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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 298

Updated on March 2, 2020

The World Around Us

I was watching a powerful documentary the other night, “The Devil We Know,” about Dupont’s poisoning of a West Virginia town with chemicals used in the production of Teflon. It was a riveting ninety minutes, and it would take one cold-hearted s.o.b. to sit and watch that film without being moved to tears.

Apart from the outrage I felt, I was also reminded of this big old world around me. Here I am, in the northwest corner of the United States, in the tiny little city of Olympia. People go to work, come home, live their lives, deal with the trials of life, laugh and play and mourn the loss of loved ones, and then expand that to tens-of-thousands of similar cities around the globe, seven-point-six billion people, all with individual traumas and triumphs, all just trying to claw out a toehold of happiness, and I just find it all amazing, you know?

It is also an important fact to remember as a writer. What happens to me has happened to someone else times one-million. What happened to those people in West Virginia has happened to others. We all understand loss. We all understand being lied to. We all understand having our trust broken.

As storytellers, we must never forget that point.

Are you ready for the Mailbag?

The Mail Room
The Mail Room

Writing Prompts

From Lila: “I’ve noticed you’ve been posting writing challenges/prompts. I’ve never taken such a challenge? What is the value in doing so?”

Lila, that’s like asking what is the value in writing; the value is in doing it, or it should be. Prompts are just a way of helping your creative spirit to soar. Something reminds you of something else, which reminds you of something else, and before you know it you have a short story.

And each short story is an opportunity to practice and to improve your craft.

And, in my opinion, that should be one of our goals, each of us, to improve our craft. There is far too much mediocrity in the world today. Let’s raise a toast to those who want to rise above mediocrity in writing.

The latest writing prompt
The latest writing prompt

Writing Contests

From Joshua: “I’m thinking of entering my first creative short story contest. Do you have any tips which will help my chances?”

Joshua, I have one huge tip which you should staple to your forehead so you’ll never forget it: follow the contest rules to the letter. Do not deviate. If the contest calls for an entry no more than 500 words, do not submit an entry with 501.

Tip #2: Do not get discouraged. A huge number of people enter those contests. If you don’t win it does not mean you are a bad writer. Keep entering!

Tip #3: Do not stop improving your craft! There is always room for improvement. I have yet to read a perfect book and I’m pretty sure I never will.

Tip #4: Start with a bang! Editors pay close attention to the first couple paragraphs. Bore them and they will move on to the next entry.

Tip #5: Try to make your entry different in some way i.e. different setting, unique characters, unique problem.

That’s enough to send you into the fray. Good luck!

Hub Traffic

From Freddy: “I'm a Hubber here. Can you put out the question if everyone else's traffic is dipping like mine?”

Consider it done,Freddy! What say all of you? Is your HP traffic down? I pay no attention to mine, so I’m the wrong guy to ask.

I remember back eight years ago when I joined HP. I was glued to the computer looking at updates of my stats. It was a good day if my stats increased and a bad day if they went down. Today I just don’t care, but that’s just me. I know a lot of people out there do care, and so all of you, please share your stat summaries in the comment section so we can send this person off with the information he wants.

A great writing prompt
A great writing prompt

Making Hp Editors Happy

From Megan: “I’m new to HP. I just submitted my first article and it was rejected. They sent me back a form letter telling me it didn’t meet their standards, but they did not give me specific information about what it was lacking. How do I correct this? My article was 1,800 words long and I had three photos. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.”

Megan, welcome to HP. You know you are a member of HP when you receive one of those rejection letters from the editors.

My first words of advice are this: don’t take it personally. I think sometimes those form letters are sent out so the editors can justify receiving a paycheck. It is no reflection on the quality of your writing.

My advice: change it up a bit and re-submit. Your photos should be originals. Lots of writers stumble over the photos. They will use photos they find online, and that often leads to problems. You might want to add couple different capsules too. Add a video or two from YouTube which apply to your topic. Maybe toss in a poll about the article.

The times I’ve had this happen (twice) I’ve just added another capsule and it made everyone happy. You can always send an email to the editorial staff and then hope they respond, but that’s an iffy proposition at best.

Good luck!

No More Questions

I guess that’s it for this week.

