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Does Your Writing Career Need A Boost?

Updated on October 10, 2013

What Do You Want?

You are a writer! Hopefully you now accept that fact. If you wake up with story lines in your head, or ideas for new articles, then you are a writer, so live with it. If you describe writing as a passion, then dance with the lady that brought you. Whether you are a novel writer, a web content writer, an article writer or just a writer without a direction, you are a writer!

However, simply describing yourself as a writer is not enough. We need to determine what you want from your writing. Without doing that you cannot accurately step forth and help your careers.

Maybe writing is not a career to you. Maybe all you want is to reach your readers but not sell them anything. Fine, but you still need to know how to reach those readers. The only people I am not writing to at this moment are those writers who could care less if anyone reads their work or not, and those are few in number.

So this article is for all of you passionate writers who have a goal. The following ten suggestions just might help you attain that goal. As always, take what you need and leave the rest of the next person who comes along. I would submit to you that rather than treat writing as a competition between writers, it would be infinitely more productive if we all helped each other as we travel this journey.

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Let People Get to Know You

I am boldly declaring that the quickest way to make a connection with your readers is by allowing them to know who you are. What are your likes and dislikes? What are your passions? In this faceless world of internet marketing, and this dispassionate world of billions all reaching for their own toe-hold, I think it is crucial that you make human connections. It is my belief that people really do want those connections, and it is also my belief that they will respond warmly to a writer who drops his armor and appears before his/her readers as a living, breathing human being.

If you do not have a profile yet, make one, and make it detailed and personal. Allow your readers to catch a glimpse of the person behind your words. If you do have a profile then take a look at it and try to tweak it so it is not so stilted and lifeless. Remember that in many cases, your profile is the first thing a reader will see; it is the first impression they will have of you. Make it good!

GIVE IT AWAY

This idea flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but I believe in giving things away. I’m not sure how many of my first novel I gave away but I can say without a doubt that it is over twenty. Now each book cost me six bucks in publishing costs, so I basically gave away at least $120, but to me it was worth it. From those giveaways I received some great reviews, and what value does one put on free word-of-mouth promotion? Each reader told other readers, and on and on we go, the gift that keeps on giving.

Have some sort of contest where you give away your novel. If you don’t have a novel, have a contest where you give away a free writing that is exclusive for the winner of the contest. You may be giving away a bit of your craft but you are gaining a great amount of goodwill.

Learn from the Competition

I am continually going back and reading the works of writers who I admire. There are millions of works out there better than anything I have ever written, and I want to study those works and find out where I am lacking in mine.

Similarly, I want to know how other people are marketing their writing. I want to see what techniques they have used to attract the buying public. There are very few new ideas in the business world, and I have no problem borrowing ideas from others and using them for myself. I would expect others to borrow from me and really, isn’t that a high form of praise when they do?

ASK QUESTIONS

I told my students for years that they need to ask questions and now I’m telling you the same thing. If you do not understand something then find someone you respect and ask them. I have found other writers to be very helpful people, always willing to help me when I had a question, and I guarantee that I am the same way. Writers who know me know that I will always take the time to answer their questions or give advice if it is asked for. I believe in karma, and by helping others I believe I will eventually be helped as well.

Ask questions and then be ready and willing to answer questions asked of you.

Be a Trailblazer

This may be a shock to some of you but there are some writers who will copy the style and voice of their peers. There are some writers who will literally plagiarize and copy the work of others. There are some who show all the individuality and creativity of a kid in high school copying homework from another student.

Be yourself and find your own way. Yes you can ask for help and yes you should learn from others who have been successful, but when the learning is done and you are about to head out on your own, head out as you and not someone else.

On a related note, be a trailblazer and not one who follows established trails. Who was more famous, the first guy to cross the Oregon Trail or the ten-thousandth? There was only one Shakespeare. There was only one Hemingway. There is only one you! Be the one others want to follow.

INTERACT WITH OTHERS

I cannot overemphasize this one enough. Writing is a personal expression shared with human beings. You must interact with other writers and with your targeted audience. If that means a blog used to support your writing then so be it. If that means a Facebook or Twitter account to support your writing then so be it. If that means having readings at the public library or standing on a street corner reading aloud from a soapbox, then so be it.

If you do not find a way to break from your self-imposed exile then how do you expect others to relate to you and eventually read your work?

