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The Writer's Dictionary A-M

Updated on October 16, 2013

Did You Know One Existed?

Of course you knew of dictionaries. Between Oxfords and Websters we have been pounded over the proverbial head with dictionaries since we were old enough to tug on our teacher’s coattails. But did you know there was a dictionary written just for writers like you?

Well there is indeed and I happen to have discovered it while rummaging through my grandparents’ attic many years ago. Being the stingy sort when I was younger I did not feel it was necessary to share it with anyone, but now that I have grown older and yes, wiser, I have come to my senses and decided to pass along this bounty so that you can reap the same benefits that I have experienced all these years.

Please, don’t thank me; I embarrass easily!

And if you believe that malarkey I have some great swamp land I want to sell you. I just made all that silliness about grandparents up….but hey, I love fiction writing so there you go.

Here, then, is the long-lost “Dictionary For Writers, 1st Volume, A-M.” The 2nd Volume will be along next week, same time, same place.

Carpe diem
Carpe diem | Source

A IS FOR AFFECT

Affect is a verb meaning to bring about a change. Writers, hear me well: you have the ability to stir the masses and bring about change in this world through your written word. You have the ability to influence others, to radicalize, to elicit emotions and to reach the hearts and souls of your readers.

B IS FOR BENEFICIAL

Beneficial is an adverb meaning promoting a favorable result, as in your writing can be very beneficial. The world needs good writers. The world needs more beauty and information and education. We practice an art form and art will always be beneficial to civilization.

C IS FOR CARPE DIEM

A noun, Latin in origin, meaning to seize the day and that is my message to you. You have been given a gift. You have the passion. Now take that passion, take that gift, and seize your moment. Be the best writer you can be and find out just how high your potential truly is.

D IS FOR DEFEATISM

Defeatism is a noun meaning an expectation of the prospect of defeat. Let me ask you this; how many of you have doubts about your ability as a writer? Count with me…one, two, three….cast aside those doubts and start practicing PIPO…positive in/positive out. Believe in your writing ability and you will improve.

We write in the shadows of the giants who came before us
We write in the shadows of the giants who came before us | Source

E IS FOR ELEPHANT

That’s right, an elephant, a rather large animal with tusks and a ton of fat, but in the old days, one was said to have “faced the elephant” when one was confronted with doubts and fear and carried on, and that is what I want you to do now….carry on despite the obstacles and be the best writer possible.

F IS FOR FAILURE

A noun meaning the condition of not achieving a desired end, but let me say to all writers that if you are writing you can never be a failure. The ultimate prize in writing is to feed the passion within you, so every single time you sit down to type you are a winner.

G IS FOR GENUINE

An adjective meaning of pure or original stock, as all writers should be. Develop your own voice. Be your own writer. The world needs what you can offer and not some regurgitated replica of past offerings. Be yourself!

H IS FOR HERITAGE

A noun meaning something passed down from preceding generations; a tradition. And what a beautiful tradition we are a part of. The greats came before us; one day some of us will stand with those giants because of the words we write and the tales we create. How cool is that?

A kinship exists between writers
A kinship exists between writers | Source

Advice from a pro

I IS FOR IMAGINATION

A noun meaning the power of the mind to create a mental image or concept, and that is exactly what writers do. We are creators. In a world of destruction we give birth. In a world of pain we provide comfort. In a world desperately in need of beauty we step forward and create it.

J IS FOR JIHAD

Jihad is a Moslem holy war against infidels and you’ll have to excuse my liberties, but that is the perfect metaphor for a writer’s mission, a holy war against ignorance, against the darkness of spirit and against the oppression of silence. We are the voices of a generation. We speak through our words and people listen and are moved to action and change. So it always was and so it always shall be.

K IS FOR KINSHIP

The state or quality of being kin. There is a kinship between writers. Only another writer can understand the loneliness and frustration we experience. Only another writer can understand the passion that fuels our daily quest. You are my brothers and sisters of the word and will always be my kin.

