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How to be a Successful Writer

Updated on May 12, 2014

The Keys to Success for Any Writer

Yes, I said any writer!

Whether you fancy yourself a writer of novels, a writer of non-fiction books, a magazine article writer or just a writer on sites like HubPages, this one is for you.

I am reaching across the broad spectrum of literature with this article. There is something here for all of you, so pay attention. Get comfortable. Go ahead and put your feet on the furniture and find a position that feels all cozy and fuzzy. I hope you have a notebook with you because you need to take notes.

There now; are you ready? Let’s begin.

I started toying with the idea of being a writer way back in my college days in 1966. At that time I had visions of writing for a major newspaper, so I got my first gig writing sports articles for the Seattle University Chieftain. Life, however, had other plans for me, and the detour was a long one, but three years ago I chucked my full-time job and decided it was now or never.

Since then I have written over 750 articles, two novels, and I’m just getting warmed up.

During that time I have been an observer. I have read some incredibly bad articles, and I have read a handful of great ones by some very good writers. The great ones all had common elements, and I’m going to share those elements with you today. Conversely, the bad articles and books all shared one common element: they were poorly written.

Where are you on that spectrum?

It begins here for all writers
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The First Key to Success

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

Bill Cosby


The King of Comedy said a mouthful with that quote.

To be successful in writing, you must want success more than you fear rejection.

Develop the thick skin of an armadillo and plow forward. Yes, you will be rejected. That is the nature of this business. Ask any successful writer and they will tell you stories of their rejections, and the many times they were told that they were not good enough.

Keep moving forward!

This is not like elementary school where every kid gets a gold star. You do not get trophies just for showing up. Writing is a dog-eat-dog business where millions are vying for very few rewards. The numbers are stacked against you, so accept that fact and decide that you don’t care about the odds, that all you care about is succeeding.

Keep moving forward!

The Second Key to Success

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

Sam Ewing

I’m going to share a four-letter word now, so for those of you who are sensitive to dirty language, please excuse me.

The four-letter word is WORK!

Writing….literature….these are THE ARTS! They are considered art for a reason. They are considered crafts for a reason. There is beauty in a finely-crafted sentence. There is flow and rhythm, a synchronicity if you will. Language, when used properly, is like a melody sung by an angelic voice.

That kind of mastery does not happen overnight. It is the product of continual practice and hard work.

In other words, if you are not willing to put in the time to learn your craft, you will never succeed.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of the non-fiction book “The Outliers,” explains that the key to success in any field is working twenty hours per week in that field for ten years….in other words, the 10,000 Rule.

So I ask you: how many hours have you worked, so far, to improve as a writer?

I had to stop and do some calculations for my own efforts. In the past three years I have written forty hours per week, so my rough estimate comes to six-thousand hours so far.

Success is waiting for me. I just need four-thousand more hours of hard work to reach it.

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The Third Key to Success

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.

Orson Welles

A unique voice cannot be taught to a writer. This can only happen over time, and it is the result of the second key to success, namely hard work.

Think about some of the great writers over time. I don’t care if you choose Erma Bombeck or Henry David Thoreau. What they have in common is a unique writing style. Their works are identifiable because of their writing voice.

I have been told that I have an easily identifiable writing voice, that reading my work is like having a casual conversation with a friend face-to-face. I like that description. It means I am on the right path and that my hard work is paying off.

Is your writing voice unique?

Listen, there are millions of writers in the world today. Imagine the advantage you would have if you developed a writing voice that stood alone among those millions.

Let me borrow a line from the movie “Field of Dreams”…..build it and they will come.

Develop your unique writing voice and the readers will come.

The Fourth Key to Success

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

Isaac Bashevis Singer


I know that some people think that I don’t like recipe articles. That simply is not true. What I don’t like is reading the same type of recipe article day after day after day. Show me a new approach and I’ll be on your doorstep eagerly awaiting your next recipe.

