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Show People Who You Are As A Writer

Updated on March 21, 2014

The Human Connection

I do not follow the latest technological advances; thus, I am fairly ignorant when it comes to what a computer can and cannot do in the year 2014. I suspect, although I have no proof, that computers can now “write” an essay without human intervention other than the coding necessary to make it happen. I also suspect that computers can write articles about transmissions, sewing, painting, and the environment.

If that is true, then what is the value of a writer? What differentiates a writer from a computer code?

The answer, of course, is the human connection. As writers, we are able to move beyond the technical and add our own unique voice to the craft of writing, and that is a point we should never forget. In fact, if we have a brain in our heads, we really must cultivate that fact in order to progress in our endeavors.

For those of you out there who have visions of one day becoming a published author, or of seeing your blog site one day visited by hundreds of thousands, it is vitally important that you allow readers to know who you are as a writer. You need to take your uniqueness and allow others to see it. In a world with millions of writers, the one thing that makes you different is, in fact, you. Use that to your advantage.

I follow a great many writers on sites like HubPages and Bubblews, and I also follow quite a few blogs. However, from the hundreds of writers who I do follow, there is only a handful that I know as real people. The rest are simply names and words on a page. What has that handful done that makes them stand out in my mind?

This is me....my name is Bill Holland...but I am so much more than a name
This is me....my name is Bill Holland...but I am so much more than a name | Source

Do Not Hide Who You Are

Writers are people. Besides being writers they are parents, sons, daughters, children, homemakers, engineers, teachers and a myriad of other things. They all have triggers that make them happy, make them sad, and stir their loins with passion. They all have five senses, and those senses come alive when introduced to certain stimuli.

One of my greatest disappointments as a reader is that Harper Lee, the brilliant author of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” was so reclusive. After writing one of the greatest novels in history, she followed it up with…..practically nothing. No follow-up book happened; rarely did she give an interview; in other words, I knew that Harper Lee was the author but I had no idea who Harper Lee was, and I felt cheated by that fact. Here was a woman who obviously had passion, and who obviously felt very strongly about injustice….but beyond that, I was left with practically nothing. I think that is a shame.

Yes there are millions of writers out there in the cyberworld, but there is only one you. Allow your readers to meet you as a real human being. Write a dynamic profile. Allow your likes and dislikes to shine through your writing. I promise you that there are literally millions of people who have similar likes and dislikes, and those connections are what will appeal to others.

Allow Your Passion to Shine

What is your passion? Once you answer that question then assume that there are many readers out there who share that passion.

Write a mission statement that clearly defines your passion as a writer AND as a human being. It will help you to focus on what is important to you as a writer. Once you have done that, then let that mission statement be your guiding light in your writings.

I shudder at the thought of a computer writing a short story. I would rather have my fingernails plucked out with pliers than read something that has no passion.

Learn to communicate with your audience

This is where I live....writers are always welcome...stop by any old time and let's get to know each other
This is where I live....writers are always welcome...stop by any old time and let's get to know each other | Source

Make Yourself Accessible

Give your readers as many opportunities as possible to meet you as a real person. Do book signings. Teach writing classes. Do online vlogs and videos. Include your website address and your email address whenever possible, and make it known that you are interested in interacting with your readers.

This writer has gone so far as to include his cell phone number and invited his readers to call him. Am I nuts? Maybe, but I’m also a writer who truly wants to make a human connection with my readers. I write because I have a passion for writing; I reach out because I have a passion for human beings.

Stimulate Conversations

If you are passionate then show it. Get on Google, get on Facebook, get on Twitter, visit forums, and advance your passion. Start your own blog about your passion.

I have one friend who is passionate about healthy eating. I have another who is passionate about the environment. Most of their writings reflect that passion. Most of their Facebook postings reflect that passion as well.

Focus on your passion and advertise it. Focus on your passion and get people talking about it. Eventually it will be like the old word association exercises. Someone will say “environment” and the first person they think of will be that writer who always advances the environmental cause.

Share Your Journey

I have said this before but it is worth repeating: I am willing to bet that if I decided to take a cross-country road trip, I could find a fellow writer who knows me in practically any city I visited, and that fellow writer would be excited to have lunch with me. Why?

It has nothing to do with my writing ability; it has everything to do with the fact that I have allowed my readers to see me as a real human being, someone they can relate to….and because they can relate to me they would be interested in meeting me in person.

