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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 169

Updated on September 25, 2017

It’s Late September and I Really Should Be . . .

Can anyone finish that lyric? A little music trivia to start your day, a song from Rod Stewart . . .

See, we’re playing a little word association now…late September…Maggie May…the name of our new puppy…..it all ties together, in a weird way, in my weird mind. And that’s how it works for this writer. I’ll see something…smell something…hear something…and it will trigger another thought or experience…and we are off and running, a run for the roses, your moment’s at hand…Dan Fogelberg….well, you get the point.

So let’s get to the point! Welcome back to the Mailbag! September is just about gone, the autumn leaves, drift by my window, sing it with me now . . .”Autumn Leaves” . . . I used to play that song on the organ at organ recitals when I was twelve, when all I really wanted to do was play some rock n roll.

So to hell with Autumn Leaves! Let’s rock n roll, shall we?

Welcome back to the Mail Room!
Welcome back to the Mail Room! | Source

More on Dialogue

From Zulma: “Thank you for your response, Bill. I'm not sure if this particular equine is truly deceased so I'm just going to poke it a little and see. With regard to dialogue, does adding adverbs like 'he said, warily' or 'she simpered' and anything as far as the characterization? I like writing dialogue but feel compelled to offer some indication of character's reaction.”

Zulma, I’ll answer your question as soon as I stop laughing at “I’m not sure if this particular equine is truly deceased.” Thanks for that chuckle!

Do those adverbs add to characterization? Sure they do! My only word of caution is to use them sparingly. Just like writing “he said” or “she, said,” too often, I think one can overdo adverbs like “warily” to describe mood. It becomes a handy crutch after awhile, and I know you understand my point. So pick your moments when you do use those adverbs. The other times I’m afraid you’re going to have to do it the hard way, through very carefully-selected dialogue and narration.

An example? Instead of saying “he said, warily,” you could say . . . “he looked around, checking to make sure no one else was listening, lowered his voice, and said . . . “

It’s the same thing, it describes the same thing, but one approach is easy and the other requires a little more work.

That’s what I’ve got for you on that topic. I just checked the equine and there’s still a heartbeat!

Small towns offer unique marketing problems
Small towns offer unique marketing problems | Source

Unique Marketing Problem

From DDE: “I haven't made any business cards of that reason. It is difficult to promote my work here and still having that problem. Any advice on that?”

Devika, if I remember correctly, you live in a remote village in Croatia, correct? Or is it a city? Yes, promoting your work in such a situation would be a challenge for sure, a challenge I’m not sure I have a solution for since I can’t experience it firsthand. If this truly is a remote village, it appears to me your options are severely limited to firsthand meetings and word-of-mouth. If it is actually a city, you could try to hold a reading at a local gathering place . .. try to form a writers’ club and that way mingle with fellow writers . . . get in touch with any bookstore owners in the area, if there are any….arrange to do readings to any groups that might meet regularly in the area. I’m sorry, this answer is vague, but the problem is unique and a tough one.

Fellow writers? Any help out there on this one?

And it just might turn out that your “audience” for your writings does not exist in that town or village. Perhaps your marketing plan needs to be aimed beyond the village, an online audience located all around the globe.

We each have unique gifts and talents
We each have unique gifts and talents | Source

Muses and Inspiration

From Eric: “Oops, my boy got up and needed our morning hugs and a short prayer to start our day and so I forgot to ask my question. This is in the category we most often refer to as Muses. I have come to the conclusion that every piece of art here among us people's has already been done. However those spiritual creatures in the netherworld need it to be made by and for man. So they enlist us and touch us to do it. The writer has such a connection. And not doing it is wrongful. I am confident you have insight. What do you think? Or maybe feel is a better word?”

Eric, this is such a loaded question, I’m not sure where to start. I do like your statement “every piece of art here has already been done.” I heard basically the same thing awhile back from a pretty famous writer. He said there are no new storylines, only new ways to tell old storylines. I tend to believe that. Plots for stories all fit into a handful of basic outlines…boy meets girls, boy loves girl, boy lives forever with girl….but it’s how we tell that basic story that makes our work unique.

I do believe writers have a special connection to the struggles and triumphs of mankind. We just see things differently. We connect to them, as you stated. Whether it is empathy or some other trait, I don’t know, but writers definitely see the world differently from, oh, say a plumber. J Is it wrongful for a writer to not follow that calling? Sheez, that’s a loaded question. I think if the writer has talent and special insight into life, it is cheating the rest of us not to share that talent and insight. I think special talents should be shared with all, and I think special talents are gifts which should not be wasted. That I feel very strongly about. We have a limited time on this planet, and to waste that time, or waste talents, to me is an abomination.