I belong to a writing site called HubPages, and I have been asked how I have accumulated so many followers and comments. It’s really very simple. I spend a great amount of time interacting with my fellow writers on that site. I read their work and comment, and they do the same for me. We build relationships based on mutual respect, and those relationships are invaluable as we move forward in our careers.

Are you a script writer?

Never Give up on a Piece

Every single piece that you write has the potential to be a best-selling piece. Every single piece that you write has the potential to be a career-changer. Never give up on something that you have written.

Maybe you wrote something a year ago and it has languished in writing purgatory. Pull it out and add to it, or change the introduction, or whatever it takes to make it more attractive to the reader. I have known writers who simply changed a couple words on the title of an article and suddenly it was read by thousands.

Re-write…..revise….re-word….never give up on a piece.

Everything you write is an asset. Would you throw away money? Would you toss out stock certificates? Your writing is valuable too, so don’t give up on it.

LEARN FROM DEFEAT

I self-published my first novel two years ago. I am now in the process of re-writing my first chapter to that novel. Why? Well, after hundreds of rejection letters from agents and publishers, I have decided it is time to put a new face on that novel. Obviously there is something about it that has not grabbed the attention of those who could promote my book, so I’m learning from those rejections and doing something about it.

We need to take lessons from our defeats. Oftentimes, it is hard for us to look at our own work objectively, so then we need to ask others what we should do to change our work. This calls for a thick skin because let’s face it, our writing is important to us and we love what we have produced. It took time to write, and we invested ourselves emotionally in that writing. We just might need a fresh pair of eyes to gain a valid and objective opinion about it.

If we are to improve in our craft we must be willing to learn from our victories and our defeats. What can you do to improve your writing?

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Words of Advice

Find a Balance

I have often heard other writers talk about writer’s block, and I have read suggestions detailing how to avoid or defeat that block. Honestly, I have never experienced it, but I have had times when I felt my writing was stale and unimaginative. It was during those times that I have walked away from writing and spent time doing something else. It may be as simple as going for a walk or enjoying a picnic, but it is vitally important for writers to find a balance in their lives.

I am still learning how to do this. I recently declared to myself and the world that I will no longer be writing on weekends. I spend ten hours per day, five days per week, writing, and that is more than enough. I need to experience life without writing. By doing so I believe I will become a better writer, and I believe you will too.

BUILD A NETWORK

Networking has long been an accepted practice in business. It will pay huge dividends in writing as well.

I keep a file of every agent and publisher who has rejected me, and I keep their rejection notes in that file. I use it for reference and occasionally I will contact them to tell them I am working on something new.

My network extends to the hundreds of other writers who I know through HubPages, and it extends to friends and acquaintances I have made during my lifetime. We never know where our big break will come from, and the larger our network the better for us. If you are treating your writing as a business then you need to expand your business, and networking is an important tool in doing so.

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How Can I Help You?

There you have ten suggestions that just might help you as you go forth in your writing career. Now I will add a personal note to all of you. How can I help you? What can I do to give you a little boost in your writing career? Can I answer a question for you? Can I preview one of your articles and give you suggestions? Can I write a review for you? I am willing to do those things for you; all you have to do is ask.

Why am I offering my help? You should know the answer to that question already. What goes around comes around, and eventually I may need your help. I do not consider any of you who read this as competition. Instead, I consider you my peers and friends, and I believe we can all succeed if we are willing to share with each other and lend a helping hand.

So I ask you again: how can I help you?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      penlady, if I lost my passion for writing I wouldn't be able to write. It is what keeps me going day in and day out...always the passion for the written word.

      Thank you for stopping by and best wishes to you.

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      penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This is an inspiring hub for us writers. Sometimes writing can get discouraging. This happens when the money isn't coming in as much as it should or you're just plain burned out. Your hub, however, is a reminder that the joy and passion of writing goes well beyond the income and anything that onsets discouragement.

      Thanks for that reminder. Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosalinem, I will be glad to respond. Just give me an hour to sort through my morning stuff and then I will get back to you. Thank you for the compliment.

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      Rosalinem 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You are a great writer that I have bookmarked because I enjoy reading your work immensely. I read this hub and you repeated the question if someone needs your help. I would like to ask you a question through your email. I hope you get time to reply. Thank you for being a great inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Anna, that was a very kind thing to say....thank you! I have the feeling you don't need any help in being a better person. As for writing, if I help you then I am happy.

