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Helping Writers To Spread Their Wings and Fly

Updated on August 15, 2013

Rambling Thoughts

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'

Brian Tracy

No, the title of this article is not meant to describe HubPages, or Squidoo, or any other nonsensical “write for passive income” site. Having witnessed the changes that have occurred at HubPages over the past eighteen months, I am convinced that helping writers to improve their craft is far down the line of priorities for the staff of HubPages. They are in the marketplace to make money, and they make money through advertising and by teaching their writers to become advanced search engine technicians.

So what does the title refer to? Well, that happens to be my tagline, and it appears at the end of every piece of writing that I do.

Why you might ask?

Two reasons: one, it is a form of name recognition and a marketing tool, and two, it is what I consider to be my responsibility.

The first reason is unimportant as it pertains to this article. The second is the whole ball of wax.

Despite my disagreements with HubPages I am a satisfied Hubber
Despite my disagreements with HubPages I am a satisfied Hubber

Ouch That Hurts

Let me see a show of hands….how many of you have experienced rejection during your writing days? Either you have received an actual rejection notice from an editor or publisher, or you have lost in a writing contest, or your family thinks it is ridiculous that you spend long hours writing, or…or….or

So let’s see, how many hands are up? That’s what I thought….almost all of you have experienced the pain of being pushed aside as insignificant and ignored in the writing world, and make no mistake about it, it is painful.

How could it not be? You sweat and labor over a piece of work that you think is important and well-written. Hours, days, weeks and months have gone into that manuscript, and countless re-writes, and upon submission it is greeted with a resounding chorus of yawns.

Or maybe you aren’t receiving the support at home you think you deserve and yes, you do deserve it.

Or maybe you are just starting out and you just need a little encouragement, but so far in your life “encouragement” is just a word found in the dictionary between “emptiness” and “ennui.”

The fact is that writing is a lonely gig, whether it be a hobby or a job. Often times, the only companion during hours of writing is your own mind and that, my friends, is a frightening thought……so……wouldn’t it be lovely, wouldn’t it be swell, wouldn’t it just be the cat’s meow, if writers made an effort to give encouragement to each other on a regular basis?

A Shocking Statement

I love HubPages! Yes, I know, I have been, at times, a bit critical of their business, but that’s because I want HubPages to be all that it can be, and they are falling far short of my hope for them….and judging from the number of quality and experienced veteran writers who are leaving HP, it appears I am not alone in that summation.

But I love the community of HubPages. To me, HP is not the staff, or the templates, or the “easy to use” guidelines or SEO or any of that nonsense….no, HubPages is the collection of wonderful writers and friends I have come to know over the past eighteen months.

So, if HP is really a living, breathing entity comprised of muscles, organs and bones just like me, then I need to treat it as I would any other human being, with respect, compassion, empathy and love.

And therein lies the problem and the purpose of this article.

A Difference of Opinion

I believe a writer’s site should be a place where writers support each other, and by and large I have found the community of HubPages, and I’m speaking about the writers now, to be very supportive. However, there are some who feel that their viewpoints about the topic of the article are more important than supporting writers through words of encouragement, and I think they are missing the whole point.

There are those who simply write, dump their writings on the site, and never visit the sites of others and yes, I think they, too, are missing the point.

There are those who might read other articles but never leave positive or constructive comments and yes, I think they are missing the point too.

My goals at HP have always been twofold. One, I wanted a platform that allows me to write and improve my craft. Two, I wanted to be a part of a supportive community, and being a part of that community means I do as much as I can to help other writers….help them to spread their wings and fly.

This Is Not a Competition

I know there are some who feel that by helping another writer they are hurting their chances of being published, and I think that is nonsense. The sheer numbers support my opinion. There are seven billion people on this planet and probably only a few million writers. The market is big enough to give us all a chance at success. How petty it would be of me to think that by helping Suzie or Connie or Sha or Mike that I am hurting my chances in the writing game.

A few months ago I started a movement called Humanity One World. Our mission is to change this world one person at a time, and our belief is that every single person is capable of making a difference in this world. That is true in my personal life and it is certainly true in my professional life as a writer. If a word of encouragement is enough to help a writer to move forward through their doubts and insecurities, then I am making a difference. If a positive comment from me gives a boost that was needed to succeed, then I am making a difference.

