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Embrace The Writer's Life And Love the Journey

Updated on September 26, 2013

The Original and Still the Best

“Though we are not now at that strength which in better days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts made weak by time and fate but not in will; To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I first read “Ulysses” by Tennyson when I was a sophomore in college. I cannot say why this passage struck me like a lightning bolt, but struck me it did. I immediately memorized it and it has been with me now for forty-four years.

I may have fallen short those many years ago in explaining properly what those words meant to me, but today I have no problem at all. They speak of the eternal struggle of man….every one of us as we go about the business of living, the wasted moments, the struggles to regain youth, the worries that weigh us down….and still we go on.

The sheer tonnage of problems and obstacles that we face during our lifetime would sink the Queen Mary and yet we keep moving forward. Some have a vision and a plan; some just follow the instinctual call to see what is ahead…..and once we have turned that proverbial corner…once we have seen what lies beyond that curve in the road….once we have attained whatever it is we sought….we do not give up and we do not relinquish.

Man is a remarkable creature, and within that species we have a sub-species called Homo Writerus….the writers of the world, those who follow a calling that is hypnotic in nature, addictive in nature and sometimes heartbreaking in nature.

This one is for all of you!

Walt Whitman....your peer.
Walt Whitman....your peer. | Source

To Strive

What is it we strive for? Some simply look for supplemental income, while others dream of fame and fortune. Some have been writing since the early days of youth, stolen moments with a journal while tucked safely in bed. Others feel the shadows of age falling quickly and strive to put their reflections about life down for others to learn from, while still others simply use writing as an outlet for their emotions, allowing the joys, the fears, the anger and the insecurities to find a voice.

All seem to write as a calling, answering an inner drive that can be all-consuming at times, frustrating often and yet a calm, safe harbor in an otherwise tumultuous sea of life. They create, they question, they answer and they destroy with their words. They excite, nurture, inspire and goad into action those who would read their missives. They can take reality and alter it, or they can bring it into focus and allow their clarity to infect others.

They are artists, each and every one of them, and the world is a better place because of them.

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To Seek

The perfect word….the perfect phrase….they hunger for those and when, by design or happenstance, they come upon them, they rejoice. They take language, some modern, some ancient, and mold the nouns and verbs, adjectives and adverbs, into a meaningful message all can understand.

They seek to be understood. They seek to be heard. They climb upon their literary steeds and ride across the countryside, shouting down ignorance and instilling a love of literacy to all who will listen.

Theirs is a lonely profession and yet in that loneliness they find inspiration. The hours become days and the days become weeks, and forward they roll as an unstoppable force as old as mankind itself. Wherever there is pain they seek to comfort. Wherever there is misunderstanding they seek to articulate. Wherever there is division they seek to bond.

These are the artists of vocabulary, the Rembrandts of the keyboard, each seeking to quiet the inner voice that whispers at times, while other times shouts, to continue writing.

They seek, in a very real sense, a fix to satisfy the hunger of the drug that consumes them, and each finely-crafted phrase brings them a high that surpasses Angel Mist or Acapulco Gold.

The writer's studio and place of work
The writer's studio and place of work | Source

To Find

Yes, to find the voice. To reach that moment when the words come alive, leaving the reader gasping from the experience….that is truly the find of a lifetime for a writer. This is the culmination of all those long hours of work, the laying to rest of all the self-doubts and the discovery of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

At first it is a fleeting moment, a quick glimpse of what could be….but then it happens with more regularity until one day the writer awakens and realizes that….they…..are….a….writer….in the truest sense of the word. Not a writer in training…not a write wannabe…but a writer.

They are then standing on the same Olympus with the greats. They have finally attained that which seemed unattainable. They understand, finally, what it must have felt like to write “To Kill A Mockingbird” or even “One Flew Over A Cuckoos Nest.”

They need no rewards for they know in their heart that what they have produced is worthy of acclaim. Whether that acclaim ever comes is not important at that moment. What is important is that they found the combination that has unlocked the brilliance within them. The dreams of a young child are now a reality, and they can look in the mirror and know that an artist is looking back at them.

