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Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Writers

Updated on February 5, 2014

Sing Along

“Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys

Don't let 'em pick guitars and drive them old trucks
Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
They'll never stay home and they're always alone
Even with someone they love

Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to hold
And they'd rather give you a song than diamonds or gold
Lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levis”

My thanks to Willie Nelson

And now change the lyrics for writers. Since I’m not a songwriter I won’t even try, but I think you get the point. Is this really what you want your son or daughter doing with their lives? If you truly love them can you really wish them well as they embark on a life of writing?

It begins here at the computer
It begins here at the computer | Source

The Constant Struggle to Pen the Perfect Line

Consider this for a moment: day in, day out, hours at a time, the writer will sit in solitude juggling nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives, mixing and matching, tossing to and fro, losing sleep and ripping out hair, all to reach a nebulous level of perfection only they understand.

They have read the classics so they fully understand what perfection looks like. That bar has been set unbelievably high, so high that they suspect they will never reach it, and yet every single day they try, a sure sign of insanity.

At an early age they discovered the joys of taking thoughts and putting them on paper, and they received the obligatory pats on the head from relatives and their elementary teachers told them they were “wonderful little writers,” but now they are older and reality is baring its teeth, and all the gold stars in the world do not a great writer make; no, that elusive perfection requires hard work and a dogged determination that few have.

Do we really want our youth to waste their lives writing?
Do we really want our youth to waste their lives writing? | Source

And Where Is That Praise Now?

Gone with the wind as the teen years fade from view and adulthood rears its ugly head. The husband has his job already and he can’t understand why his little homemaker is wasting her time writing for no rewards and ignoring household chores in the process…..or why she isn’t out in the real world working and making some money instead of this foolishness.

The parents want their child to make something of themselves. This is a tough world, dammit, and it requires people toughened by hard work and real life experiences….not some shut-in out of touch with life and flailing away at the computer ten hours a day…..and what kind of living can a writer make anyway? Seems like a sure-fire recipe for poverty if you ask me, they say. Lawyers make good money; writers starve. Doctors are pillars of society; writers are the dregs once the coffee has stopped brewing.

Son, if you want the nicer things in life then you need a profession that will make you some money; forget this nonsense and get out there and earn; consumerism needs you my boy!

No Promises My Lovely Daughter

What do you call a person who spends six months, nine months, twelve months of their life writing a novel with absolutely no guarantees that anyone will read it let alone buy it? A fool?

What do you call a person who writes 100,000 words, then re-writes it, and re-writes it again, and then suffers rejection after rejection from complete strangers all telling them that their work lacks voice, their work lacks depth and their work lacks talent? A fool?

In a world of instant gratification there is none promised a writer. A writer will spend years in anonymity. They will spend years building their platform, networking their tails off, making contacts and peddling their wares, all with no guarantees of success. Without an agent or a publisher the writer will hold books signings, do readings, join writer’s critique groups, suffer anxieties and self-doubts, and not once receive the “pat on the back” they dimly remember from their childhood.

Is that what you truly wish for your child?

A Recipe for Ill Health and Possibly Insanity

The sun does not shine on a writer’s studio. Interaction with their fellow man is missing; those lovely walks in the park are forsaken for one more page, and then another, rambling on in hopes of what?

They are the shut-ins, the recluses, the introspective introverts who find loneliness in a crowded room and safety in solitude, and what the hell kind of life is that for any sane person?

Their heroes are the Hemingways and the Steinbecks, hard-drinking men who said goodbye to reality at an early age and never again found it. Theirs is a path of uncertainty, stress, and diminished self-worth. Is that what you want for your little cherub, mamas?

We need the beauty that writers give us.
We need the beauty that writers give us. | Source

Yes Indeed It Is

For the love of all that is holy yes, that is what you should want for your child if they love to write; that is what you should want for yourself if you love to write.

Writers bring beauty into a world that desperately needs it. Writers soothe the savage beast in the hearts of men. Writers suspend reality and allow others to travel to places once only imagined. Writers fabricate, illuminate and educate. Writers are crucial to any advanced society that values information over ignorance.

Where would we be without the contributions of writers? What darkness would we find ourselves in if it were not for those gifted individuals who cast aside the naysayers and provide much-needed entertainment for the masses?