L IS FOR LABOR

Labor is of course physical or mental exertion, a specific task, and I would add one word to this definition and that would be love. Writing is a labor of love. How else can we explain the long hours of combining words in search of the perfect sentence? How else can we explain the anonymity inherent in the life of a writer, and the willingness to live that lifestyle? We love writing and always will.

M IS FOR MAGICAL

Magic is, of course, an exercise of sleight of hand or conjuring for entertainment; magical is bewitching and enchanting. In other words, magical is writing and writing is magical. We have about 200,000 words at our disposal, and with those 200,000 words we create, we motivate, we ingratiate and we infuriate. Is there a better profession in the world? I think not!

Who wouldn't listen to this guy?

And More to Come

N through Z will come next week so stay tuned.

A few years back I had a friend who was a fledgling writer. The passion was there; the skills were not. She worked long hours at her craft; we talked many times about her craft. She queried and self-published and was met with rejection at every turn, and finally, after two years, she gave up, tucked her manuscripts in a safe place, supposedly never to write again.

And of the date of this writing she has not, and quite frankly that saddens me.

This world needs her and this world needs you. There is too much ugliness in the world. There is too much dissention and bigotry and cruelty and close-mindedness, and writers can and always have been an answer. We may not provide all the answers but we at least keep communication at the front. We may not bring an end to ugliness but we at least balance it somewhat with equal amounts of beauty. We cannot right all the wrongs of this world but we can keep them in the spotlight so that their poison does not go unnoticed.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

And those are but two of the values of writing; it stomps out ignorance and diminishes stupidity, and Lordy do we ever need the benefits of writing.

If you are fueled by the passion of writing then do not quit as my friend did; the world needs you. Tangible rewards may never visit you but do not let that deter you from following your heart. Write not because of possible rewards; instead, write because it is a part of who you are.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, this was truly awesome and seriously a great dictionary for all writers and now cannot wait to see what you have in store with the second part of this. Thanks, as always and hoping you are having a great morning now, too!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Oh, Bill, you always say the right words.

      This is a wonderful article to encourage us fledgling writers.

      You are the shot in the arm, or the kick in the bodunkus that we need.

      We do appreciate your efforts, more than you know.

      I sure would like to see that first half of a dictionary........... :-)

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine; just a random idea that popped into my head the other day. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ...bodunkus??? Never heard that one but I bet I know the translation, and it ain't Latin for sure. LOL Thank you dear friend; now sit down and write.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I love the creative act of writing because when I write, I do not have to compete with anyone. I love reading what you write, Bill because it reminds me that we are not in competition, but as writers we are simply using our different perspectives to make the world a better place. I look forward to your second installment.

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      NiaLee 3 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Billybuc, thank you for another great contribution to the world, another opportunity to learn and grow for all who encounter you. You boosted me in a few minutes, made me laugh and inspire me to keep on pushing those manuscripts, keep on writing on a daily basis to grow and succeed.

      This dictionary is definitely beneficial and changing my vision into a more positive and organized one.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      What an interesting hub my friend. Your mind sure does fly with ideas. I just watched the Stephen King interview. I found it very interesting that he wishes he were a better writer. That's very encouraging for all of us. We are constantly perfecting our craft and learning how to be better writers. Whether we're just starting out or are as accomplished as King, there is always a goal to strive for.

      Great post, Bill. I look forward to N-Z!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Bill, I love your positive energy and you always inspire us, well me at least, and I am sure that goes right across the board too, can't wait for the next letters and meanings to appear, have a great day, nell

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Bill I'm still at work so I must read your hub again later in the evening. Thanks so far for the great tips! You are a true blessing.

      Nadine

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

      Awesome and just what I needed as I write something that is un fun today.

      thanks much

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cygnet, this concept that we are competitors is ridiculous. We should be support systems for each other rather than worrying about petty concerns like little school children. I believe we need each other; it sure would be a lonely business if we did it without anyone to cheer us on. :) Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nia, that is music to my ears. It was meant to be positive and supportive; I'm so happy you found it to be so. Thank you!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

      Martin Luther King, Jr.

