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Updated on October 10, 2013
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I am fairly certain that there comes a time in the life of every writer when they start to question whether they are following the right path. I have said before and I believe it to be true, that writing is a lonely profession. There are countless hours giving birth to ideas, organizing random thoughts, researching pertinent facts, writing and re-writing, all done without supervision or guidance.

The good news is you have no boss but yourself. The bad news is you have no boss but yourself. There are days when ideas flood your brain in a never-ending creative rush; there are other days when you couldn’t come up with an idea if your life depended on it. All the while you poke and prod at your brain, trying to override the nagging doubts, the incessant questions and the little voices that say you must do more, you must find a better way, you must improve and make a difference.

It is exhausting at times, troubling often and yet always a joy, knowing you have some sliver of a gift that allows you to mix and match words so that they convey feelings. We are the painters of written pictures, the craftsmen of the written word and the magicians who have, at times, the ability to take an isolated moment in time and write 1,500 words about it conveying passion and humor and pathos. The truly good writers, the masters of this art, can capture every single reaction of the senses to a particular happening plus give us a glimpse into the heart and soul while they are spinning their tale, leaving the reader with sweat on the brow, an elevated heart rate and an eagerness for the mysteries of the next page.

For those of us who are not masters the quest continues, always seeking that elusive voice, always looking for the next piece of the jigsaw puzzle so that the picture will become crystal clear and loved by many.

HOBBY OR JOB?

What is the purpose of the writing? To write solely for the passion is a beautiful thing indeed, quietly honing skills in the peacefulness of the day, mixing and matching until the recipe is perfect in every sense. To write for pay is another thing altogether: meeting deadlines, constantly looking for the next paying gig, shaping your writing to adhere to guidelines established quite often by non-writers. Where is the next paycheck coming from? Why are things so slow? Why can’t I sell this idea to anyone? Why are payments so slow and how the heck am I going to pay the utility bill?

Then there are those writers who do both, writing for passion and writing for employment. The best of both worlds? Questionable at best for now it becomes a juggling act, trying to find the time to be creative and yet scheduling time to make a living.

I KNOW BECAUSE I AM THERE

And that, my friends, is where I find myself today. In my heart of hearts I know I write because I am passionate about it. On the other hand I have bills to pay and need to write commercially in order to put food on the table. The juggling act is alive and well in my head and it is not really a matter of trying to juggle too many balls at once, fearing that one will hit the floor, but rather how to juggle only the two balls without one of those balls becoming an apple or orange or heaven forbid an egg. After a time it becomes hard to tell when you have crossed that line, worrying more about being commercial rather than writing from the heart. The deciding factor when considering an article topic becomes what will sell rather than what feels right and that is a rather sticky wicket.

MY GOAL

A portion of each day is spent writing articles and blogs for businesses helping them to increase their visibility and thereby increasing their business. It supplements my income and it is a secure field to be in, but there is no passion in it, no expenditure of heart and soul, and my goal has always been to reach the public with my personalized message of love and re-birth.

I offset the business side of my writing by writing on writer’s websites, sending out my own message in hopes that I will become recognized and one day be hired to write meaningful articles for money. I have a message that I feel strongly about and my “voice” is one that seems to resonate with many readers, so I patiently keep plying my trade, trying to improve my craft, in hopes that one day it will be profitable. If I am to attain the ultimate goal of owning my own educational farm then it will have to be paid for through my writing.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/My-Dream-The-Self-Sustaining-Educational-Eco-Farm

AS WITH MOST THINGS IN LIFE, PATIENCE IS THE KEY

I am fully aware that patience is called for in this undertaking. It takes time to break into the writing field and do so in spectacular fashion. There are few Ernest Hemingways out there; for most of us it is a matter of dogged determination and continually churning out the product until someone in the right place at the right time notices.

One of the beauties of sites like HubPages is that passive income is earned over time, and that is all well and good, but passive income will only go so far to reach the goals I have set and most certainly the passive income will be limited unless I choose to write articles about the proper ways to shave your dog and the ten best ways to keep your mate happy and contented. Quite frankly I have no desire to stumble down that path and so by my own admission I will limit my passive income by making that choice.

Do not mistake what I am saying; I have nothing but admiration for those out there who can write those types of articles. Many I have seen have been well-written and written by excellent authors. It simply is not my thing and not a path I choose to travel.