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And Not to Yield

The detractors will always be there. The wife who wishes you would find a real job and stop this silliness; the husband who wants you to get off your butt and do something to help out; the relatives who cannot believe you are wasting your time on a silly dream; they will always be there, chipping away at your resolve.

The bills pile up, the rejection slips keep arriving and the battle continues with self-doubt, but you are determined to follow this path for you hear the siren song and she sings to you.

The life of a writer is a life of solitude. Time begets more time and the affirmations are few and far between. Writer’s block sets up its detour on your road to fulfillment, and the competition is fierce, and many a day goes by when you wonder if anyone else truly understands.

And still you write!

Why?

Because you are a writer! Writing is what you do and it is a large part of who you are. A writer cannot shut off the desire to write. There is no spigot which, when turned clockwise, will stop the flow of words and thoughts and inspirations. One might as well attempt to stop the sun from rising or the tides from marching to and fro.

So you write, and the thought of yielding may occasionally enter your thinking, but it is never seriously considered.

You are a writer!

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Bill Holland....your peer. | Source

To Strive, to Seek, to Find…and Not to Yield

The sun sets on another day in the life of the writer. There have been some highs and yes, the occasional low, but as they lay their head down on the pillow a smile creeps upon their face.

Through their words they altered reality. Through their words they offered hope and positivity. Through their words they informed and educated, and through their words they once again answered their calling and brought beauty into the world.

Writers around the world share a legacy with all the greats who came before them, but they also share a common bond with the not-so-greats and those who will try, stumble and fall. Their words will live on forever. Long after we have all died, the words of the writer will be floating through the internet and be resting upon written pages on dusty shelves. One hundred years from now someone will come across an obscure article or book written by a housewife from Des Moines, or Lancaster, or Dubai, and for a few moments read the words that soared from her heart, and the beauty created long ago will once again live.

Yes, you are a writer, and I say BRAVO!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

"Helping writers to spread their wings and fly."

Dedicated to my good friend Joe on HubPages.

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      Linda Compton 4 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Homo Writerus. Love that!

      And still I write; and love reading your writings. Deepest heartfelt thanks for naming that summoning force that draws, drives and defines us.

      Bravo to you, Sir William! Bravo

      L.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, this is an amazing homage and gift to writers everywhere. It is at once a monumental salute, a very fitting autobiography, a remarkable outreach of a biography, and what every literary ambassador should carry in their hearts as a reminder of why it is that they continually strive, seek, find, and never yield.

      My earnest prayer is that this hub goes evergreen, the very thing you don't consciously set as a goal, my friend, but that which happens naturally because you spoke from your very heart and soul.

      This is the most effervescent essay I've ever read from a contemporary, and I daresay it has its rightful place among the classic writers.

      God blessed you with a wonderful talent, Bill. Thank you so very much for using that talent wisely and generously.

      Aloha, my Olympian buddy!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that means a great deal to me. Thank you so much. I was happy with this piece...I can't always say that, but I was with this one. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I'm blushing and that's not easy to make me do. :) Thank you very much my friend. You were the inspiration for this one when you commented a few days back that you had disappointed your wife by not doing enough ebay that day and instead had written.....that comment spoke to me and as a result, here is my response to your wife and all writers. :)