I want you all to succeed, and if I can help you in gaining that success then I say FANTASTIC! I am not threatened by your success but rather encouraged by it. Your success becomes my success, and because you are my friends I feel great satisfaction and happiness knowing I had a small part in helping you to achieve that success.

Why is that so hard to understand?

Sure You Are Busy but so What?

Seriously, are you so busy that you cannot take a few minutes to encourage another human being? If so I find that remarkable, and not in a good way.

Wherever there is a writer who is struggling, it is my responsibility to help if at all possible. That is what I believe and that is what I will do.

Random musings from one writer to another.

Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.

If you need me, I’ll be around, willing and able, and I know a lot of good people, my friends at HubPages, who will join me in that pledge.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Excellent hub! I try to encourage new writers as well, because it can be really hard to not take rejection personally, especially at first. I write for magazines and several clients now, and I think that has toughened me up a lot to criticism and rejection. I don't take it personally and look at it more as a challenge to grow as a writer. I also know support and encouragement go a long way. I can do better in this department of course too. Voted - Sharing.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      whoa, Nellie! Am i the first one here? Helllooooo? I better get this comment in quick, me thinks! I love hubpages too, Bill, and for the same reasons as you - i adore the community - not the ptb! I am one of those that left and it's interesting that you use 18 months as hubpages decline - as - i believe i've been here almost exactly that amount of time!

      I was lucky - i found great encouragement in the form of a mentor i've never met. He's stuck by me now during 4 months of writing, and - finally - it's coming to a close.

      Have a wonderful day, Bill. Know that you help so many people !!

      sharing

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christin, anyone who has written for magazines understands about rejection, so thanks for giving your thoughts on that....and yes, supporting the newcomer is so very important in this business. Many of them quit before the miracle happens and I find that sad. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I have very little respect for the HP staff and management....but God I love you guys. LOL They will have to carry me out of here kicking and screaming. :) Thanks Sis!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, you make a world of difference here on HubPages. You write for writers and I personally have learned much from you. I love your attitude of commitment to your purpose here -- "Helping Writers . . . " One writer I follow keeps writing, follows a few, apparently getting no reads; I suggested following more people to get more reads; the person responds (paraphrased), "Can't find people I want to follow." I laughed. Love you, Bill. You're the real deal.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I wouldn't expect anything less from you Bill and seriously so glad we are friends. Wonderful article and thoughts here. Thanks for always being true to who you are. Have a wonderful day now my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, that is classic...can't find people I want to follow"....that is funny and sad at the same time.

      Thank you for your kindness and loyal following. I greatly appreciate you my Saint Kitts friend.

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Yes, yes, yes, and yes! Ah, but luckily I have tough skin. Great piece Bill. Though still fairly new to HP, I already find myself becoming frustrated with them, but what keeps me going is the friends that I have made here. And as much as I would like to jump on the band wagon with the naysayers, I have to admit that I have learned a lot about my writing and myself as a writer since joining. I will probably move on sometime in the future, but I would like to be able to remember my experience at HP as a place where I blossomed and made friends.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine and you know I feel the same way about you. From the first time I read one of your charm articles I loved your attitude about life and your natural writing voice. Nothing has changed since then. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne my friend, I look back on my earliest works at HP and I laugh, so I know I have grown as a writer here....and I have so many friends and kindred spirits that I don't have enough time in the day to give them the attention they deserve.....so yes, I love HP for that reason. :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, encouragement, support, sharing knowledge, advice and honest critiques are the only way to better the craft of writing - any craft for that matter! Is there anything that we know or do that didn't get perfected through guidance and support? Would we be adept at speaking? Would we know how to cook or tie our shoes or make the bed?

      I understand the changes HP is making. They are trying to get writers to follow SEO practices because that is the driving force to making an online passive income. It's just a fact of online writing life. Before we publish the great novel many of us have in our heads we need to pay the bills and that means, in today's world, knowing how to gain a presence on the Internet. After all, you don't get to high school without first mastering grades 1 through 8.

      I learned something a little disturbing yesterday as I was going thru HP FAQs. Our hubs are not only rated by HP staff, but by those who have an Amazon Mechanical Turk account (which I do). You have to pass a screening test with HP but if you do, you can work HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) where you rate hubs and get paid for it. However, the MTurk rater has to be close to the same ratings provided by HP. HPs FAQs on this says they want to see how close readers' ratings compare to theirs. This may explain why our hubs are going from featured to non-featured at a discouraging rate. I really wasn't very happy to learn this. I'm finding more and more of my previously featured hubs going down the HP crapper. What's odd, is in the past two months I've made more money here than ever before. Go figure!