Back to Facebook

From Rasma: “Another great mailbag. Please help my muddled mind. First of all thank you for your response to my inquiry about a FB page. Further to that I didn't mean I wanted to create a group page I think there are plenty of groups on FB. What I would like to do is open a page where I could put all the poetry I post online in one place. Then once I finally get my e-book of poems published would I then have to open another FB page to promote my book or could I do that right on the poetry page I have opened. As you see I have more questions than answers at the present. Hope you can un-confuse me.”

Of course you can open a Facebook page to promote your poetry, and yes, I think promoting your book on that page would be fine. It would also be fine to open a Facebook page specifically for that book. I don’t think either option is the best or the worst. Just go with whichever you prefer, but most definitely open a page for your poetry. Check this link for more information on promotions on Facebook.

I Think We’re Done for the Week

“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray . . . “

If you’re having trouble finding inspiration, step outside and let Mother Nature provide it for you. This is a particularly beautiful time of year, I think. Go for a hike or sit in a nearby park and let the sights and sounds of Nature move your writer’s soul. Remember, to waste your talents is an abomination!

Pax vobiscum!

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I thank you, Lawrence!

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      11 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Some really good 'food for thought' here. Thank you

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always great thoughts from you, Brian, and I appreciate them. I love your take on adverbs...thank you for that.

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      Brian Leekley 

      12 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Another consideration as regards adding adverbs to specify how a bit of dialogue is being said is what is appropriate to leave to the reader's imagination.

      Actors dislike stage play and movie scripts with adverbs and other how to say it instructions included in dialogue. If a line of dialogue says, "You don't love me anymore!", it is up to the actor to interpret that by choosing whether to say it tearfully, accusingly, despondently, or howsomeever.

      A fiction reader's role is comparable.

      Re Eric's question, a calling is a gift (from whence or whom I don't know). Following a calling, developing is talents, manifesting it through works (sermons, novels, nurtured children, abundant crops, whatever) is a gift of love to the world. It is better, I think, to pursue a calling as a glad from the heart gift to oneself and others than to do so out of a sense of obligation. Marshall Rosenberg spoke and wrote about this, such as in his workshops on YouTube. (This is not to say don't ask for a salary, royalties, or cash for a harvest.)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I appreciate it!

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      Jo Miller 

      12 months ago from Tennessee

      Inspirational, as always.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      One would think, wouldn't one, Zulma? LOL I understand completely.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Mugs are nice. And I totally sympathize with you. It seems anything nice I get, she has to have first try at it. She's 26 and has a well-paying job, for pity's sake. She can buy her own stuff.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Dee! Thank you for being here. I hope you are enjoying retirement.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      12 months ago

      What a boost I got from reading the writer's mailbag questions and answers. You covered everything from marketing to philosophy. It is indeed a bag of much treasure. Also, thanks for answering my question on writing for visual readers.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you once again, Mary! As for your question, I don't know how it happens, but I'm very happy that it does.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a fairly new breed, Ann, about thirty years, first started here in Washington State....wonderful dogs and natural herders.

      bill

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      Mary Wickison 

      12 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Another useful mailbag. I found Eric's question, thought provoking. Are we just channels to share thoughts, feelings, and insights? Perhaps it explains why random ideas just pop into our heads.

      Have a wonderful weekend and congratulations once again on your award.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      No I don't but I'm going to look it up, thanks. Sounds lovely.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      On Facebook if you do Facebook, Ann. She is a Northwest Farm Terrier and she is a doll.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      New puppy! What make? We need a photo please!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Larry, back to school? Could be. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sparrow! I appreciate it.

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      Larry Rankin 

      12 months ago from Oklahoma

      Back to school?

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad that helped, Zulma! And thank you for your kind words. We get a mug as a matter of fact. :) And then our daughter takes mine and heads back to college with it. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I figured it out, Ann! I saw what I wanted to see. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you so much! It is now a tumultuous Thursday, we with a new puppy, but life is good. The last warm day of the year, and then the rains return.

      bill

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      rdsparrowriter 

      12 months ago

      Congratulations on your award! That's awesome :) Thank you for sharing another educational article :) Keep being a blessing :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, Bill, I see what you mean. I actually like that idea of describing the action to convey the mood. The example you used really cleared it up for me.

      And congratulations on another Hubbie. Do you actually get a statuette? I suppose not. I wonder what it would look like.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      Should've been 'well sculptured'!

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      '....back at school' - one of my favourites as is your last quote too. Loved the intro, so we'll sculptured!

      I think inspiration can come from lyrics too, just like the lines you've picked out.

      Grey but warm here. The mailbag always makes it sunnier though!

      I haven't even looked at the Hubble awards but congratulations on yours. You should certainly always be somewhere in the lists. I did vote in the end.

