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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 294

Updated on February 3, 2020

I’m a Thinker, Dammit

I honestly wish, at times, that I could turn off the old noggin’ and just go through a day sort of brain dead, you know? My grey matter is firing on all cylinders from the moment I wake up to slumber time, and yes, that’s true for all of us, but I’m talking about philosophical thoughts and heavy social thoughts, matters of great importance, and at times it gets a bit much.

I was watching on the news about the death of Kobe Bryant, and the outpouring of grief from complete strangers, and for two days now I’ve been thinking about the human condition, and why it is we are so “connected” to celebrities, and what does that say about us normal people, and how about the ethnic cleansing going on and sex trafficking and where is the outrage over those things and . . .

Take a deep breath, Bill! You have a Mailbag to deliver.

Welcome to my brain! It really should come with a warning label.

The Mail Room is always open to writers
The Mail Room is always open to writers

Rewrite Overkill

From Denise: “Actually I see merit in rewrites, really I do. But isn't there such a thing as too much rewrite? My son wrote a sci-fi fantasy for young adults. I loved it. I bought it. Then he did a rewrite because someone suggested that it was "too long/fat" for the age group he was targeting. I disagreed because look at the Harry Potter books, but he did a rewrite and I bought them too (he broke up the original into a 4 book series). Then he did another rewrite because he got an agent and she suggested that he didn't get to the point/plot soon enough in the series and people were put off by that. So I bought the new rewrite edition of the series. Next someone suggested that there were too many characters and he wasn't getting to develop each enough to keep them all in. One character in the first chapter was for comic relief (I laughed and laughed) but he was told because that character didn't serve a purpose toward the plot he should be eliminated. I disagreed and then decided not to purchase the new rewrite series. Now he is telling me he is planning another rewrite. Isn't that overkill? At what point do you say you did the series justice and move on to the next series? I want to be supportive but this is too much! What do you think?”

I think it is too much, my apologies to your son, Denise. He may be suffering from “perfectionalism,” a fate worse than death for a writer or artist or musician.

Hell yes there comes a time when enough is enough. When you have done your best, it’s time to walk away, and yes, you can certainly improve upon “your best” at a later date, but Steinbeck and Lee and Hemingway could have said the same thing and even they walked away.

Put the pen down and walk away now!

Introverts to the Bone

From Eric: “A deep contemplative question. Why do most writers hate marketing and sales? Are we generally introverts maybe?”

Eric, I think a large percentage of writers, artists, and musicians are introverts. I have no statistics to back that up, but judging from all those in the Arts who I know, that is my conclusion.

Then add to that the number of writers who find marketing to be a bore, or nonsensical, or far too self-serving, and we come up with a rather small number of writers who actually enjoy marketing their own work.

I’m proud to say I am not among them.

An introvert's safe haven
An introvert's safe haven

Yin and Yang

From Zulma: “On another topic, have you ever been delighted and disappointed by a piece of writing?”

Only with everything I write, Zulma! LOL

Seriously, every article, every book, the whole ball of wax, there is something I like about each of them and something I wish I had done better. That’s just who I am, but I suspect a great many writers are the same.

We would have to sit down for a counseling session to get to the root of my “perfectionist” streak. I am never completely satisfied with anything I write. Never! I am convinced, with anything I do, that I could do better. I’ve always been this way, and I also chastise myself for not doing better.

Exhausting to say the least!

Huge thrill and huge disappointment, the yin and yang of it all
Huge thrill and huge disappointment, the yin and yang of it all

Sloppy Work

Also from Zulma: “I read a short story yesterday that had a good twist ending, but the details of the story itself were a letdown. For example, at the beginning of the story, the protag asks the reader if they have ever scorched their pachyderm. She then goes on to explain how she was baking a cake in the shape of a hippo, got distracted and it burned in the oven. Last time I checked, a pachyderm is an elephant, not a hippo. (Not sure why the editor didn't pick up on this.)