I am a lover of mysteries. I have read at least a thousand mystery novels over the years, and that number is conservative. However, I can only think of a handful of truly unique mystery writers. The rest are just average at best. Some are downright poor. The ones I do consider excellent all approached their craft in a unique manner.

Whether you become known for quirky characters, or stunning scenes, or an exquisite use of the language, to be truly successful in writing you must find a unique approach. Even if you are a recipe writer!

If you want to write about movies, then find a new approach. If you want to be an environmental writer, find a new approach, and yes, if you want to be a cookbook expert, find a new approach.

Otherwise, you will remain a tiny fish swimming in a very big ocean, and sooner or later the sharks will feast upon your carcass.

How’s that for descriptive?

The horizon stretches before you if you apply these four principles
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And Now You Know the Secrets to Success in Writing

Oh, I’m sure someone will comment with some other “key to success,” and that is fine and I’m happy for you, but these four are crucial. Learn from your failures, work hard, develop a unique writing voice, and develop a unique approach in your writing.

Do those four, and success will be within reach. Don’t do them, and you might want to take up another hobby.

I am not trying to discourage you. Far from it! I want you all to succeed, but I also want you to be realistic as you set out on this journey. I rub shoulders daily with people who think they can write an article or two each week, put in five or six hours, and success will come knocking on their door…..then they are discouraged when it doesn’t, and eventually they fall by the wayside.

I don’t want you among those on the wayside. I want you leading the pack and frolicking in success.

Follow these rules, and let me know how you like the view from the top.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Said perfectly Bill and couldn't agree more about wanting it and working hard for it in your own voice. I also know you speak from great experience and knowledge of this, so I truly always appreciate your wisdom on writing in general. Thanks and have a wonderful Monday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Janine and thank you! I'm not sure a lot of people understand how much work writing is....just trying to give them a realistic appraisal. Thanks for stopping by on this sunny Monday.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      The outline to success could not be any clearer than it is here. I especially like the Bill Cosby quote; the fear of failure factor is debilitating. You continue to be a great source of encouragement. Thank you, Bill.

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      Ian Dabasori Hetr 3 years ago

      You know what Billy, you just too good you are. I love the way you set up the hub. Neatly done. Texts, videos and quotes to spice up the hub. Woh!

      I totally agree with the key points raised. Writing is hard, but for us its an art. And I firmly believe following your heart and finding your unique voice is very important when it come so selling your book. Iv written a small self help book in my country and was instant success. Key: my unique voice. Let me add also, network. Knowing right people at the right time can put you ahead of the pack.

      Excellent hub indeed.

      Ian

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, thank you! I need to remember every single day that success does not happen overnight, that millions of writers have paid their dues before they ever experienced success.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ian, bravo on your success. That is fantastic my friend. I love hearing about the success of others. Good things happen to good people, and I am very happy for you.

      bill

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Bill, I love this article, more than just about writing, which is great. But for the idea that it created in my mind. An idea to help someone who needs it desperately. It would be to long to try to explain it here.

      Thank you, thank you my friend.

      BTW - Love is also a four letter word.

      Shyron

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      WORK, WORK, WORK, makes Mari a more productive person. Thanks, Bill!

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. We also need an engaging intro just as yours is for this hub. Great stuff as usual.

      Graham.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Breaking success down into four key points puts in into K.I.S.S. terms. I think sometimes we try to make things more complicated than they need to be and that ends up having us take a few steps backwards. I know I'm guilty of it. Thanx for the boot, Bill!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Though I am not writing much right now these rules apply to life. Desire, work and desire and work and desire and work and determination and like you --some sacrifice of a sort. Great hub and loved reading it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I love it. Glad I could give you a gentle push in the direction you were meant to take. Carry on my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Mari. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, thank you! It's good to know that the introduction was a grabber.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I have mentioned often my propensity for making things more complicated than they need be. I think we all do it my friend. Thank you.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Wise words bill, yes its all down to work, we can't just sit here for a few minutes a day and hope for the best. I have recently read two books by two different authors that could have been copies of each other! they were appallingly bad! how the heck they got published is anybodys guess! lol! be different, but use our own voice, that's the key, voted up and shared! nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Carol. You could apply these to any undertaking and find success....or so I believe.