      Have a work-whirling Wednesday, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Bill! I was surprised by the award, but very grateful!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another great week for the mailbag. And congratulations on the Hubbie Award, very well deserved.

      We are still waiting for Fall to arrive here. It’s been above 90 the last few days. I am looking forward to the cooler weather and the leaves changing color. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Tim! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      ThreeKeys, that is kind of you. Thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Chitrangada Sharan...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John and Happy what? Spring to you? Yes, spring...enjoy!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt, Joy! LOL Thank you for being here.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And congratulations to you, Linda! Well-deserved recognition for you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora and congratulations on your win!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, thanks for the laugh. I promise I'll never use that phrase because, well, I don't want you on my butt at all. :) Thanks for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Snakeslane!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike! I'm a bit shocked you didn't win, my friend.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      13 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Congratulations Bill for your award!!! Well deserved! I appreciate the words of wisdom from the Mailbag series as an avid reader seeking. Keep on keeping on. You are a great role model.

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      threekeys 

      13 months ago

      Congratulations on your Hubbers award, Bill. I only just learnt the awards were out.

      Yes, I agree with you that everything has already been written. We unconsciously or consciously pick up each other's thread and a little part of our experience gets added onto the building blocks of those before us.

      I know my writings here at hubpages is like a broken record. I apologize for that. I guess Im stuck in a groove and when I slip into the next vinyl's groove, the ambience will change. I was going to stop writing here in January this year but...

      I enjoy your mailbag series, Bill.

      Congratulations again Bill.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations once again for the well deserved Hubbie award!

      HP is fortunate that you write for their website. You have been inspirational in holding the fellow writers together.

      Keep inspiring and thanks for another wonderful mailbag.

      Yes time flies indeed--it's almost the end of September.

      Have a wonderful day!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, there should have been a Hubbie award for best series of hubs and the mailbag would have won hands down. Congratulations on winning Best All Round Hubber anyway. It was well deserved. Enjoy your autumn/fall...it's Spring here.

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      Joy Harmon 

      13 months ago

      You know you are on a writers page when someone starts a question by questioning whether the equine is dead. Inside humor for sure.

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your Hubbie award, Bill! The mailbag was interesting, as always. Like Flourish, I'm hoping to see a photo of Maggie May next week.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on your "Best All-Round Hubber Award" You so deserve it!

      In this mailbag, I especially like and agree with your answer to the "Muses and Inspiration" question. The more I read and write, the more I recognize and appreciate my unique insight--and the unique insight of other writers.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      13 months ago from Beautiful South

      Hubbie Award, congratulations, Bill. I'm a little behind in reading my HP notifications.

      There were some really great questions this week and some good answers from you, Bill. I'm going to give that dying equine another lick for Zulma. There is a buzz phrase most fiction writers are using today to denote several types of emotions, anger, perplexity, frustration, etc., and it irritates the life of me because it is so unimaginative. "His eyes narrowed." "Her eyes narrowed." "The dog's eyes narrowed." You get the picture. I read one or two books a week, and I encounter this phrase on at least every second or third page of every book. I did read one author who took the time to elaborate a little bit and said something like, "his eyes narrowed in anger as his face reddened." So please, people, don't use this phrase or it will piss me off, my eyes will narrow, and I'll give you a bad review. There, I got it off my chest. Have a good week, friend Bill.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      13 months ago from Canada

      Congratulations Bill! You are an inspiration.!

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      mckbirdbks 

      13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill you are acknowledged as most helpful. Congratulations on the Hubbie Award.

      As always, great questions and great responses. "...particular equine is truly deceased." clever writers

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Flourish! I'll try to remember the pic of the puppy next week. She's a handful but adorable.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on the Hubbie Award and that brand new puppy! Perhaps you could share a photo of Maggie May in your next mailbag. (I have a cousin named Maggie May -- named in honor of the song of course.). Rod Stewart's the best and so are you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Rochelle!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      13 months ago from California Gold Country

      Congratulations, billybuc, on your Hubbie award as best all around hubber.

      https://blog.hubpages.com/2017/09/25/announcing-th...

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Clive! I appreciate it, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you have inspiration all around you. Try writing something out of your comfort zone, just for practice. It might help.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You got it right, Linda, and thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate it, Jackie! This is my second home and it's nice to be appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And there is the problem, Venkatachari M, with most writers and social media...spending the time necessary to promote our unique brand.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Lori, especially the ones about Donovan. Love it! We all learn by sharing.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Keep em coming Billy. Great stuff

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      13 months ago from USA

      I learned some new things here. Love how you encourage us to write. I have been wanting to write something new, but my mind is not moving on that desire. I am going to try your tip about just sitting here in the wilderness for inspiration.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Ooh, ooh, I know, I know. "I really should be back at school." Did I get it right? Thank you for another interesting mailbag, and bravo on your award. Well deserved my friend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      13 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Congratulations on your hubbie award, Bill. We all knew you would win it again! You put in the time and help so many, you really deserve it.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Right on, Pop!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, best of luck, buddy! 50 pounds? Just eat more mac n cheese! LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Rasma, enjoy that weather while it lasts. Thanks for the question and your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, "so good to me"....thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peace to you, Heidi, and my thanks! Good information about Facebook from the voice of experience.

