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How To Be A Better Writer: Ten Personal Essays To Attempt

Updated on March 18, 2013

INITIAL THOUGHTS ON WRITING


I am going to begin with an assumption, and I realize that is a dangerous thing to do. However, I am going to boldly go forth and give it a try. I assume that you want to be a better writer. Now why is that a dangerous assumption? In this world of SEO and keywords, I think there is a tendency among some writers to be more concerned with the SEO and less concerned with the actual writing, and if that is the case then being a better writer is the last thing on their minds.

However, let’s assume that everyone reading this truly does want to improve their craft. I say HOORAY to you, and in that spirit of self-improvement let me suggest a way for you to grow in your chosen field.

My suggestion is that you try new styles of writing. My suggestion is that you get out of your comfort zone and try writing something that does not come easy for you. I have always believed that adversity helps us to grow as individuals, and writing in a genre that is not comfortable is definitely adversity for a writer. For me it would be poetry. I am not comfortable writing lines of verse and that alone is reason enough for me to do so.

Below you will find ten types of essays that I want you to try. If you don’t have time to do all ten then try three or four. Some might be easy for you; others might challenge you to no end. The ones that do challenge you will help you to become a better writer and that should be your goal, right? Right!

Always the teacher
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THE CONTEMPLATIVE ESSAY

Think of yourself as one of the ancient Greek philosophers thinking about life. Ponder, ruminate and delve into an idea. Why is there so much unhappiness in the world? Why do we all need companionship?

For a contemplative essay, an answer need not be found. It is more important to simply consider different angles of the question rather than to find an answer. Do not weigh yourself down with facts and figures. Simply let your subconscious feed your conscious and let it flow. Picture yourself as a young child lying under a willow tree. Watch the branches blow back and forth, and marvel at the clouds as they blow by overhead. Now, pick a subject and contemplate.

THE MEMOIR ESSAY

This is the bread and butter for this author. I am completely comfortable with this style of essay. Pick a personal experience and then reflect on lessons learned from that experience.

We all have them. I wrote once about playing catch with my father and learning about self-confidence and respect during that experience. I have sixty-four years of experiences to draw from, and I am at ease in writing about them. Give it a try! You just might find a new outlet for your thoughts and feelings.

THE LYRIC ESSAY

A combination of poem and essay, seeking insight and illumination.

I readily admit that this one is tough for this writer, which means I need to try it. Flowing effortlessly between poetry and prose is a character-builder for sure, and then add to it the search for insight and illumination on a weighty subject…..whew! Are you willing to give it a go?

Nature is waiting to be written about
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Struggling with faith. | Source

THE NATURE ESSAY

Read “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau and you will understand what a nature essay is. As Thoreau does so masterfully, try to see things that are not obvious. Anyone can walk through the woods and write that they saw the green trees and beautiful wildflowers. Not everyone can write about watching a spider make his web, or how the sunlight produces diamonds on the surface of a pond, or how the gentle breeze blowing through your hair takes you back to your childhood days when cares were non-existent and reality had yet to show its troublesome face.

THE TRAVEL ESSAY

Anyone can go on a trip and list the things they have seen, but to be a better writer you need to delve into those things most people miss during their cursory observation.

Find a way to depict uncharted paths that have not been written about before….see and observe the previously hidden.

THE SPIRITUAL ESSAY

I have read countless articles about the beauty of faith, and the strength derived from faith, but I see few that deal with the struggles and conflicts of faith. Show me that and I’ll show you a writer who is trying to stretch in directions that require serious reflection.

What do you find difficult about your faith? Why does God allow suffering? Do we really have free choice? Are the descriptions in the Bible of an after-life simply the product of an over-zealous imagination? Do you question your faith at all?

Could you write an essay about this flower?
Could you write an essay about this flower? | Source

THE FOOD ESSAY

Not just about food…pay close attention to aroma, texture, taste and color….wander to lessons learned or memories recalled when you smell an apple pie right out of the oven. What was happening in your life when you first tasted sardines?

Anyone can write about the taste of freshly baked bread. Not everyone can write about the smell of bread right out of the oven the morning your father died.

