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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 194

Updated on March 19, 2018

Someone Asked the Other Day

It caught me by surprise, truth be told. A casual friend asked me if I had written anything on my new book of late. I didn’t even know she knew I was a writer or that she much cared, so that was nice to hear.

I had to tell her no, no I haven’t, not in a couple months. Truth be told I’m too busy doing work for customers in my freelance business. I have what one might call an overabundance of riches right now with my freelancing business, and we need the money. In other words, I have too many customers. Add to that the increasing demands of our urban farm, and I simply don’t have the time to write creatively.

Now I gotta tell ya, I hate that excuse. It’s not that I don’t have the time to write on my new book; it’s that I haven’t allocated the time to do it. I could write during the evenings. I could drop a customer or two. I could probably squeeze an extra hour out of my weekends instead of always doing chores around our yard or out at the farm . . . but so far I haven’t chosen to do so. And it’s going to get worse in April when I spend Wednesdays at the farmers market.

The creative work is on hold and that’s just the real of it. Sooner, or later, I will return to it when I choose to do so. J

What I do choose to do, right now, is turn to the questions for this week. There were only three but this week, at least, quality wins out over quantity.

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

BYLINES

From Venkatachari M: “But, Bill, I could not understand the discussion regarding byline importance (the second question). What does it refer to? Can you explain more clearly?”

Venkatachari M, the byline refers to your name on the article, telling the world that it was you who wrote it. This is important in the publishing world. A certain number of bylines labels you as a professional writer of some quality. Now of course it depends on the publication. Some online magazine thrown together by an unknown in Topeka, Kansas, will not carry much weight in the publishing world, but if you have a byline from The New Yorker you are a writer with some serious credentials, or so the theory goes.

The more big-time bylines you have, the better your reputation in this industry.

And it’s as simple as that!

When Are We Ready

From Rodric: “Another informative hub. My question for you this time is when do you know if what you have written is ready for print? I think you answered this in one of your other Mail Bags, but I cannot locate it. I assume we can always improve on our writings, but I tend to feel the need to CONSTANTLY improve and never publish. I want to say it is because I am so used to being able to change my work on HubPages.”

Rodric, this is a common problem with many, many writers. Many of us are perfectionists with our work, and that simply means whatever we write will never match the lofty goals. A smaller sampling of writers do not have the confidence to publish because they are concerned with how their article or story will be viewed and judged by others. Still others lack the confidence to go public with their work.

At some point, my friend, you just have to say “TO HELL WITH IT” and pull the trigger. I don’t have some miracle drug for this. I don’t have some self-help guru I can refer you to for this problem. We do the best we can, we edit it a reasonable number of times, and then we hit the damned ‘PRINT” button. If it isn’t perfect, oh well! We’ll get closer to perfection with the next article or story we write. And if others are critical of your work, at least you had the guts to actually publish it, critics be damned!

I'm ready now, Rodric!  How about you?
I'm ready now, Rodric! How about you? | Source

POV

From Genna: “I've read that the first-person style of writing is more often used by the younger generation these days. Do you think there is any credence to this? I've never tried first person, other than relaying a character's thoughts in italics. I'm trying to work up the courage. You write in both, and so easily.”

Genna, I had not heard that, although it doesn’t really surprise me all that much. The younger generation was raised on social media. Everything about social media is a first-person expression, or so it seems to me, so it only follows that their creative writings would be in first-person.

For myself, I would guess that probably 75% of my writing is in first person. I much prefer it because it gives me the freedom to philosophize through my characters, to point out opinions which quite often are my own. I don’t find that third-person allows me to do those things quite as easily or freely. I do switch to third-person when I want to show a brief glimpse of what another character is doing, and that is usually the antagonist in my thrillers. First person for my main character and then switch to the antagonist and third person; I also did this quite freely in “Resurrecting Tobias.” In that novel the main character was written in first person, but two other characters had their own chapters in third person. It’s trickier to do but it becomes easier with some practice.

Anyway, thank you for the kind, encouraging words. To answer your original question yes, I think there is some credence in that statement.

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Switch POV with the utmost care! | Source

And That’s It for This Week

I can only answer what I’m asked, and I was only asked three questions, so we are now all free to go do something else with our time.

Thanks to you all for always being here. Your support means a great deal to me.

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Well bon appetite, my friend Lawrence!

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 days ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I never really thought about the first and third person in that way.

