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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Eighty

Updated on January 4, 2016

A New Year

Welcome back! Let’s not delay with small talk. There are questions to answer.

BLOGGING FREQUENCY

From Lawrence: “One question I have is about having a 'blog' and just wondering how often you'd post on a blog? I'm kind of thinking about it but not sure what kind of commitment it would take and if I can meet the commitment!”

Lawrence, thanks for the blogging question and Happy New Year to you.

Blogging is not a “one size fits all” proposition. There are serious bloggers out there who post at least three times each week. Many businesses blog five days per week. I think, and this is just my opinion, that the number of times you blog depends, mainly, on your purpose for that blog.

Casual bloggers who really have no purpose for blogging other than a written outlet for their thoughts can really blog as often as they want. One word of caution about blogging too little: It is very easy to lose your audience if you rarely post a blog. Readers generally respond to a normal frequency. They get used to seeing the blog post and they make time to read it…if you disappear for weeks on end, so will your readers.

Blogs are just one part of the writing platform. They are not the only part, but they are another manifestation of your writing skills. With that in mind, regardless of how many times per week you post, make it good.

THE MAIL IS HERE!!!!!!
THE MAIL IS HERE!!!!!! | Source

Is the Product Good Enough?

From Eric: “I assume that whether or not you should do that depends on a desire and not on a guarantee of success. So my question is simple. How do you know if your product is good enough to give it a shot? Seems like a qualified editor only comes along after you have gone through all the hardwork. Is the wagon in front or in back of the horse?”

It’s an interesting question, Eric. How does one know if they are good enough? One doesn’t! There will always be a degree of self-doubt in this writing game. No matter how good you are, you can count on self-doubt. Can you also count on an objective appraisal of your own work? I don’t think so. A doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient….that sort of thing.

There are very qualified editors out there but you’ll pay for them. If you want an honest appraisal of your work without paying for it, sign up and join a writers’ group online, or take an extension course online or at a junior college. There you will get constructive feedback without paying an arm and leg for it.

Heck, Eric, I think I’m good enough to be a bestselling author, but obviously no one else agrees with me, so that should tell you something about “knowing if you are good enough.”

REWRITES

From Ann: “When you are editing your work for tightening up, word choices etc (i.e. not just boring old proof-reading!), do you often change words or phrases? I find it easier to go for whatever comes to mind so that the ideas are there, then I go back and think ‘I can express that better with….’. I wonder if you do that or do you have a different tack?”

Ann, as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I do. My first draft is a free-flow of ideas and story. My first re-write is where the changes happen…and then during my second re-write, and my third. Often, between re-writes, I’ll let several weeks pass. For whatever reason, that gives me a very fresh, new perspective when I read it again, and that leads to quite a few word and phrase changes.

I’m a big believer in not interrupting the flow of the story in that first draft.

It feels good knowing you do the same.

Do you know any fascinating characters?
Do you know any fascinating characters? | Source

The Creation of Characters

Again from Ann: “Do you ever mix characteristics of people you know, to form a new character in your novels, or do you just use one person as a basis, or do you not use those you know at all? Is that one question or three? I’m not sure!”

I lost count, Ann. LOL For me it’s a combination of all those choices. Some characters are mirror images of individuals I’ve known in the past. Some are compilations and some are just figments of my imagination. The current main character in my “Shadow” novels is a guy I just made up out of the blue. He’s a philosophical do-gooder who is also a vigilante. I most definitely do not know anyone like that, although it might be fascinating if I did.

A side note: Very good characterization is hard for me. I think it’s too easy to gloss over characters and not give them the depth they deserve. That’s what I’m trying to do lately….give more depth.

Depressing Writing Slump

From Lizzy: “On a more serious note, however, and perhaps a place to start off with your 2016 mailbag (if, in fact, you plan on continuing it) is a question I've been struggling with for some months now. I've been going through a rather bad depression, and while I am in treatment, and some things are getting better/easier to handle, others are not. The one thing that is germane to this site, is that I just am not in the mood to write. I don't feel like it. It feels like too much effort anymore.

“This is a new thing for me; writing used to be my release and escape, whether with articles, or just journaling. I start to write an article, and stop after a few sentences, as I just can't focus. It's not ordinary 'writer's block;' for that, I have tricks I use. This is just an "I don't want to" thing. I've come to a screeching halt. Do you know of a solution for this kind of slump?”

Lizzy, first of all, Happy New Year. Second, I’m sorry to hear about your depression. I have no experience with clinical depression, so I had to do some research on this.

I’m back. I just spent the last hour reading about depression and tips to combat it. That in no way makes me an expert. I don’t even know if it qualifies me as someone to even try and answer this question, but I’ll try anyway.