      Stay cool and Happy Work Week to you!

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      breakfastpop 

      13 months ago

      I know I keep you amused

      But I feel I'm being used

      Oh, Maggie couldn't have tried anymore.......

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Write on Bill that got my juices flowing. I have a big hike in October on the North Rim of Grand Canyon so there will be no easy feeling until I am in shape to carry 50 lbs a mile deep. Now is the time to take everything hard Yahoo!

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      Venkatachari M 

      13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      All the four questions are interesting and the answers are rich in information. Good tips are given regarding dialogues. Marketing is a problem for most of us writers. I have a Facebook page with 240 followers. But, I do not give regular time there. Nor at HubPages.

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      Lori Colbo 

      13 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I'm not getting notifications for you, but I found this on FB. I liked your answer about dialogue. I read a book on writing by Stephen King. He said he detests those adverb tags on a he said...thus and so. You're right they can be a crutch. I find in most cases that readers can discern the mood of the character without adding the "warily." That said I catch myself doing it once in awhile. However that's not always the case. Sometimes it's not clear at all. There are many tried and true ways to do it better. Like,

      Donovan was incredulous. "You can't be serious," he said.

      Or, Donovan's words dripped with sarcasm, "Oh, that's a great idea." Dialogue writing is a favorite way of mine to tell a story and define a character. Great mailbag.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you so much for the answer Bill. The leaves here are slowly changing but the weather remains like Indian summer so the changes are slow and still a lot of green here.

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      William Kovacic 

      13 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Such a variety of thoughts for a Monday, or any other day for that matter. Thank you for another educational Monday. Oh, and can you finish the song, "Monday, Monday, can't . . ."

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      Heidi Thorne 

      13 months ago from Chicago Area

      Indeed, all the leaves and grass are brown here in Chi-town. Less than an inch a rain in 30 days, plus 90+ degree temps. Crazy way to start fall.

      Re: Marketing in Remote Areas. Online is probably the best way to go to reach a wider audience. Heck, I live in a densely populated area and I can count all my 2017 editing jobs from locals on less than one hand.

      Re: Facebook Promo. I'm inclined to suggest putting all links to content and promos on one business page. Managing and promoting multiple business pages (or groups) is time consuming, usually with little return unless you're willing to invest in Facebook advertising (which can cost a lot over time). BTW, promotion for poetry is a tough road which requires building a fan base for your particular flavor of poetry.

      Peace to you, too!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not a foolish question at all, Eric. Hey, organ riffs...check out Lee Michaels playing "Stormy Monday" on Youtube....it will blow you away.

      Thanks for the question and the kind words. Have a peaceful, easy feeling sort of week.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No denying it at all, Melissa! After the summer we had I'm grateful. Thanks as always...have a great Autumn day!

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      Melissa Propp 

      13 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Thanks for the first mailbag of the Fall! I can't believe it is almost the end of September, but our leaves are turning such beautiful colors that I know there is no denying it...

      Have a wonderful and productive week!

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Such a talent for teaching my friend, you are truly gifted in such realms. I love it.

      I hailed my young son and read your extrapolation to him. It is hectic here before school. But he must know that his gifts must be shared no matter how shy he may be. Talents are to be given to others.

      And so in my meandering way I ask another foolish question. Do you write away your issues? I must have 100 sermons that are not published but written to get me through an issue. Do you sometimes write just for your inner deal? And I listen to "The House of the Rising Sun" one of the finest organ riffs ever. We are at our best sometimes when we are Animals.

      May peace find you this day and week, but not a complacent one.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well there we go. Thanks Kristen! I knew the readers would have some more great suggestions. Thank you!

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      Kristen Howe 

      13 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great mailbag with insightful thoughts and suggestions. Rasma should have an author page on Facebook like I do and maybe a link to her blog if she has one there too. As for DDE, he should have a socia media platform to get the word out in his area.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A great way to begin a week, Janine, with some oldies but goodies. :) Thanks so much,my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 

      13 months ago from New York, New York

      Happy, happy Monday Bill and now I am humming one of my all-time favorite Rod Stewart songs. So thank you for that as you just made my own Monday that much brighter for that and more here. Happy Monday now to you, too :)

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