      Some food for thought

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      Bill Holland 11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathy, and best wishes on that new job. Being stretched is a good thing for any writer.....good luck!

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      Kathy Burton 11 days ago from Florida

      Bill,

      Thank you for continuing to publish the mailbag with all you have on your plate. They are always a joy to read. I have been awol for a few weeks as I have started a new part time job. The good news is the job is stretching me for my writing and editing skills. So far, I am getting good feedback. Now to learn to continue writing at home.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, apologies are never necessary. Thanks for finding the time to visit. Hugs and blessings to you, and Happy Easter!

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      Genna East 3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Bill. Sorry to be late, but lifestyle changes have me working 6 days a week. Thank you for this interesting installment and for answering one of my question I always learn so much from your articles. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Natalie, you just gave the perfect analysis of POV and its use. Thank you for saying it much better than I did.

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      Natalie Frank 4 weeks ago from Chicago, IL

      The question of POV is always something I struggle with though I have gotten better with it through the years. Perhaps because I struggle with it, I find myself noticing, and annoyed by, POV switches which make the writing seem sloppy. Keeping it in the same persons head throughout a scene I think is important to the integrity of the writing. Switching by chapter or with an inserted line or other break of some sort which communicates that the switch is a thought out decision made by the writer can work, and increases the sense that the writing is purposely crafted not haphazard. Thanks for another great Mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alyssa, and I wish the same to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, your question did come through, and the answer is coming tomorrow. Thanks buddy!

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      Alyssa 4 weeks ago from Ohio

      The "When Are We Ready" section was my favorite! Sometimes that is exactly what we have to do! Have a great week, Bill!

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

      I was quite sure that I wrote a comment on this my CSR (can't remember S...) must be kicking in again.

      I really wanted to know if you think your time out in the world with less writing might even be more beneficial than your time writing.

      We do not really have a good farmers market nearby. But if you pay attention the migrant workers sometimes take their pay in the product and you can learn where and when to get it out of the back of a pickup truck.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's an interesting question, Sally! Thank you! Answer on Monday!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kari! Keep experimenting. It's how we grow.

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      Kari Poulsen 4 weeks ago from Ohio

      It does seem to be a busy time of year! Thank you for these mailbags. POV is something I am experimenting with. :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 weeks ago from Norfolk

      A curious question but short question Billy. Do you ever write out of anger? If so, do you think it improves your writing?

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, okay,I am now educated! I have never heard of that....thank you....I'll tackle this on Monday.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      As I understand it, an unreliable narrator is a character who tells the reader the story, but may not be telling it accurately. Therefore the reader may not be getting all the facts. This may be because the narrator did not witness the event and does not have all the facts himself, he has added embellishments that confuse the issue or he is deliberately misleading the reader for reasons of his own. Anything the unreliable narrator says is suspect.

      Hope that cleared things up for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I'm not sure I understand the question....are you still here? Clarify, please?

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, that is a perfect description of the three POVs....I write in 1st Person more often than not for the reasons you pointed out.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That's interesting, Melissa, and it doesn't surprise me at all. Back in the good old days, it was unusual to see a novel written in 1st Person. Now it is common...interesting!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, I can't even imagine how unsettling something like a house fire would be. My life would be turned upside down, I'm afraid. Carry on my friend,and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It is not an easy thing to do, Shannon! As long as I've been doing it, I still slip out of one POV and into another without even thinking about it.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I've run into that as well, Peg, and it most definitely is a danger of writing in 1st person.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      I appreciate your honesty about your creative work. Life gets in the way. There is no avoiding that so there's no point in feeling guilty about it.

      I'm curious. Have you ever written anything where the narrator is unreliable?

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      Rodric Johnson 4 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I wrote my first short book in first person because of Stephanie Meyer's books. It thrilled me to be able to become the character and write from the limited point of view. The emotions seem to run higher and the intensity tends to grow not being omnificent. For some reason, I am starting to feel bored when I write in third person. I want to reserve that for academic or serious research articles. Second person tends to be my choice for HubPages--limited.

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      Melissa Propp 4 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Happy Tuesday Bill! I'm afraid I'm a little late to the party, but I had a couple of crazy days. Better late than never! In comment to the POV question, I read a fascinating article about POV and that author said that the vast majority of modern times debut novels are written in first person. They didn't say that was a good or bad thing, just that it was a fact. Those same debut authors would go on to publish in other POVs, but starting off it was mostly first person...