THE HUMOR ESSAY

I am convinced that humor is directly tied to presentation. I have seen comics who had zero stage personality, and no matter what they said it was not funny. Was it because the jokes were not funny or was it because the comic was a bore? Develop your own style and delivery through your writing.

There are several writers on HubPages who are hilarious. No matter what they write you can count on a belly laugh. They have found a way to present their humor and it works brilliantly for them. Telling a joke is easy; being funny takes work.

THE BLOG ESSAY

Pick a topic, any topic, and experiment with different voices and approaches…kind of free-form writing with a purpose.

Write a blog about cooking even if you wouldn’t know the difference between a spatula and a fibula. Work on developing your voice because, quite frankly, without a writing voice you are only a copier of words.

THE EVERYTHING ELSE ESSAY

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” This is the catch-all essay, one that has been hibernating inside of each of you, waiting to be awakened. What shall we write about today?

Will you try a few of these?

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THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE YOU THIS WEEK


Remember, to be a better writer, one must be willing to stretch the limits. Sitting in a cocoon of comfort does not allow us to spread our wings and find out what we are capable of. I could write articles like this all day long because they are easy for me, but they do not make me better at my craft. In order for that to happen, I need to pull my head out and attempt that which makes me uncomfortable.

I wish you all success as you become better writers. Remember that there is joy in the journey, and remember also that, as writers, we are capable of uplifting others, informing others and altering reality.

Isn’t that a remarkable thing?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

      Thank you for this wonderful hub. Very useful. Voted up, voted useful and now following :)

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      Jen Corrigan 4 years ago

      Thank you for these inspiring essay categories! I've never been much of a personal essay writer, but I'm excited to give it a try.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved your advice about spreading one's writing wings to branch out by writing outside your comfort zone or norm. Will definitely try this soon and see where it takes me. Thanks again and hope you are having a great weekend!!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Awesome ideas for "training essays". I think the travel, food and memoir ones are the easiest to start with.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Remarkable indeed my friend. I found myself in the same spot months after I joined Hubpages and thought I may take a stab at poetry. I tried it and was hooked. I love writing poetry now, just not sure if my "Trying" poetry is working? Very informative and challenging ideas Bill. Voted up of course and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sydney, believe me when I tell you it was my pleasure. Best of luck with your writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Undercover, good luck with these. You may not like them but they could help you considerably.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I think it will help. You may not fall in love with them but they will help most writers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, most likely you are correct, for most writers at least. I hope they help you and thank you.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Thank you for sharing the advice....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, my own personal opinion is if poetry works for you then it is working. Poetry is a tough genre to make a living at, or to even get a lot of HP views, but if you love it then do it.

      Thank you buddy and have a great Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Jainismus and thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent ideas and inspiration. Even I can try!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I enjoy my comfort zone. It's so comfortable! But then again, so is wearing pajamas in public, and this is a trend that's got to stop.

      I have a few memoir essays in my head that I have yet to find the courage to release. I like how you described the food essay--you could take that further with all sorts of smells and how they conjure up memories. And the spiritual essay--as an agnostic with a bible degree I tend to stir up controversy when I go down that road.

      Anyway, thanks for getting the gears turning (as usual).

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      I never realized there were so many different types of essays. I see some in your list that I am much more comfortable with than others. This is great and what a good idea for a hub topic bill. You've done it again!!! Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you do some of this already so I don't think it is a stretch for you. Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I would love to see you try these. You are a very good writer and I think there is much we haven't seen yet from you....and I'm not blowing smoke when I say that. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Karen! I'll be by to see your new hub shortly. Have a great Sunday.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Awesome ideas---you raise the bar with your contributions.