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Great suggestions. And sure..."killing your darlings" is so hard!

      And mostly, you are such a generous person! I think I may learn both to be a better writer and a better person reading your hubs! :-) So a big thumb up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, it was obvious that the first chapter was not working for agents and publishers. That left only one thing to do. I will admit it was painful. That first chapter has been with me for two years now. It felt like losing an old friend. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      agusfanani, it is my pleasure. If these help you then I am happy.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I think it's great that you're rewriting your first chapter of your book, Bill. Not many people would do that. That's ambition and perseverance. I wish you the best of luck, and whatever you're doing - keep on doing it!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Those suggestions are what I'm looking for to give the right guidance in writing. Thank you very much for those useful tips.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You go, girl! Thanks Linda! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Find a balance. Ain't that the truth. I finally found it! Woot! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Don, it is my pleasure and thank you for the visit.

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Great article that can help any of us get re-focused.

      Thanks for another one, Billybuc.

      DON

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, any old time you have questions or need help, feel free to ask. Thank you for your loyal following.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the suggestions and the offer, Bill. I just may take you up on it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Impounds, it is my pleasure. It makes me happy when my words help someone else. Keep writing and believe in yourself. :)

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      Lauren 4 years ago from St. Louis

      Thank you for that article, I am finally opening myself up to let my voice be heard and the words you wrote gave me a little bit of inspiration to continue on this journey. For many years I have had things to say, but kept them to myself in my journals. I have always known they aren't doing any good there. It is time to open up. Thank You Thank You Thank You.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, that was such a nice thing for you to say. Thank you so much. I have a big old smile on my face tonight.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gail! I'm glad you liked it and I hope it helps.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Another phenomenal piece of writing from you Bill, once again giving your all to your writing. I love your visits, I love your writing and love your kindness. I always have you in my mind when I write, as to emulate just part of who you are would make me happy. Thank You for being there!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      I think this is an excellent hub filled with good advice. Thanks, Billy! Voted up, awesome and bookmarked.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! I hope you have dug out from the snowstorm and that all is well.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Great advice, as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      hobbywriter, you are very welcome. Thank you!

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      hobbywriter 4 years ago from California

      Some great tips - thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carozy, I hope these help you, and thank you for the visit.

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great tips and another interesting read from you billybuc. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I don't see any point in keeping these things to myself. If they will help someone then great. :) Thank you for your kind words my friend and have a wonderful day in Georgia.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I feel the same way. Every little piece of information helps. Who knows which one will make the difference in someone's career?

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Aren't you just the awesome writer and all around nice person. Seriously!!

      You have a wealth of wisdom and you aren't afraid or too stingy to share. It's so good to keep up with what you write. I always come away with inspiration and valuable tips I can put to use.

      Take good care!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Inspirational as always and great tips. Thanks Bill every little bit helps. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      geetbhim, the direction will come in time. Just keep writing!

      Thanks for the visit.

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      sangeeta verma 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

      I agree what you have said billybuc, very inspiring hub, i fall in the category where you have mention writer with no direction but still a writer. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Alicia, and thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the ideas and for the generous offer at the end of your hub, Bill. I appreciate all your tips and suggestions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby and you are very welcome. I hope you are well my friend....I think I saw where you have some snow on the way. I hope it's not much. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great advice for any writer. I think i will take another look at my profile page, maybe i will update it. Thank's Bill...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, too much stuff would definitely keep you off track. I hope things settle down for you soon. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words.

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      I like you Bill and I like what you have to say and how you say it. I am in one of those blocks and I know what is causing it - too much stuff is going on and taking my time and thoughts away from writing. I write in my mind in the wee hours of the morning as I drift off to sleep,again, sometimes I will remember it when I arise and sometimes I don't. All your advice is great and I appreciate much/\. Thanx.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I'm glad you found us all, too, and I'm a very happy Hubber because of people like you. Thank you!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Could not dis-agree on any of the pointers, bill.

