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I'm Grateful to HubPages for Giving Me the Opportunity to Write

Updated on May 17, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

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I Have to Stop Writing and Go to Bed


It's 1:35 a.m. and I have to get up for work in 5 hours. I have to stop writing and go to bed now. But I can't...I am hooked.

In high school, I had a dream to major in English and be a writer, but teach till I became a good one. My father told me I could not major in English because there were no jobs. Like an obedient daughter, I listened to him and majored in Social Work. Oh yes, there are jobs in that field, but no money. I am happy doing the work I do. But I am happier writing.

I have dabbled in writing here and there over the years...poems tucked away in journals, newsletters here and there for myself, for my boss, for my team, love letters written to my husband, but I have yet to become a "writer." People have told me through the years that I should write a book. That sounds good but the reality of becoming a writer, finding a subject to write about, finding the time, finding a publisher, hoping and praying someone would think it was worthy of publication...whoa, all too daunting for someone like me who majored in Social Work instead of English.

Then I found HubPages. I can write to my heart's content, and although no one may see my words, I am WRITING !!! It feels so good. Words pour out of me. Time flies by, and I keep writing. I lose all track of time. 30 articles in 30 days were at first, "How am I going to find 30 different subjects to write about?" and is now, "I need to stop writing and go to bed so I can get some sleep."

I can't sleep after writing. My brain doesn't want to shut off. I am so excited about this new adventure. It's such a rush to do it finally. Day by day, more ideas pop into my head. I write the titles down on my HubPages account and save them, so I don't forget them. "I will work on them tomorrow, " I think to myself. Then I log off my computer and try to go to bed. But my mind can't settle down. The words and ideas keep coming, keep flowing out, begging me to get up and write them down, so I don't forget them. Words that are dying to be said. Stories that are screaming to be told. Piles of creative ideas that have been forming for years. I am WRITING !!! Oh, my gosh, what freedom to be able to finally express those heartfelt thoughts and burning words that have been in my mind and heart for decades. HubPages has opened up a faucet of writing for me, and I can't shut the water off...nor do I want to! I am so happy and grateful to have found a place to write. And at the same time, I am writing and also earning money. When I started writing for HubPages that was so exciting to me. And now that I have been writing on the HubPages website for six years, I am still happy and fulfilled by being able to write and earn money online from my writing.

There are other websites that allow people to write, but my first opportunity to write and publish my writing online was Hubpages. Am I really earning money from HubPages? Yes, not a lot but I am.

But the most wonderful thing about HubPages for me is the opportunity to write about anything and everything. And boy has my writing muse been having fun and letting it all out ever since! So thank you Hubpages for the opportunity to write.

Are You Interested in Earning Money From Writing?

If you are interested in earning money from writing, on any subject you please, sign up to write for HubPages today. There will some challenges for you, especially if you haven't written much online before. These challenges include:

  • Writing articles of 1,000 words or more
  • Writing articles, not just blogging
  • Including at least 3 to 4 photos
  • Adding a video when you can
  • Adding Google Adsense and Amazon Links to your account when appropriate

But the HubPages website has a tutorial section and helpful forums that give tips on how to be a successful writer for the HubPages website. I am not technically savvy, but by using the tutorials and asking questions of other HubPages writers, I have figured out how to do all of the above so it's not as challenging as you might think.

My experience with writing for HubPages has been totally positive and I can't recommend any writing website any higher than the HubPages site. I will always be grateful to HubPages for the chance to write and earn money online.

It's free to sign up as a HubPages writer, so what are you waiting for? Sign up today!


Copyright by Karen Hellier, 2012

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Well, I am happy to inspire but sad to dissapoint. It is still with the Publisher. The delay is being caused by photos. I was unhappy with the 1st proof, and so we are working on improving things. My Spiritual Teacher wrote nearly 1600 books so ten is well within your capacity. You are a young woman. Let go of some 'fillers' in your life (smile)

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      manatita44,

      Thanks so much. Great tips here. When I publish my tenth book I won't forget you...LOL! Congratulations on your feat of publishing a book though. Many people on here dream about that but don't do it.

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Billybuc has done that, and one or two others. Both traditional and self-publishing are important. The internet, e-books and websites, etc have changed things a bit. Publishers can easily be reached via the internet. They will all ask you to write a 'query' or a synopsis in todays market. They may want two chapters or three chapters from you to view and others may simply look at your contents page or your foreward.

      Your first chapter or even your first paragraph must be excellent, or you won't get past them. Try SHIPRA or Writers House. Available on the net but any probs come back to me. Keep you pictures separate from the book. Read and re-read your work, then ask friends to do the same. This has been a struggle for me. People very close to you will take it and keep it forever. I usually feel very sad when they do. Yes. I am sensitive to this. Buy The Writer's And Artists Yearbook from Amazon. It covers all the things that I mentioned.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      manatuta44,

      Thanks for stopping by. I am gearing up to write a book. I have one 3/4s written and have a great idea for a second. Can you write a hub on how to publish, find a publisher, or the best way to publish...self publish or through a publisher? I would love to read it!

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Excellent praise! You Father caused you to have two careers (smile) Seriously, follow your star. Bradbury reckons that you should practice, practice practice. So this is a great platform. When you feel ready and have achieved clarity on where you are going, then write a book! I am on my second.

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      Karen Hellier 6 years ago from Georgia

      LOL...we have a lot in common...just check out my profile, and now this too. I am not sure how to get you to my Epoll Hub. Any ideas?

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      I was looking for the hub you wrote about Epoll.com but couldn't find it. I found this hub instead. You just described me. I go to bed with words in my head! I hope you get some sleep; maybe after the newness wears off. God bless, Susieq4

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      Karen Hellier 6 years ago from Georgia

      WiseRabbit,

      That's a great idea. I will now keep a pad with me in my car to do the same. You never know when a good idea will hit.

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      Robin Turner 6 years ago from Western North Carolina

      I know what you mean, I love being able to write on whatever I want. I have so many good ideas too. Just wish I did have more time. But I am also doing other things I really enjoy, like going to school for my psychology degree. I find that the more I get out and do other things, the more ideas I get. I have a little notebook that I keep in my purse and sometimes have pulled over on the side of the road to write down ideas!

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      Karen Hellier 6 years ago from Georgia

      donnaisabella,

      May our faucets never be completely empty!

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      Donaisabella 6 years ago from Fort Myers

      Hey Karen, I feel you! I am so glad that you too have an outlet and well, let us enjoy this journey. Let the faucets stay open and just pour out, pour out until you are completely empty! Reminds me of another poem I wrote when I was working and my "mind" could not stop writing!

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      Karen Hellier 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, and the freedom to write what we want, when we want...even if it's 1:35 a.m.! Thanks for stopping by carter06.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Such great expression Karen, well done and I know how you feel, I am grateful to HubPages as well, even though we can't give up our day job it's the practice of writing that is amazing, isn't it??

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      You are a writer the moment you begin writing, whether your mind allows you to believe that or not. Congrats on finally feeling confident to pursue the writer within you! I stayed up all hours of the night when I first joined HP as well. It is a sort of weird addiction! :) Since then, I have still felt the passion for writing but am able to curb my late nights a little bit more now.

      I also keep a notebook of my hub ideas, however if you ever get "writer's block" you can check out the Weekly Topic Inspiration in the forums. The topic changes weekly and it really is great inspiration, even with those lists hanging in the wings! Welcome to Hubpages!

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