In a world that is constantly attempting to self-destruct through greed, complacency, apathy and yes, violence, writers provide a deep breath and a calming influence. When a country needs inspiration, writers provide it. When a lonely child needs comfort, writers provide it. When hope is seemingly lost, when sorrow threatens to overcome, and when a light is needed to illuminate the darkness, writers are there.

In other words, mamas, please encourage your children to become writers. We need them!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer and I don't want to live in a world like Fahrenheit 451....no way!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      The world would be a very sad and empty place without writers Bill. This was beautiful read.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      he/she can indeed, Deb, and isn't that remarkable?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A writer can bring beauty and inspiration to the loneliest of souls.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do indeed, Ann, and I am grateful for your friendship.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Certainly a friend to all of us, bill, and I'm glad you feel an empathy with me.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A teacher, an enthusiast, a guide, a mentor....don't forget friend. I feel like I know you, Ann, and it is a pleasure. Quite the gene pool you have going in that family. I hope one day to read about that granddaughter one day.

      Take care my friend and have a wonderful Wednesday afternoon.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Of course we should encourage the youngsters to be writers. I've enjoyed writing ever since I could do it. I've written for pleasure and I've had a few articles published. I'm writing now and thoroughly enjoying it but not for the money.

      My father, an optometrist, wrote plays, articles and short stories. He made some pocket money from that, combining that with his passion for photography. My mother wrote short stories. Dad was a talented technical artist and Mum painted.

      Now I have a granddaughter, 13, who has been writing, drawing and painting for years and has recently got the 'bug' for photography. I guess that's a result of the gene pool!

      You bet we're all going to encourage her to follow such passions, whatever she does with them. She knows it won't make her a fortune but she gets so much enjoyment from it all and that's the key. You can't keep a good writer, artist, photographer down - and who in their right minds would want to??

      Great idea to set out all the negatives, be realistic, and then encourage people to go for it! That's you all over, isn't it? A teacher, an enthusiast, a guide, a mentor. Brilliant! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lupita, thank you for the visit. It is a challenge indeed my friend.

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      LupitaRonquillo 3 years ago

      "all to reach a nebulous level of perfection only they understand." That about sums it up right there.. Writers are perfectionists, and not always to their own liking! We know exactly what we're thinking and want to express but the "expressing" it is the challenge!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Dianna, I agree 100%. My goodness, we need the Arts....school districts have to wake up to this fact. Thank you for all that you do.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      As a teacher, I love it! Yes, encourage children to express themselves through writing at an early age. We need people who can move mountains simply by the use of the pen.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Rasma, we don't want you busting. Glad you are getting it all out. :) Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Love your inspirational pieces. This was great. I write and have been writing since I was little. Yup, wrote some poetry when I was around eight. Then in my teens. I write cause I love it and I have to get it all out otherwise I'd bust. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, tammyfrost. I appreciate you visiting.

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      Tammy Frost 3 years ago from Oregon

      Interesting Hub... Thanks so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, your kind words embarrass me although I know that was not your intention. Thank you! I guess I'm just a cheerleader at heart and I want all writers to succeed. You are the best my friend. Blessings to you and yours.

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Well Sir William, how very true your words are. It is a struggle; there is no guarantee of success; and we as writers may well be our own worst critic.

      And yet...

      We struggle, we strive, we work in obscurity for unknown time periods attempting to please ourselves in order to change the world; or to change a single person. Or sometimes, to simply change ourselves.

      Another outstanding example of why you are the beacon for us all. You shine brightest in the darkest night, drawing us as a moth to a flame. Then your warmth of spirit inspires us to achieve something we desire deeply. Thank you Bill, from me for all of us here and all who follow. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you have a lot of hair and you are young; no worries about pulling it out. :) Thanks lil Sis; always nice having you visit.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Haha, that line about ripping out hair? yeah. I get that. Ya know, I know I am a writer, but more and more I'm seeing it as a natural extension of what I do. I haven't had as much time this semester for commenting on blogs and things like that, and my course is being determined for me as I speak; however, I am still journaling and writing papers and I know that many of the articles I write here from now on will have a lot to do with Spanish stuff...so...pull hair out....yes, it might be my Spanish pelos and mis uñas that make me go loca. ;)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you so much. Every once in awhile I write a sentence that I feel proud of; that was one of those sentences, and it is nice to have someone recognize it and affirm it. I thank you my friend.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      As soon as I read the title, I laughed and just knew this was going to be great. Your closing paragraphs say it all, and so well! I love the way you wrote this.