      I am glad I found you all...cheers!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I agree. Not every hub challenges me, and I feel it when I have finished with those. There is a feeling of incomplete on those. I need to challenge myself more; I tend to write on autopilot from time to time. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Your great and supportive comments are always a help to me Bill. I have been finding that the more hubs I write, the more I really do find I enjoy writing about things, like quilting, more than other things and I think it shows in the results. On the other hand, sometimes I find myself really getting into a subject I am not that familiar and enjoying it. Those are the hubs that give the biggest charge because they challenged me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      torrilynn, welcome again and thank you! I hope some of these can help you on your journey.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasta, I am honored and I thank you. Yes, the social interaction has been the main component in whatever success I have had here on HubPages. I confess that is a tough road; once one picks up a certain number of followers it is very hard to interact with them all. I feel bad about that but I don't have a solution.

      I try to mix some of my "soul writing" with writing that will earn an income. As for the sheer number of hubs, I am in a unique position of having no other job. I write ten hours per day so I have no excuses regarding volume...I should be able to write a large number of hubs considering the amount of time I spend writing. :)

      Thank you my friend and best of luck to you.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      really great article here. i love the tips and techniques that you included that can really help someone. thanks.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I respect your momentum and reinvention processes. You are a hard act to follow. I must confess that I have already grasped these concepts that you have outlined. I have been paying attention to your mathematical formula and have already copied various elements of your style.

      I did a case study on you (I do with other hubbers too) in order to find out why are you so successful. The tactic that I hence stolen is your social interaction skills. The best by far on hubpages. A very genuine and sincere skill.

      Another style of yours that I wish to also copy is your momentum. That may be a tall order at the moment, but I am trying. Good soul work my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I hope you are right. Thank you for sharing and I hope it helps you as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I do consider you a friend. We may never meet but you are a friend nonetheless. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Livingsta, thank you so much. I hope you find something in this that will help you.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I'm going to share this one. All writers will benefit from it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Awesome and up! This was obviously written from the heart, and to me, heartfelt goes a long way. Who says that friends have to see each other every day? This piece is filled with charisma and the tone of friendship. Bravo!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very good article with so much of information packed within. Thank you for sharing this. Very useful. Sharing this with others!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I have to practice what I preach, and it is not easy day in and day out. I hate promoting and selling myself. It is against every fiber of my being to do so....but it is necessary, isn't it? Yes, it is!

      Blessings and love to you always. One day I will knock on your door and ask for a cup of tea. :)

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think you got on your feet as a writer faster than I did. If I remember, it took me six months before I was almost solvent and floating above the waves. Well done, and if I had any part in helping you then I am very happy.

      Love to you too my dear. Smile...you deserve it!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Billy and this is where I am lacking !!!I really do need to do more work on promoting my books.I need to gear myself to spending more time getting other work together and editing for another hopeful published book.

      You have done much to help me already my friend as each hub you write inspires me no end.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share and here's great success for us both in the publishing world.

      Have a great day my friend.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, these are great tips. As you know, I took advantage of your knowledge and exertise long before you ever offered your help. Without you, I would not be where I am today. You were my inspiration to quit the job I hated and take a risk as a freelance writer. Now, a mere 5 months later, also thanks to you, it is paying off. The risk was worth taking!

      I love you my friend and will forever be indebted to you for all you have done for this writer!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sarra! I hope it helped and I appreciate the visit.

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Inspirational Hub billybuc. Great suggestions and encouragement for all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, it was my pleasure and I stand by my words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I agree with you. There is no perfect way to advance our careers in this business, and so much of it is hit and miss and hope like crazy. :) Thank you!

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Billybuc, following-up my earlier comment and your response, thanks very much for your encouraging words.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Different strokes for different folks. Am learning ( in my condition) to self publish on-demand.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my dear, you are a breath of fresh air. You are so respected, and my wish for you is that you allow that respect to enter all of your writings. When you allow the real Faith to enter into your writings it is magical to read. I know I speak for many when I say thank you for allowing us to see the personification of peace and love.

      blessings and love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I will say this from what I know of you: your words speak of a man who is very personable. Like me, my words are much more a reflection of who I am rather than meeting me in person. I am shy and reserved face to face, but much more revealing through my words. This is who I really am, but I have a much harder time showing it in a person-to-person setting.

      I am honored to know you and you can take that with all the sincerity that I have to give. Thank you for a wonderful comment, and best wishes are you attempt to break free from whatever self-imposed chains you have binding you. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, sweeeeeeeeeeet, Bill!!!

