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Listen to your Writing Muse. She is Rarely Wrong

Updated on April 10, 2015

When Did It All Begin?

I really don’t know. I can’t pinpoint a particular time when I first fell in love with writing. I don’t know the exact moment when my muse first spoke to me.

I have a recollection of high school, sophomore year, and a creative writing assignment. I don’t even remember the particular assignment but I remember the teacher’s comment on my paper. He said I had a gift for writing and he hoped I would continue. Such a simple statement of affirmation….twelve words that gave a young man the support he needed….important enough that I have remembered it for fifty years.

Fourteen years ago the muse began to speak more loudly to me. I began to write short stories. I did nothing with them, but I found myself drawn to my writing studio at odd hours of the day and night, an idea driving me forth and demanding my attention.

And then four years ago I simply said “to hell with it,” quit my day job and began the life of a full-time writer.

Today my muse speaks to me daily and I have learned to listen to her. Oh, she can be a difficult wench. It’s not all roses and chocolates with that one. She is demanding for sure. She is relentless and rarely does she leave me alone, but I love her and I know she has my best interests at heart.

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People Are Always Asking Me

How do you do it? You seem to have a never-ending supply of words and time. How can you possibly write as much as you do?

When I started writing full-time I was writing seven articles per week plus taking care of customers for my freelance business. It’s true, I wrote A LOT! It was just flowing out of me, the spigot turned wide-open by my muse. She supplied ideas and I supplied the words, and if I do say so myself, I was a bit prolific. It didn’t seem like that big a deal to me. I wanted to do it, I had ideas, and I had the desire. Writing is what writers do, right? So I wrote.

And then one day my muse told me to start writing a novel. She was being particularly sweet that day, so I listened, and today I have three novels finished and another in the works.

Without really knowing it, a shift had occurred and it is continuing today.

I went from seven articles per week to five, and today I write four per week and plan on dropping that to three next week. The shift has, indeed, occurred, and you can blame it all on my muse.

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What Happened?

It was, and is, just a natural progression. That’s all there is to it.

I don’t get as big a thrill writing articles daily as I once did. I do get one hell of a thrill out of writing novels. Something had to give.

My muse made the decision an easy one.

I was sitting at my desk a couple Mondays ago, preparing to write my articles for the week. I had ideas. I had the time. What I didn’t have was the desire. I was tired of writing “how to write” articles. I was tired of writing about urban farming. I wasn’t tired of writing; I was tired of writing about those topics. At the same time, I couldn’t shut my brain down because ideas for future novels kept flooding in. All I could think about was Eli Baker and Liz Myers. All I could think about was solving crimes and distributing retribution. All I could think about was how to structure this novel and how to extract my characters from the peril I had put them in.

I was excited and could hardly wait until the next writing session so I could create another storyline.

My muse had spoken.

And she was correct in doing so.

There’s an old saying and it goes something like this….you gotta dance with the one that brought ya.

The muse brought me to this time and place.

I have to dance with her.

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So I Will Follow

Oh, I plan on continuing the Mailbag series because I get a kick out of answering the questions, and I think we all learn from picking each other’s brain. I’ll write a reflective piece each week because I really do enjoy that kind of creative, contemplative writing. The fact is I really enjoy writing on HubPages. This is where my writing family resides, so I’ll always be around as long as I’m able to write an intelligent sentence.

But other than that, my creative efforts will go into my novels, and that’s where they should be.

The point of all this is not to say goodbye because I’m not leaving. I’m simply stating that a writer must follow their muse. Writing needs to be fed by passion. If a writer doesn’t love what they are writing then what in the world is the point of writing?

When I started writing online I set a goal of one-thousand articles. It seemed rather silly at first, but I’m a goal-oriented person and that was one goal I could sink my teeth into with glee.

I’m now at 972 and counting. With the end in sight I have set a new goal: I want to have eight novels to my credit three years from now. I have three so I have five to go. I can make it. Like the little engine that could, I think I can, I think I can, I know I can.

And I know it because my muse is pointing the way to success.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      So for sure she is a female. Are there male muses????? (or is it musi). I envy your great passion...though I admit to having several. And they change daily. I love it that way though. You are always full of words..I guess that is really good...LOL. Keep it up Bill and I am always here for the focus end of it.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow, as always, I feel like you are talking directly to the reader. I am so glad you are following your muse's gentle prodding! YOU are a novelist and this IS the path you have to take. Time does not wait for anyone. I feel like I could talk to Eli and Liz, you have turned them into such believable characters.

