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How To Increase Your Writing Productivity and Efficiency

Updated on October 2, 2013

Let’s Begin with a Truth

No two writers are the same. You can carve that in stone and put it on Mt. Rushmore. Right next to it you can etch “no two writers have the same aspirations.”

Why do you write? I know why I write and I know what my goals are, and in case I forget them they are on a 3x5 card right above my computer because, let’s face it, I’m getting old and my memory ain’t what it used to be. Now, my goals are in front of me because I want everything that I do to be related to those goals. I don’t have time to waste in my career, and I need to be focused and constantly on the right path.

So I ask you: why do you write? Do you write just for the love of writing, with no thought to making money from it? Great! There is not much reason for you to continue reading then. Do you write to make some passive income on a site like HubPages or Bubblews? Do you write to become a published author, or do you write to make your mark in magazines and maybe get syndicated some day?

Only you can answer that question, but it is important that you can answer that question. Once you have an answer, hopefully these ten strategies will help you to become more productive and more efficient as you aim at your goal.

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DEVELOP A STRATEGY

What does it mean to you to be productive in writing? How do you plan to develop a plan that reflects the goals that you have? How do you define being productive? If you accomplish one thing each day, is that productive? Two? Three?

What kind of balance do you have between work and your “other” life? What does your workday look like as a writer? How can you become more productive? What skills, tools and habits will make you more productive?

All of these questions need to be answered, and once they are then you will have a strategy that defines your future writing life.

BECOME YOUR PLATFORM

Your platform is your resume as a writer. It is your portfolio. It is everything that you have written, everything that has been published, your Web presence….everything related to your writing.

If you have a strategy, then your platform needs to be in line with that strategy. Let me give you an example to clarify. Say you want to make your name in writing as a travel writer. Once a week you post an article about travel, but occasionally you get sidetracked and write about car repair, or music, or whatever. If yout strategy and goal is to become a food writer, then everything should be aimed at that. Stop wasting your time writing about Bon Jovi, or Bon Jovi’s car, and concentrate on what Bon Jovi eats. I am being a bit facetious but I think you understand the main point….focus on your strategy/platform/goals and then make everything relate to that goal.

BE TIME EFFICIENT

There is never enough time, is there? I write eight and nine hours each day and still I bemoan the lack of time. I can’t imagine how a full-time parent, or someone with a full-time job, gets any writing done and yet that is a reality for many writers.

Since time is valuable and in short supply, make it work for you. What is your best writing time? Are you a four a.m. writer or do you do best in the evening?

If you have writer’s block then do something else that is related to writing while your brain has shut down. Do research or file or make a to-do list. Work your social media contacts but make sure you limit the time spent there.

My dad, when he thought I was being a bit too lazy, would say: “My God, Bill, do something even if it’s wrong.” I won’t give you the same advice but I will say use your time wisely and be productive in the time you have.

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RELATIONSHIPS ARE GOLD TO A WRITER

I see so many writers fall short in this category and I think it is a crucial mistake. Networking is vital in any business undertaking, and I will add to that by saying that networking on a personal level is very important to a writer. Let other writers know you as a person. Support other writers. Share in their victories and show empathy in their defeats.

Help other writers. Follow through on promises and become a writer who can be relied upon. Support, share, be a cheerleader. Trust me when I say that word will spread about you and you will receive dividends down the road.

BECOME INSPIRED

Inspiration does not always plop down in bed with us; there are times we have to cultivate it. How do we do that? Simply by learning and observing. Read a book. Listen to a conversation between strangers. Go to classes, go to meetings, get a hobby and become involved in your community. The more well-rounded you are as an individual, the more opportunities you have to become inspired.

For me it’s a walk in the park. For me it’s a great book. For me it’s helping the neighbor with yard work and listening to her stories of life in England. For me it’s being aware as I live my life.

What will it take for you to find inspiration?

DEVELOP AN EFFICIENT SYSTEM

If you have a good system in place your productivity will increase. I live this and I believe in it.