“Later on, I discovered errors that should not have occurred if the writer had done basic research. I'm not sure if he was lazy or sacrificed common sense for a cheap laugh.

“Now that I think about it, although the twist ending was good, I don't think it was actually realistic.

“What would possess a writer with an original take on an old story to write it in such a slipshod manner? And why would a respected magazine publish it?

“I don't understand the world anymore. Any insight from you would be sooooo appreciated.”

Zulma, I honestly believe it is a sign of the times. We have substituted speed and convenience for quality control. We are all about instant gratification and entertainment at higher internet access speeds. We have important things to do in life, and who the hell has time for high standards?

I hope I don’t sound facetious because I’m actually being serious. Craftsmanship takes too long and costs too much. And don’t even get me started on the drivel you can buy among the self-published works on Amazon. I’m all for self-publishing, and I’m all for self-expression, but for the love of God, how about having a little pride in your work?

My rant is over! Thanks a lot for spiking my blood pressure, my friend!

The Never-Ending Freak Show

One thing about being inside my brain, it’s never boring. I can entertain myself for hours and it’s all free. I guess that’s a good thing, right?

In case you were wondering, the rains continue here in the Pacific Northwest. The tv meteorologist said last night that it has rained every single day here in January except for the 1st. I better not hear a word about low water supplies this summer.

My memoir is selling well, thanks for asking, and thanks to those who purchased it. Your continued support of my humble offerings means the world to me.

And thank you to all of you who voted for me in the Hubbies. To win that award seven years in a row is humbling to the max.

Have a brilliantly-creative week and remember, please, do all things with love.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information, Lawrence, and I thank you for it. I totally agree with you about rewrite in 99% of the situations.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      All I can say is I must be the strangest of writers! Why? because I actually enjoy the marketing side of things!

      Not as much as the actual writing I'll grant you, and I don't enjoy it when I can't work out what I do wrong, but I've slowly been working a few things out, and at least with my UK ads things are going well!

      As for rewrites, I've changed covers on my books, changed the blurb at the ge back, even corrected spelling mistakes and grammar errors that slipped through when I published but thats where the line is drawn! For me, the time for rewrites is before the book gets published.

      Some good stuff to think on here, and congrats on the memoir.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great question, Chris, and I want to discuss it at length, which I will do in a week. Short answer: I would never force it if I didn't have to.

      Thanks buddy, and Happy Sunday to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kari...I like that saying....I would prefer to be good, thank you very much. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about that, Shaloo! But for me, I simply don't care enough to do it. lol

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      Chris Mills 

      12 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      Bill, I couldn't agree more that the speed of production is valued more than the quality of the product. Thanks for emphasizing it for us. My question is related to a small degree. Would you elaborate on these two methods of writing which are antithetical to each other? Right now I am in the middle of a story which I know I have been forcing from sentence one. It is not flowing. I am constantly backing up and "fixing" parts that are inconsistent.

      Then I would like you to contrast that with letting the story tell itself. I know it is good when I am writing as I see it happen in my mind.

      What do I do with the former? Keep it? Throw it out? How can I cultivate the latter?

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      Kari Poulsen 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      We have a saying in the operating room, "perfect is the enemy of good." But than, surgery is an art form. Congratulations on your award, you deserve it!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      I know most of the writers find marketing bore. But marketing is very important in today's times. Extensive marketing even makes below average books sell like hot cakes.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Dora! Thank you so much!

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations again. You deserve that award just for the mailbag and you do so much more.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, no canoe yet, but there are parts of our state which can definitely use one. Pictures on the news yesterday of people kayaking around towns up north, and more rain on the way. Mother Earth is flexing her muscles for sure.

      Thanks again for the lovely, thoughtful gift. I am wearing it proudly.

      Peace and blessings

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It bugs me too, William. Bev and I talked about the same thing....what about the others?