      “In a world that is constantly attempting to self-destruct through greed, complacency, apathy and yes, violence, writers provide a deep breath and a calming influence. When a country needs inspiration, writers provide it. When a lonely child needs comfort, writers provide it. When hope is seemingly lost, when sorrow threatens to overcome, and when a light is needed to illuminate the darkness, writers are there.”

      Perfect. :-) Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I'm sorry about the death in your family. My heartfelt condolences my friend.

      The Seahawks were unstoppable; great win.

      I will be able to say one day that I knew you back in the day when you were a struggling writer, before all the fame, and that I predicted it all. :)

      Thank you my friend

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Magnificent and inspiring article, Bill! I felt my heart quicken as I read your rallying words of encouragement. I listen to Robin Williams in the 'Dead Poet Society' and wish someone would have said something similar when I was in high school or college. All that matters is that now, I am finally 'home'. I am with 'my kind', and I could not be happier.

      An interesting oddity---I have been at Hubs one year. I tell people that

      I am in a creative writing club. NOT ONE PERSON HAS ASKED TO READ ANY OF MY WORKS. Do I come across as a half wit with them afraid I am going to sit on them and make them read some of my works?? I have a sneaky feeling my husband is standing behind me rolling his eyes. That's all right. They are all going to be so surprised

      when I am the next literary genius!! I must admit, no one would be any

      more surprised than myself. Ha, ha

      Oh, I just love it when you get us all fired up!!!

      How about that Super Bowl Game?? We had company who grew up

      in Seattle, so we helped them cheer on the Seahawks. Yes, I am a big football fan. Poor Peyton! I would not have wanted to be around him

      after that game.

      Wanted to add that I think Robin Williams is one of the greatest actors of our day, and he has been sadly overlooked through the years.

      I am a little behind--company, death in the family--. I'll slowly get caught up.

      Great article, Bill!!

      Thanks, as always,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No errors that I can see, PS; stated beautifully as always. Where would I be without writing? I don't even want to think about it.

      Have a marvelous day on this chilly Friday.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O bill

      That person who pens a skadillion words and then works and reworks is no fool...that person is a writer.As you know, it is not just about what happens after it is written. It is about what happens within while it is being written, at least for me.

      I have had some epiphany moments through writing. I have scaled some mountains and chased out a few demons by letting go through writing

      You say it well....that is why I keep coming to visit.

      Angels and blessings are on the way.. I hope this does not have a million errors...my computer is having issues so I can barely see this!!! ps

      Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jon, I am amazed it took this long for someone to write the lyrics. Thank you for that; I was going to attempt it but figured I would just butcher it. You are very welcome and I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 3 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Many thanks for this article, Bill, it has renewed my resolve in the writing craft and I look forward to reading many more articles from you. Write on, write on.

      ~~~

      “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be writers

      Don't let 'em craft pentameter and write 'bout old yucks

      Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such

      Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be writers

      They'll always stay home and they're always alone

      Even with someone they love

      Writers ain't easy to love and they're harder to hold

      And they'd rather give you a sonnet than diamonds or gold

      Crumpled up papers and fading fountain pens”

      ~~~

      Sorry, couldn't resist.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you vkwok...always happy to share my thoughts. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this awesome hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, good afternoon to you. You leave the greatest comments. You always leave me with something to ponder and consider as I go about my day. A man of depth you are, Sir, and a joy to call a friend. Thank you and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill, good day.

      How many, quite a few touch bases are you covering here , very meaningful: beginning with " mama's" , going writers, parents and beyond ; " parents want their child to make something of themselves ..."What else are parents for in first place anyway? Creating future generation is a solemn duty of healthy and sane adults. ( Malfunctioning by choice, better to reconsider their value...) No. Yes, your hub have instigating and intransigent truth " reveled " to me decades ago to share and to 'give ' concerning " mama". Remembering one, making sistematic observation of many, including the mom of my children ,- mama has been positioned where God couldn't send the angel, or personally be there. Just imagine, God created Adam and the rest of humanity from very start on has been entrusted to Eve. Fulfilling fantastically her position ,- except where the interference of cowardly, greedy selfish and unreasonable " men (?!) "by creating legislations to destroy mentally, spiritually and physically mom's and mom's to be for their selfish and savega adventiges - make mom's position unbearable. Only if- by eliminating this obstacle the world might become a " paradise" once again.