      I SO want to see Shadows Kill made into a movie. My greatest excitement would be who would be playing the parts of Eli and Liz? And Jimmy? ALL of them? There is nothing better than reading a thriller like yours and then seeing it on the big screen!

      I KNOW you are going to be a great success, AND I am glad you are still staying on the hubs.

      Between writing your novels and taking care of your home, wife and critters, you will still be plenty busy.

      God bless you always. PS: First crocus sighting today at the church grounds. Raining, chilling damp, but God rules the seasons and Spring is on its way. Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I'm full of something. Not sure it's words. LOL Thank you and I hope you have a day filled with your passions.

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      Sherri Tuck 2 years ago from Virginia

      My muse speaks to me in my dreams. I have been known to get out of bed in the middle of the night and write much to the dismay of my husband.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm very excited for you, Bill! Call it/her what you want, that little voice inside each of us is nothing to be ignored. Best of success on those upcoming novels!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      And you are doing exactly as your muse directs you to do. She will take you on as yet undiscovered journeys, Bill, no doubt about that.

      Many will read the articles you have already shared and will learn and benefit from them.

      And we will look forward to your novels and whatever else comes forth.

      Hugs and good wishes ....and many blessings as this new part of your journey begins

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 2 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I love this! Gives me hope for my own writing. I'm on to writing a novel now, with a couple of short stories "interfering." But what I noticed was the lack of inspiration to write the articles - I thought that was because of the demise of Squidoo, and difficulties adjusting to HubPages, but now I think it might be something more along the lines of a muse pushing me in a different direction. Thanks for this insight!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherri, that is the sure sign of a writer. Thanks for sharing that. You brought a smile to my face.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Susan! I'm pretty excited with this new journey.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS. Please not that I'm not leaving HP. I don't think I could do that....but I do need to scale back and concentrate on the novels. Thank you for always being here my friend.

      Blessings and hugs, filled with the love of friendships, heading your way

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jptanabe, listen to her. There is no sense forcing articles out if your heart isn't in it. They will appear inferior and nobody wants that. Follow the voice my friend, and best wishes to you.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Keep following your muse, she has served you well, it appears. I decided to write because I can't draw. My father was an artist, my brother was an artist who worked as an engineer. I have nieces and nephews who are artists and art teachers.. We all have to express ourselves in our own ways.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Don. I can't draw a lick either. If I couldn't write I would be totally mute. :) Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Your muse is definitely pointing the way to great success, wishing you all the best.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Vellur! Best wishes to you as well.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your muse seems like the kind of gal I would enjoy hanging out with. Writing is a bug. Once bitten, you just can't shake the symptoms, one of those symptoms being the urge to write all the time. I'm not sorry to say I'm glad you were stricken by the writing bug because you are a fabulous writer. I truly enjoy reading your work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Marlene. I'm so looking forward to seeing you this summer.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, it has been so long since I've been here. What a perfect article to start with! I love your muse and I especially love the way you take her ideas and run, no....SOAR with them!

      I am really happy and excited for where you are going!

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Follow your Muse, Bill! I certainly can relate to you wanting to move on from the article writing to more fiction, but I'm selfishly relieved you still plan on doing your Monday mailbags...5 more novels in 3 years? I certainly wouldn't bet against you. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you exceed your goal! Good luck and God Bless!

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I find this very interesting - to be in touch with our muse - to know what it is - and to follow it.

      I guess this can be applied to any facet of life, not just to writing. I think you're onto something powerful.

      Good luck with your novels. Only five more in three years - that's quite an accomplishment to achieve. But I know you can do it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! She's never let me down yet, so i'll keep listening to her words of advice.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa. I can't leave HP, but I definitely need to cut back and start in on the next novel.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Same here, Bill. I wait with much anticipation to meet you.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You always have to listen to and follow your muse Bill, wherever she may lead. Congratulation on finishing your latest novel and good luck getting it published. I'll be lining up for a copy.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      If you are not using your muse so much these days, can you send her my way. I'm feeling decidedly uninspired. Nicely done as always. Voted up ++

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      And we know you will make it, friend Bill. You have to follow that star. Life is like flowers, we are green shoots, we bud, we flower, then we die. Some people are annuals and only have one shot, and some are perennials, resurrecting and coming back to life for career after career. It is good when we old hands can do that. I wish you much success in your new path and hope to see more from you soon.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I hear a lot about muses, Bro.