      Have a wonderful day my friend and thank you for the inspiration.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow Bill. I am struck with your words and truly identified with them. You hit the nail on the head with your sincere words. A very well done tribute to yourself and the land of writers everywhere.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful Bill and think as a writer we have all had those moments where others question why we keep writing and for what. And it is what we do with those questions and the capability to forge on that makes or breaks us as writers. But if we are true writers, we keep going and never stop writing. Have, of course, voted up and shared, too!!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      An inspiring write. Your writings never cease to amaze me. Down the line many people will find inspiration from your writings. Voted up. Great write.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I have a sticky above my monitor to keep me in focus. It simply says, "Dream. Strive. Achieve". Some days I just don't feel like writing. On those days I write for pleasure versus gain, but I still write. It's in the blood and I've got to keep it flowing or I'll cease to exist. It's as simple as that.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Homo Writerus with our inner drive! Now I have to have Larry sit down and read this hub so he can stop complaining about me spending so much time on the computer. I have not yet achieved secretarial spread (a wide bottom from sitting at a desk) but believe it should begin shortly. HOWEVER, your wonderful words of encouragement and understanding show that I am not alone, that there is more in this than just sitting at the computer and typing. This is a pouring out of your mind and soul and hoping what comes out is worth reading. Thank you Bill for the wonderful hub!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned. Now I have to throw the wash in :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Yay, this was absolutely beautiful. Makes me want to cheer us all on, with you at the helm, oh great fearless leader of writers, or wanna-be writers! I have been writing in those journals tucked away in bed...how did you know? But I do also now feel the shadow of age...turning 50 does that to some people I hear!!! And so I can totally relate to your writing in this hub. And I have heard the calling so I am happiest as I write, write, and write some more. So many words, so little time...because even if I live to be 100, I fear that is not enough time to write all the words and ideas inside my soul! Great job Bill. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzy, bravo to you my friend.....keep writing and keep believing in yourself. What you do is important. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we do, Janine...we write because we have to write...this is who we are...parent, spouse, and writer. :) Keep on keeping on, Janine....what you do is important.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, if that is true then I am one very happy writer. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it is as simple as that. I am a writer...you are a writer....we write. :)

      Thanks my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Mary...Yes! The pouring out of our minds and souls...that is writing. We are the true movers and shakers in life....we rattle cages and we make life a little more exciting and informative....believe that and then get that darn laundry done. LOL

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Karen....no, it will not be enough time to write all the words.....but we can try, right? :)

      Thank you for your very kind words. Have a happy day of writing my friend.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bill this very hub is the stuff that inspires the world to do amazing things.

      Bro! if you changed the title and made it any of the career choices that us humans decide to live out in this man made reality and in the world, your hub would fit as a super motivator for them all.

      I sense much more going on in this very article bro, I sense a love for life that is way beyond the average, and your spirit is radiating this motivational writers theme of a hub.

      I love your play on words, how you mesh the old to the new of today's authors, and authorship. You need to turn this into a Youtube video of sorts that unlocks the keys to viral motivational jackpots there, because it would do such a thing I do believe if you done it with such royal intensity as this hub is written with.

      Just brilliant! my dear friend, for we all are Writers! I must agree......

      Thumbs up super high and you know what I do with these super hubs :)

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Tut, Tut, Tut. So you would want to leave your readers gasping, boy you're tough. I mean me, even with my rubbish I'd still offer them a glass of water. Oh wait, weren't you a teacher? Now it makes perfect sense,LOL.

      More fabulous scribbling insight, from a fabulous hubber.

      Good show Sir Bill.

      MJ

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      All of us feel differently about our writing as you pointed out. I love writing but not with the same passion as other writers on HubPages. Maybe I just have too many interests. Well done as always Bill..YOu always amaze me how you express exactly what you feel.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Gets up, paces the room slowly pondering.....Adjusts his shirt collar and again sits at the keyboard, mind in another place as the words appear on the screen.

      Mark

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Awesome sir!! Voted up and awesome.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Look at all of those manuscripts! That's amazing. What determination.

      I have a Walt Whitman quotation on my wall that I just love. It's too long to write out here, but it starts out, "This is what you shall do . . . "

      I like the sentiment that you shared in your last paragraph: the connection we have through our writing with those in the past and the future. Heavy!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is beautiful and one of your best pieces. I'm voting it up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, you are an insightful man. I wanted my love of life to shine through in this and you have told me that it did. Thank you for that confirmation. Writing is an art but yes, this could apply to any chosen field one pursued.