A friend of mine, a cancer survivor, recently posted two words on Facebook. The two words were REMISSION ROCKS!

Two simple words but so very powerful. In those two words we can find unfettered happiness. We can find relief. We can find victory and rawness and arms raised above a head, fists clenched, and the human spirit soaring.

REMISSION ROCKS!

You are all writers. You are all storytellers. I beg of you, never forget that. Tap into the human experience and make it come alive with your words.

What you do is important. What you do is needed.

Do you have a question for the Mailbag? Include it in the comment section below or email me at holland1145@yahoo.com. Do you need a writing coach? Email me at the same email address. Do you want a cheerleader? You know where you can find me.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Peggy, for sharing your thoughts on traffic and chemicals. I find greed to be abhorrent.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      The story of a West Virginia town being poisoned by chemicals in the making of Teflon is sad and maddening. Many companies produce toxic chemicals, and sadly, some of it leaks into the environment by accident, or occasionally it is dumped on purpose. The latter situation is horrific and unconscionable.

      As to traffic and money earned, mine is down right now, but that happens on occasion. It is probably another hit by Google for some reason. It all gets sorted out over time.

      Your tips for writers are expert, Bill. Thanks for continuing to write these mailbag articles.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Heidi! Yes about the Google algorithms. It takes a smarter person than me to keep up with the fickle nature of Google.

      Happy Wednesday to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to know, Mel. I sometimes think I'm the only one on the planet who has not read JK Rowling's works.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      4 months ago from Chicago Area

      It's Mailbag Wednesday? Oh well...

      Re: HP. Traffic? Well, we can't always blame HP for any issues with traffic. Google's the more likely culprit. The algorithms change daily (hourly?). So it's a constant game of Whack-A-Mole in internet land.

      As for HP editors, well, without looking at any article, it's difficult to say what could be causing a "rejection." I guess I'd wonder if it's rejection or just not being featured. There's a difference. They often do allow non-complying articles, but they don't feature them on the network sites. Agree, just keep trying.

      Well, that's all I got. Hope your week is going good. I'll try to be on time next time. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yay walkies indeed!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for being here, Meg! I hope that advice helps you.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for being here, Nell. I have to remember to put another challenge together soon, so thanks for the reminder.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! I agree with your summation. I love your advice about writing with the reader in mind.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 months ago from San Diego California

      I am in the middle of reading a very adult novel by JK Rowling, The Harry Potter author, called A Casual Vacancy. Talk about starting with a bang - a dude drops dead of an aneurysm in the first couple pages. I recommend that everyone here read her as a textbook example of how to keep readers riveted. If witchcraft and wizardry are not your thing, she can definitely write outside her genre.

      Just thought I would mention that. Great work as usual.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      4 months ago from United Kingdom

      Yay, walkies!!!

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      DreamerMeg 

      4 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Love that advice - start with a bang! I need to remember that all the time. Very often I start a story by explaining something. Really, I am explaining it to myself and when I come to edit, I often remove the first paragraphs or even pages! I edit my brother's books and stories for him and find the same with him.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      I love your writing challenges Bill. I may not always join in, but I do love reading each and every story. Great advice as always. Keep safe.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for this Bill. I find your advice here very encouraging. I am practicing to myself how to tell a story in a more interesting way. Sometimes, people don't hear me as my voice is so tiny. I carry that in my writing. My voice seems not to come out.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Venkatachari M. I love that attitude...writ for your satisfaction and be done with it.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg! I do feel deeply. Watch me watch television sometime. You can count on me crying at some point.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The numbers don't lie, Eric. I'm as shocked as anyone.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate you saying that, Devika. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice soapbox this morning, Zulma. I liked the view from up there. :) Thanks for letting me stand next to you.

      Happy Tuesday my friend. I'm going to go walk the dogs. Care to join us?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Helped, it's real hard to say why you don't get many views. Keep at it and pray to the Google gods.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! 300 blows me away, quite frankly.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's it for me, Flourish...it's fun! Writing is fun for me. Period!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish I could too, Denise, but alas, 1,000 miles separates us. Maybe one day in the near future . . .

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, unfortunately, I vote we are hamsters on a wheel. Very few out there seem to care that they are being manipulated daily.