      I am all for following the inner voice. Once it's clear what's being said, then I'm all for obedience to the inner voice. Good on you. The philosophy of Self-transcendence is truly a remarkable one. God bless you with more books, according to your will and consciousness. Peace.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      My muse is fine for ideas. If she could only edit:-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm sure that your obedience to your Muse is an asset to your relationship. And as you learn you teach, so it can only get better. Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glenn. I appreciate your confidence in my abilities and yes, I think this applies to all facets of life. Best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      See you soon, Marlene!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John. I hope that day comes. I just have to convince an agent to take on my project, which seems much harder than writing a book.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catherine, I'll have a word with her and see if she wants to take on another project. :) Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I love your analogy (or simile)....I'm a perennial...I like that. :) Have a wonderful weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita. I need all of God's blessings as I move on. Blessings to you as well, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ha Ha, Larry. I like that. Thanks for the chuckle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, she hasn't steered me wrong yet, so I guess I'll keep listening to her. Thank you!

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Your passion for your major characters is so key. Good for you, and your muse. I'm a bit concerned with setting a goal of number of novels in so many years. I got bit by that one, so be sure your standards are kept up, and let the number slip a little, if you must. I know you will do it. We'll all enjoy the journey with you!! ;-) "I knew him when..." ;-)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      It makes me happy to know that you are focused on what it is that you want to achieve Billy.

      Teachers have such a responsibility to find the thing inside their charges which makes them feel good about themselves. I was fortunate, I had two male teachers, both of them encouraged me to write and made me feel very 'special'. I will never forget. Sometimes I feel as if you are the third, thanks for always being so supportive Billy.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Go, Bill, go! You can do it man! You've got what it takes!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks for that interjection. No worries. I don't release anything until it meets my rather lofty standards. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Sally. That was a very sweet thing for you to say. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. Your encouragement and belief in me mean a great deal.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      I'm happy for you, Bill, that your Muse is so literate. Mine speaks to me when I am lying in bed half asleep so I quickly grab a pad of paper and a pencil to take notes. Then when I awake in the morning, there are my thoughts. Unfortunately, I cannot read what I scribbled the night before.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Bill,

      You truly stretch your goals. That is why you are a role model for so many of us. And yes, you surely can dance with your muse.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Best wishes for the future, Bill. I hope your muse continues to inspire you and that you achieve all your writing goals.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      You write about your writing journey beautifully. Do you think you would have still become a writer had a teacher not mentioned it? I had a teacher who compliment my writing when I was in first grade. That's very young, so it's questionable if she was just being nice or not, but it definitely inspired me to write, constantly. I wonder how many students go after something if a teacher brings their attention to that particular talent.

      I'll never get tired of your voice! It's conversational, intelligent and comical. Speaking of which, do you have any suggestions for someone who wants to improve their voice? Or, do you think after most writers have found a voice they're comfortable with it'll always sound repetitious to them, even if others enjoy it?

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Respect the muse I say. Hope to keep in touch. Jamie

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      True. One should follow his muse because she knows better about the interests and talents and the possibilities of success. It is great to see you reaching your goal of 1000 hubs within some more days. It is a great achievement to be proud of. Now your desire to have 5 more novels should also be easily accomplished. I wish for your success.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I have a living muse for my comedy writing and I am hers! My mom is my regular writing muse though she is in eternity. She was my biggest fan and encouragement and I think of her constantly when I write. Thinking of her inspires me to grow and write better. I sometimes think of her reading my latest piece and sending me an email of enthusiasm! I'm tearing up so I'll say goodbye, but I love your hub!

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Oh that I had such a muse. It must be wonderful to sit down to write your 'articles' for the week! I have bought 2 books today, what are they? First world was diaries from the trenches for research into non-fiction subjects. Do carry on Bill, I like so many others look forward to your hubs. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      It's love!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, that would be the problem for me. I'm sure my notes would look like hieroglyphics. LOL At least you have a note pad and pen waiting for you and you think to write things down. To me that means you are a true writer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suhail. My muse is my guiding light in writing. I'd be a fool not to listen to her.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I'm going to give it my best try.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I think that is a question that should be in Monday's Mailbag. What a great question. Just for me...I think voice develops and changes over time. I read a lot of mysteries, and I particularly like to read authors who have a series of books with the same characters. I have noticed that their voice changes over the fifteen or twenty years that they write about those characters. It might be a subtle change but it is still noticeable if you look for it. I'm going to answer more of this question on Monday. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Jamie, we'll keep in touch. I'm not going anywhere. I just won't be here daily like before.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      Thank you!