      Oops! It's about " Grow up to be writers..." A brilliant writt, my friend. So revivifying," writers suspend reality," -never heard before while living it- truth though by whatever it means and beyound .

      Writing. Reading and writing. Reading does stimulate a charisma in a child elevating above the imagination and fantasy a gift of writing. A real world is it where we go browsing lead by that small voice creating lasting , positive quality of being precious and beyound value. Not necessarily "of

      worldwide significance" , often locally contributing to happiness and edification those whom we might never meet , still knowing we've done what was expected.

      Voted awesome and useful.

      Blessed day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I like the way your mind works, so naturally I agree with you. :) Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Uplifting, Bill! When you have a gift, never listen to naysayers. They're either jealous, don't understand it, or harbor motives that have yet to be revealed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh great, Shyron; now your husband will hate me without even meeting me. LOL Oh well....just keep writing my dear.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill!!! Did you talk to my husband, behind my back? (Lol.),

      My Hubby hates my computer and can't understand, that I love to write.

      And I also love your hub and will print it for Hubby, he will not go near my computer.

      Voted up across the board, and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tipoague, we will be fools together then and proud of it. Bless your mother for that encouragement.....she's a keeper.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and I you, Sis! I'll be by shortly and take the mini-cameras down....sorry about that. LOL

      Hugs my dear....and respect....and love...all yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I would love to meet your granddaughter...yes, that is a writer and bless her for it. Keep encouraging her....for our sake. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, good morning my dear. How are you on this chilly Thursday? Yes, we need to write...story over! There is no sense in fighting that which is at our core. It would cost far too much to extract it. :)

      Have a wonderful day my friend and thank you.

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      My mother has always supported me as a writer. She even scolded me not to long ago because I had given up writing for a bit. I tried the job life and found it wasn't for me. I kept finding myself drawn to writing.

      We need more writers. I admire those writers that do not fear to tap deep in their imagination to create inspiring pieces.

      I feel blessed to be a writer. Thank you, again, for your amazing post. (People can call me a fool anytime for writing. :) )

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia.....you are needed...never forget that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wiccan, don't give up. You are a very good writer with a specialized niche; it takes time. Let me repeat: you are a very good writer.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Jesus...come and pick up your spying equipment - THIS MINUTE! lol

      you must be peeking in my window, yes Bill-bro??

      I believe you nailed it - insanity it is - and i was just questioning it AGAIN before i dropped in here..

      btw - you had me at 'Don't let your babies grow up...' Je T'ADORE Willie...

      and youxx

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Not sure what it says for me but none of my four children ever wanted to be writers. I do, however, have a granddaughter whose goal in life is to write. She doesn't look at it as a career but her life. THAT is a writer. She is facing the arguments, "you can't make a living writing", "you need a career", and so on. Yet, she wants to write. I encourage her on the side without getting us both into trouble. She will write because she loves it.

      We will always need writers for they are the dreamers that help us to dream.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Hello my lovely friend Billybuc

      Your titles always make me have to read. They're what I call inviting and curious. Love 'em.

      What do you call a person who spends six months, nine months, twelve months of their life writing a novel with absolutely no guarantees that anyone will read it let alone buy it? A fool?

      (tell me about it)

      Yes, we're fools, but we cant help it. We have to write and as you say, the world NEEDS writers!

      Loved that film - also the fact that Robin looks incredibly like my 'ol man. Love Robin and the ol' man...

      Its nearly Friday Bill. Which means weekend is coming! More time to write.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting and inspirational hub, Bill. I love the conclusion!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      "They have read the classics so they fully understand what perfection looks like. That bar has been set unbelievably high, so high that they suspect they will never reach it, and yet every single day they try, a sure sign of insanity."

      Billy, I don't know how you got those cameras into my apartment, but I'm going to have to ask you to come take them down.