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      William Kovacic 

      12 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You know, Bill, I was thinking about Kobe Bryant. I believe there were eight people aboard that helicopter. The only names I ever heard mentioned were his and his daughter. Celebrities or not, other people died that day and their lives were completely overshadowed by the rich and famous. Something doesn't sit right with me.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nikki! Blessings to you always, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Meg, as I mentioned earlier, I did not know that about a pachyderm....consider me surprised!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your thoughts, Venkatachari M.....I always enjoy reading your viewpoints.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! The award simply means I have some very faithful friends on HP.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Devika. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The sign of a highly intelligent man, Bill, like myself. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Nikki Khan 

      12 months ago from London

      Some quite engaging questions and answers, Bill. I liked Denise's rewrite and Eric's question, too.

      Have a great week, my freinds.

      Blessings

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      DreamerMeg 

      12 months ago from Northern Ireland

      A pachyderm is a thick skinned animal. The term includes hippos and rhinos as well as elephants. I agree the young writer should leave his book alone. He has honed his skills and now needs to practise them on a new novel. He is reducing his income possibilities. Who, apart from a parent, would buy the same book over and over?

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      Venkatachari M 

      12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      it's delightful to know that you have been winning the Hubbie Award for the last 7 years continuously.

      I agree with your rant regarding this celebrity syndrome we witness nowadays. The public blindly wants to be associated with celebrities. Its a mania spreading wildly. None feels any love or affection for normal helpless fellows.

      The rewrite incident narrated above seems to be a funny act of the writer. It's too much of crossing the limits.

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Denise's story about rewrites is amazing. I've never heard of so many rewrites of a book before! I certainly agree with your advice to put the pen down and walk away. Congratulations on your award, Bill.

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      Mr. Happy 

      12 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I honestly wish, at times, that I could turn off the old noggin’ and just go through a day sort of brain dead, you know?" - Sigh ... tell me about it.

      "I’m talking about philosophical thoughts and heavy social thoughts, matters of great importance" - Well, this is the quadrillion dollar question: what is important? I wrote an article here years ago talking about "Responsabilities". I was trying to find some common responsabilities for ALL humans. I failed. I'm still failing at it. So, how can we move together when everyone's running in different directions, haha!! Look: shiny!

      "Why do most writers hate marketing and sales? ... far too self-serving" - That's what it is for me. Like here, read what I wrote because what I wrote is so important and You have to pay me for it.. Even the $%^&ing "I", has to be $%^&ing capitalized in this language, unlike any other language on this planet. Like me, me, me. I am so important. Some might have noticed that I capitalized all the "y"s in "You" and I do it for that same exact reason: why would I capitalized my "I" but not the "Y" for "You"? How egocentrical You have to be to do that. But ya, I write. I don't sell writing and I do not write to sell. (I sold writing in highschool 'cause i needed some money. I got no allowence.) I find that some people do write to make money though lol. I write for the sake of writing with no strings attached. Wow ... lol I really got going on this one, huh? Haha!!

      "We have important things to do in life, and who the hell has time for high standards?" - *Raises hand*

      "I better not hear a word about low water supplies this summer." - Well, I'm sort of happy about that. It's been raining here a lot just this past week but I'm thinking at least we shouldn;t have any Forests lighting up on fire this summer. Prayers.

      "To win that award seven years in a row is humbling to the max." - Wow ... really? Congratulations! Maybe You can make room for some others now, haha!! I'm kidding. I know nothing about this award thing and obviously I didn't vote for You, or anyone else for that matter, ever. I'm not really into contests. I only compete with my own self. If I can out-do myself, that's an improvement and that's all I am looking for. I'm not looking at creating "losers". *wink*

      Cool beans! Did You start on that canoe? Could have been half way done with all the rain. Haha!! I'm joking. Just thinking of You canoing down the road. : )

      Best of luck!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I didn't know that either. I'm not sure how I missed that information for this many years.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is my goal when writing, Mary,to have a comfortable voice which feels like a conversation with a friend. Thank you for saying that.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      As always, Heidi, your support and input is greatly appreciated. Anything related to marketing is instantly sent your way, my friend. I know when I'm in the shadow of greatness.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll be darned, John! I didn't know that. How did I miss that in seventy-one years? lol

      Thank you for the kind words, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, hopefully he will learn to pace himself a bit with age.

