ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Edit and Revise Your Writing

Updated on October 4, 2013

The Ugly Side of Writing


Anyone who has ever written for a living, or who writes with serious intent, can attest to the fact that the hard work of writing happens after the rough draft has been written.

Once the natural flow of that rough draft has been completed, then comes the drudgery of editing, proofreading and re-writing, and that can be painful indeed.

I have some good news and I have some bad news for you. The bad news is that there are no shortcuts to this phase of writing. In order to assure that your finished product is the best that you can do, you must go through this phase of the writing process.

The good news is that if you follow the suggestions below you just might end up with a work worth reading.

If you are ready, then, please continue. Below you will find ten tips that will improve your final draft and make that writing of yours sparkle.

The writer as a teacher
The writer as a teacher | Source

CREATIVE WRITING DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN TRUTH

Creative writing, by its very definition, is a creation. A creative writer has certain liberties and he/she must not be afraid to use those liberties when writing.

As a writer, I spend a great deal of time writing about past experiences. My goal is to teach lessons about life. Having said that, what is most important, the lesson I am teaching or the accuracy of the story? Naturally it is the lesson since that is my main goal of writing an inspirational piece. If my dates are not accurate or I change some names of people I have known, it really is not terribly important.

Don’t get hung up on the truth and sacrifice the intent.

LESS IS BETTER WHEN USING WORDS

Robert looked at the horrible, slithering, disgusting mass of worms…..Robert looked at the writhing mass of worms.

There may be some of you who prefer the first of those two sentences, and that is fine, but the point being made is that diarrhea of the mouth and written word is harmful to good writing. I have found that oftentimes those who ramble on and on end up saying very little, while those who choose their words wisely and for the maximum effect are quite informative and much more successful.

I am also speaking from a selfish stance. My time is valuable so would you please entertain or inform me with brevity? Thank you!

ACTIVE VOICE BEATS PASSIVE VOICE MOST TIMES

There were a great number of dead corpses on the ground….or….Corpses littered the area.

What’s the difference? Well, the first is adequate while the second is good. It is the difference between telling the reader a story and having the reader become engaged in the story.

The Writing Process
The Writing Process | Source

Interesting thoughts on the writing process

PARALLEL CONSTRUCTION IS A SOLID FOUNDATION

The werewolf bared his teeth and then, raising his claws to sharpen them, he started licking his chops….or……The werewolf bared his teeth, sharpened his claws and licked his chops.

By aligning your verb tenses and uniting phrases with a common construction, you become much more economical with your writing and thus more interesting.

STOP RELYING ON ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS

Since the day Barbara met her neighbor, she felt very scared and frightened…..or….Since the day Barbara met her neighbor, terror haunted her heart.

Which would you use to pound a nail into a board, a hammer or a pillow? Nouns and verbs are the most powerful tools in a writer’s tool belt. Use them and leave the pillows on the bed.

DON’T BEAT A DEAD HORSE. SIMPLER IS BETTER

“I’m sorry,” Peter said meekly….or…..”I’m sorry,” Peter said.

In the second option you are giving your readers the benefit of the doubt. You are saying that your readers are intelligent and quite capable of intuiting the emotions in the dialogue. The use of the word “meekly” is, well, rather meek of you.

In fact, let's stop a moment and talk about adverbs. Some famous writer, and I forget who it was, said adverbs are the tool of the weak mind. A bit strongly stated perhaps, but his message is clear. Why tell your readers that your character stated something in a meek manner when you can do the same thing by setting the scene properly?

Don't take shortcuts and don't treat your readers like they are brain dead.

Visualize a scene and then paint it with your words
Visualize a scene and then paint it with your words | Source

VISUALIZE A SCENE

Writing should be visual. What does your scene look like? The reader needs to know. Think like a cinematographer when writing and paint a picture. If you don’t then the reader will, and the scene they paint may not be the one you intended.

“In the dream I lie on a poncho liner, dehydrated with blood expander, my upper thigh and side torn by wounds that could have been put there by wolves. I am convinced I will die unless I receive plasma back at battalion aid. Next to me lies a Negro corporal, wearing only his trousers and boots, his skin coal-black, his torso split open like a gaping red zip-per from his armpit down to his groin, the damage to his body so grievous, traumatic, and terrible to see or touch he doesn't understand what has happened to him.”

From “The Tin Roof Blowdown” by James Lee Burke

Now that, my friends, is visualizing a scene.

VARY SENTENCE STRUCTURE

Bob walked outside. He saw his neighbor. He saw her purple hair and laughed.

Or

Upon walking outside, Bob saw his neighbor’s purple hair and laughed.

Break up the monotony of your sentences or risk being declared a boring writer.