I have made no secret of my past. I have not hidden my weaknesses or my mistakes or my other human qualities. I deliberately opened myself up for public scrutiny because I want my readers to be able to see me as a living, breathing person who is every bit as “human” as they are.

Share your journey with your readers. A blog is a wonderful vehicle for this purpose. Little sidebars on your articles are helpful tools for doing this. Again, this is all about making that human connection that I believe is so very important.

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One Final Word

Yes, I am passionate about writing, but I am even more passionate about my fellow human beings. I think it is so very important that we reach out to others. As writers we have been given a gift. We can not only put nouns and verbs together to make an intelligent sentence, but we can also add adjectives and adverbs to make our message dazzling and meaningful.

As a society we are losing the ability to communicate person-to-person. We see text messages and instant messaging by the millions hourly, but how many phone conversations are happening at the same time? It is easier to text than drive over and speak to a friend face-to-face. There is a growing trend towards anonymity that bothers me. Faceless entities transmit messages with all the personal appeal of a turnip.

Let’s reverse that trend right now. I want to know who you are and I know that your other readers feel the same. Allow them that; open yourselves up and become more than a name on the computer screen. By doing so you just might find success as a writer that you didn’t know was possible.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I truly consider you a wonderful friend as you know and love your passion for writing. You are one of the people that makes me get up int he morning and continue on this journey. I must say once again just quite simply, "Thank You!". Thank you for being you and for letting us in and get to know the real you. Honestly, I am so humbled by this and honored to have you as a friend indeed in my corner (always). So, thank you once again and now wish you the best of weekends again, too.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      As always a great hub Billy. Last night I decided to return to my writing course for once and for all. This past month has been quite enlightening for me and I now know for sure that even though I love sharing my poems and my world on here(this I shall continue to do by the way)I need to stretch my wings ;I need to learn and organise myself with a proper website; a portfolio and all else. There is so much I need to learn and I am feeling very excited about it all. Before I was pushing myself because I thought I ought to but now I 'WANT' to. The great thing is that I can continue to learn form you as well as carry on sharing and reading hubs of so many who are by now very dear to me.thank you Billy for all your support , inspiration and great friendship. I wish you and Bev a wonderful day and send you both lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Excellent hub, Bill. I too, do not want to read a story created by a computer! I've learned over the past few years that sharing your passion does engage others in conversation as I had done when I told the world how important dogs are to me. :) I've met some amazing people just by saying those words-some with the same drives, motivations and many who have shown amazing support. One of the reasons I love Dean Koontz is due to his newsletters and funny personality. He's a real person (and he loves golden retrievers)!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I will always be in your corner. I have said before that I value loyalty greatly, so you've got me for as long as you write. Having said that, I am humbled by your words...thank you my dear, and enjoy the heck out of today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, this hub is definitely not for you. You are one of the writers who I admire because you have allowed us all to know you. Bravo to you for being willing to expand your horizons and take on new tasks. It will pay off in the future. I love it!

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Liz! Koontz is a great example and I appreciate you mentioning him. Carry on my friend; it is a pleasure knowing you.

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      Emma Rafferty 3 years ago from Liverpool

      Excellent article as always Billy. As a new writer I was recently told to use article spinners to make more money on articles.

      I naively looked on one spinner site and was appalled. It is not all about the money for me. It is about the love of the game so to speak and the article spinner left me with a sour taste in my mouth.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I'm going to shout it out to everyone! Thanks, Bill, for the confidence.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Nice hub, Bill! I know many things about you thanks to your writing, but I'm sure some things about you would surprise me if I met you in real life. I try to write about myself in my hubs, but sometimes I get too personal. In my Swedish blog I write too much about myself. Sometimes I have to tell myself to stop, LOL! I prefer hubs by Bill instead of hubs by computer.

      Enjoy your weekend!

      Madeleine

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I am always pleased to read your work as somehow you manage to encase pearls of wisdom, kindness, passion and even, a real kiss ass attitude... all within a professional polished shell.

      However, I also read because I like your persona. Your moral radar is fully functional and you say what you mean. Life is too short for anything else.

      Great article. I am always open and honest in my comments so I hope my personality shows through there and it is always seeping through my writing, even when I should be keeping it silent in factual pieces...