      Thank you for your kind words and sharing. This one was special to me and I'm glad you found it to be so.

      blessings, buddy! Go knock them dead on youtube as only you can do.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, fine, if you want a darn glass of water, here it is. LOL

      Do people in Ireland really say "tut, tut, tut?" I thought only Winnie the Pooh said that. :)

      Thank you my friend. Have a great day with those gaskets and belts.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol! I love that you admit that you have many interests and writing is only one of them...great personal balance and a quest for learning. Well done, Carol, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I love it.....let the words flow my brother. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, thank you! This is one of my favorites and it's nice to have other people affirm that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy....heavy??? You really should have been born when I was. LOL

      I'm glad you liked that video....I was blown away by the amount of work that was on that bookshelf....does the guy ever sleep?

      Thanks Lizzy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, thank you...it happens to be one of my favorites as well and I appreciate you affirming that.

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      Briana Faye 4 years ago from California

      Bill, this is truly a wonderful piece! I enjoyed every word you've written here. Homo Writerus! I love it. All the best to you!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bravo to you Bill. Beautiful hub. You speak to the heart of the writer. I love you blog also. Just followed it. Russ

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      ...And not to yield. Bill, I think that about says it all. If we find that we awaken thinking of writing; we go to slumber thinking of writing; and at all odd moments during the day we are thinking of writing, then we are that which we think - a writer.

      Inspirational as always, Bill. You do find an opportunity to say something I need to hear at the time I most need to hear it.

      Are you in my head?

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      one of an excellent collection for another book. I guess that you are moving in this direction.

      Your man John Nicholls is saying good stuff, yes, but what I like most is his spirit, a lesson for anyone in patience, acceptance and fun or cheerfulness in the face of great challenges.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Briana! I felt good about this one and I'm glad you related to it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, I appreciate you following my blog. Thank you so much and I'm glad you liked this piece.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I like to think I'm inside the head of every writer. We all have that common bond that connects us, so my feelings are quite often shared by many. :) Thanks buddy and I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I think I am always moving in the direction of a new book. :) Thank you and I agree with your statement about John Nicholls.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, I am a writer and I give you credit for being an inspiration on my writing journey. "To Strive, To Seek, To Find and Not To Yield." Bravo to you, too. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Mazzsays 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article that speaks to all of us here. Thank you for this, and fantastic work. I can't recall how many times I thought to myself "clever" or "well, well said."

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

      More flak than over Schweinfurt, Billy! You get them flocking, don't you. Mind you, I have to disagree with you on two points,

      1. Is there such a thing as 'the perfect word' when there are too many different situations, where a word used elsewhere might be useless. That's why we've got Thesauri/Dictionaries, to find AN apt word to fit the sentence;

      2. Don't isolate yourself as an author. As a scientist, maybe, as an artist maybe, but writing is like working in a glass cage. To write well you've got to observe well: people's reactions to certain situations, the phrases people might use at a particular time, the way they approach/solve problems. You can't watch people if you shut yourself away.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      "Though much is taken much abides." If you are going to remember years later anything written, you could sure do worse than remember this jewel.

      You are a writer if you write. I feel very strongly about this fact. You're not a writer only if you get published or only if you even get read. Preach it Bro. Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, my pleasure. I love to motivate and encourage other writers. Keep up the great work my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mazzsays, that means a lot to me. Thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Alan, disagreement is the fine wine of life. Bring it on. I learn from those who disagree as well as agree, and I thank you for it.

      FYI...I don't isolate. I am always up talking to the neighbors and going for walks when I need a break...life is too short to do otherwise. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathleen and I completely agree. It's nice being published but that just means you were in the right place at the right time. :)

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting article with some sound and wise advice. Well done and well said. I watched the video and loved it. So he wrote "The Milagro Beanfield War?" I never wrote the book, just saw the movie, done by Robert Redford and it was good. A lovely story using magic realism - it is quite an uplifting story of what man is capable of achieving if he believes in himself. So interesting to hear from the author himself. I, too, have notebooks stashed away, but not as many as he has. Writing is a long drawn out process and it can take years upon years to write a novel. Your hub on this subject is very uplifting too and I always loved Tennyson and Walt Whitman and his Leaves of Grass with "Song of Myself." We all need to celebrate ourselves. Thanks for an engaging piece of writing.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      "The Milagro Beanfield War" - meant to say I never read the book - no kidding, I never wrote it! lol I can't even edit myself - sorry.

