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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 185

Updated on January 15, 2018

Some Background

I was painfully shy as a teen.

I mean painfully, as in almost bleeding.

Didn’t have my first girlfriend until I was eighteen.

Didn’t have sex until I was . . . well, I won’t kiss and tell.

But the point I’m making is this: being painfully shy meant many, and I mean many, hours spent observing others on this big playground we call life. I was the watcher at parties and school events. I was always taking mental notes of what I saw . . . my way of taking part . . . and my way of learning how to function in society.

And I believe that experience, that decade of painful observation, made me a better writer.

I am a chronicler of life, and I love what I do!

Just sayin’

Let’s do this!

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

Hp Editing

From Nadine: “Hi Bill I was re-editing my article: Can anybody write a novel, when I saw your article on the right side of my screen, among many others. I like the way you wrote it. We are all so different. I saw that you have not changed your floating capsules, or whatever they call it. Lately, I had to do a lot of re-editing. I wonder if I'm the only one?”

Nadine, I don’t change anything. If HP wants to change the format on my articles, they are welcome to do so, but I’m sixty-nine now, with a limited lifespan ahead of me, and I refuse to waste valuable time on editing my articles so they fit into HP’s perfect algorithm world.

I know, I know, it might mean more views if I do, but I just don’t care. I have this recurring vision of Steinbeck editing “The Grapes of Wrath” to please the HubPages editors. Thank God he never did that.

But to answer your question no, you are not the only one. I hear from a lot of HP writers that they are editing their articles to meet HP standards, so you have lots of company.

Non-Fiction Hooks

From PS: “Hi Bill...and happy 2018...I have been working on my writing all of my life and writing fiction is not my forte. Any suggestions on nonfiction writing besides writing about what I know. I would like to be able to hook readers from the time they read the title...dreaming, huh? Thank you. Many Angels headed your way. Ps”

PS, it is always a pleasure hearing from you.

No, you are not dreaming. I think this is one of the great fallacies of non-fiction writing, that it’s hard to hook readers and make the non-fiction interesting. A good writer can make the phone book interesting, and I really believe that.

I have two suggestions for you. Always remember that we all share the same five senses. Make your writing memorable by relating things in your story or article to the senses. We can all remember the magic of seeing a Christmas tree when we were young kids. We can all remember what that first kiss felt like. We can all remember the pain when we lost a loved one. Use that fact to make your writing more relatable.

Second, even in non-fiction, the art of storytelling should be used. I have always found personal stories to be a powerful way to hook an audience. My stories about growing up, and in particular about the lessons learned from my dad, are very well-received by my followers. There is no law that says I can’t use similar stories in a non-fiction piece of work.

To sum it up in a few words, I would say to dramatize your non-fiction so that it is relatable to most, and use any method at your disposal to accomplish that goal….and never forget the senses!

This is non-fiction . . . does it hook you?
This is non-fiction . . . does it hook you? | Source

Kicking Passive to the Curb

From Kristen: “Great mailbag as always my friend. I do have a question to ask you for next week. How do you simplify action in prose and make your work less passive in writing, other than removing passive words? I've been told that by two people for two of my mss.”

Sure, Kristen, you can use Hemingway Editor and your problems are solved. That’s an app, by the way, which will show you, in highlights, which sentences are passive in nature.

Now that I got that out of the way, let me say that I am terrible at this. On more than one occasion I’ve caught myself writing with a passive voice. It’s an easy trap to fall into.

Here’s what works for me, other than removing passive words. I ask this question on a regular basis while writing: who is doing the action?

“I took the garbage out” . . . active

“The garbage was taken out by me” . . . passive.

If I remember who is in action, I can usually catch myself before falling back into the trap of passive writing.

Passive writing
Passive writing | Source

Time Allocation

From Kari: “I'm with you about the Maven situation. I'll just keep going and see what happens. About the writing time, do you use this time to also read and comment on others' hubs, or is that some of the other stuff?”

No, I don’t read and comment on hubs while I’m writing for customers or doing my fiction. I read and comment on Hubs first thing in the morning before I get busy with my workday. I might, on occasion, while taking a break, go read a Hub, if it’s written by someone I regularly follow, but that doesn’t happen very often.

I’ll tell you why I do this: I have a very compartmentalized mind,. I work best when I’m concentrating on just one thing. That’s why all of my work is given time slots during the day, and distractions and detours are not allowed. Especially when writing fiction, my flow, voice, and train of thought are all derailed when I keep switching back to some other activity.

It just doesn’t work for me.