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emma, I think you made a wise decision. If the passion isn't there then the joy isn't either, and writing without joy just isn't appealing to me. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mari, it really is my pleasure and you are very welcome. Thank you my Idaho friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Madeleine, thank you! There is a line that most writers will not cross; it isn't necessary to tell everything to our readers. :) We might get an X rating and not be allowed online again. LOL Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, you definitely reflect this article. Your voice and your personality do show. There is nothing stilted about your writing at all, and that was one of the goals of this article. Our personality has to show through; otherwise, we are just one of millions with no distinguishing characteristics.

      Thank you for your kind words and loyalty. Enjoy your weekend.

      bill

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am trying to do exactly that to show who I am and and more. Interesting and useful to all writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, you are succeeding. Keep doing what you are doing.

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, another wonderful hub. Your voice shines through in what you write because you are passionate about the art of writing. What you write will not ring true to others if you are not true to yourself.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true my friend. This, I believe, is an important lesson for new writers...we need to become part of our piece. :)

      Have a great weekend in sunny Steilacoom.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub as always. You are passionate about your writings and always share what you know with all of us. You have let yourself shine through your writings!! Voted up.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great advice Bill, as always you have valuable information and a knack for making it interesting.

      Mark

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi Bill,

      As I was reading this I was thinking, "I bet I could write an article about Bill Holland AND I bet he could write one about me as well."

      I think we both would be pretty accurate, and our articles would be interesting. Not that either of us have the time to do that right now as both of us are knee deep in projects!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You can only say so much about chickens Billy and you done said it! Oh would you believe I got two little yellow chicks, I think one is a rooster, should be an interesting summer. lol......

      Love you guy.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      You're right, Bill. We have to believe that we're worth knowing. You inspire me. Perhaps, one day I'll meet you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur; that was my goal and it is nice to know that I achieved it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark. I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a nice comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I agree. It would not be that difficult to write about any of the HP writers who have given us a glimpse of who they really are...and I think it is very important to do so. Thank you my friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, hooray for those chicks! Roosters can be a pain in the butt, but they are better than peacocks. LOL Have fun and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, it would be an honor to meet you one day. Let's cross our fingers and hope it happens. Thank you kind lady.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is such an important message, Bill. I can understand text blasting announcements like, "It's a girl!" But, it's not OK to text "Will you marry me?" When it's that personal, you just have to put the phone down and go see the person. Bill, you're the same person online as you are over the phone and I suspect that you will be the same person when I see you face-to-face. I have a brother who lives in your state and the next time I go visit him I will make sure to include enough time in my schedule to have lunch with you and Bev. I feel like I know her, too. I look forward to the day we all meet face-to-face.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that would be wonderful. Let's do it! Make that visit soon my friend and Bev and I will dazzle you with our sublime personalities. LOL I so look forward to that. Thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes. The most important is to use your down voice.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Michelle, and you do it well.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      That's the real quality of a writer to prove himself as a writer in every respect. Great hub from a great writer!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I've often said I have more online friends than face-to-face friends. I've met so many people who reach out to me and I them. We have conversations outside writing forums. We touch base because we're thinking of each other. We send cards to each other, cry when we need to cry, vent when we need to vent and laugh - a lot! Sometimes, we even pick up the phone. I've even made friends outside HP who like my articles or blog posts or comments in forums. It's wonderful to be reached out to because someone wants to get to know you better. To get to know you as a person. After all, we are people first above all else.

      Great article my friend!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      This is an excellent hub and full of important tips. I find time is my enemy as my fingers are in too many pies. I am referring to my home responsibilities, as well as, writing. I love reading books and I follow some blogs and hub articles as time permits.

      Your hub makes me think I need to re-evaluate my priorites. You are so persisitently dedicated, and the strides you have made since you started with Hubpages are surely impressive. I always learn something new when I read you articles.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Rafiq. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! Writing has been a remarkable experience for me, and it is partly because of other writers like you. I am a wealthy man and continue to be so in this great community.