      You have already helped me greatly by this very hub dear. Trailblazer! I like the sound of that, lol. Very cool of you, Bill. I had just been thinking and even mentioned to another hubber friend, that here lately, I have gotten off my "niche" as they always say here in HP Town (finding your niche, which I have), and so I was really thinking hard of actually unpublishing recent hubs of late, that really have not held up to my usual niche of just telling of my true life experiences, in lieu of me attempting to explain some (although researched) medical ailment, as I am surely not a doctor or psychologist of some sort. I have been convicted of sorts in this thinking (but then, I think of all those dear friends who have commented on such hubs); however, I am not being true to myself, by publishing outside of my passion to write straight from my heart of my personal experiences in this lifetime. So, if some of my hubs I do unpublish within the next few days, you will know why (and I hope all will understand, and I do so appreciate those who have taken the time to comment), and I thank you for that too, for encouraging me to follow my heart, my passion and not conform to be something I am not, for we are all surely very unique and have our very own story or stories to tell, whether non-fiction or fiction (based on some reality)!

      Thanks again my friend, for another awesome write!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing no doubt.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

      Those are all excellent suggestions, billybuc, and I am hoping to get up the nerve to try some of them, like getting personable and interacting and networking. I'm no good at those skills, and people snub and ignore me when I try them, but I'll go against discouragement and keep trying. I wish I knew better how to go about it.

      About giving writing away for free, one of my favorite quotes is by Sherwood Anderson in his piece "Note on Saving Ideas" in his THE WRITER'S BOOK: ".... It is absurd to save ideas. Throw them away.... I think that we dull our imaginations by trying to save our thoughts, our ideas. You cannot save thoughts, ideas, feelings, by putting them in a savings bank. You cannot put them out at interest. There should be a continual flow, a stream, ... flowing through you. This saving of your little two-for-a-penny ideas, your feelings, only dams the flow...."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, if it isn't a word then I think we should make it one. LOL You know, Vicki, that you hold a special place in my club. You have been with me seemingly since the first day I began here, and I really do appreciate that kind of loyalty. It's been a pleasure traveling this path with you, so thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Audrey, you are making me blush. Thank you so much. I hope these tips help someone. Tomorrow's hub will be a bit of a change of pace. :) You are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ryem, thank you young lady. I just left your site and it's nice to see you here.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, you give great tips, and it's no surprise that you always give of yourself--your knowledge, your triumphs and failures, and your time. You're a great friend and networker (is that a word?) :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Now my day is complete, for I have read another inspiring work of art by the best in the business!

      And I'm not the only one who feels this way. As I read all of the comments left by your followers I know that I am in great company. You give so much! Thank you dear Billy - thank you.

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      You always deliver such strong motivation and wisdom, billybuc. I love reading these hubs from you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, if I inspire then I am grateful. I'm glad you can use a couple of these. Thanks as always for the visit.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Absolutely great tips Bill. I can surely utilize a few of these that I am lacking in. For instance, I have a few Hubs that I never completed and gave up on. I will now go back and resurrect these. Also, I think I need to expand my profile. This one is so obvious yet I seem to have overlooked this. You continue to inspire and educate us. Many thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, that was the best comment I've received all day. Thank you! As for Americans and spelling, we all know that we are the backwards, bastard children from the UK. Enough said.

      Irish Sue...you have good taste my friend and I agree.

      I will take you up on your offer. We will reciprocate as long as it is not painful to do so. :) We could fill a book with the things I do not know about carpentry, plumbing and the like, so feel free to ask questions and I'll do the same. Deal? Then let's shake on it and call it good all around.

      Have a great Wednesday my friend, and if I'm ever in the neighborhood I plan on visiting you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BrightMeadow, you are very welcome and I agree, we can all use a boost from time to time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Eric! I always appreciate you stopping by. Remember, ice is ice and water is water. LOL

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      BrightMeadow 4 years ago from a room of one's own

      Thanks for the boost. This is a little something we can all use.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Amen!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, we gotta give back, right? That's what it should be all about, right? I've seen some on this site, and I won't name names, who think they are protecting a priceless treasure when you ask them a question, like I'm going to steal viewers away from them. I don't understand that kind of thinking and I never will. Helping is the only way for this boy, so for you, PS, anything you want my friend. :)

      The angels have arrived and I'm a happy camper.

      hugs and blessings coming your way

      thank you

      bill

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Yet another great piece and inspirational words for all. You should be on a retainer and HP should sit up and take note. In my book you're the writing guru and the centre cog of this great community. Good show.