Making Money or Catharsis

From Eric: “OK buddy you just published another of your articles on reflection of life. It is just outstanding in it's field. (no I do not mean the left fielder who just stands is outfield)

“So the question is quite clear. Do you have niches for making the big green, the mulla, the coin and greenbacks or the buckaroos. And one for just being a great writer contributor to life? Blog, bus. Books and whatnot. Or is it just one big cathartic cosmos of "the mailman"?”

I always look forward to Eric’s questions. They not only make me think; they make me laugh.

Yes, Eric, I make money writing, on several fronts. And yes, Eric, I have other fronts which are just for the cathartic cosmos.

I make money with my freelance business doing content for businesses. In other words, I do blogs for businesses. I have one commercial real estate company in Fort Worth, one in Los Angeles, and three local companies I work for. I do quite well with all that. I also coach several writers, for money, and I will be ghostwriting a real estate book very soon, also for money.

And yes, I make money from HubPages! And I actually make a little from my books.

I do not, however monetize my blogs, Artistry With Words, or The Urban Farm Yard Sanctuary. Those are just places where I can let my hair down, write the way I want to write without restrictions, and relate to other people who share the same interests.

Does that answer your question?

Well, My Friends, the Time Has Come

“To raise the roof and have some fun

Throw away the work to be done

And let the music play on, play on, play on.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week of creating.”

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, welcome back! You were missed. As for exclamation points, I'm guilty as charged!!!!! lol

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      6 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Sorry I've not been here in a while, things have been kinda busy down here, few things happening.

      I really enjoyed the questions here, and your replies, totally with you on the 'editing' I tried to meet their 'standards' and it didn't work, so I gave up, and now they pretty much want every article I write, even the ones they rejected months ago!

      I discovered it wasn't so much the articles Hp had problems with, but the fact I wanted to advertise my novels, they didn't want 'sales pitches' or the 'Amazon' links, so I asked Hp about it and they said I could put links on the author profile page, and I figured that the articles themselves are great adverts anyway!

      Bill, with regard to the passive writing, I recall something you said in a hub a while back that I've followed since, and it really works, it's simple.

      Would you ever in normal conversation say, "The garbage was taken out by me?"

      Keep the conversation as natural as if you were talking to the person you're writing for! (Now I better take out the exclamation points, I love them too!)

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the chuckle, Alyssa! People do love their exclamation points!!!!!!!

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      Alyssa 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      I have such a problem with passive writing, and that's usually the only thing wrong when I go back and edit. That, and apparently I'm too enthusiastic with exclamation points, but not generous enough with hyphens. haha! Great tips in this installment!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Larry!

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      Larry Rankin 

      7 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always helpful:-)

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you! I'll always leave the porch light on so you can find your way back to the Mail Room. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Devika. Thank you very much.

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      Jo Miller 

      7 months ago from Tennessee

      Good morning, Bill. I've been out of pocket for a few weeks and it's good to get back t0 the States, back to HubPages and back to the mailbag. Makes me feel right at home.

      Good advice about writing nonfiction!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and informative. You help writers in many ways and I am glad you there to keep us informed.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, good morning, and I can only imagine what you are seeing. I've seen pictures, of course, but they will never match the real thing. I hope you share with us at some point. It would be terribly selfish of you to hold back. :)

      Wishing you a majestic Monday, my friend.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      8 months ago from SW England

      Great advice on non-fiction writing.

      Also, observing life and surroundings is what I've been doing in bucket loads since being in NZ, it's so mind-blowing, the vastness and magnificence of the scenery is enough to fuel a thousand hubs! Don't hold me to that!

      A magnificent, mountainous Monday to you, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! It's interesting hearing about our backgrounds and similarities.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another fine mailbag. Catching up here again. Your first paragraph described me perfectly starting from grade school. You could say boo to me and I would make a run for it. I was quiet, shy and always making sure I was in the background blending in.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Zulma! Let's put it in the Mailbag and find out what everyone thinks. I think it adds authenticity to the story, but that's just me.

      Happy Weekend, my friend!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      8 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hey, Bill.

      I have a story brewing in my head that involves adultery. The key to the story involves a landline telephone as opposed to a mobile. I feel that with mobile phones being more prevalent today than landlines, the story should either be set in a time when telephones where more in use or the couple should be older and would have a landline in addition to their own personal mobiles.

      My husband says it doesn't matter and I should just write the story and not focus so much on small details.

      Am I obsessing over this too much or do you and your followers think it's something that lends a 'more real' feel to a story?