THE FINAL ANALYSIS

In the end I need to write with passion from the heart because that is why I write in the first place. To change that simply for a marketing strategy is against every fiber of my being and it’s much too late for me to change my writing style now. I have no desire to do so. I have received some of the most beautiful comments about my articles on alcoholism, adoption and lifestyle choice, and the connections that I have made with people as I spread my message are heart-warming and so very meaningful to me. Those comment are why I write. I could write the greatest article on how to decorate your home and it would leave me empty. However, the opportunity to write about making positive changes in our lives fills me with hope and excitement and a feeling of real accomplishment.

So the path is before me, a path of my own making and choosing. It is a path I can live with and feel good about as I go to sleep at night. I have the greatest support system a man could hope for in Bev and my friends and I will keep doing my thing and see what happens. A fool’s errand? I think not because if I were to fail at selling my work in the end I will have still succeeded in writing from the heart and soul and to me that is what writing should be.

I wish you all happiness and fulfillment in your endeavors, and may your dreams become realities in the very near future. I send a sincere thank you to my followers, those who have supported me to this point and will support me in the future. I am humbled by your kind words and your willingness to follow me on this journey.

2012 Bill Holland (aka billybuc)

"Helping writers to spread their wings and fly."

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I will be following you until you buy that farm billybuc! But I won't be asking you for advice on how to groom my dog... Writing can be so personal and therefore unpredictable, I'm glad you write about these things, when we are hidden away trying to make a piece of writing happen it is good to know how other writers do it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sonya! Just a moment of self-doubt creeping into my mind. I'll be pushing it back where it belongs today and going about my business. Thank you for the support and you will always have an open invitation to the farm.

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      As of late, as you know, I have been questioning my abilities. I know I could write every single day until I levae this earth, but I don't know if this is a talent or just an obsession. Have you ever felt like your writing was worthless?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, I have the feeling all writers feel that way; I know I have. I think it's like any other undertaking in life; we have to believe in ourselves and the fire within us has to keep us going. I've read many accounts of writers who have received rejection slips by the hundreds only to have the day come when they were accepted and it was all worth it. If you have the passion then keep writing. I'm a big believer in going after your dreams. Best of luck to you!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Hi Billy,

      I see the self-doubt and questioning as a natural progression on the path as a writer, as long as we stay focused on what we want we can stay the course. In my own life I have found that the results are often better than I could have hoped for.

      Writing from the heart has true power, you are touching lives and inspiring others which I see as you making great use of a gift. Whenever I read your Hubs and want to offer a comment, I see evidence of your Success.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jlava, that is so kind of you! I need the positive reinforcement just as everyone else does, and I love knowing that I am reaching others and inspiring them. Thank you for the reminder and the smile you brought to me.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes there can be a struggle between writing what we want to and then the writing that pays better but may not feed our souls. I hear you! I do love the way you connect with me in your hubs and the emotions are so genuine in your words. Keep writing!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub and some deep thoughts on the motivation of a writer. Years ago I wanted to write full time. There were no platforms like Hubpages then, just the old fashion way of doing things. Now I do it because I enjoy it and it is a part time income. It gets a little frustrating because poetry and fiction does not thrive here, but I adapt. Great thoughts!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I will indeed keep writing because that is what I do...I reach out and try to connect. I greatly appreciate your words; you have made me smile today and that is a gift.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I hear you! Those who write poetry must feel these feelings on a daily basis. We gotta do what we gotta do; there is no changing who we are. I love your outlook on life and you have inspired me daily on this journey. Thank you my friend.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      Billybuc: You are SO good at this!! Do not doubt yourself, and for pete's sake, stop beating yourself up! Do what you must to pay the bills, but keep writing from your heart. I have always believed that you can never go wrong if you follow your heart, and yours is as big as the sky. Don't ever stop...ever, ever, ever!!