      Thanks so much. I really do appreciate your support.

      Blessings to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really do appreciate it, Peggy! Thanks so much.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a lot, Ruby! Snow flurries right now, but the rain is returning, darn it.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not alone at all, Alyssa! You are in good company. :)

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      Devika Primić 

      12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Congrats on your Hubbie Award and on your book sales. You have informed us of every detail about writing questions asked and answered and encouraged writers to continue to wrote. To learn from their mistakes and to accomplish their goals. I have learned a lot from your hubs well done on your achievements.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      12 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Interesting mailbag this week. I am definitely an introvert and I always over think things, sometimes to the point of getting nowhere. From the moment I open my eyes every morning there is no going back to sleep because my mind immediately goes into overdrive thinking about whatever happens to be going on at the moment. Have a great week.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      This is for John Hansen: I wasn't aware that the term pachyderm was an overall term for such animals, so thank you for educating me. I agree the writer should get a pass on that.

      As for your use of dashes, Bill, I hadn't noticed that. Perhaps you use it for pacing or for emphasis, in which case, it makes sense to me.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats Bill. Well deserved 7 years of inspiring us. I am still on a prolonged holiday which might even get longer with the coronavirus fear. Since the start of my holiday, I have turned off serious thought and start honing my other senses. I have not had much success. I am still working on my confidence as a writer which you're feeding weekly. I am enjoying reading your memoir. I feel like a friend is telling me a story not like reading a book.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      12 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Mailbag Monday!

      Re: Blissfully Zoned Out? I wish I could turn off my 2-4am thought churn. I see I have company.

      Re: Rewrite Overkill. Over "kill" is right. It can be a perfection problem as you identify. But it can also be fear, not so much of being perfect, but fear of publishing. That is a completely different skill than writing. And many writers just want to stay in writing mode so they don't have to face it.

      Re: Introverts? True, sales and marketing isn't comfortable for introverts. But extrovert authors struggle with it, too, often because they tend to get aggressive and then don't sell anything either.

      Re: Yin and Yang. Oh yeah, I've been delighted and disappointed with past or current writing projects. But I just realize that I was in a different mental and emotional place when I wrote it.

      Re: Sloppy Work. The opposite of perfectionism. Guess there's no middle ground, eh?

      Anyway, glad to hear the memoir is selling. Still reading and enjoying. Will review as soon as I'm done.

      Again, congrats on the Hubbie. Well deserved. Have a great week!

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Firstly, Bill, congratulations for winning a hubbie award for seven years straight. That must surely be a record. It is actually cloudy here today so maybe are going to get some of that nectar of the gods.

      Good questions and answers. As for Zulma's question. I am sure the short story she read was sloppy but maybe she should give the author a little flack in regard to the use of "pachyderm." Here is a definition: "The term pachyderm (meaning thick-skinned animals) is the original classification for elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, pigs and tapirs."

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      Denise McGill 

      12 months ago from Fresno CA

      Thanks for agreeing with me. I don't know how to tell my son but I had to suppress an audible moan when he told me he was doing another rewrite. The thing is, I think his concept and book were great in the beginning. Now I'm not sure what it is. Congrats on the book sales and the Hubbie award. You deserve it.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your book sales as well as the Hubbie award. Not surprised at all with either one. Your writing is superb and your freely offered advice given weekly is always welcomed.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Verlie....I'm laughing about the 9...what is that doing there?