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Rodric Johnson 4 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Bill, I am getting stoked about the idea of publishing again. It is hard to find the time to balance my work and writing life. Looking at how manage is an inspiration to me. I love the fact that you have you life set to a song almost without missing a beat. You know what you wanted to do and you execute it. It has been almost 18 months since my house fire and we still have not become normal again. I haven't written very much since we changed the location on HubPages or my blogs. I have worked on my books on and off. These last few Mailbags have motivated me to pick up the pace without letting my writing become too simplistic. I have had to readjust some of my old Hubs due to their simplistic nature--rush jobs.

      You really inspire me Bill. Thanks for that. Seriously.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Tim, I work a booth selling our eggs and our son's goat cheese....I actually love the markets which is odd for such an introvert as myself. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Devika, and the very best to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Rasma!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I'll be a crazy man when the markets begin.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I've thought of that, Mike, and perhaps one day in the near future I will do that...and thank you, as always, for the very kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I hadn't even thought of that, Flourish....now I can't stop looking at it. :(

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I love that line...great ending three paragraphs back...LOL...ain't that the truth, my friend?

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      shanmarie 4 weeks ago

      Hi Bill,

      I second Peg's statement about the questions and your answers.

      You aren't the only one on a sort of creative break. I've told myself the same thing about how I could make the time... And then I don't.

      On the subject of first person...well, POV, really... I've found it to be a bit tricky at times no matter whether I use first or third person. It didn't much occur to me that POV is very important even in third until am editor pointed it out to me one time. She'd read the first chapter and the first thing she did was make it from the main character's point of view even though it was written in third person. Since then I've learned that even if I alter which character has the POV for the scene, I have to stay in that character's mind and think about how they are observing things. No inserting another characters thoughts or thoughts, feelings, or observances, things like that where they don't belong.

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      Peg Cole 4 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Three very important questions, Bill. And well answered, as usual.

      I dabbled with using the first person in some of my stories. Unfortunately some readers became concerned with my personal well-being and thought the character was indeed, me. In some cases, maybe it was, but it was spliced with fiction. I would imagine that doesn't happen to big-time writers whose anonymity is guarded.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks again for the weekly Mailbag Bill. Just curious what will you be doing helping out at the Farmer's Market? I am sure that back burner is keeping your writing project simmering awaiting new ingredients.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      A family affair, Michael my friend, yes indeed. I love that description, dear friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Wishing you safe travels to Kenya, Manatita! Blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thank you! You guys and your northeasters...when will it end?

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! I appreciate that very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, it is indeed time to get that rear in gear. :) Thanks for the question, one we all have to ask at some point or another.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your kindness, Larry!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I have an excess of riches, which feels very nice after six years of building this business. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you McKenna! That is very kind of you to say.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Ann. Answer will arrive on Monday as always. As for your snow...unthinkable this late in the year. Wishing you calm skies and warmth.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Venkatachari M! I am happy that my answer enlightened you, and thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Devika Primić 4 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I wish you the best in your writing adventures. Thank you for another informative hub. You answered questions in the most helpful way.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for another great mailbag. Hope all the farmers markets bring you great success.

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      Linda Crampton 4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that your freelance writing business is doing so well, Bill. I hope the farmers market is successful, too.

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      mckbirdbks 4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Your readers are getting their moneys worth again this week. While reading your introduction it occurred to me, that you have access to many writers. Perhaps you could farm out some of that work. Large corporations have their roots in less fertile ground that that. There are very good writers here on Hubpages. As for first and third person, based on the impact 'Resurrecting Tobias' has on readers, it must work well when handled well.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      Good for you that you are so busy. That photo at the end was unusual. The hand on that kid's neck, the guy in the hat looking at something. I wonder if they know they are on the Internet as such?

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 4 weeks ago

      Hi, Bill, short but sweet mailbag this week. The question as to when an article is ready to publish brought a subject to my mind that my journalism instructor taught us. He was teaching us how to end an article and he quoted from some famous writer who said: "Most people write a good ending -- three paragraphs back." I've always remembered that, and in this book I'm editing I'm doing a lot of rewriting. I'm also cutting off a lot of paragraphs from the ends of a lot of chapters. Just thought you'd like to know in case that question ever comes up. Thanks for hanging in there.