      That makes sense. Yes, please do elaborate on your thoughts during a mailbag!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dear Bill, I am so glad you are listening to your muse and doing what is best for you and your writing career. One can burnout here on HubPages with the How To articles and writing on the same topics over and over. I am glad you are keeping the Mailbag Series and your moments of reflections hubs going. Writing seriously ...and writing novels is serious business, requires much focus and much time and not too many distractions and feeling pulled into too many directions.

      I have cut back on my publishing here, obviously, but when I come up with something I feel I want to write, then I write it and no pressure on time for me. In other words, I do not want to publish something here just to publish something.

      I wish you much success with your new goals of five novels over the next years.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. It certainly seems like a normal progression to move on from HubPages to concentrate on writing novels. I don't think anyone is going to become a household name by writing for HubPages, although if anyone can it would be you. I have no doubt that you will write 5 more novels in the next three years. I look forward to the day when the name Bill Holland is atop the best sellers list.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Your followers love you for your honesty. You are direct in your thoughts about writing. I was starting to worry about my HP articles because my story (novel) seems to be consuming my time and my thoughts. I feel better now. I know we discussed putting so much of it here, but I do appreciate the feedback.

      My husband's twisted sense of humor...every time he sees me writing he says, "what are you writing, a book?" The answer is yes, yes, and yes again.

      I know what you mean about your characters, I sometimes feel like I've known them all my life.

      Whatever you write here we will read. We'll follow you just about anywhere....there may be a place or two we don't want to go ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Oh that I had such a muse. Non fiction seems to be my bag along with poetry. More power to your elbow Bill. I wish you well, you deserve it. ( I did answer above but from face book).

      Graham.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I love your goals and I have set myself 1000 too, but it might be several years for me to reach those as I also have a graphic design muse pestering me too. Isn't it funny how all of our muses are perfectionists? Works of art would never be the best they could be without our muses. They are the special parts of us providing inspiration when there is none plus more! Voted useful. x

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I know what you mean. An elbow digs me in the ribs and I have to write about whatever is in my head or the elbow keeps prodding.

      I'm glad you're continuing with the mailbag and the pensive articles because, apart from your stories, those are your best in my opinion.

      I love reading any of your writing and when life gets back to normal (i.e. back home - as normal as things ever get!) then I'll finish Res.Tob.

      It's a privilege to have a muse; we can't ignore it and we can't deny it.

      Hope your weekend's a good one, bill.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I greatly appreciate your support, my friend. Writers need support and with online friends like you I know I will succeed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, thank you for sharing that. Beautiful and touching, my friend. Go dry your eyes and have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Graham. I have been fortunate so far. I am doing something I love to do at a late stage in life, and I can't imagine life without writing. I'll be by to see your new article shortly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's love for sure. Pop! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I decided to answer your question in a new article next week. Stay tuned and I'll dedicate it to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. I rode this horse as far as I could write her. Now I need to get on the express train and punch out those novels. I appreciate you very much, dear friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I look forward to that day too, and I look forward to the day when your travel articles appear regularly in magazines. That day is coming, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! Yes, you are writing a book, and a good one, and I hope this inspires you to keep writing books. You have a future for sure, and I don't just say that to everyone.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Graham. You do something with poetry that I could never do. We each have to follow our own muse.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne, I can't imagine following two muses. I fear I would never sleep if I had two. :) Best wishes to you and thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ann. The weekend has been very nice. Today we plant our garden, always a day I look forward to. Rebirth in the back yard, a constant reminded that life goes on with or without my permission, so I might as well get on the train and ride it as far as I can. :)

      Have a brilliant Sunday, my friend.

      Bill

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Yep, asking how a dedicated writer can keep writing is like asking someone how they continue to keep walking. :) And I'm glad you continue to bless our HP writing community with your wisdom and wit. Have a productive week ahead!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi. I do confess the question has always confused me. Writing is what I do...how can that be a mystery? Have a great week and thank you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Follow the muse. Writing for the sake of it isn't worth the effort (been there done that!). Follow your muse and you'll achieve your goals as well as having a ball on the way

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - This is one of my favorite hubs. (although I like everything you write. Its uch a beautifully expressed demonstration of one door slowly closing as another opens,of one of those shifts in life we don't expect, but then half-way through, you realize it is exactly the right change. Here's to many more novels and essays and whatever else you and the muse can agree upon. :) Blessings! Theresa

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Lawrence. I'm having a ball. How about you?