      Another thing I want to bring up is I notice hubbers are no longer using the vote buttons above our hubs. I always hit the thumbs up button and any others that apply. I know I look for that on my hubs so I offer further encouragement to my fellow hubbers by taking my comments a step further and build accolades for them.

      Bottom line is, we need to support each other every way we can. We need to learn from each other. We all have creative experiences we can share to help us move closer to living our dreams as writers. I thank God for people like you. You are always there for me, even if I call on you for personal reasons. I love you for that!

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      Marilyn L Davis 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you once again. Two points in your article need repeating:

      "Seriously, are you so busy that you cannot take a few minutes to encourage another human being? If so I find that remarkable, and not in a good way."

      "There are those who might read other articles but never leave positive or constructive comments and yes, I think they are missing the point too."

      Although I wrote an award winning recovery curriculum over a 20 year period, writing for Hub is new- approximately 8 months. While I am comfortable with the topic of most of my article, since the audience is new, it is beneficial to get feedback.

      In checking stats, many of the readers do not leave feedback and I do find that discouraging and leaves me wondering what and how to improve the articles.

      I also think from comments, forums, and question/answer discussions that many of the changes to the articles are not necessarily about improving our writing per say, but about improving how easily it can be categorized and searched.

      Call me old fashioned, a throw back to a different time, or whatever buzz word would be Google favored, I love words, value the meanings of them, and frankly like to use a variety of them, rather than the SEO rich pitch that is seeming what "writing" can be today.

      With this post, I will cancel my therapy appointment and say I've processed it and ranted with billybuc.

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      mactavers 3 years ago

      Great Hub. Spot on of what writing should be about. Since I write mostly about Arizona history, and collecting antique and collectible items, I know my "market" for readers is more limited than most. While I have managed to have three books published and I contribute to several small specialty magazines, if I count my time researching, writing and re-writing, I doubt I've made more than $.10 an hour. Money aside, I can't think of anything else I do that is as much fun. Getting a positive comment on Hub Pages, or a comment offering constructive ways to improve the article makes my day.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      This is the thing. I suppose we cannot fault the mentality because helping does take precious writing time away. Yet, community building is necessary for writing!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great writing here, off-course many writers what to know what is in it for them, rather than help and succeed together in the writing field. I on the other hand would help another writer go forward than be thinking of what I can get out of it. Brilliantly put together on helping writers improve.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      I could not agree more with you on the support, encouragement and help that the community offers on HP. I have been here now about 14 months and looking back it has been some journey. I would not be here now if it were not for many great writers here who I am proud to call friends. It saddens me however to see so many talented "friends" leave but I totally understand why.

      Being on the AP has been beneficial to my writing and financially but certain rules of HP's own making and stipulated in the learning center were not adhered to and for that I lost respect big time . I was fortunate to have the incredible Simone as my mentor and for that I will always be grateful.

      I have developed I believe through the help and guidance from people like you Bill, I know you don't take praise well but my tagline came about as you know because YOU suggested it, emailed me personally, gave me "homework" and so it happened.

      Do not be under illusion my friend how powerful you are at helping us "spread our wings to fly", I am one such bird that is soaring with gratitude to you and every other writer here who has taken time to read, comment, suggest, link, share, pin and be supportive of what I write.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, honestly I don't know what all that Amazon stuff means, and no offense darlin' but I don't care. I was never on HP to make money. I had no illusions that they would pay me well....I'm just here for the community of great people like you and to support others.....sheez, a guy could go crazy trying to make Google happy, and quite frankly I have my hands full keeping Bev happy. LOL

      I'll always support you; that's what friends are for. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MDavis, thank you for sharing your experience. I have been pretty lucky here regarding comments....I get a ton of comment for every hub I write, but then I spent a great amount of time early one commenting on other hubs, so maybe that's the reason....I do know I have a lot of loyal supporters who are here every single day. Having said all that, I can't imagine being on this site and just writing and not becoming a part of the community....seems rather hollow to me. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, you are much kinder than I am. I can and do fault the mentality. I think writers need to support each other in any way possible. :) Like you support me and I support you....it just makes good sense on so many levels.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I agree that the writing community here is awesome and that's why, even though I haven't published anything here in months, I continue to visit almost every day to read and comment on others' work. Hubpages has been a great place to practice my craft and develop a network of supportive writing friends (and that includes you, Bill - I am so grateful for all the support you have shown me over the last many months). I never expected to make money here but writing here has helped open other doors for me, so I always will have a special place in my heart for my first writing home. And when I get 50 bucks every few months, well, that's just a nice little bonus. : )