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, the senses and travel are natural companions. Just think about your past trips...sights, sounds, smells...it will come back to you I'm sure.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! I hope what I say comes across as a suggestion and not "telling." I'm really just sharing my experiences.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Excellent week for the mailbag. I particulary like the comments about relating our writing to the senses. I will have to think about how to do this when writing about travel. I would think it should be easy, but I’ve never really had that in mind when writing travel articles. You have given me something to ponder. Have a great week.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Never forget the senses." I hope that I always remember that. Thanks for showing in your works, in addition to telling us how it is done.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frustrating for sure, Chitrangada Sharan. I guess HP and I will just have to learn to live together in harmony without me following their guidelines.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, it's always a pleasure having you stop by. According to the clock this morning, it's about time for you to kick it in gear for the day, and I have a flash fiction by you to read. Take care dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to know, Kristen! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..that's scary, Frank!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent mailbag once again, and I loved your opening paragraph.

      Good to read Nadine’s question and your answer. Yes, I have also been doing a lot of editing like many others to satisfy the new HP rules. And it is frustrating indeed!

      Thank You for sharing this installment!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      8 months ago

      Hi, Bill, I'm surprised to learn that you were a shy young'un. Nobody has ever accused me of being shy, but I have to admit that the older I got and the more negative people that I ran into, the more my self-confidence waned. Sometimes I have to stop and tell myself that it is their problem, so don't let it be mine. Good mailbag this week. Me, I get up about 7:30, sometimes 8:00, gotta have my Morning meds, 2 cups of coffee, and then breakfast. By then it's nearly noon. I'm just not a morning person. Oh well, have a good rest of the freezing week, my friend.

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      Kristen Howe 

      8 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, thanks for answering my question. A riend of time had told me about the Hemingway App a few weeks ago. I do like it better thn Grammarly a tiny bit. Great mailbag as always.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      well I'm beginning to see the light.. I know how this mail man thinks..LOL :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Tim, thanks for stopping by. As a teacher I was forced out of my shell, but I easily returned to it when the final bell rang. It's just a part of my core. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you liked it, Venkatachari M. I aim to please. Thank you for the visit, as always.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Linda, because that will mean I will have a long life. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Verlie! Thanks for the fly-by.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike! Lionel is glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will, Linda! You sneaky devil you.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg! I remember that movie scene....great movie....nope, I was definitely shy. Still am! I'm guessing I always will be.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Pop! Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful spontaneous piece,my friend. Thank you! I have a poet's heart. That I will accept readily.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa! I was halfway through yesterday before I realized it was a holiday. Such is the life of a freelance writer. :) Stay warm kind lady.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Will! I love the great storytellers like Steinbeck...Hemingway...tell a story in a way others do not, and they will read. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It can be a habit, Kari, reading so many posts...and then we lose valuable time writing, as you say. Try to find an extra 30 minutes not devoted to reading posts...and good luck!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Being shy or an introvert is my core being. Yet, I learned extrovert skills perhaps to survive? I think my writing is exercising introversion, but publishing is an extroverted learned skill. It can take courage to push the publish button at least for me. I can't imagine the daunting task for people with heading up to and beyond 100 articles for the dilemma of floating capsules becoming full width. Essentially it means editing articles.

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      Venkatachari M 

      8 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great information for us writers in this wonderful mailbag. The non-fiction writing tips and the advice regarding avoiding being prey to passive voice are very beautiful tips for the writer.

      The starting lines of this mailbag and the ending rhyming lines too are much entertaining.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've included some useful information in this article, as always. The questions, your answers, and the comments make the Mailbag a very interesting series. I hope it continues for a long time.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

      Hello Bill, thanks for the Hemingway link, got it saved for future reference.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      “To raise the roof and have some fun

      Throw away the work to be done

      And let the music play on, play on, play on."

      Great way to wrap up the mailbag this week.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I was lucky enough to slip it by the editors once. Take a look at my "Exploring Mashed Potatoes" (go to the end). Hahaha.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      I always learn something when I drop in to read your mailbox, Bill. Who'd have ever thought you were shy as a youngster? Not me. I envisioned that scene in "Almost Famous" where the 15 year old journalist is accused of "taking notes with his eyes." I love that movie.

      Also liked the idea that you compartmentalize your daily responses and allocate your time. I wondered how you responded to so many writers without getting distracted. Good answer.

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      breakfastpop 

      8 months ago

      I echo Kari, I always learn so much from you. Have a great week!

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      So I noticed the poetic piece, eh? Lol.

      185 and getting better. Some great questions and answers. Sorry about my Monday's inspirations, computer's down.

      Let's see what I can do:

      " He said he had no time for poetry.

      He would rather paint the quiver on her lips;

      Be enchanted by the flame of her breath,

      Arousing the fire of longing in his core."

      "Sweet merciful Love!"

      Said the astonished Lantern.

      "Did you say that you have no time for poetry?"

      A spontaneous piece. Have a great day my loving friend.