Schedule your writing day and stick to the schedule. Keep track of your submissions and maintain contacts in the industry. Have a place where you keep track of ideas for articles, and always have a notebook close by for new ideas. File things under headings on your computer and be consistent. Have a contacts list explaining who each contact is and what they do in the writing industry.

In other words, treat your writing like the business that it is. Have a business plan and work towards efficiency.

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SEEK THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

If you are a travel writer, don’t waste time reading cookbooks. Don’t go to conferences that do not align to your plan and goals.

It is vitally important to know your market and your value. Sure writing for a content mill might make you a few extra bucks, but does it help to advance your career? If you are constantly writing articles for $5 per piece, and that time spent is taking you away from submitting queries to magazines that pay $200 per piece, are you being efficient with your time?

Would you benefit more by giving a book reading or by joining a reading club? These are the types of decisions you have to make if you are going to advance your overall strategy and plan.

FORGET ABOUT PERFECTION

One of my first mentors used to tell me that perfection is highly overrated, and I believe that to be true intellectually. I will never be a perfect writer and quite frankly, I will never attain the lofty standards I hold for myself. If that is true, then I need to embrace imperfection in my craft and move forward.

Two things happen when I adopt this philosophy towards writing. One, I take the pressure off of myself and yes, there is always pressure for a perfectionist. Two, I practice humility and being humble in the writing business is the only way to achieve sanity. There will always be better writers than me. I can strive to be better but I must always remain realistic.

REPEAT AND REFINE

If you have been successful in some writing venture then repeat it and build upon it. Success breeds success, and on the flip side, failure breeds failure. It what you are doing isn’t working then change it. A business plan should always be fluid. There will come times when you have to change your approach and strategy. That’s okay! Just remember that when you do find success then pound it for all it is worth. Success comes so rarely; it would be a shame to ignore it and let it wither on the vine.

BE GRATEFUL

Writing is a tough gig, and few of us have a cheerleading section while we work. Writing is a lonely profession and it is up to us to be the head cheerleader. Develop a positive attitude. Develop a grateful attitude. Develop a willing attitude and develop a successful attitude.

Few in the world are lucky enough to do what we do. We have control of our careers. We work for ourselves and the buck stops on our doorstep. That is so very cool if you think about it. We have no boss nor do we have a set of guidelines that trap us in a state of mediocrity. We have freedom.

We create beauty with our words. We inform and we reflect. We inspire and we commiserate. Long after we have died our words will live on. Our writing is our legacy to the literate world.

Be grateful you are a writer!

Now Get out There and Be Successful

If you follow these ten suggestions will you be successful? I can’t answer that question for you because only you can define success regarding your writing career. I can say, however, that if you adopt this set of principles you will increase your chances of being successful, and that makes them worthwhile.

However you define success I wish you luck.

We are all brothers and sisters in a worldwide writing family, and as such I want my brothers and sisters to experience positive vibes and benefits from writing. If these suggestions help you then fantastic; if not, then fantastic. Either way the learning process will continue.

Above all, though, enjoy writing. You have been given a gift so embrace it.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, if it means all those things, then you've got your work cut out for you. Best wishes on that journey, a journey I'm all too familiar with.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      After reading this hub, I'm thinking about what being productive means to me as an aspiring writer. It means getting unfinished works finished and out the door to seek their fortunes. It means creating work that publishers want to publish and readers want to read and to recommend. It means making time periodically for new, from scratch, rough draft writing. It means day by day becoming a faster and better writer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Au fait. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      So much good advice here! Every writer and would be writer needs to read this, and more than once so it is taken to heart.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, it is not easy when starting out. What you commented on we all have done. Focus will come with time; be patient and keep working...and thank you!