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mactavers, thanks for that. I love the comments I get; it keeps me in touch with people who have actually become my friends, and it is my favorite part of HP.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I really see a lot of that selfish behavior on Facebook....everyone out for themselves, and I'm sick of it. Writers should help other writers...period!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      writing for passive income..I had to chuckle at that. I do wonder if anyone makes any money here.. How many views do you need to rake in a few bucks. Though I don't write much here currently I do try to still comment on my favorite and supportive writers. I am currently trying to market the new blog.that is a challenge. The community at Hub is the best...and I would never give that up. However since curtailing writing here my views have doubled as I mentioned before...GO figure. Love your words and will send this around..Thanks Bill as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, and that is why I do it and that is what makes me smile during the writing day....and I think so many out there are missing that joy, of being a part of someone else's success, and if they only knew the high I get from it.....what a rush my Irish friend.

      You are a treasure. Leave the light on for us; Bev and I will visit one of these days.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I've always sought to encourage writers in our HP community because it's definitely a more interesting way to talk to myself as well. A sensitive writer is very much in tune with PIPO, and I find that sharing the love enhances my own well-being. And the stuff has an interesting way of compounding and spreading like the view of grass rapidly covering the earth via time lapse photography.

      Thank you for being the Johnny Appleseed of literary goodwill here on HP, Bill. You keep spreading the love, and all of us who love you back in turn are spreading that sunshine to others. It's definitely above being hokey--it's a reality that's phenomenal in scope and follow-through.

      Aloha, my friend! I'm happy to be along for this wonderful ride!

      ~Joe

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      For the vast majority of people on HP, it would be far better for them to focus their energies on a personal blog or blogs (in my ever-so-humble opinion). I've told you before (while you graciously "listened" patiently) that my blogs get many, many, many more clicks and generates way more income than my hubs, and I have more content on here than on my two sites combined. To me, that's fishy. Writers are here to gain exposure for their work while generating some cash, but most would be better off on their own.

      Having said that, I wouldn't trade my time here for anything. You have become one of my dearest friends, so all of the wheel-spinning was worth it. (You, too, Joe--I know you're reading this)!

      All that to say: if you're not here for the community aspect of HP, then you're most likely wasting your time. No one's got your back but other writers.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      Yes, I just love spreading HubLove no matter how busy I get, for it is the loving people here on HP that makes it such as special place to interact and read wonderful writes, like you and your inspiring writes no doubt!

      I am off from work this day until Tuesday, as hubby is having out-patient knee surgery and I am in the waiting room and making use of the waiting time here on HP!

      Have a lovely day in spreading your wings in helping others to fly.

      Hugs and blessings always, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      This is so encouraging. I don't want you to think that I am praising you, but I am...you are more than wonderful. You are so easy to be loved and followed. In the middle of so much disappointment you are giving us light to walk out of it. Thanks, from a deep spot in my heart. HubPages ought to read all your hubs for success.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      We write because we write. We stay because of the community! I see many who are disgruntled but I still belicve in this community. I look forward to reading hubs and, selfishly, I look forward to my compatriots comments on my own. This is a great community but for the founders it is a business. Like any business, they need to find and nurture what makes the profits grow while we can look for and nurture what makes our spirits grow.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Randi, that was perfectly stated. Why didn't I say it so eloquently? Thank you and obviously I agree.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are such a sweetheart. Thank you so much and I feel the same way about you and so many other friends here on HP....again, thank you.

      Here is a warm hug of friendship and blessings coming your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, you know I agree with everything you said. Writers would be much better off monetizing their blogs, but then there is the fun of meeting people like you, and I gotta tell you, you are special to me. If you don't move your damn butt out to Washington I will be sorely disappointed. :) Love you Lizzy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I saw the fallacy in the passive income scam a long time ago. I'm just here to be a part of the community and that's it. How many views does it take? I make about $70 every two months, and you know how many hubs and views I have had. That should answer that question. :) Thanks my loyal friend, and I do consider you a friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are a sweetheart, and I love your attitude, and I love reading about your adventures in Iowa on Facebook, and, well, I just love having you and others as friends.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, my friend, you are always the utmost of eloquence! Thank you!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you have indeed helped me, and not just with your tips and writing wisdom. Those have been most gratefully received, but I want to thank you for always reminding us that everyone has a voice--and to use it well.