      Thank you my loyal friend. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I will read books like that on occasion, and I'm left shaking my head. Like you I wonder who they had to bribe to get their book published. LOL I guess that means there is hope for us, right?

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Very well said Billy. I will share this with our authors on our Kima Global authors Facebook group. I've often encouraged them to join hubpages and write articles on the topics of their book, but do they? With every new post I've learned something new and by reading others post, like yours, I learn more. I never get past the first chapter of a badly written boring book, but if I do I do learn from them by finding out what made the book boring for me. It might just be the mood I'm in at that moment, or it's something else and then I learn what not to do in my own writings. I must say I have not come across all that many because I first want to know more about the author before I buy their book. ( When is your book available on the kindle Billy? ) What about terrible movies! I never understand why some movies were ever made? Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, all great points. I have only walked out of three movies in my lifetime, but they were truly horrendous and I wondered how they ever got financing to begin with.

      As for my book, I'm hoping by the second week of June. Thanks for asking.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Great article! Tenacity and the willingness to work hard at doing the right thing and doing it right certainly does go a long way in becoming a success whether you're a writer or anything else.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks, bill. These nuts and bolts were hard to chew, but very much needed. I am no-where near 40 hours a week, but I can see that is where I need to be in order to have success. I am working on the other four, and feel that I have made significant progress, thanks to your instruction. Keep up the good work!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great advice, Bill, to anyone and any type of writer!

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      Philip Cooper 3 years ago from Olney

      Well said Billy.......good writers are not afraid of work and it not only takes work to write good fiction and non-fiction - work is one of the keys to success in all walks of life. Did Tiger Woods get where he is by luck? No he worked and worked. Did Roger Federer get where he was by being lazy...no he worked..had desire..did not copy anyone else and had his own style. Voted up and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You had me a bit concerned with the four letter word coming up...phew, I was glad it's a word that I'm very familiar with, well I'm also familiar with other four letter words :) Excellent tips! Once again YOU rocked the hub! :)

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Alas', it is the same in writing as with other activities in life. If you want to become a professional as apposed to a hobbyist, you have to practice. I had someone tell me one time that the difference between an amateur pianist and a professional one is practice. Liberace practiced 8 hours a day. That kind of dedication shows a love for the piano and for music. I would think that would be true of writing as well.

      Thanks, Bill for your well thought out plan for success. I will definitely keep it as a reminder.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Donna, and I happen to agree with you. :) What a surprise, huh?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. I guess it all depends on what you want out of your writing. Success, no matter how you measure it, requires hard work and long hours.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Suzette. I know that you know this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      one2get2no, your use of sports figures as examples is right on. The pros make it look so easy, but it looks easy because of thousands of hours of hard work. Thanks for that comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda....LOL....I have, on occasion, used other four letter words as well. Thanks for your kind words. Much appreciated my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you! I think some people have a misconception about writing. Not everyone has the dedication to be a good writer. It takes long hours of perfecting the craft, a craft that can never be perfected.

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      eric 3 years ago

      This made me think that you cannot inherit success in writing. What a bummer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, that had me laughing. No, one cannot inherit it. Sad but true.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Awesome tips! I think I've hit all four of these areas, although I also know there's always room to improve. In my hubs, I'm still experimenting with different styles because joining HP was my first step into this type of writing. Because of your hubs about writing, I think I'm getting better with every article I write. Thanks!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I had to laugh, Bill as I wrote about something similar today. We must be on the same page! I loved this article because it is inspiring and advises of the one lesson that is so easy to forget....work hard! I've heard the 10000 rule before and I haven't done the math yet, but I'd have to say I'm somewhere close. Perhaps I have about 5000 more to go. Thanks again for the motivator today!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think so too, Sheila. You are aware of these things, and that puts you light years ahead of many writers. Carry on my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, let's hope that success comes after 10,000 hours. I don't know how many more 10,000 hours I have to spend on this. :) Thank you!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well Bill, I guess the keys are in my hand now. Are you sure there isn't another way? Okay, okay - I know what I have to do. Thanks for another challenge.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You are so full of encouragement and you give it freely. A unique style is something to work toward. Thank you Bill.