      You are a doll!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, we do what we do. If your priorities work for you then there is no reason to change....you know that. Thank you for your kind words. I love HP and I love writing, and hopefully that love shows in what I do.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Your passion is indeed shining billybuc by your willingness to help other writers. You are so right about being passionate. It is passion that allows us to give the best of ourselves and produce quality work. I like the way you reach out and share with others. You are setting a great example! Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am trying, cecileportilla. It is nice to hear that my works are received in that light. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Love that you discussed Harper Lee. Her behavior is a great example of the romanticized, old style stereotypical author. They needed and wanted solitude to do their "art." Today, that model is as dated as the manual typewriters used to craft their masterpieces. To be disconnected is to be dead in the market.

      It's also, in my opinion, a rather arrogant position to take. "I can't be bothered with those little people that read my books." This doesn't mean that authors need to offer unrestricted access. But they do need to be in touch with the readers--the markets--they serve. That's the crux of the issue, actually. Writers have a difficult time seeing themselves as sellers and marketers of information and entertainment. They desperately want to "artists." There are a lot of writers and artists who are hoping to be discovered (emphasis on hoping), as if publishers are beating the bushes to find the next Hemingway. Not! For publishers, an average talent author who has a huge following is worth two hundred of 'em hiding their talent in the bush.

      Leaving soapbox now. :)

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I think you have a good lesson here for a writer trying to make a name for himself or herself. I hope to do that someday, but it wouldn’t be conducive to my daytime job, so I hide behind a silly name.

      You mentioned Harper Lee, and another came to my mind, Margaret Mitchell, who never wrote a followup to Gone with the Wind because she said she was sick of the book and ordered all her papers burned upon her death. Alexandra Ripley came along about 20 years ago and wrote a sequel that was to me totally out of context for Scarlet O’Hara. It was obviously written for a commercialized market and had little of “real Southerners” in it. One reader shared my viewpoint by saying “its sparkling characters … distorted into something ‘mass market’ and extremely unacceptable.”

      Today a person can buy plots already written for them, and I assume those are the ones you are referring to as "written by a computer". All they have to do is supply the setting and maybe the color of the characters eyes and hair. Many romance writers and some mystery writers who gin out books and series of books write from such plots. I was very disappointed to read somewhere that George R.R. Martin farms out his plots to such writers, but the books come out in his name. Now that I am in book 4 of his Game of Thrones, I am getting tired of the redundancy. I’m not sure my interest will hold out to finish the series.

      Talk about impersonal writing! Advise aspiring writers not to do that, friend Bill. Voted up++

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You know what makes this hub so special, Bill? It's that you practice what you preach. Your passion and compassion are evident. Thank you for just being real!

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

      The video was fantastic. What a crazy world. Love you man. The greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it is happening. So I just shut up and listen.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy

      I love the title underneath the image of you 'This is me....my name is Bill Holland...but I am so much more than a name' .

      Oh yes - that one really speaks to me - you are certainly much more than just a name. Thanks for being such a good mentor and friend Billy. Your family must be very proud of you.

      Have a great week-end.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, and what a great soapbox it was! LOL It is amazing to me the number of writers I am in touch with who don't understand the marketing aspect of writing. The days of Hemingway are gone. If you don't market you don't make it as a writer...period!

      And now I'm stepping down from my soapbox as well. :) Thanks Heidi!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points MizB....quite a few contemporary writers churn out books at the rate of two or three a year, and you see their name and the name of another writer on the title...and guess who actually wrote that book. James Patterson comes to mind immediately.

      I don't like the trend, but who really cares what I like? LOL

      Carry on MizB and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, I made a promise to myself when I started writing that my readers would know me as a human being....and so far I have managed to do that. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, what a great line...the illusion that it is happening. Love it and love you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It has always been difficult for me to open up, but i'm working on it. I love to laugh and i love poetry. I have often thought about having a blog, many of my friends have them, it's more like a visit to post there. This is another great ' how to ' hub. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. What did we do before you arrived on Hubpages? Smiling...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Sally, thank you. I think they are; I would hope so. :) I appreciate you my friend. Have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Ruby, evidently HP did quite nicely before I got here. LOL Thank you for your kind words. If you start a blog you can count on me to be there.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Your passion for others always shines through and knowing you writing and that you are there is an inspiration to me. Thank you Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, thank you so much. That was very nice of you to say. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you!