      My father used to say that “ignorance is synonymous with indifference which is man’s greatest sin; a writer’s task is to dispel stupidity and apathy.” Once again, you have given us inspirational words and original ideas that are a writer’s champion. Thank you. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha. I do not understand my mind but I love the process; it never lets me down when I need an idea. :) Yes, we are constantly perfecting our craft....or should be. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell! We all need positive energy, do we not? I know I do, and I get it each day on HP. Have a great day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, I'm honored that you read this while at work....thank you my new friend. I appreciate you as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, good luck with that un fun...hopefully it will end quickly my friend. Peace be with you and love always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I love King's quote and I love your dad's words...two wise men.

      Thank you!

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      Kai Morris 3 years ago from London

      I love the way you define these words. F, B and A really spoke to me.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      And "A" is for Awesome which describes Bill and his hubs. Plus, love the John Hodgman video.

      Wishing You and all Writers a Wonderful Wednesday,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joel, I'm glad to hear that. Best wishes to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Kim from North Carolina, thank you very much. You are very kind. Are you on any of the writer's pages on Facebook? There are a lot of us there and we share each other's work; great way to get enmeshed in the community. Let me know if you are or want to be.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      thank you for explaining Failure as it pertains to writers. Thanks for all the other insightful tips under the other letters. Admirable creativity!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! I'm really happy that you enjoyed this one; I don't know where the idea came from but I'm glad it arrived. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Very clever! Still you but a little different! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Randi! I was shooting for different. :)

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Bill,

      I would love to join the FB scene. Do I just click on the FB icon and request to be added? Thank You!

      Kim from Carolina : )

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I just sent you an email telling you what to do. :)

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      hyp 3 years ago

      Awesome! This is really a one of a kind writer's dictionary. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Hyp...thank you for your kind words.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Truly fantastic hub, Bill. We need these types of hubs often and I'm so glad that you provide them! Thanks so much. Voted up and shared. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm just spreading the glow, Liz! I want writers excited about their craft and looking forward to writing daily...we need more people like you. :)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      this was informative and of course fun.. alittle tongue in cheek. Next you will have to do the thesaurus....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...a little tongue in cheek for sure, Carol. Glad you enjoyed it. I'll give some thought to that thesaurus.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Love it! Can't wait to see N-Z.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I can't wait to write it. LOL

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Such originality. I continue to be inspired by your hubs. Your work motivates me to get busy! Which is what I should be doing right now...gotta go!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, thank you so much. I live to motivate and inspire so thanks for the affirmation. Now get busy and dazzle us.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Great hub! And so creative. When I read your hubs like this one, they inspire me to get even more creative when it comes to writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheila! That's what I am attempting to do...stretch my limits and try new things.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Wow! Talk about timing. You are not going to believe this, but yesterday I decided to give up on writing. I just sat down after half a day of pondering and said out loud, "I give up!" I packed up my writing books, including a couple of dictionaries, and delivered them to the local library. I was done! But, I enjoy reading, so this afternoon I got around to reading hubs and after reading your hub - the part about how writers can help balance out some of the ugliness in the world - well, reading that brought me back to my senses. You're amazing, Bill Holland!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Marlene, would you please talk to me before you do that again? LOL We can't lose you my dear friend. You are a good writer who is going to be very good and then outstanding. You are just beginning this journey and I just won't stand for you quitting. Do you hear? :) Seriously, I want a phone call next time you decide you have had enough.

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      Leona J Atkinson 3 years ago from Oregon, USA

      This is really good. Very encouraging. I look forward to next weeks posting. Yes, words have power and can be used to influence either in a positive or negative way. I prefer positive. And now, it blesses me that my grand-son who is 19 has been given the gift also, he is a rhymer/rapper who has come to believe that words have power and he wants to use his rapping in a positive way. Praise God!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      What a very interesting twist on the alphabet...I especially love the liberties you have taken with "J"ihad... So true, my friend.