      Now Sir Bill polite crap outa the way "whatta ya mean I'm a writer?"

      I'm a qualified time served redundant mechanic. Competent plumber, electrician, builder, carpenter, DIYer and crap plasterer. I know the things I'm good at because I've worked at them, learned them, compared them to others and said Yeah or Neah, I'm better, as good as or still haven't got the hang of this.

      In January 2012 I finally, after years of wanting to and pathetic feeble attempts to, taught myself to type. By April 2012 I was typing and my little fingers did as they say, remember where to go. I do 30-35 wpm but it is typing and I have another little skill for the list.

      No employment but another little skill. April 2012 was when I joined HP and offered my first piece of writing to the world. Since then a few have read my ramblings but in all honesty I couldn't and wouldn't call myself a writer.

      I like your descriptions Sir Bill, a scribbler without direction or dancing with the lady which I particularly like but that's only with Irish Suzie, unless I'm prepared for a slap in the chops.

      Anyways, anyhows and mind how you go there, I've always believed in, you have to serve your time. You have to earn your place and gain the respect of those who know what they are doing.

      Until then and I'm sure I'll get there, I'll be happy with the description that I'm a scribbler with passion.

      I'm going to take you up on your offer to pick your brains so I'll send you a mail but like you, I'm a firm believer in what goes around comes around and of course that we all get on so much better when sharing,

      So I'll do so on the basis that you'll pick my brains about some car or house thingy or come for free coffee and a bed at the Italian pad when we get there.

      That way I'll feel so much better.

      As I know you don't like accolades I've voted this up, up and away. Shared all over the world. G+'d and Pinned.

      Thanks again,

      MJ.

      P.S. Why can't Americans spell proper. I mean "er" instead of "re". "Ize" instead of "ise". "or" instead of "our". What's going on it's driving me more demented than normal.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You already had my attention when I read the headings which I do before I read a whole piece...you really had my attention when you asked how you can help. Your willingness to help others is what makes you a success, Bill. In addition, you are unafraid to share kudos with others....that is so powerful!! These are meaningful and helpful tips we all can put to use.

      I am sharing this all around and voting up up and up!!++++

      More Angels are head to Olympia today :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sharilee! I have to believe that others will help me if I need it, so this is my chance to reach out to them. :) I hope you are well my friend, and that the school year is going well.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      These are such great suggestions. The one that I like the best is to never give up a piece. That is encouraging, especially in these days of idling hubs and questionable traffic! Repurpose, recyle and reuse applies to writing, too! Thanks for such a helpful hub, where you are practicing what you preach by reaching out to your community, giving it away for free, and developing a network. Bravo, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, this past weekend was the first that I have totally shut down my writing, and it did wonders for my enthusiasm. I woke up Monday, like you, very anxious to write and with a ton of new ideas. I'm glad to help my friend; others have helped me along the way.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      There is something magical in that question, "How can I help you?" You are the real deal. You practice what you preach - helping us all in so many ways. Your tips are excellent. I see I need to step up my social time. The one thing on your list that I do right now is that I do not write on the weekend. It gives my brain a rest. Plus, hubby has 100% of my attention, so the weekends are looked forward to for fun, chores, or whatever needs to be done. Strangely, by the time Monday rolls around, I am anxious to get back on the writing track.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Judi, I love that word....fab.....takes me back to the 60's. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, one of my biggest challenges is to stop revising. LOL I'm constantly tinkering with something, looking for the perfect line or phrase. In the case of my novel, though, I really do need to revise it.

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, you came back!!!!! LOL It's so nice to see you my friend. I hope you are well and thank you for taking the time to visit my little old site. :)

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      More fab advice - keep it coming!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge and inspiration once again. Your tip about editing was reassuring. I'm always concerned that I will never be satisfied with an article or blog. Most importantly you reminded this community to never give up. If you love to do something, just do it! Thank you again, Billy!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Interesting read Bill! Hope you are doing well. Good luck with your revisions :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mckbirdbks, thank you for the visit!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jane! I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Jane Holmes 4 years ago

      Another Great Hub!

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Interesting ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I'm not making any money but I'm enjoying the hell out of life. You are the one who should be writing tips about writing. Millions of views.....you've got game my friend!

      Thank you Steph and I am well. I hope you are too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, if I can ever be of any help, feel free to ask me and I will deliver. :) Thank you!