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      I learned so much from this hub it's hard to know where to start. This has really helped me in focusing on my goals. I need to figure out a plan that reflects my goals as you say. I try to get on a path, and then I fall away by unforeseeable events, such as getting the winter flu....then the stomach flu. I think I also often put too many eggs in one basket (make too many goals for myself and get discouraged when I can't meet my quota). Those are things I must work on, but your article did give me so much insight on increasing my productivity and efficiency. Keep up the great work as always! Michele

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I always love these days when you catch up on hubs; I get to see you four or five times and you always have something nice to say. Thank you for being so loyal and I'll continue to be one of your cheerleaders. Your goals will come.....and maybe just writing is the goal and that's fantastic.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      You are one of my cheerleaders Bill, and I appreciate that. I love your idea of writing your goals on a notecard and putting it next the computer. I guess I'm not quite sure what my goals are yet. I just enjoy writing my hubs and making things. Inspirational hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary that is a lovely thing for you to say; thank you very much.

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      I vote that Hubpages adds a new tag next the like & dislikes buttons that says "inspiring." Because all of your Hubs are very inspiring!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I hope the climb back up on that wagon is an easy one. I think it happens to all of us....hope to see an article by you soon.

      Aloha my friend

      bill

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      Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

      Bill, thanks for your consistency and perseverance. I fell off the wagon (the writing wagon) the past month or so, and am struggling to climb back on. Taking your advice to heart. Thanks and aloha, Stephanie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa....I want you to succeed. It's as simple as that. I want you to spread your wings and fly as a writer....and a person. Best wishes to you my friend.

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      This is super awesome, Bill! Although it makes me kind of sad =). I always hope that I am a good writer, but I am super socially awkward, so it inhibits me! I will take your advice and try to stay focused though! You always write exactly what I need to hear and I thank you for that!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love that description. Written like a true writer. :) Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Every time that sit down to write, I first think about the joys that I was lucky enough to see. Then I try to pass them on through my own eyes, so that everyone can feel what made me so happy. Living vicariously through others can be a great sensation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samita, did I type your name incorrectly? I am sorry. As for your question....your content will become more interesting when you write about a subject you are passionate about....let your emotions shine through in your writing and the content will improve. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you make great points. Too many writers do not see success in six months or a year and give up or switch plans....writing success is a long-time gig and it takes patience and determination. Other than writing talent, those two attributes are crucial.

      Have a great weekend Irish!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Yep me again, popping up or in whichever takes your fancy!

      This is so on point and makes me realize how things need to change for my productivity to increase. Thank you for these tips which all make perfect sense and are what we all need to remember when we find things going astray. We need to stay on our own course, one that works for us and when it is not right be able to recognize why and readjust. Cheers my friend have a good one!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Jon, I totally agree with you. That is exactly my response when someone asks me about my writing. I don't want to share anything until it passes my inspection. This is an incredibly lonely job; good thing we like ourselves. LOL

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      I think my favorite tip is 'Be Grateful'; I honestly don't think a lot of writers realize just how lonely this job is for the wordsmith. My brother once bought me a shirt that read "Some of my best friends are inside my head." It was very ironic and humorous to me because I did, in fact, spend a lot of time in my own head. That's generally all it is while you're writing, you and your mind. There will be those who will ask how you're writing is going and you will say fine and steady because you'll keep the details selfishly to yourself; don't say you won't because you will, and it's not a bad thing at all. As a writer you SHOULD deem every detail precious because that's what will make your overall work important to you. Suppose what I'm saying is, in this line of work words are gold, and you will hang on to them as such until you're ready to share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am glad to hear that Mark! Best wishes to you and have a wonderful weekend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always a pleasure, prasetio. Thank you!

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      Mark Johann 4 years ago from Italy

      You helped me unleashed my full potential as a professional writer. I think I make this hub a guide for my success. I have hubs that may look similar with the pattern you mentioned but you have added more. :)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I always learn something new from you. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up :-)

      Prasetio

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anamika, I am very happy to hear that you are going to write for yourself again. I am applauding you from 6000 miles away. :) Thank you for taking the time to visit me; I appreciate it.