      Voted UP and UABI...Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. Just another example of my over-active imagination. Maybe I need ritalin. LOL

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you retired and that is great news about your grandson. Praise God indeed!

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

      Another excellent write! You just keep coming up with those imaginative hubs that can't fail to grab the attention and motivate your readers.

      As I said, very Imaginative. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I don't know where the ideas come from but I'm glad they keep coming, and I'm very glad my friends enjoy the results. Blessings to you always!

      bill

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Great job Billy! I love that part about writing because it is part of who you are! So true!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brandi! I'll be by to see your new one shortly!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Love this, Bill! This gets to the heart of writing and in such a clever manner. Looking forward to the rest of the dictionary. Thank you for always inspiring us to continue to do our thing with passion. We can all certainly make this world a little less ugly with our beautiful words.

      Great photo there too!

      Hugs and blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for writing about this writers dictionary. It is very insightful and you always inspired us with your articles. Have a great day, Bill!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Bill. I have not received an email yet, but I will keep on the lookout.

      Have a great day!

      Kim

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I know deep down, I will never be a true "writer", but I enjoy trying. You are always an inspiration to those of us who do try to write.

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that, Faith, and I want all writers to believe that as well. Keep writing and keep making the world a better place for all.

      blessings and thanks always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, it is my pleasure, truly. Thank you so much.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, ....I'll email you and explain. Thanks.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, in my mind you are a true writer. If you write with passion and a desire to communicate then you are a true writer. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Writer's Dictionary A-M great explanation with such great meaning. Your work has called for many readers. The lovely photo and hub explains it all.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again DDE....I am very grateful for you my friend.

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      An amazing and insightful hub, Bill! Waiting for the second part!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike! I'll have it for you Monday.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for this creative hub, Bill!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Inspirational, encouraging and educational Bill, can't wait for the next installment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always a pleasure, vkwok! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, you won't have long to wait. It will be out Monday. Thank you!

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      Jennifer Stone 3 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Bill, I actually dropped by and read this a few days ago... I never got round to leaving a comment then, but the last paragraph about your friend who gave up writing actually gave me the confidence I needed and inspired me to come back and start writing my (silly) poems again... indeed that very evening I was walking my dogs on the riverbank and words started flooding into my head again... that hasn't happened for a long time! So to you sir.. I say thank you, with all my heart! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Music to my soul, Jennifer. I love it! We all need each other...a word of encouragement goes a long way. Well done my friend; now keep writing....and they are not silly little poems. They are a part of you. :)

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      Marlene 3 years ago

      Useful information. What a great idea for a hub. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I always go back and read your old hubs. I wanted to congratulate you on all your badges and achievements. Voted up awesome! Doc

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I do like your creative dictionary, Bill. Perfect choices of words and imaginative meanings. 'Carpe diem' is one of my favorites since I believe it should apply not only to writing but to the way we live our lives. Life is much too short so we must make the most of every moment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Doc! It is a great honor that you go back and read my old stuff. I greatly appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, it is indeed precious my friend, and far too short. When we are young we simply have no idea how short it is.....now that I'm older I'm clinging to every moment. :) Thank you and have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You certainly fuel our passion Bill. Each time we read one of your inspirational articles we are ready to take pen in hand (or fingers to the keys) and write away!

      What a wonderful way to start the day...with a dictionary leading us to write. Your definitions are certainly what writers need.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! If I inspire then I am one happy writer. Second volume came out today. :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great definitions for each letter! I should send the link to you hub to one of my sons who is an aspiring writer but who often tucks his work in a drawer. I hope that your friend will take a work out of the drawer and try to publish her work on the web. The publishing world is a very hard world. In 1985, I was told by someone in the publishing world that in Canada there was at that time 1 chance over 5000 to have your work published. I took the chance to approach publishers.... and I was lucky enough to have received 3 offers within one and a half month.... but because I knew the statistics, I accept the first offer.... I should have wait, Scholastic was ready to publish my work at 26 000 copies, first edition and two languages. With the web.... I publish my own work :-)

      And a lot of people have chosen that avenue and some people are quite successful. May be it could be a great opportunity for your friend!

      Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kidscraft, thanks for sharing your experience. There are a lot of maybes out there and who knows what avenue will work for which writer. All I know is it would be a shame to quit before the miracle happens. :)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I was so pleased to see that the final letters had arrived – the “N thru Z” of the writer’s alphabet. At the risk of sounding a little clichéd or mawkish, there are parts of this innovative dictionary that had me misty-eyed with inspiration and appreciation. You truly defined what makes us tick … our aspirations, passions, and dreams; and those “remedies” we seek to convey every time we create. This is one of my favorite Bill Holland originals. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Genna! I love it when someone says it is one of their favorites...let's me know I'm not stale in my writing. Thank you so much.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I read "N thru Z" first, and, of course, I had to come read "A-M"! I'm so pleased you wrote these excellent words for writers and that I found them! These are like the old "pep squads" (forerunners of cheerleaders) who got the juices flowing for the Friday night high school football games, but these are for the writers who, each and every day and many-a-night, do write, think about writing, edit and revise our written words, share them and then wait to see how they'll be received; we're at some stage - or many of them - every single day, because write, we must! We are very familiar with the L (Labor) and the M (Magic) of this process!

      These two hubs in a little pocket book would be very valuable to have in printed form! ;-)

      (Just read your reply to Genna. STALE? NO WAY, Bill! You have a style but your ideas are always fresh!)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I'm so sorry, Bill; I posted my comment to the wrong hub. I was aiming for N thru Z, but got lost somehow. It's been a crazy day with work -- and it's only Monday. {Sigh.}

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I'm just happy you are here. Thank you no matter which order you read them or commented them. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, your comment is pep squad music to my ears. Thank you so much. Of all genres, I admire poets the most. Most poets write for the sheer joy of writing. Fame may never come their way; huge viewing numbers may never come their way; still they write because they must. You are a perfect example of that.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Bill! High praise, indeed! Yes, for sure, I write poetry and prose for the joy of it and/or because I must. I don't seem to have a choice at all! If I had no pen and paper or keyboard, I guess I'd have to scratch it out in the dirt or use a rock to scratch it on another rock! But, wonder of wonders! I needn't do that and I have more fame and numbers right here on Hubpages than I ever anticipated in my lifetime!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The same here, Nellianna. When I first started at HP they told me my kind of writing would not do well......well, a quarter of a million views later I have no complaints. :)

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Great article, Bill. Letter K and M are my personal favorites here :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, I can understand why K and M are your favorites. Thanks as always for the visit and comment. I hope you are well.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I couldn't agree more - so well put, Bill. I love the I & K definitions best. We can do a lot with our words and we do have a great kinship here. You inspired me to write the following - couldn't resist it!

      A

      Broad

      Collection of

      Diligent

      Expressions

      Fighting to

      Gain

      Hearts,

      Images

      Juxtaposing and

      Kicking at

      Logic for

      Magic!

      Your enthusiasm and encouragement knows no bounds! Off to read the second half of the dictionary. Cheers! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I swear, the comment is better than the hub. LOL I love this...thank you so much my loyal friend from across the Pond.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Oh no, definitely not - just a little fun!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..Ann, I loved your comment. :) Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Interesting and very inspirational, Bill. Thank you for creating the dictionary!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As always, Alicia, thank you very much.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Every word applies to us as writers. We can tuck it in, nestle it, and send it in to battle. And in the end, we are the victors with the spoils.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that was written like a true writer. Love this comment. Thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      What a great idea for a hub and a great reminder to all of us about what writing is all about. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I think it is easy to forget why we began writing in the first place. I just wanted to remind everyone. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

      These are truly words to live by, for those of us who write! I like that you framed things like encouragement and motivation in every letter of the alphabet. You're one of our best role models on this site - so glad to know you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marcy! The feeling is mutual.

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