, I look forward to watching you as you work on your writing. I'm going to your site right now and pick out a hub to read. Then I need to bill customers for my business that really isn't a business. :)

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      Hahaha, that home business that isn't really a business has been in existence for more than 20 years and pays all the bills. It has to go on, otherwise we're screwed (pardon my French). I'm not sure whether you'll find something interesting on my profile page(s), but I promise, as soon as I finish the challenge I'm currently participating in, I will significantly edit my existing hubs and add new ones (keeping the writing tips I've learned from you in mind) :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, it is a pleasure to have you following me. I was doing the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge and had no time to follow other hubbers, but now I'm done with that and will check your site out tomorrow. In the meantime, I truly do appreciate your kind words and best of luck with that home business that isn't really a business (wink wink)

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      My husband and I have a home-based business that doesn't have anything to do with writing, and we work 8-10 hours on a daily basis (occasionally less). No free weekends or holidays unless the deadlines allow us (and that's rare). Same here, just because we work from home, people think we are not serious about our job. They should see how much taxes we pay. As for writing, and that's my passion, I'm all the way with you with everything you've said. Beautiful hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bldg, you are welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read this.

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      Bldg an Architect 5 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      crochet48, I wish you well on your projects and you are right, it has to be done. Thank you for following along on my journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robert, best of luck to you as well; you and I have paid our dues; it is about time we go after our passion, don't you think?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angie, it is always nice to hear from a fellow writer with age and wisdom as a resume. :) Thank you for your lovely comments and best of luck to you in your writing.

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      crochet48 5 years ago from Southern New Mexico

      THANK YOU! Like you, I have a passion for writing - it's the reason I get up as early as I do. I am at work on an e-book and a fiction book (two separate projects), and not too many people understand that I am doing what *has* to be done. Congratulations on your nomination!

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      robert curreli 5 years ago from Nutley, NJ

      billybuc, great, inspirational hub. I recently lost my job and I'm giving this writing thing a fulltime go after struggling for years working, raising a family and trying to find time to write. Thanks and the best of luck to you.

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Wow, billybuc ... you certainly have started something here. What a lot of comments!

      I have written stuff from the first time I could actually physically write and have destroyed most of it as usually, on rereading it, I found it pretentious. That has never stopped me from trying again however so I guess it must be meant to be.

      Like you I am now 63 years old and have the leisure time to knuckle down to it though I don't quite have your self-discipline to do the hours you do. Plus I need to garden to grow food and take the occasional wander to soak up the beautiful countryside around my home.

      But this is my thinking time and as such is very necessary to my writing.

      Thank you for sharing your routine with us. (Note to self: must try harder).

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      Alice Knight 5 years ago from North Las Vegas

      This was a great hub. I believe that people out there with their chosen career sometimes aren't happy because that's not what they're really passionate about. What I learned from school was that a career should be something you enjoy doing, like how you would enjoy a hobby. Yet, this hub gave me a great insight that there is a difference between hobby and passion. I too want to expand my writing skills and be the best damn writer I can be, hence my educational goal for an English major. To exceed where I'm at right now, as I learned through this hub, I need to keep building on my craft. Thank you for the this hub. It inspired me a lot.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you! I certainly hope it does. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      Interesting as well Inspring hub. It will certainly help new writers.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then hooray for you, nybride, I am quite happy to hear that. Thank you for dropping by and for the lovely comment...and best of luck to you!

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I liked your hub and agree with what you have written. I started working as a freelance writer on a full-time basis last April. I also work eight hours a day at this and set financial goals to keep myself motivated. I am almost 44 years old, but finally have the career I've always wanted.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wildrosebush, you are very welcome and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Much appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ithabise, you are very welcome. If I have helped you in any way then I am quite pleased. Best of luck to you and you continue your journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah, you are either crazy or wise-like-an owl and I know which one I vote for...congratulations on your decision and your friends and family will just have to get onboard because once you have the passion to write it does not go away. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prairieprincess, I love your online name to begin with and secondly, thank you! I'm glad it touched you in some way and best of luck to you in your writing.

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      wildrosebush 5 years ago from Kissimmee, Florida

      Really good hub. Thank you.

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      Michael S. 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      I appreciate your candor and encouragement. You've helped me see what more I can do to be the kind of writer I wish to be. I trust that you'll get where you're headed and your hard work will pay off. Thank you.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Great hub! I am sharing this on Facebook for all of my friends and family who think I'm either crazy or retired (or both) because I quit my job as a lawyer to write full-time. As my husband will tell them, I'm working longer hours than ever before.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Billy, this was so inspiring to me. It's so good to hear that you are making it as a writer, and how you are doing it. This touched my heart today. Thank you so much. And I am sharing this, too. Blessings!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Colleen, that means a lot to me. Thank you so much for reading and a beautiful comment. I wish you well!

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      Colleenmt 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Beautiful words and so, so true. Incredibly encouraging - voted up and I'm sharing it, too!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gerald, you are very welcome and thank you too.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eyes, that makes two comments by you that I have read this morning that fill me with a glow. I don't know what kind of role model I am but I know you will always read how I feel and it will be written with passion. I owe all of you that much. Thank you...thank you!

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      Geraldnduru 5 years ago from Kenya

      Thanks a lot i will follow your wise counsel

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I agree with tinigenie. We are all blessed to have "met" you here on Hubpages. If you, at 63, can go after your dreams, what is stopping those of us who are not in our 40s? You provide great inspiration for all of us and a great role model we should all emulate. If each of us focused on writing from our heart, sharing our stories with the world, and helping others live their best life, imagination what a movement we could spark in the United States and beyond?! I will definitely be looking for your books BillyBuc.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tinigenie, how nice! You just made my day with that comment. I actually would love to be an inspirational writer but that depends on how much work I do, so we'll see how that goes. Nothing comes free! I greatly appreciate your comments and I wish you well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, that was very nice of you to say. I appreciate your words, your following and your talent.

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      tinigenie 5 years ago from New Jersey

      this is something that I need to read everyday, like my book of affirmations.This is part of my new Hubpages bible! You should be an inspirational writer. You'd be surprised at how many people need uplifting.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Congratulations on your nomination, billy! A long time ago, I was also nominated. While I didn't win, I really felt so honored by the nomination and I am sure that you do too. I have a feeling you are going to win (just look at all those followers!!). Your hard work is paying off.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Val and Curiad, we are in total agreement. Let's just say it is a job of passion and leave it at that. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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

      I so agree Flora, family can be the greatest influence even if it is negative. We must go on with what we have to share and what we know is right no matter!

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      Valerie60 5 years ago

      Great stuff! This hub reflects on my own writing experience. Real interesting, helpful advice to encourage any writer on the edge of transition from freelance writer to author. My outlook has just gotten better and I feel writing is a job as long as you're getting paid to do it, but if you love writing, you'll do it anyway. This hub is presented with much useful information. Voted up & useful.