Start small and focus. Tell yourself tomorrow you will write 100 words, but even that instruction is too random. Look out your front window and choose the most beautiful thing you see when you do; then, in 100 words, describe that beautiful thing. Then stop writing and go do something else.

Next day, do it again, giving yourself a new challenge for 100 words. Try to continue for a week….100 words each day about a specific subject.

The other thing I’m seeing through research is the benefits of physical exercise. Winter or no winter, get outside and go for a decent walk. Push yourself and get the heartbeat going. Again, be specific in your goals…go for a brisk fifteen minute walk, then repeat the next day, and the next.

That’s all I’ve got for you. To continue would be silly on my part since I’m not a doctor and really not qualified to go beyond those two elementary suggestions.

Best wishes, Lizzy!

Wishing you a gentle week of beautiful writing, and a very Happy New Year
Wishing you a gentle week of beautiful writing, and a very Happy New Year | Source

Final Thoughts

And that brings us to end of our first Mailbag of 2016.

What are your goals this year in writing? Do you have specific goals? Do you even need them?

My life has changed drastically of late, needing to work several days a week to meet some unexpected expenses, so I’ve cut back on lofty goals for 2016. I want to write another novel in 2016, and I want to write two novellas and two HP articles each week. Those are doable goals and I feel good about them.

What about you?

Thank you for sticking with me in 2015. I send you all blessings and wishes for happiness.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 17 months ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful goals for 2016 and also loved your blogging frequency advice. I have found that it is all about what works for me personally. There are weeks, I can do 3 plus articles and then others like last week having my girls home that I had one that was a look back with comments closed. So, I am very much with you that I love what I do, but know my limits at certain times still. Happy New Year and Monday to you once again, Bill! ;)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I always enjoy hearing from the voice of experience, and blogging is definitely your forte. Have a super week, dear friend.

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      Brian Leekley 17 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Another thought about not being in the mood to write-- I know people who lose their passion for one thing and gain it for something else. My brother John switched from making pottery to writing screenplays. My wife switched from church ministry to fabric art. I read recently about a woman with a passion for cooking who wrote 22 cookbooks and suddenly lost interest in cooking and became passionate about art. Even when loss of interest in writing is temporary, giving other art forms and creative outlets a try may be a joy-giving experiment. Bob Dylan is a painter, as was Henry Miller. Woody Allen plays clarinet in a jazz band.

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      Shauna L Bowling 17 months ago from Central Florida

      The key is to set doable goals, and you've done that. I'm not setting any writing goals for myself. At least not at this time. My current goal is to succeed in the new job I'll be starting this month and take it from there. The rest will fall into place. Now that I've eliminated the pressure of depending on my writing skills to support my household, I'm free to let my muse roam as she may. When she speaks, I'll listen. When she's off sparking her creativity and exploring where she wants to go next, I'll be here when she knocks.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Brian, and you are absolutely correct. Thanks for sharing that...I hope Lizzy reads your comment.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 17 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Great mailbag Bill! Every point was needed as I tossed and turned this morning, especially the last bit. Your answer was handled with care. That's why I continue to tune in. Thanks again, and again, and again...

      -E.G.A.

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      Fascinating thoughts here, bill. I too find characterisation a difficult thing to do and I tend to look at people I know to make it easier.

      As for my writing goals this year, I want to improve the quality, try a few different things, but mainly concentrate on the uniqueness of expression, totally different descriptions etc.

      Thanks for answering my questions.

      Hope the new year has started well and good luck juggling your time!

      Ann :)

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      social thoughts 17 months ago from New Jersey

      A lovely mailbag, Bill. I was told by professors in college how the editing and rewriting process is where the real writing happens. Now, I tell other writers the same. That's where the fun is, after all, right?

      You're a kind friend to help others with their depression. Thank you. I'm sure you know I've been struggling, too. Some days are easier than others, but that's why it's harder for me to write as frequently as I used to, which makes me anxious about losing readers like you mentioned with the frequency issue. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I guess we're all just doing what we have to in order to get through our individual struggles. I hope we all see better times, this year.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think you are right on with that approach. Thanks for sharing it and good luck with that new job. I'll be rooting for you from 3,000 miles away.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And Eldon, I am very appreciative that you do continue to tune in. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Ann! That's my direction as well. I can be better with quality and uniqueness of expression, and I think that's what separates the average writers from the top quality. Thanks for mentioning that, thanks for the questions and Happy Monday to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I hope that as well. I hesitated even answering that question. What do I know about depression, other than the depression I felt in the throes of alcoholism...but then, all I had to do was quit drinking....with clinical depression, it just isn't that easy.

      Best wishes to you, Kailey. I want to see you succeed.