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I have not written anything for a long time. Despite of being organized, I find myself in a situation where I don't have enough time for my own hobbies or activities. In my efforts to satisfy my Clients, I have almost abandoned my Blogs. The Google updates and changes also took away my interest in writing to a considerable extent. But now I have decided to take some time for my own writing... even if it is just 30 minutes a day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith indeed, each in our own way, and isn't that a wonderful thing. I love writing and I want all writers to feel the joy that I feel when I sit down to create. I know you understand that feeling.

      blessings always to you and yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Dream On, I love that description. Thank you so much. I think Bev and I make a great team and I'll leave it at that. Enjoy your weekend too my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....that might work, Susan!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      It is so wonderful that we are all truly different as writers to make an impact in this world in our own unique way. Yes, it is a beautiful gift indeed!

      I see so much inspiration each day, I must have a notepad with me to write it all down, for I am one to quickly forget for the next inspiration is coming at me so fast. Not one thing to do with getting older ... hehe

      Thank you for including that video of the women. She really gets to the heart of the matter ... writing!

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs and love to you and yours, especially Bev and your book!

      Faith Reaper

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      You are on target and I see another bull's-eye. Good luck with your book. A get up and go hub for everyone who is writing their life away. Not because they have to but because they love to. Thanks for all the support and give Bev a big hello . I have heard the saying behind every good man there is a good woman. I think it goes both ways. Behind every good woman there is a good man. Depending who you see first. Have a great weekend.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      LOL Bill, I feel your pain... I guess we could get white boards and stick them up in the shower. LOL :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Crystal; I appreciate those kind words. Hopefully it will pay off for me in the long run. :)

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      I can always tell you are a man with a plan Bill. I admire your organizational skills, your focus and drive.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....I knew what you meant. I don't have my red marker with me so you are safe.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, you just hit on a key ingredient....patience. :) Sending you some patience across the Pond. :) Thank you!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I didn't proofread my last comment and it won't let me amend it :S

      The last comment should read 'I know exactly what I want and I must just find the patience till the time comes when I can pursue it.'

      Just as well you aren't marking me ;)

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      You are to the point and helpful. You must have been an awesome teacher and your legend rolls on.

      I know exactly what I want and I must just find patient till the time comes when I can pursue it.

      Another great hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks buddy! vkwok, you are appreciated.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great tips, bill. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It does indeed, Monis, and the last thing a writer needs is pressure. Thank you for the visit my loyal friend.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Bill, I really like the part about forgetting about perfection! It does take the pressure off :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, past humiliation can be a powerful force for sure. I understand.

      The story about the orchard was excellent....and I, for one, if told "do not read" will read immediately. Perhaps there was a method to my writing that? :)

      Thank you as always. I hope you are having a blessed week.

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Good morning Bill.

      Awesome, ,useful, interesting... Against all odds, twice I have to read, just to find out how much I would miss submitting my stubburn will to your advice " there is no need to continue reading then ..." ( from personal experience, when I've suggested " not for everyone", more response came than otherwise .) Going against your suggestion , won't reconsile my apology since done willingly and can be justified if facing a judge.

      Brings to memory a sign " No trespassing " , while as a kid having need for food, in front of me was an orchard , trees loaded with desirable fruit " ready to go ". What you'll do my friend, but without any guilty thought exercising my boldness to reach for energy in order my life will be extended, a crime has been committed. I'm glad tha I could repeat the same procedure. By the way, as many previous you hubs vere targeting my needs, this one is undinaibly withou my name, directed to me. Thank you. ( By yur permission I'll copy it in case you decide to recall). Some of the points I need to deal with more seriously than others. " Cricial mistake " - hurts ... as well as ' if you were succeesful in " some writing venture..." -- in that being rejected by peers (subjective reason) while widely spread audience of radio program listeners as well as readers had appreciation for my " product". While time slips slowly into no return I'm dealing with Michael's " mental attitude " burden by past humiliation..

      Expressing my appreciation, my vote is up and across...

      Eternally grateful, Michael .