      It is so easy to give a pat on the back, but so hard to receive a kick in the shins. Believe me, I'm a lot more motivated by receiving a pat rather than a kick!

      Have a wonderfully restful upcoming weekend, my friend ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aloha Joe....your similes and metaphors are classic...time lapsed photos of grass? Where do you come up with this stuff? I love it.

      Gotta run; customers are telling me I'm late. LOL

      Thank you my friend and I hope you got some of this cooler weather that has settled upon us here on the west side.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Randi! Thanks for checking back.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, you had me smiling with that comment...I try to avoid those kicks in the shin myself.

      If I have helped you, Connie, then I am happy. Thank you so much.

      Enjoy your afternoon my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I hope the surgery goes well for your husband, and I'm glad you get a little time off for yourself. Thanks for stopping by while in the waiting room. You are always appreciated.

      love and blessings coming your way

      bill

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I visited your blog recently, it is motivating and inspiring, no less than we've come to expect from the "motivator". It's good to know that you're there doing what you do so well, "helping writers to spread their wings and fly" now that I know the way, I'll be dropping round for coffee, so keep it warm. Awesome as always.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, you always write outstanding articles and support writers

      at every chance. I don't know how you find the time to write

      a super article every day, and then respond to those who write a comment. I sometimes think you accomplish your tasks at

      super human speed.

      I look forward to your writings and appreciate you for being a mentor to any and all of us who are spreading our wings as writers.

      I have not published anything on Hub in months.

      It is hard to grasp the idea that a piece of work that was good enough to be a "featured" piece has move down their grading scale to the half moon status. When any of my hubs drop below the half moon, I remove them from my list of works.

      A piece that I was happy and proud of, suddenly becomes a

      piece that is classified so poorly that I become embarrassed

      to keep it among my works. Something is just not right about that.

      I have looked at other writing sites, and I read good and bad reviews. Generally, these sites operate to make money and

      run much like HP. The sites that I have checked out, seen to all have a "catch" of some sort. It makes me quite leery to jump

      on board.

      I do wish there were a site where writers could share and make comments and enjoy the fellowship of other writers who write poetry, short stories, informational articles or potential books length writings without having someone like HP continually encouraging a product affiliation.

      I confess that I do not understand how computer sites work.

      Does it cost to have a site? Is there any computer site where we can share and comment and encourage one another without the hounds like HP evaluators nipping at our heels,

      wanting us to promote sales of a product?

      Bill, I am going to check out your "Artistry With Words" more

      thoroughly. It may be just the place to call "home".

      Again, thank you, Bill, for being a caring, supportive friend.

      We need a world full of Bill Hollands!

      DJ.

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      catmalone 3 years ago

      Very inspiring hub! Every time I read one of your articles I always feel encouraged being all I can be as a writer. You are so right; we all need encouragement from one another to help us spread our wings. Thank you for the wonderful information.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      All one has to do is look at the comments added to all your hubs to know that you are living up to your tagline. I can't imagine anyone would be threatened by another writers success, that is very sad. And they are missing out! I agree this is a wonderful community and it is because of writers like yourself.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, the coffee, or a cup a'tea, will be waiting for your arrival. You are always appreciated my dear friend. Thank you, and blessings coming your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ...Wow! First, thank you so much. You and others like you keep me going. Am I driven? You bet your butt I am. I only have a limited amount of time left in this life and I have a ton still left to say and do, so yes I am driven to write at "superhuman speed." LOL

      As for another writer's site, I haven't found it if it is out there. I think it is a shame what HP is doing to their site; they have taken the fun out of writing for many writers like you. I'm just too damn stubborn to let them affect me or my writing. You are welcome on my blog any old day. I'll always be waiting for you there and I'll even treat you to a cup of coffee. You bring the cookies and we're all set. :)

      Thank you for your continued support. I hope you start writing again soon my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, if I inspire you then I have done the job I set out to do. Thank you for your kind words and best wishes to you.