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Hi Bill, some write just for fun, some as a nice hobby, some to open their heart, it's a way of a therapy, others combine it all with an addition of making money out of it...some write beside their usual jobs, some give it all up and want to write full time...We all have different aspirations in life. I can understand where you are now. Everything needs its time, dedication and determination. Everything is possible, nothing is unattainable or unreachable. With the right mindset and a firm plan in place that you follow with all your might you can reach your goals eventually. I have my own goals I'm following, I know it's a long journey...I have a day job which I love (believe it or not) and it provides for all I need, but earning from my passion as well, that being writing, would be wonderful too. So, I know what I need to continue doing in order to achieve that aim...I wish you all the best in your endeavours, hope it all works out well. Like Thomas Carlyle said: " Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you." :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time, that was what the doctor ordered. Thank you! We all provide such comfort to each other through our words and encouragement and you have provided greatly with these kind words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Katrine, even your comments are beautifully crafted! I agree with everything you wrote and there is nothing that will derail me from my goals. I have survived much worse than a little self-doubt. Just one of those days that we chalk up as a learning experience. Thank you my friend and bless you always.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I think you've summed up how many of us feel, Bill. This was beautifully said. If you keep writing from the heart, I know you can meet your goals. I can't wait to visit your eco-farm someday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah, the day it happens you will receive an invitation. Thank you for your kind words and constant support.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      What a great hub. Beautifully written as always. I think that you have such a talent for expressing your feelings and experiences in such a way that you connect to your audiences in an intimate way. In my opinion, I get just as much, or more, from any of your outpourings than I do from anyone's top ten or how to. And I hope that is true for enough people that you will gain the audience you need to live on your passionate works alone. Until then, keep pating those bills, but whatever it takes, keep writing your heart becuase it is touching the hearts and minds of many. You are truly an inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dana....well, this writer does not have the words right now to tell you how important your comments are to me. I'm a pretty emotional person and I love the connections I have made on HubPages. I thank you so much for your kindness and support. You have an open invitation to visit us any old time you want. :)

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      AbbeyQ 5 years ago

      This is a brilliant article. I am scheduled to graduate with an English literature degree in two short months, and hope to write for a living afterward. Starting out can be a daunting process, and it is extremely helpful to hear about how you balance passion and necessity. Thank you for this glimmer of hope!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abbey, you are very welcome! I wish you luck on your journey; at least you aren't starting out as late as I did. There is more than a glimmer of hope for you; if you have a passion for writing you will have success!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Bill, my comments are from the heart. Hubpages is my first attempt at writing anyting outside of research papers in college and graduate school. I still have my doubts about if I am wasting my time. You continue to be one of the biggest forces that keeps me going. So glad that our paths have crossed in this odd little world.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dana, I have no doubt that you are speaking from your heart. I hope I continue to give you the support you need until you can stand on your own and be confident of your work. You are a good writer; you can be a very good writer and beyond. You just need to keep working at it and let your passion shine through. Your voice will develop over time, as mine has, and a year from now you won't recognize yourself as the same writer. Keep the faith and thank you my dear.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Billy, your writing is excellent. Like you, I write poetry not for monetary gain, but in my case for theraputic fullfilment. I write other works or essays to keep my writing skills sharp. I like your writing because it always stimulates my mind.

      I know that poetry will not make me money on Webpages but to only have touched one person with a warm feeling of expression is enough for me.

      your friend

      Michael

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      taratabet 5 years ago from Avalon

      Excellent Hub billybuc!

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Hi Billy great thoughtful hub. You write very well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, you are right on of course. Reaching one person makes it all worth it. I had someone last night thank me for my words, that they have inspired them to make a change. That kind of stuff has no price tag. Thank you for the pep talk and bless you today my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Taratabet, thank you very much! I do believe I owe you a visit or two. I'll be by your neighborhood shortly.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Caroline, thank you! Coming from a poet of your talent that compliment means a great deal to me. I appreciate you greatly and wish you happiness.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Billybuc, certainly many, if not most, writers have been where you are. Being retired (with a base income) I don't feel the tensions you are feeling, but this I know: people who are writers, write because they have to. They have to write to live, to breathe -- not just to pay the bills. So, that tight rope you are walking is going to be the making of you. I believe it is Robert Johnson who says (and I paraphrase) it is "at the crossroads' that we meet God. Great hub. Sandra Busby

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, I love that quote and you are so right my friend. I write because it breathes life into my day and contentment into my soul. That is a wonderful gift to receive each day and I shall keep on keeping on. Thank you so much.

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      Pannonica 5 years ago

      billybuc what I love about following your every word on hubpages is the way that you sum up so easily in your written words, just what it is that we are all seeking to achieve.

      You undoubtably write from the heart, that comes from the pages. You are highly talented and I know you are the dedicated type of person who will achieve your goals.

      Many thanks, voted up.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for sharing this one Billy and so many can relate to your words;as I know that I do.

