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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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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

      I love this hub. Okay, if people are reading what you write, and your making a living out of it, then it's a job! Just because "they" don't understand that it, doesn't mean it's not a job certainly. Very good hub! Voted up & interesting.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      billybuc...

      Excellent hub! I find myself in a quandary, however. If it is a fire and passion (as it is) BUT...no one pays you any money for it...am I back to collecting stamps as a hobby?

      You have raised some very important distinctions and shown me that I must really organize my day better.

      Thanks!

      Thomas

      PS...voting UP ans sharing!

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

      ...and most people who have a "real" job, don't enjoy it. If we enjoy it. The when we work from home, then it can't be a job. Personally I write, or think about ideas for writing almost every day. Why? Because I like to. I find it both cathartic, and fun....but it'snot a job...; )

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I can attest to the proposition that writing is really a JOB. Because currently, I do make a living through writing. And you are right, it's very challenging to work on your own while you're still new in the writing process. Since I am a nurse by profession, obviously, I don't have any degree or whatsoever in writing. It was just a hobby to me at one time and became a passion and goal on another. All I can say is, it's a hard but REWARDING job most especially if you get to educate, inspire, and influence greater good to your readers.

      Thank you for sharing all your experiences and triumphs in this hub. More power to you Sir!

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Very useful hub for someone who is new to writing. I thought I'd give it a try to now I seem to be hooked. Thank you for sharing your wisdom of experience. Fortunately and Unfortunately I know what it feels like to have your friends and family think your profession is a joke. I've been a massage therapist for the past decade. At least writing doesn't come with sexual innuendos : ) Thanks again : ) Voted up, useful, and sharing.

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      I am retired and just finished paying taxes on last year's writing. I applaud you for your writing schedule. I could NOT make a living through my freelancing, but I did start the year off right with an unexpected writing assignment from a national media affiliate in New York City. Life experience is so vital to a writer, and it is joy for me to write during my retirement. I do not suffer from Writer's Block because I have no day job and other distractions to answer to. I do not believe in Writer's Block because if you are paid to do the writing, you have to get it done. I do not consider any of my writing assignments as "work" because I want to write. But what I need to do is treat all my writing expenses and mileage as a business for tax purposes. Bookmarked, voted up and everything else.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Interesting thoughts in this hub, echoing lots of mine. I suppose something becomes a job when you depend on the money it can provide. Writing is a hobby and a passion for me; it's a challenge and I find it amazing how hubpages have given me lots more ideas - another hub comes from the first and so on, as well as from comments and thoughts of others. It's a valuable tool in itself. Keep writing and keep enjoying it. I enjoy reading your writing and so do lots of others evidently. Voted up and useful.

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      Dr Sheha 5 years ago

      Very Useful Hub!

      Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      annart...it's only a job because I depend on it for income; other than that it is pure passion...thank you very much for reading and commenting...and for following me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr Sheha...no, thank you. I really appreciate people reading my hubs and taking the time to comment. Best of luck to you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arlene, I appreciate your comment and for following along with me. If there is such a term writing is a job of passion for me, and it sounds the same for you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh I can just imagine the jokes you had to endure; best of luck to you in your writing and I'll be following along watching your journey!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nurse, I do appreciate your words and I agree completely. Thank you, by the way, for being a nurse; I have special admiration for nurses the world over.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The job reference was in answer to those who think we don't work just because we are writing...it is a passion pure and simple and I appreciate you commenting, albertsj

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thought...I went months and months without making any money and there was no way I considered writing a hobby while I was eating NoodleRoni...keep up the dedication and passion and the money will come.

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      billybuc, you are soooooo right! I do have a passion for writing, and unlike the many jobs I've held over the years, writing feeds my soul. I do have workaholic tendencies, though. When I do get a writing assignment, everything else in my life takes 2nd place. Oh, what a feeling! You can work all day and into the night as a writer, and everyone around you thinks you're goofing off the whole time. Ha!

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

      This is an excellent hub billy, you have shown the dedication and passion that it takes to be a writer, and I am sure that many new and aspiring writers will gain from this.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arlene, I had to force myself to go outside on a rare sunny day in Olympia to do garden work; I was working on a writing idea and didn't want to leave it...and I love gardening. Yep, I'm hooked! Thank you for commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Curiad...I appreciate is sir, and thank you for sharing it with others. Best of luck to you in your writing.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Interesting, awesome, and up! Those are your votes for this excellent piece! I'm so happy that you've found such passion for writing. You are dedicated and I hope you sell many, many copies of your book. I intend on buying it(when my money here kicks in)!