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      Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Having been with hubpages for over 4 years now I am saddened by the downward spiral of enjoyment of belonging here. I'm hanging in but it doesn't seem to be getting better. I enjoyed your altruistic hub. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I agree with your assessment of HP...they have taken the fun out of posting an article and I find that very sad. Thanks for giving your perspective on it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Melissa! I'm just doing what I was raised to do...give back to others. I receive a great deal from this community and I love friends like you who support me and encourage me. Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I agree that Hp is not the staff (although they try to rule, lol) but friends writing and sharing and holding each other up and of course you are high on that list. That being said have you heard about bubblews? lol Just wondered about your thoughts on that.

      We are remodeling and I know I am late showing up if at all so please forgive me. I would much rather be here than the painful jobs I am doing, believe me!

      Up and sharing.

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Very thoughtful of you billybuck. It is always good to read about people who cares. :-)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Peek-a-boo, Bro.....Bless your heart! At least you are able to "laugh" when you look back at some of your earliest works here. I looked back recently and that visit, resulted in "UNpublishing." Oh YUK! Why didn't you tell me how AWFUL they were? (and maybe some still need the AXE!) I haven't been brave enough to return.

      Oh well.....Thank HEAVEN for my "free-style" attitude..on life, in general. When I'm happy, sad, glad, mad, proud, antsy......I write. I do not need to explain to a single other WRITER, why I write. We ALL know why, as well as we know we're LIVING. When I want to learn, relax, laugh, cry or question....I read.

      It's the WORD....we worship. The almighty, all powerful "WORD." We are word junkies.....writing addicts. We are free, crazy, liberated, lively, bold, independent.....and whether it's "woe to them" or "woe to us" .....we follow our heart...& lead with our brain? Or is it the other way round? Who cares? Bottom line.....rules & regs & codes & modes, kinda sorta make us cringe.....with no apologies. And that's why we need a Hero. Here at the Hub, our Hero is Mr. Holland....usually WITH his Opus!........UP+++ & pinned

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Let me start by saying, love your writing. Let me continue by saying I LOVE that quote in beginning. I have written ones similar in my book of quotes and it still rings true. Successful people seem to always want to help.

      Now onto the first paragraph about rejection. I had to nod in agreement, especially about the part of people thinking the long hours of writing is ridiculous and sadly not getting recognition for it.

      I love hubpages as well for the interaction. I have had a blog on blogger for a few years now with only a few followers and even less comments. At least here, it seems many do support each other, so far.

      I know it's hard to keep up commenting on other's hubs, but what I do, is whenever I get the time is go to the hubbers I'm following, look for any new hubs and then go on down the line to read and comment before I tackle any new hubbers I haven't read yet.

      I love the message you are portraying here. One that I strongly believe in and so glad that you addressed it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Jackie, bless you and please remain strong through the remodeling. LOL I know you would much rather be here.

      As for Bubblews, the jury is still out. I have been warmly welcomed there but it's too early to give my opinion of it....although to me it seems like a lot of people sharing diary entries, or like an advanced Facebook page. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ignugent, thank you so much. You will find quite a few people who care on HP, and I hope you love this community of writers as much as I do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula...peek a boo yourself, Sis! LOL Good to see more of you....you have been missed.

      The WORD! You said it perfectly my friend. HP can make any rules they want. They can have any scoring system they deem necessary, and they can pay or not pay me depending on their mood...nothing will take away the love of the WORD for me. I know exactly what you are saying dear lady.

      Hero? I think not, but I would be happy with the label "friend." :)

      Thank you Sis! Catch you down the road.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, thank you so much for your kind words. We writers love to here positive feedback, don't we, and I am not immune to that need....so thank you again.

      I'm glad we have become friends. As you know I am a big fan of yours and I think you have just barely touched upon the talent that is inside of you.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Bill- my pleasure. I look forward to your hubs each and every day. So well-written and inspiring. They are a great complement to my coffee each day to get me motivated! :)

      I'm glad too and thank you so much for those words. I know great things lie ahead. It just takes hard work. Love that we all support each other here!