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      Melissa Propp 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! And Happy MLK Day! This is the last of my holidays for a long stretch...so gonna enjoy it even though I'm back in an "artic freeze". Will it ever be spring?

      Thanks for warming my spirits with this mailbag!

      Have a good and productive week!

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      WillStarr 

      8 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great stuff as always, Billy!

      One of my favorite authors is John Steinbeck, and part of the reason I like him so much is his mastery of writing simplicity. I happily and without guilt, follow his example.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      8 months ago from Ohio

      I always learn so much from you! Thank you for answering my question. I feel as if I am following someone, I need to read their hubs. I follow some proliferate writers and sometimes it is hard. I will have to limit my time reading so I can increase my time writing. I think, lol.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad it helped, Natalie. It is far too late for me to conquer my shyness now. Now I embrace it and move on.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sure, Linda, that the editors of HP would find a reason why the photo of a kitten does not relate or apply. :) But it might be fun trying.

      You are welcome for the gift. My pleasure!

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      Natalie Frank 

      8 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Another great installment! Thanks for sharing about being shy. I have always been extremely introverted and despite writing articles meant to empower introverts have not internalized the message myself. I was always told that only outgoing people amounted to anything. It's nice to hear another point of view. Thanks for another great article

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Eric!

      Again you had me laughing. I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds the idea of editing several hundred articles absurd. I'll have an answer for you next Monday. Peace out, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Duane! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, you have given me such a great gift today--I'm so happy. (I'll consider it to be an early birthday present). The Hemingway Editor app looks amazing!

      I have updated my articles to conform, but I have written so much less than you and Eric. I need to step up my game a bit.

      Speaking of Eric, I know I can always depend on him to say something that makes me grin, smile, giggle or even laugh out loud. Perhaps I should include a photo of a kitten or puppy in each Hub?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill check this out. I am at about 180 sermons here (plus or minus ten or so.) I never thought of numbering them. So HP does make it easy.

      While looking it up I started laughing about the chance in hell that I fix them for HP. About 100 are still featured.

      Thank you for your answer on division of thought and labor while writing. Helpful for me.

      My ghost writing is a blast because it is technical so I get called to make it personal. "We think of a life so altered by the wrongful conduct of another that they will never dance with their wife again".

      So I dig deeper: Do your commercial clients ever desire you to cross breed to tug and the heart strings of their probable customer base? (you know - puppies playing with a little boy to sell sodas)

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      Duane Townsend 

      8 months ago from Detroit

      An excellent Hub again Billy.

      The time allocation section was particularly helpful. That is my biggest challenge.

      Thanks...great Hub.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Nadine! Life is too short, my friend. Full speed ahead!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Emese, good morning! Thank you for sharing your experience with Hemingway Editor. The voice of experience is always valuable.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi! It does not surprise me at all that we share work habits during the day....great minds and all that. :) As for 2018...it's certainly been a busy year so far.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Unfortunately I never grew out of my shyness. It is still painful for me to be in a group. I think it's safe to say that's not going away. :)

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      Nadine May 

      8 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Bill thanks for your advice. ( I’m sixty-nine now, ...) I will do my best with new articles and keep sharing my older posts, even if some are not Featured - Quality for whatever reason. I let it go and stop wasting valuable time on editing. Have a great week!

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      Emese Fromm 

      8 months ago from The Desert

      Good morning, Bill,

      Thanks for another great mailbag. Yes, I can relate to being a shy child. I believe most people who end up being writers are, some never grow out of it. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Thanks for the tips on non-fiction hooks, great reminder that all writing needs to be creative. Glad you mentioned Hemingway Editor, I have been using it, as well, for the same main reason: to see clearly where I use passive voice. It's the easiest app to use and for me, the most useful. Have a great week ahead!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      8 months ago from Chicago Area

      G'morning!

      Re: HP Re-Editing. I'm glad to see that HP is going to be eliminating the floating capsules to make the site more mobile friendly. That will help keep it in good graces with the search engine gods. As well, it's offered me an opportunity to quickly review my work here and make necessary updates. But like you, I usually don't bother looking at old work unless there's something really significant to change.

      Re: Nonfiction Hooks. Again, who is your reader? That should determine what will hook them in terms of storytelling or pertinent information.

      Re: Time. I tend to do comments and social media in the AM, too, before I get to real work. I know that sounds counterproductive. But since I've allotted a specific time and amount of time for these activities, it doesn't upend my day.

      Hope your 2018 is going well so far. Make it a great week!

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, just one of the many things we have in common as I was also pretty shy when I was younger. I have since grown out of that. But interesting to note that I once was. Also going to look into the Hemingway Editor that you mentioned as I do have the issue often enough of passive voice, as well. So thank you for that and also now wishing you a wonderful Monday and week ahead :)

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