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      Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always helpful.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear that, Larry! Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I like your idea of a junior college course, plus it would give me an outlet during this cold winter. Thank you..

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      Shaloo Walia 17 months ago

      Thanks to the blogging questions! How often to post was something I had been wondering too. The writing goals for 2016 are to post at lease thrice a week on hubpages, revive my blog and publish an e-book.

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      Melissa Propp 17 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy New Year Bill! I hope 2016 brings wonderful things to you and your family!

      I'm not making lofty goals this year, but I have made a commitment to write each day, even if for only 15 minutes, just so that I can really establish a habit. I have been much too infrequent with my writing schedule and I am planning on fixing that this year. Of course, I'm hoping writing each day will lead to a finished product or two...but I'm going to start off simple. Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I suspect writing increases greatly during the winter for most writers....who wants to be outside in frigid temps? :)

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      Mary Wickison 17 months ago from Brazil

      An interesting mix in today's mailbag. For me the question from Lawrence regarding blogging frequency was interesting. I think more frequent blogging is one of my goals this year.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good goals, Swalia. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I hope 2016 finds you with a finished product or two. In the meantime, my Seahawks are heading your way to play the Vikings. I wish I had better news for you. :)

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      Mary Norton 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for posing the questions at the end. I haven't thought of creating writing goals for this year. I will definitely do that. I think it will focus my effort.

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      FlourishAnyway 17 months ago from USA

      What exactly is good enough? It's good to get feedback, but in the end not everyone will love it no matter what. The more your objective is selling the product the more you need to rely on beta groups and all that.

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      Ruchira 17 months ago from United States

      What a way to start my 2016...wonderful advises, Bill

      Wishing you a great year!

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      Linda Lum 17 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Blogs—quality vs. quantity, writer’s self-doubt, writing and re-writing, character development, writer’s slump – you hit them all today Bill, and what a great springboard for the new year.

      Blessings to you as well.

      P.S. I have a question or two brewing in the back of my little brain. Will try to put something mildly coherent together for you this week.

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      William Kovacic 17 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thank you,Bill. The Mailbag never disappoints me, even after eighty installments. The questions are still fresh and the answers are even better. Looking forward to 2016 and the mailbag.

      Happy New Year, Mr. Holland!

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      William Leverne Smith 17 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Happy New Year, for sure!

      Really understanding why you are, or are not, writing a blog is a strong key to how often to post to it. Certainly, as you stated, being consistent is another key that comes from that. Readers like to know what to expect. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then, Blond, I wish you luck and success with that goal. Consistency is important, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Aesta. Best wishes on the New Year.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All very true, Flourish. As far as what is good enough, I'm the last person to ask that question of. :)

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira and Happy New Year to you.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I look forward to your questions and for our continued friendship in 2016. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Bill (Lifegate)...you and the other Bill always respond at the same time. :) I appreciate you very much.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Bill, about blogging. Thanks for adding that and Happy New Year to you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      My goal for 2016 is at least one article per week until I have 300 quality articles. I've had loftier goals in the past, but none materialized so I'm resizing, realizing that I do not have as much time for writing as previously. Your writer's mailbag is on my list to read regularly, so I hope it continues. Best to you with your goals for the New Year!

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      drbj and sherry 16 months ago from south Florida

      You started the New Year on a high, Bill. The questions you receive are still interesting and your answers are genuine and thoughtful. What more could your faithful readers desire?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 16 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting questions and there's an answer to one of my goals which is to be more consistent in writing on Hubpages this year. Time working on with my websites & videos took away a lot of time I could spare the last year & more.

      But I have my goal clear for this year; to write at least 2 hubs a month and also be more consistent with reading what others are writing here.

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting mailbag hub, as always, Bill. Good luck with your writing goals for 2016.

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      Michelle Clairday 16 months ago from Arkansas

      Kudos on writing abother very helpful artice. Your words of wisdom are great for motivatioN and very insightful. For what it's worth, I think you are good enough to be a best selling author, too. You've certainly found a niche here in helping others learn more about the writing process.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I'd say that's a very good goal. Best wishes in 2016 and thank you for your loyal following.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I appreciate you. Thank you and I'll try not to disappoint in 2016. Happy New Year my friend.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, on a very selfish level, I hope you write more hubs in 2016. :) Always good to see you, my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Alicia, and Happy New Year to you.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mommy, that's a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you very much and Happy New Year to you.

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have many goals for this year. A meaningful hub and with a different perspective.

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      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      Well, Bill, it's 2016 and you're on number 80. I mean, eight ...zero, man. Ain't this cool? Only 20 more, an it's like a resolution nearly there, no? Your others are meaningful also. More boooks. Doable? Only for you, Bill. Tough task.

