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Thoughts on becoming a successful writer and Hubpages author

Updated on March 12, 2014

Writing takes true patience


My response to AEvans

Thank you AEvans for this inspiration to prepare a long in depth response, I do believe in my writings as well mainly because of when I was in high school. As a student in grade school overall I was very studious, and use to study like a mad man, and when it came to note taking I simply loved it.

I also enjoyed listening to teachers a great deal, so the whole learning process itself of education, may have in fact rubbed off on me as I approached the later high school grades.

You know, back then in H.S. even though I was surely just a teenager, somehow my mind was always on fire (figuratively speaking) like an adult, when it came to creativity, and writing was one of my favorite things to do. The funny thing is, I didn't really enjoy English class much in elementary school and I was a New York City kid. So you can imagine the difficulty I had with it all back then, because our school system is totally screwed up here, and like many inner city schools across America and even many middle class as well as rural areas.

Manhattan Center For Science & Mathematics E116th NY, NY

This was the actual High School that I had attended in New York City, it has a 95% graduation rate, and has the highest success rate for school's in the City to send students to college, and ever since I went back in 1989.
This was the actual High School that I had attended in New York City, it has a 95% graduation rate, and has the highest success rate for school's in the City to send students to college, and ever since I went back in 1989. | Source

High School motivation

When I actually arrived at my 11th grade year in high school, it was the time when I found my true writers voice, my creative writing teacher read a few of my exam papers, and was blown away. From that point onwards she began to take a much closer look at me and my abilities to produce written words, she helped me to expand my potential in many ways.

She actually went out of her way eventually thereafter, to take out time from her normal class schedule, to give me private writing lessons. This was something I totally honored about my teacher, the fact that I was enabled to receive special treatment as a student of hers, which it surely began to help mold me mentally and shape the contours of my writing skills even further (I must have become a special project of hers).

At one point she even decided to section me off from the normal class, where I soon became the school editorial writer, and editor of their newspaper, "The Literary Cavalcade", was its name I'll never ever forget it. What was funny is the same thing had happened to me in my computer class the very same year, because I was performing far above, and beyond the other students. I guess it was because I began to fall in love with the idea of learning as a high school student, and computers was my joy and hobby back then as well.

Note: The image below is the article that inspired this one to be written, and its a worth while read for sure by Hubpages author AEvans.

AEvans interesting article that inspired me to write this hub

Title:  Have a dream ? Write for Hubpages it can become a reality
Title: Have a dream ? Write for Hubpages it can become a reality | Source


This is when I knew I had something that the average student has never found, I had a gift of taking words apart at their seams, and regurgitating them back into a smoother flow of sorts for many readers, and it really didn't matter the subject I was writing on, I have learned a valuable lesson indeed, and that was that I was becoming a true writer in my own right, just as you've found in yourself Julianna aka AEvans (A link to the first inspired hub she had me write that deals with cancer).

"Julianna, I love how you explained your experience here on the web in your hub, and how hubpages has helped you leverage things in your writing career. We all know that it isn't that easy at all to do such things, and so for you've managed to make such a profound impression on others here as well as outside networks, as a hubpages writer this is quite an impressive accomplishment to achieve my dear friend, oh yes indeed it is."

Once again AEvans, thanks for all the words of encouragement for all of us writers on hubpages, and for helping us become more motivated to be courageous like yourself, and to possibly help many hubber's find their true writers voices as well, no matter how tough or difficult things may appear to be. This hub is actually the second time you've inspired me to write a hub since I been on hubpages, and that definitely says something.

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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Hey there Ubanichjioke, glad you made it here to one of my old hubs. Yeah man it was a cool experience to fall in love with writing, even though I hated English class with a passion :)

      Thanks for the cool comment and for sharing bro!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      5 years ago from Lagos

      Aaaaa! I love this. What a privilege you had, such great things don't come easy. Wish I had such privilege.

      Awesome write! Keep the ink bleeding...

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hey Josh, You know how it is as a young child, when things have seemed quite dim at times when it comes to anything in life.

      Cheers bro to awesome writing, and enjoying its fruits of labor.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Julianna, I adored your article you wrote about writing so much it sparked this memory in my mind, and struck a chord with me.

      I had no other choice but to return such a response of a hub to you, mainly because of my strong feelings I had as well about being a writer as you've just learned here.

      Its so nice that you also have discovered this hub response I've made for you, and how you reacted to it shows that you truly are a genuinely authentic individual, who also happens to have a good heart and was only selflessly looking to help us all out with your sound advice through brilliant words of wisdom.

      I commend you on being so strong, you definitely deserve all the success you've gained in life, and all the future achievements to come AEvans aka Julianna.

      Your budd the Cloudy Dude!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Bravewarror, I'm not sure how I missed your response but its quite OK because these comment areas truly are timeless indeed.

      You're so right about us writers I do believe, many of us find our words from the darnedest of places that exist in the mind, and many of the motivations from life's harsh ways, whether it be good, bad, or from sources of instability either experienced or learned.

      Thanks for your patience, for visiting and for sharing with me here your insightful words, I loved your story and motivation for writing as well, and it would make a beautiful hub as well.