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nicely done billybuc, I really enjoyed this. Peace. Kawi.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette! I saw the movie, too, but honestly I can't remember if I read the book...seems like I did but I'm not betting on it. LOL

      I have notebooks from the past but that guy is a writing machine. He makes me look like a kindergartner by comparison.

      Have a great week my friend and thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I'm sure glad you cleared that up. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kawika, thank you very much.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      As a fellow Homo Writerus, I salute you, Bill, for nailing most of the reasons we writers write. Though in my case, I often see myself as a Humor Writerus. Just a different sub-species, m'dear.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, one word has been used so many times where you are concerned, I hesitate to use it again; but I must... this is ' inspirational' you give encouragement you motivate and you support like no other, this brilliant article is no exception.

      Take care now.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you really are a very talented writer. I hope you know that. How do you do this day after day, come up with inspirational messages to share with us. And I know this isn't the only writing you do every day. Wow is all I can say. You really are an inspiration to everyone who reads your work.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      A great definition of what a writer is. Bravo!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Literary steeds, Love that! You are such a great writer. You could inspire anyone to try writing. You bring out the best in all of us who have a desire to put words on paper. Thank you for your unfailing optimism. I want to write something so badly but the old proverbial writer's block is visiting my house...Cheers my good friend...

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love this billy, your messages all mean so much, and inspire all of us writers. yes it is a solitary thing we do, and we always need inspiration, its just lovely to read your words, voted up and shared, nell

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      I am mesmerized!! Now I'm just so inspired to write my masterpiece..whew, this article is simply AMAZING. =)

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      voted up billy, =)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Writing sure helps me take out what I envision or have a nightmare about...lol

      Keep your inspirational words coming, bill :)

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      "Through their words they altered reality. Through their words they offered hope and positivity. Through their words they informed and educated, and through their words they once again answered their calling and brought beauty into the world." Powerful, Bill.

      Thank you for another beautiful gift to all of us.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Bravo, Dearest Bill! We can always count on you to encourage us in our writing endeavors and to push onward. What is inside of us, must come out!

      Thank you for this inspiration write here. You're the best!

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I dub you Humor Writerus Ereritus! :) Thank you and I hope you are well tonight.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you very much. We all need a little inspiration from time to time, don't we? :) I appreciate you always being here, Jo.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm beginning to wonder how I do it too. LOL Some would say I'm full of b.s. but we ignore those people. :) Thank you for the very kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, thank you for the bravo. I'll be by to see your latest soon.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you my friend. Take a break and let nature speak to you..the block will be gone before you know it. :) Cheers to you as well, today and always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, thank you very much. If I inspire others then I am one happy writer. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      shielamaeparreno....that means a great deal to me. Thank you so much and blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira....LOL...great to have those nightmares exorcised. For goodness sake keep writing. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, what more could a writer ask for than to be quoted. Thank you for that honor and your very kind words.....peace to you always

      bill

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub, Bill. It's also wonderfully inspirational, like so many of your hubs. Thank you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Inspirational and will motivate writers everywhere. It's a call to arms in this case pens or keyboards. Passing this on.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm sorry, Bill but I just can't find the words (ironic, I know) to express how awesome this is. And so very inspiring. Thanks for the push forward.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Very motivational.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing is about all what you have mentioned here and you have written such an encouraging hub I enjoyed reading and learning more thanks

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Billy

      I knew from my earliest years that I must use pad and pencil to pour out the tornado of words and ideas, pain and sorrow, joy and exhilaration, swirling in my headbone. And thus it has been ever since.

      Little did I know it would lead to this place where my life would intersect with a family of writers who inspire me on a daily basis.