      It is a juggle until we succeed I think of writing to feed our sous and also making sure we put food on the table.

      Like everything else it takes time and patience;and 'if at first you don't succeed then try ,try again.'I know in my mind exactly how I should be going ahead with balancing all but as yet nothing has been done towards achieving this goal.

      One drawback in being your own boss I think!!-lol-

      Take care and enjoy your weekend to you and Bev.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pannonica, I blush when I read your words of praise. I'm happy that you feel that way and your comments give meaning to what I do. I want to reach people with my writing. Sure I'd love to make a ton of money but bottom line is I write because I have a passion to make a difference in lives. I thank you sincerely.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I have no doubt that you understand the balance that has to be found and the patience it takes to succeed at this. Thank you for always being so encouraging. I have told Bev of you and she would love one day to meet you and enjoy each others' company for a time. Blessings to you and may you also have a great weekend with Dai! (did I get the name right?) Sigh, advancing years. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I guess i can say that i write for fun now. When i first started, i had so many pent up emotions that i needed to write about, now that is done. My passion is poetry and it comes from the heart. I don't need to write everyday. I enjoy reading other's stories, such as yours. You have a big heart and it shines throught all of your endeavors. Congratulations on your first book, hopefully many more will come...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always, I completely agree. I do happen to write almost every day but for me it is a matter of still finding my voice and finding a niche I'm comfortable in...the hubs I read are written by people who write from the heart as you said; I will support others but the ones who truly get my attention and time are those such as you who put a little bit of themselves in each hub. Thank you my friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Billy, this is probably the best hub yet, as I totally relate to what you have to ssy. Yes, we writers aim to make a living via our passion. However, in order to do so, before you (we) become Hemmingway or Koontz or Grisholm or King, we find ourselves writing for someone else"s gain, i.e, the company that needs copy written to promote their business, or (God forbid!) a "how-to" manual or company policy. Hopefully, we all have alternate skills by which to pay the bills. Until we can live our dream, as you so eloquently put in your hub about making life changes in order to achieve your dream, we must believe in ourselves and know that God has given us the talent and the dream for which we reach. Never have a goal that cannot be achieved and never be the cause for which your dreams become for naught.

      You are a tremendous inspiration, Billy. And the active members of HubPages who share their voices shamelessly are indeed our inspiration and drive to achieve those dreams!

      Love to you, my Friend!

      Shauna

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Sha, that was beautiful! There was a day when I realized that maybe I had a chance to write for a living; it was the day I realized that ideas just came to me AND I could see the whole article in my mind before I started writing. On that day I decided it was time to see what I could do. I love writing, probably as much as I once loved teaching. To reach out to people with my words and have them respond...what a rush! Thank you so much for your friendship....with love and peace....your friend, bill

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      You are so very welcome Billy and yes I would love o meet you and Bev also.

      How wrong was I when for such a long time I thought it impossible to make great and sincere over the internet. I will always be the first to admit that I was so very wrong indeed.

      I am so honoured to have you as a friend also;take care and I wish you a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will Eddy and yes, I feel the same way!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I'm pleased to tell you, I should be writing again within the next month. I've made the mistake of leaving the home I've built for the last 17 years to move in with a man I thought loved me and vice versa. I've discovered he's a raging alcholic who is robbing me of myself.

      By the end of the month (my son and 2 roomates are currently renting from me) I will be moving back into my home that I so love. And I will be writing again!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, if you are happy then I am happy. Despite the tragedy of this situation I am excited for you and proud of you for looking out for your happiness. You truly are a brave warrior! My best to you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you my friend. I find great comfort in your support!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Sha! Have a peaceful weekend and bless you!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      as always thank you for the inspiration Billy...you're a beacon to us...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Raciniwa, it was my pleasure. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, you write so well and with such heart. I admire you in so many ways. Thank you for inspiring me to follow my dreams of writing. You're right in that some days it just takes determination, as inspiration doesn't always come. I guess, on those days, we just have to plod through like any job. I really enjoyed this hub. Thanks. Many votes and sharing!

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Great hub! I'm currently in one of those times when I can't think of an idea to save my life. It's more of a writer's drought than a block, however. But at least your hub is encouraging. The drought has to end sometime! Thanks Billybuc! Congrats on your first novel!