      Also, I followed on Facebook and Twitter!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eclectic, I am honored and thank you so much for following along. I happen to think you are a marvelous writer and I look forward to many successes for both of us.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      'Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life' certainly applies to writing. If it pays the bills, that is. Unfortunately, *because* it can be done anywhere, with or without a contract with a publisher, writing for a living is rarely taken seriously as a "real occupation". Even less so *because* most serious writers write at home, leaving them vulnerable to interruptions by friends dropping by unannounced or phone calls from friends or family needing a shoulder to cry on. The solution that works well when I'm on a roll is simply to unplug the land line and turn off the cell, and tack a "Do not disturb!" sign on the front AND back door!

      Great hub! Hope you sell many, many copies of your book. Self-publishing seems to be the way to go these days.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JamaGenee....Welcome to my hub and thank you for your comment. I have experienced the same interruptions that you mentioned and I may have to follow your suggestion and post a "Do not disturb!" sign up. Best of luck to you and thank you for the kind words.

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      sharvey 5 years ago

      I think of myself as a writer even if i've never been paid for a word. It's my calling in life, and it's who I am. Thanks for the hub, loved it!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that...it's your calling in life...go for it with everything that is in you, and thank you for reading and commenting.

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      writing4action 5 years ago

      Good to now you are a freelancer, so am I.

      Look, to make this hub get a higher rank, you must use BOLD in your text, you should break all that text into smaller text capsules, and you should also use maps, polls, rss, etc.

      Cheers.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      writing4action...thanks for the tip and thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Great hub! I found you from a comment you made to someone and was impressed that you complimented the writer on his hub, but yet were honest enough to leave real feedback in a positive way that will only help the writer. I can see that, while you hone your own craft, you also want to help others to attain their dreams as well. Thumbs up on all of that.

      To Sharvey, I think that the first thing a writer has to learn is to call himself one and validate him or herself. Congrats to you, too! It took me too many years to do that.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, that is very nice of you! I have had all the negativity I plan on enduring for one lifetime and I can see no purpose to it when reading the hubs of others. We can all help each other and still be positive...at least that is my hope. I appreciate your comments and good luck with your career!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Very true, Billy. I'm still trying to establish a routine for writing at home, including setting aside time for submissions and seeking freelance work. It's sometimes hard to motivate myself... but it's nice that my wife understands writing is hard work and that it's my job, along with being in school. Congrats on all your success!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      billybuc,

      Thank you for sharing this great information. Very useful for those who are looking for a career in freelance writing. Voted up.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      At this time in my life writing is a "part time" job of passion. I do not make enough to support my family on the little that I make right now. However, I am working toward being able to write full time. I am giving myself five years to accomplish this goal.

      Thanks for sharing your schedule. I believe that it is important to have schedule so that your time does not get wasted away. Otherwise you will end up having nothing to show for your time by the end of the week.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Brilliant hub. You have encouraged me to continue writing and believe in myself.

      I totally agree with you that you have to set a time-table just as if you were going into the office to work, otherwise before you know it another day has past and you have not written anything. I also have a work ethic starting at 8.a.m. to 4.p.m. with a set lunch hour!

      63 is just a number, you're never too old to write and achieve success. In fact your age is a bonus because you have life experiences that you can use and embellish into a work of ark!

      Voted up.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      It never is too late to start writing. You can enjoy the sharing of ideas and produce new hubs hear so easily. Yes, writing is a job! Consistent time for work is essential.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Great hub. All makes sense to me. There´s no better job than doing something you LIKE to do.

      I hope you can earn enough money doing it.

      You certainly have the right attitude.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PDX, I think that hardest part for me is forcing myself to complete my "to do" list each day. A part of me screams to go outside for a walk while the business part of me say I have to stick with it until the list is done. Nice thing about it all, though, is that I love every minute of it. Thank you for dropping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jainismus, you are very welcome and I appreciate you reading and commenting. It is a great life but one that requires discipline, which I am still developing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cardelean, I have no doubt you will accomplish your goal in five years. So much of freelance writing is being in the right place at the right time and it takes determination to keep writing and sending it out there; your time will come no doubt. Thank you for commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      editor, thank you, and I agree with you that 63 is just a number. I am a much better writer today than I once was and it is because of my experiences. I appreciate your comments and good luck to you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      starstream, I love HubPages and the people I have met here have been incredibly generous and helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, we shall see, but even if I don't make much money I am still doing what I love to do, just as I once loved teaching. That's not a bad way to pass the time. Thank you for following along.