      Having great weather here, but my Tennessee cousins are complaining that they're about to be hit with some bad stuff. Have a good rest of the week, my friend.

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      Michael-Milec 4 weeks ago

      This is perfect as it is, the Mail Bag more than mere questions and answers. It is a family affair, talking of intimate matters as " extra cash", the priorities , hobbies and personal preferences. No wonder a "perfections" is becoming an issue. ( We all tend to do best we can - an ancient home schooling " do it better than what I am showing you" ... My master was perfectionist ( my first vocation) , he taught me to become one (?!), to me it is whatever I do, to do my best - pleased by myself I am 99% perfect, the rest of my life I am working on improvement of that one single %.

      Goodnight my friend, and many blessings.

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      manatita44 4 weeks ago from london

      Thank you Bro. the ever mounting duties! I feel for you but as you say you need the money. I think I was telling Eric only today that there is nothing wrong with wanting some more cash. Lol. I'm going to Kenya for 3 months and I need as much as I can get. Ha ha. I didn't say that Bro. Lol.

      Nice questions.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Short but totally relevant. The fact that your freelance business is booming is a good problem to have. We are still waiting for spring to arrive here, but it’s not looking like it this week with another possible storm midweek. Have a great week.

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      breakfastpop 4 weeks ago

      I am so happy your freelance business is booming.

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      Rodric Johnson 4 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I need to get my rear end in gear and go for it. I have done that in the past, but flopped. I suppose my fear of flopping again has tamed my appetite for success a bit. Your advice is not wasted. I have a few projects that have been on hold for about a year while I played video games or watched TV. As usual, you have set it off for me.

      Next question: When submitting a manuscript for the final draft, is it better to pay for editing or try to do it? See, money is always an issue. I figure if I have a problem with my spelling or grammar I can blame an editor. I, however, can see no benefit to having an editor if the work is published and the embarrassment experienced! I will not work with that editor again, of course. The risk in doing it myself is missing something. Paying someone(s) to guarantee no errors is also a risk. I suppose I have to determine if my work is worth my own investment. I just need to hear you say it.

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      Larry Rankin 4 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Always impressed with your willingness to help and your ability to find new slants on and new ways to add to the writing perspective.

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      Mary Wickison 4 weeks ago from Brazil

      You are one of the busiest and most well-organized people I know.

      Pleased to hear how well your freelance writing is going for you.

      Great questions and responses as always. Have a wonderful week.

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      McKenna Meyers 4 weeks ago from Bend, OR

      Bill, I'm so glad your freelance business is thriving. You deserve it. You're one of the most generous and genuine people here. You've reached out to so many of us, sharing your expertise and offering encouragement.

      I wouldn't be too hard on yourself about putting your creative writing on pause. You can't do it all. When I'm teaching, I can't do any writing. My brain just can't get there.

      Congratulations on your success and enjoy the Farmer's Market!

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      Ann Carr 4 weeks ago from SW England

      Well, only three questions but the answers are just as brilliant as we've come to expect! It's like chatting to you across the table.

      I always feel I should have a load of questions for you but here's just one:

      Does the weather affect your writing? I find that dull days can make me a little depressed; sometimes they allow me to write instead of going out, other times they just drag any energy and sense from me and I can't get any ideas written down at all. The sunshine boosts me no end but then I want to go out rather than sit indoors and write. So what about you?

      The snow's just gone but there's a biting wind. I'm staying in this evening, that's for sure!

      Have a mellow Monday evening, bill!

      Ann

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      Venkatachari M 4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Bill, for clarifying my doubt regarding bylines with your instructive answer. The video also explained it clearly.

      The answer to the second question of this mailbag is also very useful to the writers. One should publish his book boldly as there are so many free publishing platforms that need no prior investment for publishing it.

      I think, one may publish it first in the kindle book form so that he can see it in the book shape to gain confidence. Thereby, he/she can become strong to do the paperback edition also. I followed this procedure to publish my book on "Economics". It gives me the confidence to do another book, even though not a single copy is sold.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that to be true, Linda! If not, at least I'll be having fun. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shaloo! I'll answer that next Monday. Until then, have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Many blessings and thanks to you, Nikki! You are a very kind human being.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      And it's always a pleasure having you stop by, Chitrangada Sharan. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so happy to hear that, Dora. Thank you for saying that.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, welcome and Happy Monday to you. That damned J shows up from time to time, and I don't know what causes it...but I've seen it on other articles by other writers...might be a flaw in Word documents.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally! I don't worry about it. I try to take life as it comes and not fight it quite as much as I once did.