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Another great hub, Bill. It made me sit back and revisit my purpose for writing. The YouTube video was excellent - I had to take notes! LOL! But on a serious note I realize I need to revamp my approach to my blogging if I want to establish and increase my audience. One of the first steps I'll have to take is update my profile pic! :)

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great Hub. I can guarantee you one thing, if you ever make it to New England, Terry and I would love to take you to lunch, dinner, or anyplace you would like to go. Why, because of exactly what you wrote about. To me you are more than a great writer, you are a friend who I have had the pleasure to get to know and who I have the utmost respect for. And if you don't make it here we are scheduled for a trip to Seattle in the Spring of 2015 for my nieces high school graduation so expect a phone call :) Have a great weekend.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      You are the real deal, an honorable man who keeps his word and shares his gifts. Glad I know you as a writer and a friend.

      Have a beautiful weekend. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zainab, especially with blogs, it is important to represent yourself as a real person. People will respond if you do. Best wishes and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it's a date. I will mark the spring of 2015 on my mental calendar. I will be a joy to meet you my friend.

      Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for the kind words and for your friendship.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You are so right that person-to-person communication is a dying art. I'm fed up with computer games, texting in the extreme and so much more. I loved the days of letters (if one could not talk face to face) and today's emails are just the same as letters, though faster which is great.

      We certainly do need to make our voices felt, our individuality recognised. As writers we have to expose ourselves and our emotions; if not, we cannot connect with all those readers who will otherwise themselves identify with our emotions and experiences.

      I've just spent a day showing our French friends around the beautiful city of Bath. They can't speak English well and relied a lot on my French; however, they smiled and thanked all of those with whom we interacted in shops and cafes, they tried to put across what they felt and they succeeded. We communicated well with lots of people we'd never met before and our day was all the richer for that. The fellow in the pub was so pleased that our French friends were trying an English 'steak & ale pie'!

      Communication is vital and as writers we have to show who we are and what we want to say. Otherwise, there's no point in writing. Words on a page have to transmit emotions and voices.

      You have so much to say, so much to contribute; you are the ultimate writer because we all feel we know you so well. Your emotion and your voice ring loud and clear through your words.

      I'm going to hit the sack after a long and delightful day. Enjoy the rest of your day, bill! Ann

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful write dear Bill. I am a bit of an open book in my writing and commenting, so, hopefully, most everyone knows who I am as a writer. I am sorry I missed reading at lunch, so I am here at dinner lol. Stay true to who you are and never change. We are human beings and as such, we all need that human connection with others. We were created to feel connected to others. It is so important to have a fulfilling life ...the real deal stuff. Have a glorious weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria my dear, I echo what you said but reverse it about you. :) Did that make any sense? LOL A writer who just failed miserably at communicating...that's what I am.

      Thank you dear friend. I wish you a peaceful weekend.

      love,

      bill

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I didn't realize how much I missed hubpages these last few months! Another great article.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I don't even know what to say when I receive praise like that. I guess thank you will have to suffice. As for your story about the French friends, I love it, and it perfectly summarizes this article. Communication is, indeed, vital for us all.

      Enjoy your weekend my friend and thank you for leaving such a meaningful comment.

      bill

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      Tracie Bruno 3 years ago from Delaware

      Thank you for your article. I have just begun my adventures in writing. The writing has been almost therapeutic, as I reflect on what I know, and what I feel I have to share with others. I am trying to find my own voice, after years of trying to please others. Your message about revealing myself as a writer hit home. As I grow and learn and explore new ideas, I hope I find the words to share with others, as you have.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'll share dinner with you any old time. Thank you for taking time from your evening to, as always, leave an insightful comment. Have a wonderful weekend and blessings always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Phoebe, welcome back. You are always welcome in Mr. Holland's Neighborhood. :) Thank you!

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      Thank you

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      People are so full of wonderful quirks that I find it hard to believe computers will ever be able to imitate personal stories and idiosyncrasies. I enjoy catching a glimpse of raw expressions of humanity -- failure, fear, triumph, uncertainty, rage, joy, pride... . Only another person can truly create and connect with readers this way.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good eveningBill.

      Once again the most helpful which in my case implementable after an implosion. There might be many, however not everyone is William D.Holland that people would be interested meeting in person. See, inside of me deeply engraved from previous life 'don't popularize yourself' , more often than not causes hesitantly to use personal pronoun " I " , even when required. ( Is there a substitute to LOL ? )

      Up, useful and interesting.