      Seriously, this was brilliant. I'm going through an on-and-off career crisis lately so this was very nice to read today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I sure hope so, Faith, because I have the age thing down pat. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you know me too well. Thank you for your kind words and for sticking around until the end of this article.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe we are, Vellur; hats off indeed. Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Like a fine wine, we improve with age : )

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I must admit, you had me going there for awhile, but then I remember whose work I was reading! lol Good job and inspiring in of itself!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I do have one that she was probably talking about. It was published two years ago.....but I would still wait for the new one...I'm a much better writer today than I was then. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, following one's passion gives true happiness. We writers are there to inspire, encourage and keep the world going just as you say. Hat off to all writers writing away!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I figured it out now ...Jackie was saying she ordered Bill's book and I assumed she meant you, but obviously she meant the other Bill we follow who has a book. I did not mean to rush you. Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Lol someone was saying it was published. Yes, one with an ending would be a lot better! Hugs : )

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, the answer to your last question is no way....and applause for your statements prior to that. How does one write about life without living it? If someone can give me an answer to that I'll lock the door to my writing studio and have my meals delivered. :)

      Thank you Sir!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my dear, why don't you wait until my new novel is completed. It will be much more enjoyable for you to read. Might as well read my best if you are going to buy a book of mine. :)

      Thank you as always; I hope that son of yours is able to feed his passion one of these days.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cynthianne, 50% is a very nice percentage. The reading world is blessed to have your family. Thanks for the share and visit.

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      Cynthianne Neighbors 3 years ago

      Out of 6 kids, I have three writers. Yes, I am proud. :) My other three children have come into their own careers, so no worries there. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, Mamas and everyone else encourage your child's passions! Great article dear Bill. My son is truly gifted in art, music and writing, but alas, he has three children to feed and I do encourage him to write ... I guess in the middle of the night when he needs to be sleeping lol. The other day I found a notebook of some of his writing, and it was excellent.

      Up and more and sharing

      Speaking of books, I believe I need to order your book!!!

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Just the same as miners told their sons not to follow them 'dahn't pit', eh? I suppose that's why there were so many Welshmen and Geordies etc penning poems about the darkness etc., down there.

      However...

      Watching people, being amongst them in McDonald's or the supermarket, watching their frailties, their foibles. Listening to wisecrackers in the pub, braggarts, fools, drooling old men in their dotage, smiling up at the wiser men who think them past of it. That's the fuel of writing.

      Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway lock themselves away to write? No, they went out and about, looking at, listening to their fellow men - watching old or young fools, blah-blah. You can't write about what you can't see if you're stuck bashing away at a typewriter or on a laptop. It ain't on, chum!

      No point waiting for inspiration. What did one writer say, it's 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration. That's the way of things. Even if you won a fortune on the lottery, would you stop writing?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, that might be a good idea. :) There are definitely some lean times as a writer; I'm going through one of them right now having lost a couple customers due to the economic crunch....but I can last until things get better. Best wishes to you my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, it can be a struggle at the best of times. Luckily my financial needs are few, so I have the luxury of seeing this through to the end....but this is a tough gig for someone with bills piling up and no other means of support. I hope you stick with it my friend; the world needs you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words Donna; I can't imagine doing anything else. Thank you and best wishes in your endeavors.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      As long as they are happy and healthy... writers they may be. :)

      I better start saving now; I may need to finance a pre-best seller period!

      Good fun to read this one, but with a lot of truths lurking underneath.

      Anna

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Why do I wake up every day to face these impossible odds? I am blessed with a wife who has faith in my abilities. But after months of pitiful earnings, even the strongest of faith begins to wear thin. I believe that what we do as artists is important. It connects lives and finds beauty in the ugliest of places.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I understand burnout...that's why I'm not teaching any longer. Hopefully I don't burnout on writing because I don't know what I would do if I did. LOL Thank you my friend and welcome back.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I really can't imagine doing anything else. I'd as you know, I would rather live my passion as a writer than to do what someone else says is the right thing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a great title! All Mamas want their babies to grow up and be the best they can be in whatever field they choose. My first time back to reading in awhile. Burn out, Wooah! lol. Another good one Bill....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Sheila! You brought a smile to the face of this old teacher. Reward accomplishments and not just showing up. I'm with you all the way my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, for me, writing requires a great deal of passion and patience...and thankfully I have both. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Heather...you had it right the first time..I was listening to the song and the idea came to me to substitute writers for cowboys.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing requires a certain amount of passion, and patience great writing here and you said it well a ''fool.''