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa and it really does show what loyal friends I have.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back Carol! Nothing much new on HP as far as posting is concerned....1250 words, 3 photos, 2 videos...that will put you in the quality category. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Verlie! You and I should make a pact to not re-write anything for an entire week. I wonder which of us would crack first. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I think that would not do my ego any good at all. I hope you enjoy the read, and thank you always.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Mel! The Hubbie is a direct result of me hanging with the cool kids.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It was like summer here today, around 60, but now it's 443 and turning dark, so I know we'll get more rain. Interesting mailbag today. Congrats on winning the award. See ya.

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      Alyssa 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      Another great mailbag installment. I, too, suffer from perfectionism.. I've gotten better as I've gotten older, but sometimes it comes out full force and I feel helpless to stop it. Glad I'm not alone in this. Have a wonderful week!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      12 months ago from Canada

      And I was so wrapped up in me, me, me I forgot to congratulate you on your (seventh!) Hubbie award. That's awesome Bill.

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      Melissa Propp 

      12 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! And congrats on your Hubbie award--again!! That is quite the accomplishment and shows what loyal readers and friends you have here on hubpages.

      Have a great and productive week!

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      carol stanley 

      12 months ago from Arizona

      I often wonder why everyone is so obsessed with celebrities..what about the true heroes of the world; Yes Kobe Bryant did a lot of good but some people do good every single day... I had mentioned I am thinking about writing again for Hubpages. Gotta figure out the navigations...anything new I should know... The mail box 294. where has the time gone??/ Hope all is wonderful in Olympia..It is a great city because my husband was born there.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      12 months ago from Canada

      Morning Bill, Your theme today of over-thinking, over-working a piece of writing, and your rant about the rain touches home to me. Writing (and life really) has been a torturous journey for me. I never know when to let things go. Even as a child in Grade one for heaven's sake the teacher commented on my report card that I was such a perfectionist I over-worked my assignments until I was pale from the effort. As a news reporter I would re-write a story a dozen times, gather far too much information, and get completely side-tracked from the story, and work all night on things that should have been an easy write. In fiction writing it was the same. It's a curse I tell you!

      As for the rain, I hate to complain, but enough is enough! Thanks for letting me rant. I'm not re-writing this!

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Congratulations on your book sales (my copy is sitting by the fireplace and is calling to me) and for the Hubbie. Perhaps next year they'll rename it--the Holland has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a lot, Mary! I hope your week is a splendid one.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I love your last comment...no surprise at all, me thinks! Thank you my friend. I'm off to read your latest about Linda.

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      Mel Carriere 

      12 months ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      Congratulations on your hubbie. I like being in my brain too most of the time, the view from there is nice, and even if I sometimes feel I'm my only fan I'm okay with that. That is not a plea for a sympathy shower, mind you.

      Great work, as usual.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, buddy! Eric, your name and "introvert" will never be in the same sentence. lol Church, yes, but never introvert.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's too funny about the drought, Liz. I guess it's the same no matter where we live, 'eh?

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for dropping by, Zulma! I'll tackle your question in the Mailbag, but quickly, I do the same thing with . . . and I'm not sure how I got in that habit. I never used to do that . . . laziness I am guessing. lol

      Happy Monday and beyond to you, my friend!

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      Mary Wickison 

      12 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Congratulations on your award and on the sales of your book.

      Thanks for the information and video about marketing. I agree about creatives being introverts.

      Have a great week.

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      manatita44 

      12 months ago from london

      Awesome! seven is an occultic number. So you're magical! Congratulations.

      Denise son working away at re-write is … well, I don't know, Bro. An interesting one. Maybe he should walk away for six months then come back to it. She's an avid reader or let's say a very loving and supportive mother, naturally.

      On this subject of reflections and philosophy, we have some ways to go. This world of us is topsy-turvy and I suppose that the loving Saint in Roman times, was not surprised to be hanged upside down. Peace, Bro.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Ann!

      Crispy cold is what we have this morning. This is the first day in the last 31 without rain, and the sunshine is glorious food for the soul. I just wish it would last for a week? Is that too much to ask,one week of sunshine? Evidently it is!