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      Linda Lum 4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I firmly believe that the sights and sounds, the snippets of conversation that you pick up at the Farmers Market will give you inspirations for future stories and in that, all of us will benefit.

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      Shaloo Walia 4 weeks ago from India

      Thanks for another informative mailbag! I have a question. I don't know if it has been asked before. Which platform is better for publishing ebooks- amazon or smashwords?

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      Nikki Khan 4 weeks ago from London

      Another wonderful mailbag for refreshing change on Monday and for a good week’s start.

      All the questions and answers are very interesting and informative.Liked the idea of publishing your work rather than wait or thinking how the readers will react.

      Many Blessing Bill for such an inspiration for another week ahead!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Another useful mailbag! You gave good explanations about bylines, with helpful videos.

      Always a pleasure to read this weekly installment.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I always say thanks for the questions and answers. I want to add that I have also learned a bunch from the videos you include. There is one that I refer too steadily as I wrote my CaribTales. Blessings!

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      Mr. Happy 4 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      "The creative work is on hold and that’s just the real of it. Sooner, or later, I will return to it when I choose to do so. J" - What's that "J" there for? Haha ... just curious me.

      I didn't know anything about "bylines". Good to know. Thank You for sharing that bit of information.

      This was interesting to read: "I'm trying to work up the courage." - I never thought one might need courage to write in first person. Also good to know. See, I'm learning : )

      Alrighty, I think I need breakfast anyway so, I will let You be. Thank You again for your writing, it helps many. Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a good writing exercise, William, if nothing else...give it a try if you have the time.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...only you would think of that, Eric! I hadn't thought about the possessive...maybe that's why I forget to use it half the time. :) Thanks for the question.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi...great thoughts on being seen and not heard.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Take it one day at a time, Janine! If it works for us, keep doing it, and it is working for us. :) Happy Monday my friend.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 weeks ago from Norfolk

      There is something to be said for security and security means to me, having a little in the bank for rainy days. I am sure you will get back to creativity when the urge gets more than you can handle. In the meantime, I think it is important to enjoy the family, weather, animals and all the farmer's market brings you. Enjoy! Sounds wonderful to me.

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      William Kovacic 4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hey, Bill. I'm here on a Monday for a change. It's nice to be ahead of the game for a bit. Short and to the point this week, but as usual, very good questions and answers. I'm not sure I could switch POV's, even for different characters, but I might have to give it a try. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

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

      Hey Bill, do you think your time away from the writing and just being out in life will improve your writing? For me it always seems to. The more vigorous life leads to a fresher mind at the keyboard. How about you?

      Bylines on HP doesn't count?

      Just as an aside. Generally farmers do not own the market place, they rent. So who came up with the idea to use the possessive "farmer's"?

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      Heidi Thorne 4 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      G'morning!

      Re: POV. I think you're right in that younger folks tend to write and think in a first person narrative due to social media. I think there's also a cultural aspect for this as well as it relates to younger writers. In years past, children were seen and not heard. So it would stand to reason that they might not feel that their thoughts or stories mattered. So they wrote from an observer's POV and not a participant's. I wonder if there have been any studies on that.

      Like you, I've been spending more time on client work than my own these days. I have a number of half-finished posts. So I hope to get some of those done here on HP this week. Stay tuned.

      Have a terrific week!

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      Bill Holland 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Vintage Billybuc...I like that...thank you Frank!

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      Bill Holland 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Kristen...and Happy Monday to you!

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      Janine Huldie 5 weeks ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I totally understand as I go with the flow here work wise, as well. And that said when I have extra time, I am not truly wanting to add to my writing load. But still, when I get the urge I do. But that said I think we just have to do what works for us in present moment. And that is just that. Happy Monday now, my friend and here is to a great week ahead for all of us ;)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 weeks ago from Shelton

      again your mailbag replies are second to none... A fresh perspective and brought to us by a Vintage Billybuc,,, thanks again for thinking of all of us when you put these types of hubs together

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      Kristen Howe 5 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great mailbag as always Bill. Short, sweet and simple--straight to the point. I have a question to ask you. Do you ever suffer from Too Many Ideas Syndrome (aka TMI for short)? And what do you do if you have new burning story ideas in your head?

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