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Gordon; thank you very much and best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martin...interesting how that works, isn't it?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is my hope, Damita....thank you so much for stopping by and best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lryicalvibes, thank you so much for the kind words. My best to you!

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Now that's what I call a wealth of pertinent and valuable advice and information. I can look at it and see how most of it applies to me and affirms mistakes I know I make but find oh so hard to control and rectify. Thanks for the pep talk and the pointers along the way :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Unfortunately, I am slowing down and ironically my fan base is growing.

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      Reza Vergara 4 years ago from Orange County, CA.

      Billy, you're an inspiration and reading your hubs has inspired me and i only wish that one day i can write effectively as you can while captivating my readers. Thank you :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, cianeko...thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christryon, all the writers I know I've met through HP....and we started following each other, and we knew when we published books, and then we wrote reviews for those books. :) Thanks for stopping by again my new friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Susan and you have been a great supporter of me for nineteen months now and I greatly appreciate you. I forget ideas too because a lot of mine come when I'm in the shower. LOL True story...I forget them by the time I get dried off.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Nell. I know you have had some troubles of late and that will zap the energy out of anyone. Hang in there. You are a good writer and I don't want you to give up. :)

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      Cianeko Abueva 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this, billybuc! It can help a lot to Hubbers and other writers.

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      christryon 4 years ago

      Good timing for this! Do you have any suggestions on WHERE I can find other writers to write a review for and perhaps they will return the favor for me WHEN I finish writing my memoir on my personal journey with breast cancer?

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Great advice, Bill. It seems I am always saying that when I comment on what you write. :-) My problem is remembering to write down my ideas during the day. Seems I think I will remember, but I do not. Also, being consistent. I should just start a blog that brainstorms then use it as my springboard. LOL Sometimes I simply freeze up when I sit down to write. I will just come back here when I need inspiration. You are a great cheerleader! :-)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      You are always so positive Bill, its great to read! I just wish I could come and scoop up some of that enthusiasm and place it in my writing! lol! I think its because I have had a pretty hard time over the last couple of months with my house, long story! that my mojo has gone for a walk and not come back! and of course writing for bubblews is okay because I need the money, but I wish I could just write for hubs and for mags etc, my mojo needs to be rewired, but you are always my inspiration.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Love your great tip, Bill, about people-watching and listening to the conversations of strangers to get inspiration. Sometimes I become so engrossed I want to jump in with my 2 cents. I have been able to restrain myself . . . so far!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Rasta...thanks for stopping by. I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Liz, thanks for the comment. It appears to me you are right on track. Anyone with as many books as you have written must be doing something right with regards to goals. Good luck with your future plans. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

      bill

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks for the advice. You are right, consistency is the order of the day.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Another fantastic hub. I love the idea of putting an index card on your computer. I have plans right now for five years down the road, but they are contiually swirling around in my mind and won't sit still. I think an index card may help that. I love the inspiration in this hub as well and the quote that "success breeds success." I've always believed that and still do. If you truly want something, you have to work at it. Complaining that you want it just won't work (I know, I've tried)! :) Thanks for posting. Time to get busy chasing goals!

      Liz

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you fivesense...I appreciate you stopping by again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi...become the platform....I love that line and how true it is. Of course, I'm preaching to the choir with you, but thanks for stopping by.

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      Leena 4 years ago from new delhi

      Great tips and advice on developing a strategy and a positive and willing attitude.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Focus, focus, focus! "Becoming the platform" (that sounds so Zen) is such an important concept. Otherwise, as Bon Jovi would say, you're "livin' on a prayer." :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia my loyal friend, thank you for always being here. Hugs and blessings coming your way.

      bill

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are very motivating points to keep in mind Bill. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Sending you smiles and blessings :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, you sound upbeat and that makes me happy. Thank you for sharing and just for being who you are....I want you happy young lady. :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      My morning has been fantastic, and this is a good way to start my newest wave of productivity. Your words are always so inspiring, and this is a topic that is very important to me.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I am going to share this here on H.P., as well as on Facebook.