      Have a great day, my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I never know if you are being serious or not, but I'll answer your question next Monday and assume there was a serious element to it.

      Remission rocks for sure, buddy!

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      Mary Wickison 

      4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      I am a stat checker and mine are usually consistent. I share the same thoughts as Bill De Giulio did in his comment.

      I also try and update my articles as well.

      If someone is concerned about getting more views, they should write with the reader in mind, not for themselves.

      When I hit 1 million views a couple of years ago, I wrote an article about this topic.

      Everyone is here for different reasons though.

      Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Donna, and I'm so happy that you are enjoying writing. Keep it up!

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A throbbing pain and nice sentiments expressed in your words, Bill. I share the same feelings looking around our environment and experiencing the destruction done to humanity by those industries and technology.

      You pointed out some good benefits of the writing prompts and contest participation.

      Regarding traffic, I never care. I write for my satisfaction only.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh well, Shaloo, you are still a writer despite the lack of views. Keep on keeping on!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You do the same, Alyssa! Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool indeed, William!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, William! Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Verlie and Happy Tuesday. World weary? Most definitely! I turned off the news last night after ten minutes. I couldn't take anymore negative information.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is costly for sure, Sha! Sometimes I question the wisdom in paying that bill.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      What a deep and thought-provoking mailbag today, Bill. I could sense your depth of feeling about the plight of others and our shared humanity in our life experiences. I believe that kind of insight helps you be the sort of writer that evokes the feelings of others as you have in this post evoked mine. Keep up the good work and thanks for the encouraging words.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hey wait a second. You started writing these almost 6 years ago 298 by 50?

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      Devika Primić 

      4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is interesting to know of your new mailbags. Informative, and a way to learn from your work letting us know in detail of the questions and answers to a lot of information as required.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      4 months ago from United Kingdom

      Good Morning, Bill.

      I'm not one for checking stats. Truth be told, I often forget that you can do that. If I did make a point of checking them, it would only make me doubt myself. No one needs that. So, I post a hub and read the comments. Those are the real gauge of how well I'm doing. The rest is just numbers which aren't my favourite thing.

      As for pleasing the editors? I don't know. I just concentrate on pleasing myself. If I can't please myself, I've got no hope of pleasing anybody.

      As I gingerly climb down from my soapbox, I wish you a pleasant day.

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      helpedbutterfly 

      4 months ago

      I am really not sure about the traffic. I don't get many views as such. Probably because most of my hubs are still on hp instead of niche sites.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love writing prompts. They're great for triggering new ideas and stimulating creativity. As you say, they are useful for helping writers to practice and improve their craft, too.

      You're so close to 300 installments of the Mailbag. Congratulations in advance, Bill.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      4 months ago from India

      I am really not sure about the traffic. I don't get many views as such. Probably because most of my hubs are still on hp instead of niche sites.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      My traffic is off maybe 20% from November/December and my CPM is significantly down. The value of prompts lies in the creativity inspired. They can get you out of a rut and spark new ideas, plus it’s fun to see what others do with the same prompt.

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      Denise McGill 

      4 months ago from Fresno CA

      I have had a bit of a dip since January but not too much. I could hardly believe the surge in traffic from November and December. It is interesting and awesome how some people can speak volumes in just a couple of words: REMISSION ROCKS! I envy people who can do that. I have just finished hanging an art show for the women of our artist's group in honor of the International Month of the Woman. It's a great show. Wish you could come and see it. Have a great and blessed Monday.

      Denise

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "What happened to those people in West Virginia has happened to others." - Okay. How about we stop letting it happen? Or, are we just hamsters on a wheel?

      Totally unrelated to the first paragraph but related to the first question answered: I was in a Humanities class, first year in university, with an amazing professor when an exchange happened between the prof and a student, which I will never forget.

      We were discussing "The Gay Science", a Nietzsche text, when one of the guys in the class goes: "What is the point in all this? How is this going to help me in any way?" All the professor said back to him was: "I cannot help You, if You are not already there."

      I hardly get any traffic, other than my article on Sweetgrass. That article still gets daily views but other than that, the "hardly" hasn't changed for me. I can't complain about traffic, I don't know much about it.

      Haha!! I am literally sitting here laughing about the "making editors happy" part. I am not even going into that. I'm just gonna shut it.