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      MercCipher 3 years ago

      Very interesting and detailed article on how to be more successful when it comes to writing. Especially useful for new people here on Hubpages.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      The notion of writer's voice continues to intrigue me greatly. I think it is simply the psychologist in me. (I perceive you as having two voices, depending on what you're writing about. To me, your how-to-write hubs have a substantially different feel than many of your Bill Reflection hubs.) Either way, you are a talented writer with a lot of valuable information to share. Writing ain't for sissies.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. You continue to show us the path to success. Now it's up to us to take your advice and walk that path. There is no one else here on HubPages who has done more for their fellow writers than you. I for one am grateful. Well done. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, I've read your work. Obviously you are doing something right. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I always greatly appreciate you stopping by. Tomorrow's hub is for you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MercCipher, I'm glad you found it helpful. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, thank you, and I suspect you are right about my two voices. I know which one I prefer, and I plan on shifting more efforts to that one. No, writing ain't for not sissies my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is a very nice thing for you to say. I am humbled my friend. Thank you.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      I knew, even before I clicked on this hub that one of the top things was actually to "write!" - Imagine that. :)

      I can write up a frickin' storm - I'm getting known for my writing, though in ways that I never thought: apparently, I'm going to be secretary of a few different "circles" at school next year b/c I was secretary of faculty circle. And they're going to have me write LOTS of grants. Oh and their website/blog.

      Okay, so I do non-fiction as my thing. I get that. And somehow, that love of writing is taking me in some crazy directions.

      My non-fiction voice is so sound, it's like music and even has a uniform vibrato, lol - I've put thousands upon thousands of hours into my craft.

      But as soon as I get into a routine, I really want to stretch my fiction muscle. I'm a terrible liar, see, but I can tell a story when it's nice and memorized.

      I guess I need to work on "lying" some more and "winging" it. Haha.

      I keep wanting to make short-stories for my classes, and it's not that I'm scared, but I don't want the lesson to "flop."

      Bottom line: non-fiction takes practice and fiction takes practice. I've been working on a novel for sometime now and I'm just not happy with the story - it's so freakin' linear. I'm glad graduate school made me walk away from it for a few months so now I can go back to it this summer with LOTS of ideas. :)

      *sorry I've written a novel here. I don't think I've ever recalled someone describing a writer as terse -- more like the opposite: verbose. :P

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you can write a novel here any old time you feel like it.

      I, unlike you, cannot write non-fiction. My fiction voice will not be denied.

      Try letting your characters tell the story in your novel. Interview them and learn about them, and then turn them loose to tell the novel in their words.

      Thanks lil Sis!

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I agree. My observation, whether regarding my own or those of a peer, is that when a written work is not successful -- is not published, is not reviewed, is not recommended, is not chosen, whatever -- that may be for any of many reasons, but predominantly it is because the work needs more work or more honing of the skills to do the work.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      It is certainly a lovely thing when we are able to immediately recognize those with their own unique voice and writing style, even when we may not see their name on the material. We just know. I believe I would know your writing if I just read a paragraph somewhere without your name on it ... now, that is unique!

      Indeed, we are all unique and our writing should be just as unique . It is beautiful when our writing voices are recognized for who we are as writers. If not, it sure would be sad to just blend in and not stand out.

      Blessings always

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      Peter Mwai 3 years ago from Kenya

      Amazing you got such a hunger for more Bill!

      I agree with you completely on one point in particular - adopting your own style, that unique voice matters. Looking at many blogs online, the successful ones tend to have that in common: they have a voice that seems to own the writing with little regard of the consequences. The result? A following hooked and religiously waiting for the next post.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love the way you start your hubs Bill, putting the readers at ease, asking them to get comfortable. You are like the friendly next door neighbour or good friend (which you are). Oh, you always offer a warning e.g. "if you aren't determined to work hard, or can't deal with rejection read no further," but I'm sure there are very few who stop reading there. There is a lot of advice available on the big wide Internet, but why would any of us wanna be writers look any further? We have the guru Billybuc right here.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very helpful article on how to be a successful writer!