      Make a great weekend my friend.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Strangely enough, I read an article this week about computers that are writing news stories. It's a scary thought, especially if the strategy spreads to other areas. I enjoy learning about a writer by reading their words. Thanks for a thought provoking hub, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tracie, welcome to the adventures of writing. I hope you find as much joy in this as I do. If I can be of any help feel free to reach out and ask questions. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Phoebe!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, you said it all perfectly. Thank goodness we have writers in this world. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I respect those who are hesitant to use "I" in their writings. We need more humility in this world. Carry on being the person that you are. I find that person to be engaging and enjoyable.

      blessings this weekend my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, that does not surprise me. I suspected the computers were capable of doing that. Still, without the personal touch, the work of a computer is not "writing" in my opinion. Thanks for sharing that my friend.

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

      Bill, you are one in a million! But we are all different, would Harper Lee be more or less inspirational if we knew her better? I'm not sure ....maybe she gave as much as she was prepared to give, and by living in isolation she is being true to herself, maybe she is happiest far from the madding crowd. While I really admire people who are comfortable putting everything out there, that simply isn't me. There are things I love to share and there are things I'm not comfortable sharing. However, I do see your point, the people who read our work can relate on a different level when they can identify with the writer, I know I do with you. Having said all that, I like to think that my poems and comments clearly show who I am. Excellent work, inspiring and thought-provoking as always. Take care and my very best to you.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I hope I shine through in my writing. I'm not really sure.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, your points are valid and I respect them. I mentioned Harper Lee purely from a selfish viewpoint....I wish I had seen more of her and I feel cheated. :) I certainly respect anyone who does not want to be in the public eye, but unless you are the second coming of Harper Lee, it does help to become one with the readers. :)

      I hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mylindaelliott, your voice is uniquely you and in that respect, yes, you do. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Bill,

      Once again, your thoughts are right on. When we share our true selves with each other and our high and lows in life. This does allow the connection with those who read our work. It allows us as writers to convey to the readers, we are just like you, go through the same wonderful and challenging life situations as you. The only difference is we write about it, share it. And hopefully it will be a blessing for who ever reads it. This was a blessing to read. Shared and Up she goes. :-)

      Blessings & hugs!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I understand the reluctance of some to do this, but I wouldn't trade my experience for anything. This is why I write...the human connection.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the wonderful lessons, Bill!

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      One of the appeals that hubpages has always had for me is allowing me to share experiences and personal thoughts. Not all websites allow you to do that because they are too stringent with their subjects. I can only hope that my personality shines through my writing n hubpages half as good as yours does.

      Then, I'll be happy! Thanks for great info, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, vkwok; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, my personal opinion is that your personality does shine through. Keep on keeping on my friend, and thank you!

      bill

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Top class advice Bill. My early hubs were just collections of poetry I had written years before. I guess one's poetry gives some sense of who they are but it is also an easy vehicle to hide behind and often a way of expressing things they can't in real life. It took becoming involved in the HP community (thanks mainly to Nellieanna sharing my work) that made me open up and begin to read and comment on others hubs. Being a somewhat shy and reclusive person, I began to feel accepted and comfortable here and began to reveal my personality more in my writing, even writing essays on my life and where live and including my family and animals in my writing. I received such wonderful feedback from people who enjoyed getting to know me better that I now have no qualms about sharing more personal details, feelings and events. I have made some true friends here I think. Your hubs are a continued inspiration and encouragement. Thanks.

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      Once again, great advice here. I hate to try and have a conversation with someone only to have them distracted by texting, so the idea of a computer writing a story is appalling to me.

      I have a passion to write, but low self-esteem, and a fear of commitment. My self-esteem came from childhood experiences that I feel hindered my early years as an adult (and occasionally now) . For a long time I was told I was too stupid to amount to anything. (This led to making sure I didn't use the word stupid when raising my children.) My fear of commitment comes from having a good thing taken away. When you live in a world of negativity it is hard to identify, or embrace, the positive side of life. I didn't understand what was positive for a long time. When something positive happened to me it was quickly overshadowed by something negative. Over time I have learned to embrace the positive and purge those things that drag me down. This included certain people in my life. It has taken me a long time to learn to commit to something without the fear of if begin taken away.

      For example: I want to commit to writing full time but everytime I do something drastic happens in the family and I fear I won't have the time I need to follow my writing dreams. It is far easier to give up than to find a way to compromise. I am always worried what people think of me. It is a slow learning process but I am beginning to find a balance.