      The Hubbies? A point to them? None! But it's nice to be respected by my peers.

      Wishing you a sunny Monday and beyond.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Flourish. The Hubbie was a pleasant surprise and I am very grateful.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I never thought of "rewriting" before ;-) maybe I should give it a shot. Hey if I could do that maybe I could rewrite my life script.

      I think it funny that introverts can be more open with other introverts. Maybe like those 12 step programs and fellowship like church.

      Well once again you schooled me. Mucho Gracias.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      I compare your inability to swich off thinking to our digital age. We stayed recently in a hotel with very limited free wi-fi. I came away from it, appreciating a break from 24/7 connectivity. I actually read a newspaper for once.

      I was amazed at the number of rewrites in the exampke you gave. There just comes a time when you need to walk away and move on to the next project.

      Maybe introverts hide behind a pen/keyboard, while the extroverts get out there and take centre stage.

      I wonder if we ever write something that 100% delights us, will we then have reached perfection?

      Maybe in the interests of speed some basic elements of quality control are being overlooked. It seems to me that this just lowers the standards of writing.

      I laughed at your comment about low water supplies. In the UK, we can have a lot of rain, but it only takes a few sunny days before the word 'drought' is being heard in the news.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      So long as your thinking doesn't start tipping into delusions of grandeur, I wouldn't fret too much about it, Bill. lol

      I've been rereading some old articles about writing this past week and noticed an odd trend: the dash replacing the comma. Ex: However--as you may know--it was inevitable.

      I'm not sure if this was because the style of the article was meant to sound like your talking to a friend, but I found it offputting and mentally replaced it with a comma. I usually only use the dash in dialogue when the speaker is being cut off by another character.

      Thoughts?

      Have a good week, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Bushra! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Janine. I turned off the news too. I'm just totally done with politics. It is too depressing and maddening.

      Happy Monday my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much for reading my memoir Pamela.I sure hope you don't find too many errors in it. :)

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      Yes, standards are definitely slipping and I'm beginning to sound like my grandparents! You're right, there should be much more attention to careful, accurate writing, out of pride, out of wanting to do our best, out of respect to our readers. I suppose it's just the money angle that appeals to some, but then they won't get much if they don't write well!

      As for over-thinking, I do spades of that too and that's part of my wishes for this year - to be kinder to myself and not worry so much, at the same time caring for what's around me. Is that possible?!

      I'm ashamed to say that I haven't even looked at the Hubbie awards, let alone voted. I voted in my first two years here and then stopped. Is that awful? I don't really see the point of them but I do congratulate you and all those who have made the grade.

      Winds and cold and drizzle here. I want crispy cold and bright sunshine; is that really too much to ask?!

      May your muse make this Monday marvellous!

      Have a whacky week!

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Congratulations again on both the memoir and the Hubbie. As for that perfectionist, that young man needs to move on to other ideas. He’s “delivered the baby.” Now do something else.

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      Anya Ali 

      12 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Entertaining read. Thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 

      12 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I have to admit I have had to turn off the news this past week with Kobe and also the impeachment trial. Just too much that has been going on and upsetting to say the least. That said, happy that things have been going so well for you and your memoir sales and the Hubbie Award, too. Congrats, my friend and always wish you all the continued success. Happy Monday now :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am a perfectionist when writing, not with comments as I see typos, mostly due to my arthritic fingers. In published articles I try to make sure everything is spelled right and that I follow guidelines for a quality article. I don't think too much about the time it takes if I chose to read the writing out loud, etc.

      I have started reading your memoir and I have found it interesting and well-written. Have a great week, Bill. I hope the rain gives you a break soon.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Sha! You have been with me almost from the beginning, and I greatly appreciate you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      12 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I remember your hesitance when one of your followers suggested you write your memoirs (suggestion was posted on your blog). And now look! It's selling well. Just shows to go ya, right?

      Congratulations on all your successes, my friend.

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