      I agree with your views on dealing with rejections. Thanks for all the good advice and motivation.

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

      Bill, another great write. Recognizing writers unique style is important, there are writers whose books I would often pick off the shelf without even reading the jacket cover, because I already know I'm going to enjoy the read. The same goes for certain writers here on HP, we know what ever they publish is going to be worth the read, why else would we keep coming back to Mr Bill's page. :) Always a pleasure.

      Hope you're having a great day, it's pissing down over here. Take care now.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for that, Brian. Writing is not nearly as easy as people seem to believe it is...not good writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Faith, but that kind of unique voice takes a lot of work. I cannot emphasize that enough to beginners.

      Thank you dear lady, and blessings today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you famhauz! What can I tell you? I love writing.

      As for the unique voice, it is the same in singing...work and a willingness to stretch our limits.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thank you, and you are right...we are friends. Distance does not change that, and friends help friends, and that's what I hope I do. Have a great week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you chitrangadaSharan, and I hope you have a successful week of writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, whatever reason it is that you keep coming back here, I am grateful. Thank you for the kind words my friend, and enjoy your pissing down day.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Did I mention that I feel privileged to "know" you? You inspire me and I am grateful. Voted up, useful, interesting and always awesome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe you have, breakfastpop, but I am very grateful that you said it again. Thank you so much my friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      These are indeed the four keys to writing (or almost any other) success! For Key No. 3, I think that unique voice isn't just developed over time of writing, but developed over the time of life. Your unique style and subject matter were developed over a lifetime of experiences, not just writing experiences. Same for me and every other writer. Corollary to this then is to become a unique individual instead of just someone throwing words on a page. That skill will, one day, be totally eclipsed by technology. Unique voice and experience cannot. So developing both will be the future of successful writers. Great hub, as always! And sharing, of course!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I love the 10,000 hour rule. It certainly applies in the singing classical music. When I ask a student who is not improving about practicing, they often look at me blankly, as though the two are not linked

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you explained it better than I did. I should put your name on this hub. :) Thank you my eloquent friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I know exactly. The same when I was coaching sports teams. Practice like it's a game, and your game play will improve. Few understood that concept and it showed in their play.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I always take notes when I read your articles. I'm learning a lot from you. And, while it might be difficult to put a tag on your writing style I have to say that I always look forward to reading what you've written. It really is like having a face-to-face, candid conversation with you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! That is a kind thing for you to say, and it means a great deal to me.

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      Alexander Gibb 3 years ago from UK

      An excellent Hub, instructive and encouraging.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, searchinsany!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A successful write has experience and knows exactly what to write about a very interesting hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, DDE! Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the great advice Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, vkwok!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Another hub to get me thinking this morning Bill. I would like to think that I have a unique voice when I write, but I really don't know. I do think that my hubs have improved since I've started here, but I also check all of the bells and whistles for hubs. On the other hand, with the types of things I write about, it's not that easy to give it a unique flair. Thought provoking hub, thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you raise a good point. I'm not going to say it's impossible to have flair with craft articles, but I do know it is more difficult. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Like you, I have read and still read a great deal. I have seen and read many styles, which is why I write as I do. I have written since I was 12, a mighty long time, and FINALLY just got a writing gig from my local paper. It has encouraged me. When the time is right, I will submit a second article to my paper with 'Life at Boomer Lake.' Steve King was my Creative Writing teacher in college. I asked him what he attributed his 'success to', which was local work at the time. He told me to never give up, which was the soundest advice that ever had. I never did give up, and you can bet that I plan to go further.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, what a wonderful teacher you had, and what great advice. I'm not giving up either my friend. Keep moving forward and learn as I go.

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