      Have a fantastic day, and remember that we're at the halfway point to the weekend :)

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you BN...I was just about to read your new hub...good timing. :)

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      Bernadyn 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Such a motivating and inspiring hub! Writing is a wonderful hobby or career and I'm grateful to want to do it everyday even when time is short. Great tips on reminding writers to focus on goals and to do things that align with your plan to reach those goals.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I'll have you know my pack was HUGE compared to hers. LOL Hey, daddy didn't raise a fool. :)

      Love it...thanks for the laugh DJ.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Melissa...thank you for finding time to visit me again. I only let myself read during certain hours in the evening, because of the reason you gave. Once I start I don't want to quit. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you are not the first to say that...I said it a couple weeks ago. LOL It's time for me to move on to the next step in my plan. October 1st that will happen. :) Thank you always for your support and friendship.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Great article with super advice.

      You never let us down, Bill.

      The videos were helpful, as well.

      I had to laugh when I saw the photos of Bev

      walking up the path carrying all the back packs.

      Smart move. At least you would be there to catch her, if she came

      tumbling down the hill. What a guy!!!! LOL

      DJ.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub Bill. I really appreciate that the "Be Inspired" section gives me "permission" to spend some of my free time actually reading other books. I love to read as much as I love to write, but I sometimes feel guilty because I think I should be spending every free moment I have writing....It's a fine line, though, because it is easy to lose track of time when you are reading a good book!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Love all you said but what stuck out at me most is writing those reminders, that is really what I need to do. There is so much just here at Hp and returning visits and going green...we spend too little lime going forward in our writing. I have always written myself notes on things of importance and this is the time to put me in front of the writing. I will bookmark this and work out my plans from here. It is a start. Thanks Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...twoseven, that's a step in the right direction for sure. Thanks for that comment and best wishes to you and your writing career.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, thanks for spelling that out for those who just don't get it. We have talked about this before...writing is my job. Yes, I am home all day, but I am working. We have six chickens and three dogs and the list of chores never seems to get shorter for me, and I do them all and write and I love my life, but don't ever tell me I don't work.

      Have a great day my friend.....networking....how do we get writers to understand the importance of that? :)

      bill

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      twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great tips! This is definitely what I needed to read right now. I have so much I want to write about, but have not been carving out the time to do it. I love the part about letting go of perfection. One of my favorite quotes is something along the lines of "the perfect is the enemy of the good." See, I am so unconcerned with perfection, I'm not even worried if I got the quote exactly right! :)

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Billy, you hit on so many important topics here! I can answer one of your thoughts. How do parents find the time to write. It isn't easy.

      I have two growing children and I'm up at the crack of dawn. There is a misconception about parents that work from home. People think we wake up whenever we want and play in our pajamas all day. Well, I don't do that. I get up at the crack of dawn when the roosters crow at the family farm down the road. I get myself ready, then make breakfast for the whole family, while packing lunch for everyone at the same time. I then help two children make sure they are ready for school including homework. I also check my website, email accounts, and any other vital account to help my business grow. I also make greeting cards and scrapbook layouts for custom orders from home.

      In addition, I have 9 rescued pets that we care for who are just a part of our family as we are. There is never enough time.

      Someone asked me once how I could possibly be on the computer "playing" all day when I have so much else to do. If anything were to offend me it would be that. That person doesn't even hold a part-time job, much less take care of anyone but herself, and it really ticked me off to be spoken to that way. So I forgot her phone number....oops.

      Anyway, the other very important point here is networking! I try to inspire and encourage people to do this. Some just don't understand what's it's all about. They want a big at a boy but don't want to return the salute.

      Thank you for this Billy! I was awoken at 4 a.m. during a nightmare, so it wasn't half bad that my son woke me up....but then I've had a heck of a day and it's the first time I've been on here since. Can't wait to write about it because it's going to be pretty hilarious for those that have a sense of humor! LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, so nice to see you again my friend. You are becoming a regular once again and I love it.