      Alrighty, gotta run out. You have yourself a good one - cheers!

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      Alyssa 

      4 months ago from Ohio

      Another excellent mailbag! Thank you, Bill. Have a wonderful week!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hey Remission Rocks! '96 and so does "not getting worse" 2020!

      Making the editors happy made me giggle. It took seven tries to get them to accept a "boy teacher" article. Now we are past 80 editions.

      I have no idea why my traffic flow is way up. My score is still in the 50's hihihi

      So seriously (for me that is) I got to the climax to fast. I had thought the story should be longer but it just petered out. How do you do that kind of bell curve deal with a story line -- I don't want the apex to close to beginning or end.

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      Donna Rayne 

      4 months ago from Greenwood, In

      Bill, loved this one and you are so helpful to everyone and I do thank you for all your advice and knowledge to help out beginners such as myself. I've been a writer for years but never took the plunge to go public and 10 months ago, I did and it feels great!

      Great article!

      Donna Rayne

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      William 

      4 months ago from N

      Cool

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      William Kovacic 

      4 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good stuff as always, Bill. You plugged in some interesting videos as well. Thanks for all the information you put out through the mailbag.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Morning Bill, I gotta tell ya I am so world weary, especially on the first Monday in March. March! Already! Time marches on. Thanks for the info on contest writing, What a good idea, no harm in trying. Have a great week Bill, thanks for keeping the conversation going.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      No, I don't have Neflix, Bill. I'm one of those people who spends far too much money on cable so I can have the few channels I do watch! :-(

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I'm very grateful that you find the time to read mine. It means a great deal to me. Most of my family doesn't read my articles. Oh well! You can't choose family, so no point worrying about it, right? :)

      Enjoy that weather my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Five years, Melissa? Get with it, girl! I suppose you're going to say you are too busy. :)

      I'm just happy you find the time to comment on my hubs. Thank you for that and Happy March to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, great information. Joshua, pay attention to what Manatita is suggesting, and good luck in those contests. Manatita, blessings always!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, William.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great advice, Sha! Thanks for sharing your expertise with us all.

      The documentary is on Netflix if you happen to have that service. It is worth watching but it is depressing.

      Happy March my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was depressing, Bill! lol Thanks for sharing your gloomy stats with us, my friend,and Happy March to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Ann! I always have a larger hat size after one of your comments. lol

      The question caught me by surprise - why prompts? My goodness!

      Have a brilliant week in March. I hear spring is fast- approaching. And thank you for the question. The answer is also fast-approaching.

      bill

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 months ago from Beautiful South

      Good morning, Bill, and it really is still morning as I read your hub and write this comment. I've never had an article rejected by HP, but I've had some shelved for lack of traffic after awhile. It was the subject matter that caused the hub to die for lack of interest. I still giggle over my very first hub, a short story. I've revamped it a couple of times, but it still dies after a couple of months for lack of interest. You'd think I'd take the hint, wouldn't you?

      About the time people started complaining, I got an email from HP informing me that my traffic was down. I don't care, like you, I write for the pleasure. I haven't submitted anything for a year. Health problems have been depressing my muse, but I don't worry about that either. I just enjoy reading yours and other peoples' hubs and commenting. I'll get back into the grove someday. Kudos to the person who wrote REMISSION ROCKS!

      Warm sunny spring day in the 70s today, and it isn't spring yet. SPRING WEATHER ROCKS!

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      Melissa Propp 

      4 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I haven't published a new article in at least 5 years..but I still get views on a couple and the numbers dropped significantly starting in January. Don't know why...but the surge a couple months before that was unexpected and exciting. :) Of course, this is someone who only gets paid like once a year... lol. Good thing I don't rely on hubpages for my supper, or I'd be starving. LOL

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bushra! You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela! If you have Netflix you can watch it any old time.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Ruby, and good for Megan!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is always my pleasure, Chitrangada Sharan. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda. You rarely have to worry about me mingling. lol Unless my dogs give me the virus I'm safe and sound. Take care of you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I can always count on you and for that I am grateful.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Joshua,

      I know a fine writer who won a contest on Love, recently. She was surprised! She said that it was such a common theme that she just knew she had to come at it from an entirely different angle. So that's what she did ... and won!