      Have a wonderful day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Liz, and I hope your day is a good one in sunny Las Vegas!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks, billybuc, for all you do! You have surely encouraged me in my writing (gulp, career?!), and I appreciate how you take the time for each and every person who leaves a comment. Because we know that you will answer, and care, and check out what we are doing, we take the time to leave a word or two for you. Thank you for being you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, it's funny how that works, isn't it? :) If someone has taken the time to write to me, the least I can do is do the same....so thank you very much...and yes, you have a writing career. :) Love seeing you write those words.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      I am Yelling B I N G O on this hub.Like in your other hubs you are spot on.I read your wonderful ideas about writing and now it takes me months to apply your teachings.I learn a little here or there and then it takes a month for my gears in my head to start rolling.Then out of the blue I say now I know what Bill was talking about.Then I take a few minutes each day to try to remember something you said.I am a slow starter but I know once I learn something No one can take it away.I found sometimes I feel like writing then I wrtie.Other times I just comment and put on my diffferent suit.Learning from others is so important.Do to my work schedule I am up all hours of the night.I use to try to comment right back to someone who commented on me but I run out of time and feel I want to do more.Once again I am learning and applying what I learn.Thanx so much have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, I love your attitude. Anyone willing to learn and put in the time to improve has a shot at this writing game. Thank you for your kind words my friend, and best wishes to you in the future.

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      SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

      However critical one may be of hubpages management (and there are many issues), Many wannabe writers like me started their online writing here. This is where we cut our teeth. As we progress in our writing, we eventually will seek greener pastures or other websites that will challenge and demand more from our writing ability. Writing is still something I do for the fun of it. When I sign up for Hubpages (not having written anything before except essays in college English), it took me almost three months before I found the courage to publish my first article, awestruck and intimidated by the writings here. Getting to know the writers here through their writing and comments ease the transition.

      I just write on whatever strikes my interest. Is there a stage in a writer's progression where he should concentrate on a particular writing genre instead of this scatter-gun approach? I would appreciate any advice on this as I feel a bit lost on how to proceed with my writing.

      I like your blog and your tagline. Instead of trying to become like Nemo the clown-fish, perhaps I should strive to be a Jonathan Livingston Seagull and "Spread my wings and fly":)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silent.....your accounting of HP is very much like mine. I was terrified of hitting the publish button on my first article....and it took about a month before I finally felt accepted....I will always appreciate HP for giving me a platform from which to grow.

      As for your writing genre....I am a big believer in finding a particular niche and then becoming known as a leader or expert in that niche. Whatever it may be...comedy, some hobby, gardening, philosophy.....I think by doing that you narrow down the competition a bit, and you give yourself a chance to become better known as an "expert" in that field.

      For what it's worth. :)

      Thank you and good luck to you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love how you are willing to inspire other writers. Your visit and comments on my hubs are really appreciated. I try to do the same for other hubbers, esp. new people. I remember well how i was welcomed by older hubbers. Thank you for all you do...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, that is my clearest memory, of when I first started out here and a few older Hubbers took the time to encourage me....it's now my turn. :) Thank you friend.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      You are the real deal. You say what you intend to do and you are actually doing it. Without a doubt you make a huge difference to so many people. You are probably Hubpages biggest asset as well.

      Just keep doing what your doing. You really are very good at it.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I really appreciate your words. Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Bill, this is truly one of those heart-wrenching hubs written by a typical serious writer. I have to plead guilty - I am NOT supporting all my fellow-hubbers, but HONESTLY not because I don't want to. Real life demands a lot of my time and energy - somehow we have to meet priorities. I just want you to know that I admire your work and determination to make a success of your writing career. Although I don't leave comments all the time, I FEEL part of your army, fighting the same war.

      Voted up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I get as far as I can get and sometimes I pile too much on my plate and then I get so tired and suddenly when I most need it there you are my sensible friend and the voice of reason. Always bring your positive vibes Bill. They're appreciated. Passing this on.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      So many titles my friend; sensei, Johnny Appleseed, leader, teacher...and the list goes on. You, as always, have written what is in the hearts of many. Would I like to make money? Of course. Do I think I'll get rich on HP? Not really. Will I stay on HP? As long as I can type and for the reasons you so skillfully outline...the people...the community...the comradery...the support....and most of all the friends I have made, like yourself! And yes, you do help writers spread their wings and fly higher than they thought they could.

      Thank you again Bill.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Martie, I totally understand. I can't possibly read the hubs of all the people I follow....there is no time, and as you know that is not an excuse but rather a reality. I greatly appreciate you my friend and I hope you always know that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! Life does pile up, doesn't it? I know what you are talking about, and I am very grateful whenever you stop by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, the HP staff has no idea what a fortune they have....not in the money they make off of advertising, but in the talents of the people who write here....and the human grace of those writers. I love it here and I love my friends who have encouraged me and given me the strength to spread my own wings. :) Thank you!