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC OF YOUR WORDS

Find a rhythm to your words. Writing should be poetic or sound like a music score. I work hard to find that rhythm, and I believe it is the difference between mundane writing and spectacular writing. There have been days when I will spend quite a bit of time finding a three-syllable word that works instead of a two-syllable word. Go with the flow and let that flow sing to your reader.

My own thoughts on the writing process

Did these tips help?

See results

AVOID REPETITION

A sure-fire way to lose the interest of your readers is to repeat the same descriptive word over and over again. God made the thesaurus for writers who like repetition. Repetition is boring. Repetition is tiresome. Repetition should only be used for emphasis, just as I used it in the last three sentences of this paragraph.

ONE LAST THING

Writing is an art form. It needs to be treated as such. Strong prose is a matter of practice and discipline and an awareness that everything that you write matters. The suggestions listed above can make an average writer a good writer, and a good writer better, but you need to be willing to do the work.

Now, go practice your craft and make us all proud!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

A Footnote

Two years after completing my first novel, The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today, I went back and changed the introduction. Why? Because something had been bothering me about it for two years, and it took me that long to realize what it was. I could have left it alone and nobody would have ever known.....but I would have known and it would have bothered me forever.

Editing is an ongoing process. Embrace it and consider it your friend and it will treat you right.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful tips and sometimes I get caught up with the descriptions when writing creatively and have to remind myself that simpler is truly sometimes better than writing a whole lot of nothing. Have of course voted this one way up and shared, too. Happy Friday!!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I am pretty sure we all do it....we try to be too eloquent and lose the meaning in the process. :) Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

    • Kasman profile image

      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Awesome tips Billy. I haven't been able to check your stuff out in a while but I wanted to drop by when I saw this one posted! I'm someone who tends to write a bit too much and then during the editing portion and I turn into a simplicity NAZI. I am a perfectionist when it comes to this. If its not interesting to me, it's not interesting to anyone else.

      I painstakingly concern myself with every detail. And even at the end, I'm still usually not satisfied.

      Sometimes, with my schedule, it takes days for me to finish editing. I feel like sometimes I'll never be done.

      Thanks for putting this out there brother, wonderfully written and I'm saving this for my reference. Voting up and sharing!

    • profile image

      Ruth Lanham 4 years ago

      I think I tend to use passive voice too much. I'll be working on that for sure.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Excellent. I wrote for a site that sent back articles with passive voice...except on occasion. I am so aware of that now and passive voice creates a feeling of discomfort where as active keeps you going on. Good suggestions here and this is a hub I am going to reread several times. Voting up and pinning.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruth, I find myself slipping into it without even realizing it. I hope these tips help you...thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas, it's good to see you again my friend. As for the Nazi editing, there are times, I think, when we can be too hard on ourselves.....but on the whole, I tend to be like you....if I don't find it interesting then how can I expect anyone else to do so?

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it is so easy to slip into passive voice...I know I do it for sure.

      Thanks as always for stopping by. You are greatly appreciated my friend. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I find I have to make a conscious effort to keep my tenses straight...nothing worse than crooked tenses! I also have a habit of over emphasizing. In my college English course my professor told me instead of saying "terminate the illumination" just say "turn out the light"....I didn't use the former phrase, he did as an example.

      This is an excellent hub Bill with excellent pointers (repetition used for emphasis) (smile).

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. No place to share!

    • bridalletter profile image

      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I looked back on some of my work and felt embarrased. I can tell the period of time I rushed while trying to do 30 hubs in 30 days. All of those hubs need updating and grammar help. Great tips and a little time between and then going back to look, makes things stand out that may not have previously.

    • MrsBrownsParlour profile image

      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      This is very helpful writing information with well-illustrated examples---thank you!! :-)

    • Ericdierker profile image

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

      Fantastic. It is really hard to write those examples and then stay on point. Regardless of your lesson the piece itself is a guidepost. Combine it with the points it makes, and this hub is off the charts! Thank you.

    • Sheri Faye profile image

      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Great tips Bill. I feel like I have just been to a refresher class. Who was is said "Kill your darlings."? I always have to kill many of my darlings. Thanks for this. And today I get to write! The fun stuff. Tommorow, alas, edit.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, my most common mistake is tenses. I catch myself time and time again using the wrong tense, but at least I'm aware of it. :) Thank you as always my friend and have a great weekend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bridaletter, you are absolutely correct. I have to force myself to go back and look at earlier hubs. It is almost painful to see what I wrote. LOL Thank you for the comment.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MrsBrowns....I hope they help my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, thank you for your kind words. Most of these mistakes I make myself. Luckily I know what to look for so I can correct them. Have a great weekend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, have loads of fun writing today. Tomorrow...be brave! :) Thank you!