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      JC DC 4 years ago

      This a great challenge for me, Poetry is really hard. You are right a most of the writers now focused on keywords. If I have time I'll try to write these type of essay.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas. Essays are not necessarily my forte. You have provided some inspiration to try writing one. As always, your suggestions are excellently presented. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Thanks for the inspiration! I have been in a bit of a writers-block lately, now I have an assignment to help stir my imagination. Thank you!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The nice thing about these essays is that you can publish them on HubPages. It might be a challenge to pick just one subject and write about it in these ten different ways. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Good ideas and positive inspiration for us keen on writing. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MrsBrowns, I am happy to hear that. I hope you can use some of these, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gamer, poetry is a killer for me too. Best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cyndi! I drag my feet when it is something I am not comfortable with, so I know about about something not being my forte.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      wildove, I'm glad to hear it. Relax that mind and let it free flow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, I agree with you....it's all free and none of it can hurt. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arun, you are very welcome, and thank you!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful idea! Once again, you make us stop and think about what we are writing, rather than just how much we write. I'm excited to try some of these!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Very interesting and useful.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      "Why not?" I say to several of your suggestions. You shine the light that makes us see what we are failing to notice. Thank You! Voted Up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, thank you for those lovely words. Best of luck to you and your writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, thank you and I hope some of these will help you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, if you are excited then I am excited. Good luck to you and thank you.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, I think many of your hubs are remarkable. You have a very special talent which finds you trying to bring out the best in those around you. You must have been an awesome teacher, because you still are!

      I write for the enjoyment of creating a work that tells a story of my thoughts or another's thoughts. and, I write tributes to people who have inspired me.

      But, I don't think I have ever set out on a course to write about a subject matter without having been inspired to do so. But, I must say, when inspiration hits, I can go without food or sleep, as I have a one tract mind. I am like the bulldog. I will not let go until it is completed.

      It is a good thing that I do not write for a living or I would have staved to death waiting for my spark of inspiration to hit me.

      I will force myself out of my comfort zone and look for a subject that might 'take me to a place I have never been before'. My husband actually likes that last idea, as long as he does not have to go along.

      You do realize that you have over 1400 followers. If only half of the hubbers take your challenge, you are gonna be one busy fellow, my friend!! Because, all of us will be looking for some feedback!!

      One other thing......you mentioned that you were 64 years old.

      Does it hurt to be that old??

      Just wondering?? :-)

      DJ.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love this challenge, Billy. We should be focused on growing and refining our crafts as writers. The money should be a by-product of that. I will try one of these essays. I've thought about doing a travel essay, but resorted back to what feels natural. Great job!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, it is always nice to see you. I hope you do try one of these. I look forward to seeing it as a hub. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I had planned on leaving a long, encouraging reply, until I got to the end of your comment and the section about being 64 and pain. LOL I can say with all honesty it hurts to get out of bed in the morning, but I love every minute of being 64. :) Thank you and I look forward to you trying something new. I will gladly read it and give feedback.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I love to read lyrical essays, but the thought of writing one is quite daunting and probably the reason I haven't attempted it. You have, however, managed to start me re-thinking about my weak excuses, and whether I should just pull my finger out and get writing...thanks Bill, inspiring stuff :-))

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like to stretch my limits at times, and go out of my comfort zone. You have given me some good ideas. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hey billybuc this is an awesome hub and challenge. I would like to try my hand at a little poetry. I am going to try a few of these and see what comes of it. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Interesting essay and challenge Bill - I have probably written in 5 or 6 of the genres you mention in the last year. Which is pretty funny because when I first came to HP all I wrote for four months were footnoted academic/historical essays. Over time and with both personal trepidation and encouragement from others I began to branch out. As you know in the last five months I have been lost in poetry and prose poems. But as you point out there are some genres I have yet to try. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, you ain't alone! LOL I have never tried one...I'm terrified of poetry....but....I need to get over it and get on with it. Thank you for the visit and good luck on that lyrical essay.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, as always it is my pleasure. I look forward to reading what you come up with. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kellyteam, good for you. What do we have to lose, right? There are no penalties on HubPages so why not?

      Thank you and good luck.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, like you I have probably attempted half of these....and now that I wrote this hub it looks like I have to put my money where my mouth is. :)

      Thank you my dear friend!

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      Lisa Kroulik 4 years ago from Minnesota

      It's always good to grow as a writer. I've bookmarked this for my next writing spree.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you nybride! Good luck with that next spree.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I find myself inspired again Billy and ready to spread my wings. I'm like a sponge, soaking up these new ideas you so kindly share. I feel as though I'm attending one of your classes and feel the impact of your ideas. I just love this feeling.