      Cheers bro to powerful hub writing, and I'll definitely check out your corner of hubpages now that you have located mine, see you soon your comment area & I have the feeling your hubs will be sensationally written.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Awesome story of you you learned and developed your passion for writing! It is inspirational, thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      You are a true writer indeed! To become inspired and write off-topic is not always easy. You are gifted and are an inspiration to so many cloud explorer. I am honored that you are following in my footsteps and you are asset to the HP community.

      No matter how tough things seem, just grab your surf board and ride the wave, your feet will plant themselves back on sand before you know it. :)

      Thank you so much for the wonderful tribute and I tip my hat off to you! You brought tears to my eyes with your eloquently written words. :)

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hey Debbie, thanks for commenting here, I'm so happy you made it to my hub and enjoyed reading it, yup its important to share the love every once and a while, and Julianna is a master at it, I'm just following in her foot steps, and ever since I joined hubpages.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City


      Yup, I enjoy tearing words apart, stripping them down, and rebuilding the back up somewhat. Like placing words in the incorrect context on purpose, but to derive at a much more enjoyable reading experience.

      Thanks man for visiting and for sharing this hub with me.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @cclitgirl , LOL sorry for all the typos or missing letters, I have no clue whats going on with my words falling apart here on hubpages, yikes.

      Anyhow I'm happy folks actually enjoyed this hub here, and yup the truth is no joke.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Mike what a great hub yes.. I love Julianna's writing and yours. Mike.. I agree with billy.

      Your hubs are all awesome my friend

      you always give me encouragement ...



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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      CloudExplorer, I know you from comments you leave on hubs of those you and I both follow. I'm always interested in what you have to say!

      I, too found my "knack" for writing at a young age. My profile says I've been writing since age 19, but that's not really true. My first bout was when I was 7. I illustrated a book (on construction paper) about elephants. To this day, the only thing I can draw that looks anything like what I intend, is an elephant. Probably because I first rode one at the Seattle World's Fair when I was 2 1/2!

      The first piece I actually remember writing was when I was in 5th grade in Catholic school (yes, TT I actually liked Catholic school!). We were assigned to write a story patterned after the TV series, Dragnet. If you're too young to remember, it was a detective series that ran in the days of The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Get Smart, etc. Anyway, my main characters were a garbage can, a sneaker, a baseball bat and a dollar bill. I wish I still had that composition book! I got an A+ on the story and it was years before I discovered drugs! ha ha.

      I think writers are born with a yearning. A way of seeing inside and beyond a given situation. I also believe many of us grew up as loners and relied on our imaginations to keep us together and moving forward. Thank God for whatever insecurities created our talent! Call it release, call it yearning, call it kinship, call it validation. We writers have something to offer and it all started with helping ourselves cope, survive, see and determine who and where we want to be!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Very nicely written...I have to say I love "taking words apart at the seams' and 'regurgitating' them. A very colorful way to describe a writer's mind and craft. You certainly do have a way with words.

      Voted this up and interesting.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Indeed, as you said, the Truth Shall Set You Free. You rock, Cloud (that's my short nickname for your now, hehe) and I'm enjoying reading your work!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Suzie HQ, My teacher was definitely one of a kind, and I am forever in debt to her, I wish I could meet her again I have no clue where she is today.

      I think I will try to contact the school to see if she's still around so I can thank her, that would be pretty awesome to do for her.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Julie DeNeen, inspiration definitely has a strong positive domino effect, and I'm just so glad that my teacher chose me to be the one to be shown a much more wiser technique of writing.

      I'm also am glad that Julianna chose to write on the subject of writing itself, I guess this hub was due to come out of me a well.

      Thank you for the cool comment and for sharing with me today, its nice to meet good people who really care for reading a persons hub entirely.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @CarlySullens, that teacher was the one who believed in my writ talent, and if she hadn't I actually may never have become an online writer so I owe a great deal to her for sure.

      Thanks leaving such an insightful comment, and was nice to meet you on hubpages, I'll try to make it my way toward your corner of hubpages soon.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @billybuc, Thanks bro for the cool visit and the kind words.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks CClitgirl for sharing your very insightful thoughts here, they count a great deal.

      Oh yes indeed motivation and inspiration sometimes comes from the weirdest, or even dimmest of places today.

      So, I just had to make my response to Julianna's hub into a hub itself, since it was far to long to fit into that comment area, and then I figured why not try to make it look good as well, and I guess the true does set some of our mind free for sure.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Beautifully written, it is lovely to read this tribute and how you got started into writing. You are a most valuable contributor to hubpages and I am delighted to have found your work! Your teacher certainly knew a good thing when you came along!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      This is a wonderful tribute to the people who inspire you! When we do something for another, we are never sure of the impact it may have on another. A good reminder!

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      Carly Sullens 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I love this personal story. It is nice to read about the people and know them behind their little 1/4 x 1/4 tiny picture. I am glad you had a teacher to champion you. Bravo!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julianna is an inspiration to all of us and once again, Mike, you have done a remarkable job of giving tribute to a talented writer. Well done my friend! Your high school teachers would be proud of you.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Beautiful tribute, CloudExplorer. I enjoy your writing and I'm deeply grateful you're part of the HP community. I'm thrilled your teacher took a special interest in you. You are the star! Thanks for writing this, because it's wonderful to be inspired. It's the drive the keeps us going when we're not feeling very motivated or inspired. Nice!


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