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      geoffclarke 5 years ago from Canada

      Great post, billybuc. I love the way this topic resonates with all of us. I imagine most of us started writing on HubPages as a hobby but it's definitely addicitve and is quickly becoming a passion. I don't have the time (yet) or expertise (probably never) that you have but I admire your work and will follow your Hubs. Best of luck, Geoff

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Geoff, thank you very much. I'm not sure about the expertise part of your comment but I do have the time and practice is supposed to make perfect so I'll keep on keeping on! Best of luck to you!

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What a great hub! I admire you for living out your passion and getting paid for it. I'm just starting out but hope to someday be a paid writer. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      savanahl, it just takes persistence and I have no doubt you will be paid if you stick with it and follow your passion. Speak from your heart and you can never go wrong. Thank you for following me!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Well, I would say that writing is paying off for you with two HubNuggets nominations! I believe you are an amazing writer and I love that you started writing. I agree "it is a risk NOT to do it" when you talk about self-publishing and taking the risk to publish and get work out there in front of people versus wanting to sell it to the masses. Great writing will make it to the masses as word of mouth is amazing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eyes, I am smiling as I read your comment. I appreciate your support and your rah-rah spirit and I sure hope you are correct in your assessment. Thank you again! Your comment mean a great deal to me!

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Hi Bill, I feel that the world has missed out on the previous 63 years! You are clear, full of clarity and wisdom. I am glad you have joined the community of career writers finally. Looking forward to more hubs. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are so kind! I am also blushing. :) Thank you so much for your kind words and compliment.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I enjoyed reading your hub billy. I feel your passion for writing and it inspires me. I manage a preschool so I can't write full time hmmmm so this makes it a hobby of sorts. :) But earning extra income from a hobby is worth it!!!

      Have you heard the great news? Your hub has been nominated on the Hubnuggets. Check it out! https://hubpages.com/community/Happy-HubNuggets-Va... Be sure to join and vote okay? Have fun!

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      Maximizer 5 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      First of all congratulations on your nomination, and second of all thank you for writing such an inspiring hub. I've been freelance writing fulltime for almost a year and a half now and I know exactly where you're coming from with other people's reactions to what we do. I had lunch with an old coworker a few weeks ago, and after 10 minutes of explaining everything I was doing his reply was, "So...what do you actually do for work?"

      :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ripple, thank you so much and I had heard the news. It is gratifying to be nominated although in truth I just write because I love it; I never dreamed anyone else would. :) I appreciate your words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maximizer and I'm laughing while I read this. I get the strangest reactions when I tell people what I do; the follow up question is always "what do you write?" followed closely by "you really make money doing that?" I had no idea that people didn't consider writing a career until I started. Anyway, thank you for following and commenting and best of luck with your career.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I knew this was a good one! Congrats on your nomination. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you cardelean, I really appreciate that. Best of luck with your writing.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      That's really great post..Thanks billybuc

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you htodd; it's always nice to see you comment and I appreciate you following along while I ramble on.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Often the biggest hurdle is getting your family to take you seriously. Then there is also the issue of supporting yourself if you live alone. Congratulations.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It can be trying but it is oh so worth it. Thank you for reading and commenting. Writing can be a lonely profession at times and it's nice to hear back from fellow writers.

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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.

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Geraldnduru 5 years ago from Kenya

      Thanks a lot i will follow your wise counsel

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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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gerald, you are very welcome and thank you too.

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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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      wildrosebush 5 years ago from Kissimmee, Florida

      Really good hub. Thank you.

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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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      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

      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

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

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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

      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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      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

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      Bldg an Architect 5 years ago

      Thanks!

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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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      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

      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

      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, 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

      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 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

      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 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

      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, 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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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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      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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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

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

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

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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

      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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      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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      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

      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

      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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      Janine Huldie 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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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      vespawoolf 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      supermom_in_ny 4 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 4 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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      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 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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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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