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      HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

      There you go again, using music as an inspiration to your writing. Unless you just found the perfect song to match your writing inspiration. :) Either way, well done.

      Heather

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I think there are too many times parents and teachers don't do enough to encourage young writers. They give out gold stars and praise for mediocre work and the kids never see a reason to improve. I should say that applies today since, when I was younger, there wasn't all the psycho-babble about not wanting to hurt a kid's fragile psyche by telling them something negative. The adults who truly see a gifted young writer should find ways to get that work into print.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you for sharing your experience. I can't even imagine what my dad would have said if he were alive...I know for a fact he didn't think writing was a job.....well, it is probably just as well he passed on and didn't have to see his son now. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yep! Day in and day out, it is such a struggle. I remember when I retired from the real work world and announced to my parents that I was going to write, they tried to look like proud parents, but both of them got this look on their face that showed me they really wished I had decided to do something else. I'm a grown woman, so they didn't dare share their true opinion because they never tell their children what to do. So, my mom responded with, "That's nice dear!" And, with that comment they changed the subject. I guess it was too hard to bear the thought of their daughter suffering the life of a writer. But, while they didn't want that for me, writing is something that brings me back to life. As hard as it is to find that perfect word or phrase, it is the ultimate high to experience the result of constant editing until it feels just right to me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, I started practicing that lifestyle six years ago and I have never regretted it.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Don't you find that when we let go the money aspect of our passion everything becomes more easy? We remove quite a lot of stress and I think it gives more power to our passion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, I would have quit years ago if money was the motivation behind my writing....this is what I do...as natural to me as breathing. I can't stop. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Dora, your close friends are missing out on some very good writing. Keep following your passion my friend, and thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Fool! I'll take that if all it means is that I spend my time writing without the guarantee of readers. None of my close friends (outside my HubCircle) read what I write, and yet . . . Another great hub for writers. It lacks only thing--your voice singing that song. Thanks, Bill

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Bill! We have to follow our passion whatever it is : writing, painting, basket weaving, etc. It doesn't mean that we will get paid for it. But if our passion is strong enough it will feed our soul. If the only reason for writing is money the person must be ready for disappointment because it's not so easy to be paid for any art form.

      Have a nice day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, as well as anyone, you provide the beauty this world needs. May you continue to provide such beauty for years to come my friend. Peace and blessings coming your way.

      billy

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      In a world that is constantly attempting to self-destruct through greed, complacency, apathy and yes, violence, writers provide a deep breath and a calming influence. When a country needs inspiration, writers provide it. When a lonely child needs comfort, writers provide it. When hope is seemingly lost, when sorrow threatens to overcome, and when a light is needed to illuminate the darkness, writers are there.

      Brilliant once again Billy and I am a great believer in allowing children to reach their full potential and through finding their true selves. So if writers they want to be then so be it. Voted up and shared Billy and wishing you a great day .

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stages, thank you so much. I will always support those who bring information and beauty into this world.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indulge away, Mari! The world needs you.

      Thank you and now write some more.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Thank you thank you thank you, such an inspirational piece and so very true. Blessings and hats off to you teacher :)

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Love, love, love. I am motivated to keep indulging in my reckless passion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh I love that song, Eric...now I will be humming it all day long. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I often think of this song and another one -- Night Rider's Lament. And then I count my blessings.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I try, Jackie! Maybe I have too much time on my hands and should get a real job. LOL Give him some encouragement and see what happens.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it will breakfastpop; we need all the writers we can get in this world....give them a hug and tell them job well done.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My son can write Sci-Fi and does the art too himself but he has a great job and has never said he would like to have a book in print, but I wonder. I guess I should encourage him, I just had never given it any thought billy, so glad you brought that to my attention. You give so much food for thought!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      This is a fabulous piece. I have to say, both my daughters are gifted writers. One is a songwriter and the other a very funny essayist. I also have to say that both have other jobs, but the joy of writing will stay with them forever.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am too, Randi....life is just too shot...go for it!

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Victoria, I am very happy for you and excited because you are excited. Your enthusiasm will take you a long way; never lose that.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then, Sha, you better listen to your mama...they always know best you know. :)