      Can't wait for my next lesson. My thanks and appreciation are endless my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! Truth is you are a very good writer, but if any of these ideas help then fantastic. :) Thank you my dear. I hope you had a great weekend.

      love and blessings, today and always,

      bill

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      Valene 4 years ago from Missouri

      I think I might try this sometime! I used to love writing and even have a degree in English, but the last several years I've lost all motivation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valene, I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you find it again one day. Thanks for the visit.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      These are great ideas Bill, I like how you laid out each type of Essay with a short description. Enough to spark the reader's thoughts, but not too much.

      Mark

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, what a great challenge. I'm not good at humor or poetry so they might be the greatest challenge for me. I do love the idea of using these formats to get better. God knows I need the help. lol You are so darn creative!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What great ideas! I think you havce given all of us some fuel for ths fodder! Thank you, Bill! You are the best!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing must include all kinds of aspects in life to make the work worth reading and fun-filled.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You forgot the Spanish essay. (That was a joke.)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      What can I say Bill? You inspire and motivate and that is very important. You've provided much to consider and they do say practice makes perfect. Passing this on.

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      YiMin 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Voted up. Great advice. I will try it out!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark! It's good to see you and I hope your life has settled down a bit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, your Monday morning rants would argue that you are good at humor. :) Thanks, Kindred, and I hope you have a great week ahead.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Randi! Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I believe that to be true. Anything that challenges us as writers is a good thing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I was sure hoping it was a joke. :)Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, thank you so much! I just want to see other writers getting the most for their efforts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      YiMin, thank you so much for stopping by and good luck.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The bread is baking and I am about to slather it with butter. Just kidding. We are on the boat now and lucky to have toast and peanut butter. However we have CLEAR and I can go online which makes me very happy. I love these suggestions..and going to reread a gazillion times. Voting up+++ sharing, pinning and a bit of tweeting.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Great hub as always bb. I am in desperate need of a kick in the butt with my writing and these essay ideas might just be what I need to get the creative juices flowing. So tired of writing tattoo hubs, but those seem to be the only ones that anyone really reads, except for you and few others that is. Maybe it's time to tackle one of your essays and write for myself for a change. Yet another inspiring hub. I think you should run writer's workshops and charge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I was wondering when you would head to California again. Sitting in a sunny harbor sounds lovely to me as the rain pounds us and the air is chilly. Have a great time and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I actually thought of doing that but really, what are my credentials? That I have friends on HP? LOL I'm not sure that will pull in big crowds.

      As for your writing, I understand why you do tatoo hubs, but I also know that a writer needs to feed their soul now and then, and I suspect that is what you are in need of. :)

      Thank you kind lady.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      That's an interesting idea, Thundermama. Since I have been on HP I have been thinking I need to take a some type of refresher writing class or something. The longer I've been in the legal field, the worse my grammar and "regular" writing seems to have gotten. Thanks for the great ideas, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, it is easy to slip into a pattern because of necessity. These essays are designed to help us branch out and give our creative side some exercise. Good luck with them and thank you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      yep!...you can take the teacher out of the class room, but you can never take the classroom out of the teacher :).

      You are going to be a very busy man, but a great idea all the same, and something tells me you'll be enjoying every moment. It's not easy to leave the comfort zone, you're right; we must stretch ourselves in order to grow.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very good advice, Bill, and I like your suggestions. We tend to stay with what is easiest for us to write. We need to challenge ourselves from time to time and these are great suggestions!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I love these exercises! I'm gonna give them a try and see what happens. Some of them will be easy, but a few will take some head scratching. Can't wait to get started.

      I remember one writing course I took that required just 2 exercises: think of someone or something that made you angry, and write all about it from every angle you can think of. Conversely, the same for something that made you deliriously happy. That was a lot of fun, and very cathartic! Voted this excellent piece Up+

      Pearl

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent ideas, and definitely out of my "comfort zone". Actually, I'd really like to try the travel essay--especially if it means I get to leave this frozen tundra and head south! Thanks for the homework, teacher!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I'm going to hang onto this and use it as reference for future hubs. I've been neglectful in posting other than the monthly Perspective series, because after writing to pay the bills and catching up on HubMail, I find myself needing to get my face away from the computer!

      I'll give it a shot. Stay tuned!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, heck, Jo, I'm just a small town guy tossing out ideas and hoping someone will find them useful. Thanks as always and good luck with that stretching exercise.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Suzette! Truth be told, if someone is just writing SEO, I'm not sure of the need to improve the craft. However, if the goal is a bit more elevated than that, then I think these will help. Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Pearl, I can see where that exercise would indeed be very cathartic. LOL I can also think of several people I would write about.