      Thank you for recognizing the writer within each of us and for offering us encouragement to continue this journey.

      Happy Tuesday Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! Just as you said, what is inside of us must come out....we are writers!

      blessings to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alicia! I hope you have a wonderful day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma...a call to arms....I like that. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I think you found some great words and I thank you for them. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Martin, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, DDE. Thank you for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, oddly I did not write until adulthood. I was not one of those kids who takes every spare moment to write his thoughts. Way too busy playing sports and there was no time for writing. Now I can't stop. LOL

      Keep sending those angels. They are appreciated, as are you.

      Blessings and a hug coming your way,

      bill

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Once again you delight and deliver a world of words that make me shiver.May all writers share their truimphs and their losses.As long as we write we keep are sanity in sight.Don't forget to go for a walk and get some exercise to refresh our body,mind and soul.Have a great day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, great advice at the end of your comment and I will do exactly that later today. Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words.

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      D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

      Loved this. Thank you for such a great Hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      D. Juris, you are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Loved this Bill! We do seek to understand and to be understood and to experience the other through words--I am glad to see you have a blog uup and am on my way to check it out!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you for taking the time to check out my hub and my blog. I greatly appreciate it.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Spot on Billy ; TO STRIVE, TO SEEK, TO FIND…AND NOT TO YIELD

      oh yes how we can all relate !!!

      I have written since knee high ;scruffy little sheets of paper stuck together as a book.

      Books on animals ;horses,dogs and cats mainly ;many being entered into county competitions by my school teachers into and upstairs I have a whole load of certificates for me efforts ;I especially love the ones by The RSPCA !!!

      However when I would take my certificates home there would be comments like "Huh if you won first prize the rest of them must have been bad!!"

      Therefore future certificates were hidden under my mattress and other safe places.

      The yearning has never left me but I didn't begin writing in earnest until four years ago !!

      Today as I sit back in contemplation I understand fully just why it has taken me so long to live my dream. Now is the time and today my writing is as important as getting up in the morning and I know for a fact that I shall never ever give up on my writing any more.It is ME and all that I stand for.

      My message to all is to never listen to the negative reaction of others !!Listen to your hearts ; learn to believe in yourself because today I certainly do.

      Another gem from you my dear friend Billy and lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, your time is now and we are all richer for it. Your words will live on for hundreds of years, and days and years from now someone who needs beauty in their life will read your poetry and find peace of mind and heart....and that, my dear, is a fantastic legacy of love for you.

      Blessings and love to you,

      bill

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Bill, this is a very interesting read. "Through their words they altered reality" - this really speak to me. One short sentence, but so powerful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Monis. I appreciate you stopping by with such a lovely compliment.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      You captured so much of a writer's life...thank you. I personally have so many motivations for writing, but underneath is a drive to create that kind of goes beyond all the worldly reasons. :-) Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, that's really the bottom line, isn't it? You said it all with those two sentences. Thank you!

      bill

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Billybuc you have melted our deepest thoughts, feelings and desires and poured them onto the page so eloquently. You again inspire me and drive me to delve deeper. Thank you for sharing your prodigious talent.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, thank you so much. If I have inspired you then I have accomplished my goal with this article. You gave me a smile this morning and for that I thank you.

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      Tariq Sattar 20 months ago from Karachi

      What an inspiring hub Bill, I must say that has rekindled a fire in me and given me hope. Let me be frank with you, I am at a cross road in my life and seeking for a career that is benefiting to me and my family. Let's be frank, money matters and it can be tremendously boosting if your passion is mixed up with your livelihood.

      Perhaps, its time for me to be serious about pursuing this profession. However, I want to learn about commercial writing and already have job of content writer in digital marketing.

      But like you said people can be obstacles, always there to demotivate you to look for a career, as if no writer has ever made money. Bill, it's mind boggling at the extent people are ignorant of this noble profession. Thanks for the Hub, I enjoyed reading it.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much mtariqsattar, and I wish you luck as you move forward in this profession. It is hard...there is no doubt about that fact, so best wishes to you.

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