      I know you are, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Theresa! There are so many surprises out there waiting for us. All we have to do is be receptive to them when they arrive.

      Have a wonderful week!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I too find myself wrapped up in the dilemma of how to balance blogging with novel writing. I have three blogs and my Hub Pages activity, and it requires a great deal of time management effort to pull myself away from this to hack out a few sentences of fiction once in a while.

      That muse really can be a b**ch, can't she? She wakes you up in the middle of the night and makes you get out of bed to jot down a note. But she makes me feel too good to kick her out of the house. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know the feeling, Mel. I'd like to kick her to the curb at times, but she makes me feel sooooo good. LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - You're wise to be attentive to your muse. She hasn't steered you wrong yet. Your writing future undoubtedly lies in the novel. If you continue the pace you've begun, you'll soon have a shelf full of completed full-length fiction.

      Besides, you have such a huge inventory of hubs published on this site that your fans have plenty of your best essays, articles and stories on hand to get their "Bill" reading fix in between your novel launches. Many of your best pieces are even better in the re-reading...sort of like a good stew when the flavors mingle overnight.

      Jaye

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      Lana Zakinov 2 years ago from California

      You're absolutely right about letting passion and muse guide you. I think sometimes I experience the writer's block because I'm not passionate about what I'm writing. But I'm learning to recognize that spark of excitement that says: there's something there. Glad to know you're not leaving HP for the muse, I'd much rather prefer to have you around!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Jaye. With as many articles written, I was bound to write a few that could be considered golden oldies. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kalinin, thanks for sharing your experience with the muse. No worries about me leaving. I'll always keep my toes in the water around here.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      On whatever pathways your muse leads you, I'll be eager to read your work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian. That is kind of you and I appreciate it.

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am glad that you stick to writing where your muse guides you. I know how it feels to be completely into writing articles, and then become more passionate about other writing projects. Without the desire to write certain things, it's not worth doing unless necessary. It only makes you feel like you're dragging your feet.

      I can barely wait to start letting my muse guide me a bit more. I remember the feeling of being so deep into a story, and it is a grand feeling.

      Have a great day, and thanks for sharing this with us.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Kathryn! Good to see you again and I hope you are well. Thanks for adding your thoughts to the discussion.

      Bill

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Bill,

      Inspirational to check in and see your goals/ game plan ...I have every confidence in you that you will accomplish everything you set out to do.

      You and your muse make an awesome team.

      Have a great weekend and see you next time. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. I always love it when you stop in for a visit, and I look forward to the interview going public next week. Happy weekend to you, dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      All of us on HP are grateful to your muse, Bill. Wherever you both lead us, we will definitely follow!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Genna. I am very grateful for HP and my HP friends. Thank you!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      billbro.....I caught a glimpse of the 2nd half of your title and thought, "Awwwww, how sweet, bill is bragging about me again..."

      This hub spooked me out, Bro. It's as though you've been reading my mind..(no wise cracks about too many blank pages, please...be nice)

      Seriously, I've squabbled back & forth with my muse for a few months now. I blame her, she blames me. The jury is still out, but if she doesn't become a bit more active and inspirational, I'm gonna have to let her go.

      Then I'll be on my own..... feeling sad and lonely~bored and frustrated. You know, how husbands feel when their wives are angry with them. I hate to ask you this bill, but in your SPARE time, think you might be open to holding Professional counseling sessions for more harmonious relationships between writer and muse?

      I'm just sayin................Peace & Love! Sis....UP+++pinned

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sure, Sis, I'll just squeeze that in and get right on it. LOL Who needs sleep, anyway?

      The title was actually a secret message to you and wouldn't you know, you figured it out. Bravo! I would change the word "rarely," though, and just say never.

      Kick that muse to the curb and get a new one. She ain't worth hangin' with.

      love ya, Sis!

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      Frida Rose 2 years ago from Maryland

      It was great to follow your journey in this hub and to find myself relating to it. I have always wanted to write, so I always wrote. I went from short stories, to songs, to poetry, then magazine articles, resumes, and I've recently landed back on poetry.

      I never understood or even tried to explain the reason I did so much hopping around; I always knew I was following something inside myself. Now, I will call her my muse.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frida, treat her gently and wish love and she will never let you down. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your Muse may be pointing you to success, but you have the drive to make yourself SUCCESSFUL, and you will...

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! Few vehicles get anywhere in neutral. I'm just trying to shift to the higher gears. :)

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