      If your story is short, say 500 words, then don't 'over-describe.' Keep it moving, dynamic, like a river. Make it engaging … impactful. Let the reader feel what you are trying to say:

      "I was walking along one fine morning, radiant sun shining away, when I met with this beautiful woman! How alluring she was! I stopped in my tracks as she smiled … our eyes engaged in sweet dance of the heart as the moon, tugging at my soul with its beauty … (Joke. Lol.)

      REMISSION ROCKS! UNFETTERED HAPPINESS! LIFE'S A BLAST!!

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      William 

      4 months ago from N

      Great write up

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      My page views have dropped lately, but it doesn't bother me. Traffic is pretty much a roller coaster ride. I still receive a paycheck every other month or so, but I'm not here for the money. My full time job takes care of that.

      Picture prompts and word prompts are amazing ways to give your muse a kick in the butt when she's at a loss. What's the value? They are invaluable, how 'bout that for an answer!

      I've never had an article rejected by HP, but I have had a few that weren't featured either for quality or low traffic. If I were Megan, I'd definitely reach out to get feedback on the specific reasons for the rejection.

      Megan, when you're assembling your article, pay attention to the hints and suggestions HP posts in the upper right hand corner of the screen. They tell you how many words you should aim for, to use quality photos that fill the width of your text, add videos, subtitles, multiple text modules, etc. Just keep at it. If you love to write, do as Bill suggests and hone your craft. This takes practice. You know what you like to read and you know when a piece really strikes you as brilliantly written. Strive to put out the type of articles/stories you like to read.

      Great mailbag this week, Bill.I didn't see the documentary advertised, or I would have watched it. Dupont strikes again. WTH!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts

      Good morning, Bill. In response to Freddy's question I have a few stats to share with you. In January my traffic was down 32% from January, 2019. In February my traffic dropped 23% from February, 2019. Pretty significant! In case Freddy is interested the pain didn't stop there, the CPM was also down 13% and 11% in the first 2 months of 2020. Have a great week.

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      Anya Ali 

      4 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Thanks for an entertaining read!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Happy Monday Bill.

      I don't pay much attention to my page views either. The documentary you saw sounds heartbreaking. I probably would have watched it had I known it was on. I enjoyed your Mailbox Installment, as usual.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      I don't know much about my page views either and my advice would be the same as yours.

      Write, write, write, all sorts of different things and see what works!

      Writing prompts are brilliant, be they photos, specific words or particular objects. Anything to focus the brain, because that's what kick-starts the muse - something to focus on.

      You are so good at inspiring and enthusing, bill. How do you do that? I think I know the answer but I want to see what you come up with.

      Have a wondrous week and keep on with this mind-blowing mailbag, bill!

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      In response to Megan, when I first started writing, 10 years ago, I wrote a poem and it was anything but good, a reader read it and said, " The idea is ok, but the rhyme could be better. " I will admit it hurt, but a Hubber came to my rescue and said that it was my first and I would improve over time. That meant the world to me, and I'm still here. Welcome Megan, don't give up! Thank you Bill.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Happy Monday Bill, and thanks for providing the Money motivation.

      Your opening paragraph is powerful and relatable. Sometimes I feel, it’s a small World. All around the World, the people are so much similar to each other, with same set of day today problems, same kind of struggle. We share the similar sentiments, of love, of happiness, of compassion.

      Liked the question relating to picture prompts, and your answer is convincing.

      Thanks for sharing your insights. Have a great week.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill. Please let Freddy know that my page views have dropped like a rock. Perhaps it's the after-the-holidays ennui. Don't worry.

      As for pleasing the powers that be at HP--good luck. They are a fickle bunch.

      I've now read your Mailbag (almost 300??!!) and have my first cup of coffee. Monday is off to a good start. Have a safe week my friend and don't mingle out there if you don't have to. This Corvid-19 stuff is getting scary. We have enough food on the Carb Diva compound to last a month of more and might just shelter in place for a while.

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      Janine Huldie 

      4 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I always look forward to your Monday words of wisdom and writing advice. So, for that and more, a simple, "Thank You"!! Now, wishing you the best week ahead :)

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