      Thanks for sharing all your wonderful advice and a piece of yourself. I have learned a great deal from you here.

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      dearabbysmom 3 years ago from Indiana

      This is a very thought-provoking hub for me. After growing and living in very tight-lipped, conservative Midwestern areas for years, and being a grant writer for a youth-serving organization, I find myself always second-guessing posts in public forums. Don't want any to upset my family, friends, town, the agency's board of directors or any financial supporters of the agency, those types of things. I have not stopped to think how squelching some of my honest thoughts might keep me "hidden" from someone I could actually help or would simply enjoy knowing. Thanks for the nudge!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, my story is similar to yours. I am very shy and if it wasn't for the encouragement of some Hubbers I would have left early on. Now people can't stop me. LOL Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tipoague, I hope you soldier through those roadblocks and continue to write and write more. I think you have something to give to this world and we need good writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dearabbysmom, I hope the nudge is all it takes. I hate to see a writer with a muzzle on...best wishes and thank you.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      A very good hub. much food for thought here. no, you aren't nuts. The anonymity factor bothers me too. I think it's a wonderful thing to make a human connection with other writers like you have been doing lately. I like how you reach out to each and everyone of us. thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's important to me, Doc! Life is too short for the mundane. I want to know real people and make real connections.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This is a hard one for me. I originally did not use my name here because I was not sure what I would be writing about and I didn't want people being able to reach out to me very easily. I'm still ok with that, but after being here almost 2 years I wish I had used something at least closer to my name.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, that's an interesting point and one I struggled with for awhile. I wouldn't use billybuc again if I had it to do over again. Name recognition is important in this business. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      So love the thought of writing a mission statement and sharing my passions with the world as a focused and consistent habit. :0)...and I would call you to say "hi" if I had your cell phone number.

      Voted this hub Up, Tweeted, and Pinned! Are you on Pinterest? Gotta find you there, Billy!

      In the meantime, I would be very excited to have lunch with you, and Bev, if you are ever in the Boston area. I live about an hour outside Boston, and we'd have a guest room here for you if you wanted to visit my co-housing community in Central, MA....and meet our chickens. ~:0)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, that is a wonderful offer, and if we ever make it back east we will take you up on it. Thank you so much. My number is 360-878-1757 and I'm next to the phone any week day and would love to speak with you.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Billybuc, whenever I feel a little down because I am not sure of what to focus on - as most morning I am happy to get up and start writing or editing - I think of you, your commitment, you kindness and willingness to help others, your joie de vivre and you know what - you get me going again. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, that is a very kind thing for you to say. Thank you so much. Best wishes on your writing and enjoy your week.

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      Pamela Michele 3 years ago from Mississippi Gulf Coast

      This is incredibly helpful information, as thank you for taking time to post it for us new writers, authors, online bloggers, hip pages writers and so on.

      I will definitely be referring back to this hub when creating new profile information from now on! Heck I will make sure my profiles have all the elements you talk about here, in this hub article!

      Thanks again...

      Very sincerely,

      Pamela

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I'm so glad you found this helpful. Thank you! If I can be of any help or answer questions, feel free to ask.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I was invited to speak last month at a local college. I presented creative writing techniques as a highlight. They were engaged and inspired to write with more passion. Yes, I do hope it opens doors for me to speak and teach the art of writing -- and to get my name out there. Enjoyed your video. Thanks for the tips and encouragement, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I love that you were invited to speak. I sure hope you get more gigs like that one. Thanks for sharing that and have a great weekend.

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      janesix 3 years ago

      I like writing, but I'm not very good at it. I wish I had some talent.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janesix, I really believe that a huge part of talent is practice and hard work. Don't give up!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Everything that you say is undeniably true. We are going to the age of electronics, but we can avoid it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe we can, Deb, but I seem to be in the minority. Thank you!

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 20 months ago from Southern California USA

      This is sage advice but it takes a great act of courage to reveal yourself to a potentially critical public. Lately, I have been feeling more courage to write while focusing on my message, my audience or my craft rather than the reception or approval/disapproval of my work. That helps.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, I'm very happy to hear you are stepping forward again. As for the courage....I decided a few years back that nobody can hurt me as much as I hurt myself, and if my words and experience help someone then it is worth the risk. :)

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