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      Mirage101 3 years ago from New York

      I find this article encouraging, because I had signed on months ago and was so excited originally to find a place where I can possibly share some of my writing and get positive helpful feedback to be able to improve. However, even before publishing a single piece, it seems my stage fright took over me. I had totally dismissed this site but the inner writer in me made me come back today and this was the first article I read and it has once again encouraged me to stop being afraid of criticism and just write and hope for positive helpful feedback. SO thanks!! Will be posting something today thanks to you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mirage, I have a big old smile on my face right now because of your comment. Start following some of my followers and get to know them; you'll soon have all the comments you will ever need. I'm glad you are writing again and thank you for your kind words.

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      I thought about copying and pasting some of the great points you made, but I felt silly copying your whole hub when it is already written. So, I will just say, "Well done," and what a kind, unselfish offer. I have read other hubs of yours and found them quite helpful.

      I am clicking positively and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Levertis, I really appreciate your kind words. I just want to see you all succeed, so I'm trying to do my little bit to make that happen. Here's hoping I'm successful. :) Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for looking out for us writer hopefuls.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Fear of rejection is as real as it is palpable. And many us – I’m the top of that list – will do anything to avoid it. I will go out of my way to encourage and help others, and to offer constructive thought. I just have a difficult time encouraging me, and have become a master of excuses. “Mañana, mañana, mañana" has become my credo. But I’m working on it. :-)

      You have described the true value of HP perfectly. “HubPages is the collection of wonderful writers and friends.” And that’s what it’s all about. Great hub, Bill.

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Bill, I love the message you are portraying here. A great help for the fellow writers, which only Bill could do. Great hub. God bless you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you are very welcome. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I hope that burden you carry becomes lighter. I hate to think that fear holds you back from your true promise as a writer. Best wishes to you my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you girishpuri! Your kind words mean a great deal to me.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now if that ain't what it's all about, then we as a GROUP are failing. Of course, we need to encourage each other. Naturally, it is about us and not management. If we can't write good material, then we will never get ahead. For what it's worth, count me in on helping out others, too.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, well said, as always. First, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. I love Hubpages, the writers, the staff, the community, the whole nine yards. Do I have issues? Of course, who doesn't? I'm not the best writer, but I always try to make my articles very useful. I know I niche write, but I love the symbolism behind tattoos. One thing that is frustrating, when I see articles on here that have passed inspection and many are low quality. Mine is filled with useful info and often considered over promoted. I wish we could work one on one with our moderator, at the least, get better instructions. That is my own pet peeve. Hubpages is a great website and I agree 100%. I understand where you're coming from and your a great writer Bill. I've seen you grow since we've been friends and other writers relate to you Bill. You're able to get to them, help them understand on a whole new level. Your work is inspirational, addicting even. You care about all of us and I truly believe that you do care if we succeed, there's no doubt in my mind. I believe you write for us more then you do for yourself. You have values that many of us wish we had. You're not a writer or avatar Mr. Billy Buc, your a friend, a mentor, and one of the most unselfish people I've ever met in my life. For that, we're the ones that are thankful Bill. Cheers to you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thank you for that. I have spent a little time at Bubblews, and my first impression is the lack of quality writing, and you know how I feel about quality writing. I will always be a writing snob and proud of it. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, thank you so much for those glowing words of praise. What's funny my friend is that what I do seems very normal to me, and I don't understand why everyone doesn't want to help and lead by example. We are all in this together so why not help each other daily?

      Anyway, you are very kind. Thank you and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Always welcome Bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that. :)

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Great article Bill - and you know it :-) I love the quote you used to begin with!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Monis! yes, there are times when I'll finish an article and have a pretty good idea that I did good. :)

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      I have to admit I read your article ready to disagree with it- I think most writers communities are too much about back patting each other and not about constructive criticism (constructive being operative), I have seen too many sites that are full of really poor or clichéd writing where everybody just tells each other how great they are. That doesn't help anybody.

      But I read your article and agree that building a community it about support and encouragement, about interaction and as deep an involvement as the individual can bring. Constructive criticism is a part of that, but only a small part (although possibly the most useful for creative writers).

      I look forward to reading more of your articles.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I am in total agreement with you. Constant back-patting does not help someone to be a better writer....but encouragement might keep them from quitting before they gain their skills. I try to hold off on my criticism until I'm on writer's forums where constructive criticism is encouraged and wanted.

      Thank you for your viewpoint, which is valid, and I appreciate you stopping by.

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