      Thank you as always and I hope all is well in your world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you have definitely paid your dues this winter. I'm complaining because the wind is blowing and it's only 43 degrees. LOL Where oh where is spring?

      Thank you young lady. Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are always one for a challenge, so I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Good luck! Now get your face away from the computer. :)

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      Bill, This is an awesome article! I am going to start at the top and try each one! Unfortunately, I won't be able to do them all in a week, but I have bookmarked this Hub and will attempt one a week . Thanks for posting! =)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, I'm glad you like these suggestions and best of luck with your writing. Thank you for the visit.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I still gotta challenge myself on some kind of writing...nature, memoir.

      Great hub.

      Interesting/awesome.

      Sharing it across

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I know the feeling. I get comfortable and then don't leave that zone. Gotta try better for sure says this writer.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I admit I didn't read the whole hub, yet, because I saw the line about adversity. That's such a powerful sentence: Adversity makes us stronger. I am walking in the shadows right now: I don't have kids so my dog (and cats) are my kids. And my boy lost his life...and I'm dealing, but...I am looking forward to the moment when I can look back with a smile instead of grief. I'm also looking forward to the moment when I realize that I'm stronger than I was before all this happened. Thank you. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lil' Sis, it is painful and I feel for you. One of the hardest days of my life was putting my childhood dog down after he had been with me for seventeen years. I'm very sorry for you loss, Cyndi!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      O, Bill ... I am going to never sleep. I come here and find all of these things you challenge us to do and I already feel my plate overfloweth.

      Seriously, you have offered a smorgasbord of ideas to use and stimulate our writing.

      Thanks for sharing , my Friend.

      Hugs, blessings, and Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      I love this: "without a writing voice you are only a copier of words." While my career has allowed me to write daily, something I enjoy, I think churning out copy in a hurry in order to not have a gaping hole on a front page isn't always conducive to developing one's voice. I feel stunted in this area. Great hub full of great suggestions as ever. I may give one or two a try. My recent bouts of insomnia could turn into bouts of creativity!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, I feel the same way with the SEO stuff I do for customers. By the time I finish with them I feel like my brain will explode and I need a creative outlet. I hope you give these a try and I hope I see the results. Thank you my Georgia friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I haven't finished wiping my eyes from reading your latest hub. I challenge and you stir my heart. Thank you!

      blessings and hugs,

      bill

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      Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

      Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration! Completed one hub so far after reading this ('contemplative' with a twist lol)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sydney, I love it. Looking forward to reading it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You have pointed out some very interesting styles to contemplate writing. For me, the most difficult would be the lyric essay. I'd like to try my hand at travel writing. Thanks, billybuc. I had a few minutes away from the family and thought I would read a few hubs. Your challenges are definitely worth trying.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your ideas, Bill. I intend to try all of them! A few of them I have tried before, but not for a very long time. Thank you for a very helpful hub.

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      Himanshu Rawat 4 years ago from Chandigarh

      Wow! great suggestions. I haven't tried most of them, but now I'm gonna try some of them. Thanks.

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

      Certainly a lot of food for thought! Thanks for writing this, Bill.

      Voted up, useful and interesting

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, the lyric essay would be the toughest for me as well. I hope all is well with your family, and thank you for spending a couple minutes with me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, that is music to my ears. Thank you for stopping by and good luck to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RawatHimanshu, thank you for the visit and I hope these help you in your writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Rajan! Thank you for the visit.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      LOL , billy , When I explore hubs, somehow or other I always seem to gravitate to at least a few of your hubs a day. Seems your topics and writing style catches my eye every time. great hub. I will try writing these essays.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ketage, thank you so much, and I apologize for not visiting you. There are so many followers and not enough time. I will try to do better.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is really interesting Bill. I always enjoy writing hubs, but for some reason the word essay makes my palms sweat. I think it reminds me of high school and college.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer....LOL..I understand that. I just tried the lyrical essay last week and really enjoyed writing it.

      Thank you for your continued support. I hope I haven't missed any of your recent hubs. I'll have to check.

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