      How do I do it? It's my passion...it's my job....I don't have little kids to care for or another job to work at...this is it, eight, nine hours each day. I have a schedule and I stick to it. :) Call me focused...call me obsessed....call me anal. LOL All I know is I love it.

      Thank you so much for another visit. You are appreciated by little old me.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      I'm constantly astounded at your productivity. I know I'm a bit lazy but to do the amount you do I can't see how you manage to do anything else! As for being facetious - you? - naah, surely not!

      I love to write, it's good practice to write each day. I love to write about what I know and have done and I love to write short stories - that's how I'd like to earn a little pocket money. I've done a few for magazine competitions but had none accepted as yet and yes, you're right, I haven't actually persevered, reviewed, rewritten.... - I must and hubs like this will spur me on, so thank you bill. Have a great evening! Ann

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, it sounds like you have a grand schedule until ten or so....well, that gives you something to think about. I am one who must maintain focus. I can't even write with music on or I'll be distracted and the writing will falter. :)

      Thank you my dear friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cygnetbrown, I am so happy that you find new things and affirmation for what you already do. Sharing information is something all of us writers should be doing...and I'm happy to be doing it for you and others. Thank you!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi Billy another great hub. The best advice for me was to write down our goals , to schedule our writing day and to stick to it. It has been in my mind for a long time to schedule my day. The first part of my day is great where I get up at 6.00am ;have a cuppa ; feed the cats and allow that pen to flow on paper.

      At 7.30 am I leave for my first shift of caring for two teenagers who have disabilities to school ;I return at 9.30am and on goes the computer .

      Words from the notepad are transferred onto this computer ;I read through hubs by others and then my schedule fades away. I know I cannot stick to one strictly but I also know that I need that schedule for many more hours.

      Thank you again Billy; I vote up and share.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Cygnet Brown 4 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      One of the things I have always loved about your articles, Bill, is that there are always things that I do, but at the same time, there are other things that still need work. This article about writing definitely fits that category. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, that is the greatest compliment you can pay me, that reading my work is like talking to me. That conversational style is what I seek when I'm writing, so your affirmation is music to my ears.

      Perfection is highly overrated....yes you can quote me and yes, we both need to live those words. :)

      I hope you are feeling well my friend. Take care of yourself and thank you as always.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      These are excellent morsels of information, Bill. You have an adept manner of saying just enough to whet our appetites and inspire the heck out of us. While all ten tips are significant and useful to me, what leaped out at me were two things--the bit about perfectionism (something I've struggled with and, yes, something that's crippled me throughout my life) and the part about relationships being gold to a writer. As I read this, I thought, yes, Bill effectively puts this into practice on a daily basis...and then I thought, you know, that's one thing I innately love doing as well.

      Thanks for sharing these ten gems, Bill. I've said this before, but it bears repeating about your writing--I never feel like I am just reading; instead, it's as if you were talking to me in person. And I'll run with that any day of the week!

      Aloha, my friend, and have an excellent hump day!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I hope that idea goes well....so many writers never give a thought to a platform, but if you have long-range plans in this writing field then it is necessary.

      We could use some of that warmth...thank you! :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...much appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Sha! Nobody does their homework like you do...get that business plan written...it will definitely help with focus.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago

      Bill,

      As always great advice from a great writer. I think establishing the platform has been the most difficult for me...until recently. After a friend shared a story with me, I realized that I could create a series of articles that could be of local interest. We'll see how it goes.

      Wishing you warmth from NC,

      Kim

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas here and informative for many serious writers.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I think why I've been so scattered of late is because I have not written down a business plan. I need to work on that and look more into how to write a business plan. I'm finding I need to learn everything there is to know surrounding the world of writing. The writing is central and I think I have a decent handle on that. It's the business end that I need to get in order. Then I will have a clear path to follow.

      After I comment and watch the second video, I'm going to look in writingcoachteresa.com. This sounds like another good writers site. Thanx for including her video in this very helpful hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, living large and lovin' life in Olympia. :) Have a great day buddy and thank you!