    • jonmcclusk profile image

      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Great advice here, billybuc. I'm in the process of editing something right now, actually. Although most of your tips I have learned through many a session of my second pair of eyes giving me an editing attitude, your insight is invaluable to my work. Thank you for writing, not just this article, but in general.

    • jainismus profile image

      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Thank you for sharing these very useful tips on writing. I always read a hub for 3 times before publishing it, but even after that, there are few mistakes in each hub, which I find while reading old hubs.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jon, it is my pleasure. If any of this helps others then fantastic. I'm afraid a teacher never stops teaching. :) Thank you my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jainismus, it is so easy to overlook mistakes. We all find that to be true. Thank you and have a great weekend.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You make such good points here about the writing process a clear message to all writers thanks

    • Radcliff profile image

      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I have found writing in the passive voice to be one of my greatest challenges. ;-)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. I'm glad you liked these.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy....LOL Great one! Obviously you don't need my help at all.

    • grandmapearl profile image

      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Love what you've done here, Billy. I enjoyed all your tips and will use them in my next endeavors. Thank you for sharing all this great information. I often have to stop and think carefully about my choice of passive or active voice. Excellent reminder. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting.

    • alancaster149 profile image

      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I hate banging on about this, but I keep coming across writers who delight in weakening their verbs and jump on the West Coast Scriptwriter syndrome (their native language doesn't seem to be English, or else they use English words and think in their parents' language). 'I am loving this' ain't English (so stuff that down yer pantaloons, Ronald MacDonald)! The list is endless. I use strong, healthy verbs as much as poss, that don't need to be propped up by jargon.

      As far as editing goes, I've been known to scrap whole pages if they didn't look as if they worked. I have about 270-280 pages to go on the first draft of 'BETRAYED - The Net Tightens' before I get to grips with the executioner's axe!

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 4 years ago

      billy,

      thanks for the tips

      they are much appreciated

      and I will definitely take some of the tips

      into account for when I post another article

      Voted up and shared

    • livingsta profile image

      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very useful hub and it sure did help! I am sure this will benefit many other people! Thank you for sharing this.

      Votes up, sharing and pinning!

    • CarlySullens profile image

      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      You put a lot of great ideas into this hub. Thank you for the resource.

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      These are really good tips, Bill. I found a couple of them that will help me greatly, especially with content writing, which can become monotonous. Sometimes when I reach for my thesaurus, I can't think of the word I want to replace! Does that make sense?

      I agree with your tip regarding repetition. I swear, if I read the words "epic" or "muse" one more time I'm going to scream!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, some of these I have to remind myself of constantly. It is so easy to slip into passive, or change tenses. Oh well, that's the whole point of revision, right?

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Alan, that might explain why you are such a good writer. You take your craft seriously. As a society we have gotten quite lazy with our language and quite defensive of our laziness. :)

      Thank you Sir!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Torrilynn, it is my pleasure. If any of these help you then I am happy. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, thank you for sharing and your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Carly, thanks for stopping by. I know you are busy and I appreciate the visit.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, remind me to never use epic or muse in your presence. LOL Come to think of it, I don't think I use either of them. Maybe I should try them out. :)

      Thank you my dear and have a great weekend.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent points here, Bill!

      As always thanks for the pointers. I must keep that in mind . . . the less is more, as it is so very true! Active does beat passive. I feel like I have attended a writing class where you are the teacher, oh, I have!

      Thanks for always sharing and caring about us all and our fine tuning of our craft.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I just can't get rid of the teacher gene that flows through my blood. :)

      Thank you dear lady and have a wonderful weekend.

      love and blessings,

      bill

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great tips and advice Bill. Less is more is something a lot of us need to work on, or at least I do. I get hung up on the word count and always seem to want to add text or words when perhaps it is not needed. Great job Bill. I will try and keep these in mind when writing Hubs. Have a great weekend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill! I need these reminders from time to time. Have a great weekend as well my friend.

    • Ruchira profile image

      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      great tips, Bill.

      I do try my best to be beating around the bush. Phew! it sure is a big strain to be around you versatile writers.

      Voted up as interesting/useful/awesome. sharing it across

    • Kristinmcr profile image

      Kristinmcr 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Love the tips, especially the "music of your words" section. On a good writing day, the words flow like water and just FEEL right. On a bad day, the sentences are grammatically correct, but nothing sounds right and it certainly doesn't feel right. Your tips will be a great help to me, thanks for the hub!

    • Careermommy profile image

      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Another great hub, billy. I continue to learn from you. Thank you so much for sharing your insight, once again.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, in my opinion you do quite well keeping up. :) Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristin, I know exactly what you are talking about. I can do hubs like this one all day long but they have no soul. The ones that are really important to me have to wait until I feel a song in my heart and then they practically write themselves.

      Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, we learn from each other my friend. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

    • profile image

      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Billy, this is an excellent hub. These are very good tips for writers. I agree with you that less is more. Good examples you gave. I would definitely go with the second one. The ball was swung by Robert. What a terrible sentence right in the passive tense of course. Writers should always stick to passive. Voted up.

    • profile image

      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      writers should always stick to active correction. voted up!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, now if we can all remember these tips. I know I get into the writing and forget the rules just like everyone else.

      Thank you for the visit. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • JamiJay profile image

      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      I love this! As a writer, I am always fearful of the editing process (I know it is more than necessary, but it is always scary). I started as a creative writer (when I was 5) but I have evolved into a multi-genre writer (now at 23); one thing that has always stuck in my head when it came to writing was "show, don't tell", this saying is difficult to understand, but when it "clicks" it's awesome, and your writing transitions into something beautiful.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jami, thank you very much. I do understand the "show, don't tell" rule. I think some people have it naturally and some have a lot of work in front of them. :) Thank you and have a great weekend.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I could be wrong. but it seems, for blogging at least, the rules of writing are changing.

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill ~

      These Ten Tips will help me become a better writer. This hub has brought me an awareness and I am eager to begin using each tip. It's exciting to learn from a master teacher like yourself. "Less is more." That will be my new writing goal. My thanks to you dear Bill for this treasure house of writing information.

    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Useful tips, though adjectives can be powerful too when used judiciously. Anything can help, but harm when done in the wrong proportion.

    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great advice that's easy to implement. I don't doubt it's the editing that can turn the mundane into the extraordinary. But I still dread this tiresome chore. Thanks for posting.

    • My Moments profile image

      My Moments 4 years ago

      Great tips. I hate editing! That being said, it is a necessary evil. Being a grant writer, I particulary LOVE the way you organize your information. Funny how some of the oddest things bring great joy!

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You don't use those words, Bill. I hear 'epic' on TV all the time and must read the word 'muse' as least once a day!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, blogging is a whole different ballgame and there seems to be few rules where it is concerned.

      Thank you my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you are too kind as always, and thank you. Less is more....tough one for me to follow. LOL But we keep growing in our craft and that is, after all, the goal, right?

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, there is a time and a place for adjectives, and I agree with you. Unfortunately, there are a great many writers who think abundant use of adjectives makes them good writers and that is a fallacy.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix oh my, yes. I had revision. LOL What writer doesn't?

      Thank you and I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My Moments, my hat is off to you in admiration. I could not write grants. I have tried and the discipline and organization that it takes is just not in me. :) Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, then thank God I don't watch tv. LOL Thank you my dear.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Fantastic constructive criticism. We sure all need this. I never got any formal writing instruction.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I love helping if I can.

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Really helpful tips, covering a lot of ground beyond editing as well. You must have been a good teacher :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I did love teaching. I'm afraid I can't turn off that part of me. :) thank you

    • mejohnson profile image

      mejohnson 4 years ago

      Great tips. I'm curious to know, do you have anyone else read or edit your work before submitting / publishing?

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I can't tell you how many times I go back and delete extra words to simplify my writing. I'm always amazed at how really good writers can set a scene with just a few words. This is a really helpful hub! Thanks.

    • ytsenoh profile image

      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Billy, this is so good, I'll have to read it again. You provide really good advice here to any writer, developing or otherwise. Your subtitle, "Listen to the Music of Your Words," so true, so true! I also liked when you wrote ..."diarrhea of the mouth and written word is harmful to good writing." That can also be applied to conversation with people too! Have a great week. Thumbs up.

    • heidithorne profile image

      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Always great advice! Listening to the music of your words is so important. I find writers often write "visually." Read it out loud! If it sounds awkward, edit it.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ME yes, Bev reads everything and still she misses stuff too. Editing is a tough one for most of us. As far as my book, I edited that sucker at least ten times and had someone else edit it as well, and we still missed two typos. Of course, practically every novel I pick up and read has mistakes too, so I don't feel too bad. :) Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Glimmer! My hubs are usually the result of three editing re-reads and some fine-tuning along the way. Rarely does the first write end up printed.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, it's good to see you again. Thank you for the visit.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      honesty, you are so right! I do not like to hang with people who are constantly talking. I love the comfortable silence between good friends. In writing, more is not necessarily better. :) thank you my friend....I was just looking at the states you are from...where are you now?

    • ytsenoh profile image

      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Thanks Billy. I'm in Kansas City now. My dad retired from the Air Force in Missouri when I was a teenager...wish it were out west!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      honesty, we will always have room for you out here if you should decide to leave KC. :)

    • ytsenoh profile image

      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Ahhhh, thanks!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure.

    Click to Rate This Article