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      Jhudah 5 years ago

      Hi, this is a very wonderful article. an inspiration to aspiring writers. I love writing and i do it for fun. even though i'm not really that confident but i have to overcome my fears to do what i love.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you are an inspiration for many. You lost your job, took a few days to lick your wounds, then got back up determined to make it. I'm proud of you and proud to be your friend.

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      Gemini Fox 5 years ago

      Just a thought . . . I read your hub about your Farm and in it you talked about so many things that I assume you either know about or will have to research for your Farm - solar-powered greenhouses, wind turbines, lavendar, solariums, bee hives, aviaries, cider presses . . . and the list goes on. Wow, how many product oriented hubs is that?!

      Don't mean to be pushy and I know different hubbers have different goals and it seems you don't really want to write "product hubs" but maybe you can use HP to "live your Farm" until you actually get it - and increase your earning power through HP at the same time!

      (don't think I'm saying any of this very well but hope you know what I mean)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, Bill, you're so awesome. I'm proud to be your friend, too, and proud of the struggles that you have overcome. Hey, and I licked my wounds for more than a few days. :-) I did forge ahead right away, but I still lap at those wounds now and then. :-) I certainly am determined, though, as you say. Thanks so much.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gemini, I appreciate that and I actually love that idea. I could do a series on the Farm ideas, and from teaching science I actually know enough to write a decent Hub...thank you very much! I see you haven't written lately...what's up with that?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maat, the best thing for me when that happens is I go relax or hike or whatever...I need to clear my mind of everything related to writing...invariably I'll see something while I'm relaxing that will trigger a Hub. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jhudah, the confidence will come as you write more. I think deep down inside more writers are insecure about their talents. There is only one way to overcome that and that is to write. Best of luck to you and thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you, Vicki!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      This is a great piece for all the freelance writers. It's about one year since I started writing and Hubpages gave me some hope of light on the way. Wonderful illustration of a writer's thoughts and actions!

      Up and useful.

      Sharing with my friends here.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Radhikasree! I'm glad you found it worthwhile and best of luck on your writing career.

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      Gemini Fox 5 years ago

      Yes, Mr. Prolific - LOL, we started about the same time and you have about 110 more hubs than me! But you're the professional writer - this is just a hobby for me right now although I do intend to build. Have about seven hubs (a boring series) I'm still tweaking and want to release upon the world together when they're done :)

      Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about wind turbines! Hear they have little ones nowadays . . . Keep up the great work!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Gemini, I'm looking forward to your seven-hub series and thanks again!

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      "Writing allows my heart and soul to speak." This is a beautiful sentence. This hub is enjoyable, wonderful and I'm really glad I read it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about writing. I haven't found my writing style yet, I'm not sure I am a writer yet. I just know I need to write to feel good.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I'll have to disagree with you. I believe you to be a very good writer who is just starting to hit her stride. As for needing to write to feel good...I completely agree. Thank you my friend; I respect you greatly.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Billy, this is well-written and honest. I know that you sharing your struggles with the community makes it so you are supported and others can relate so well. I understand your struggle, for it is one that I am dealing with, too.

      I just want to say that I believe in you and your writing, and I think many people could be blessed by what you have to share. I believe you will find a way to pursue helping others through your writing on a bigger scale but truly amazing things don't come easy.

      Bill, I want to talk to you sometime about the farm idea because I have had a very similar dream, too, that I have shared with very few. Don't give up; you have come so far. Take care and blessings!

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      jm72writes 5 years ago from Missouri

      I think your Hub gets right at the heart of it for every writer who struggle to make a living while writing about their passions. I choose to do both by writing part-time for money, hoping someday to quit my day job, and writing articles that matter to me. Luckily, I have found some writing jobs that allow me to write about topics that truly matter to me. But I also know if I just write for the money, my creativity and passion will dry up and there will be no reason for me to write. I'm glad you are writing about things that matter. Always make time for that! Your followers appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, those are such kind words. Knowing that you and others like you believe in my writing makes all the difference to me. Thank you very much! Between this comment and you including me in a hub today I feel like it is Christmas. Please email me with any questions about the farm that you might have...

      your friend,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you JM...that's what I think too; I will most likely write from the heart and toss in some fluff occasionally just to keep the money coming in...and, like you, I write on the side for companies to have an income.

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      Beatris Iversen 4 years ago

      Dear billybug, you really have that magic inside of you,thanks for sharing with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beatris, that was a very nice thing to say....thank you my new friend. I look forward to seeing your hubs once you get started.

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