      Well, I would like to finish Maxims For Our Children: A Look At The Teachings of Jesus, The Christ; Blossoms of The Heart (Poetry) and re-Publish my book, My Guru, Sri Chinmoy: Life And Teachings. Only money holding up this last one.

      Life continues to be good. So refreshing! Hope yours is good too, and perhaps you can visualize your financial needs. They will come. Hari Om!

      Another loving Hub. Thanks Bro.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish you well, DDE, with those goals. Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, that darn money seems to always be a roadblock. Oh well, time and patience will win out eventually. :) Blessings, my friend, and best wishes as you tackle your goals.

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Been here, read and enjoyed. Thanks Bill.

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      MizBejabbers 16 months ago

      Good morning, Bill. Still love your mailbags, and still have to get in my two-cents worth.

      May I give Lizzy a little bit of advice from personal experience? I never suffered from depression until several years ago when I had my thyroid removed, I went into a depression until the doctors finally got my medication leveled off. I just let sleeping dogs lie until I felt like writing again. It all came back, just like swimming or riding a bicycle. Depression stifles creativity. If you are recuperating right now, I wouldn’t force myself to write until you get “leveled off”. Sometimes we just have to take care of ourselves first. That’s my advice, and you are welcome to take either it or Bill’s, whichever works best for you.

      I promised a cousin that I would read and review his book last month while I was off work recuperating from surgery. I had to admit to him that I’d read only half the book by the first of the year. Recuperation of any kind is slow-go, but I’ll get it done. Then I’ll do a review for HP, but it may be later than sooner.

      Lovely cold day here, Bill, 26 degrees. Winter has officially arrived in time and in spirit. Dang, I can hardly wait for spring. Hoping you’re having a great new year. I’m back to work now part-time.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, John. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, thanks for your two cents on the depression matter. As I said, I really am clueless about it, so in my case, two cents is a grain of salt. :) I hope you feel better soon...and the recuperation is coming along nicely. The other day it was 19 degrees here...way too cold for these old bones. I, too, am very ready for spring.

      Thanks MizB!

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      Bill De Giulio 16 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. A great start to the 2016 mailbag. Looking forward to a lot of great questions and answers this year. Good luck with the 2016 goals, I'm sure you'll hit every target.

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      Lana Zakinov 16 months ago from California

      Wow, a novel and two hubs each week! Lofty. I'm lucky if I write two a month. But as far as HP goes, my goal is to reach 100 hubs milestone. 70 down, 30 to go. Good to read your mailbag installment again. Happy new year Bill!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to see you again, Kalinin! I hope you are well and I hope the New Year is filled with success for you.

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      Number 80 did not disappoint.. Love the questions you received here... and the answer..well it's so 2016 awesome my friend :)

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      Liz Elias 16 months ago from Oakley, CA

      I thank you all; Bill, Brian, and MizBejabbers for your helpful suggestions. I'm doing my best, and have been given medication, but it may need tweaking.

      I'll look into that, as well as working to put these suggestions to work...one at a time, of course. ;)

      Many thanks, and may 2016 be wonderful for all... ;)

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      Heidi Thorne 16 months ago from Chicago Area

      Commenting on 1st 2016 Mailbag in 1st week of 2016. Okay, I'm off and running. :)

      Re: Blogging. You are right on, my friend! The most common thing I hear from potential blog coaching clients is, "Well, everyone tells me I need to do a blog." Then I throw down the hammer and ask, "Why?" The response is usually, "Um..." Blog on purpose, people!

      Re: Good Enough. As writers and artists (who are usually perfectionists), we never feel that what we do is good enough. But we have to get to the point of being good enough for what and who we are right now. Sure, I wish I could be as talented an artist as Van Gogh, but I'll be dead before that happens. As marketing guru Seth Godin says, "Art must ship."

      Also, your market or audience will tell you what is "good enough." Some of the work (both book and blog) I've done that's received the most attention is stuff that I don't think is as good as other things I've written. Go figure.

      Happy New Year, billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I like that....so 2016 awesome! Thank you sir and Happy New Year to you.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy,sending you warm wishes for a steady recovery. Be well my friend.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I can so relate to what you said. Some of what I thought was mediocre work has drawn rave reviews....maybe I don't know as much about writing as I think. LOL Love the line "art must ship"....thank you as always and Happy New Year to you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      As a bipolar, I've gone through (still do go through) phases of depression where even the thought of getting up in the morning is just too big a challenge. Depression doesn't just suck the energy out of you, it sucks your joy of living, passion for creation, your reason for being...everything. And all that's left is a dark, vacuum. No matter how hard you try to fill it, it just gets sucked out again until you just give up. It's a terrible illness.

      If you're tuning in, Ms. Lizzy, I just want to tell that I've been where your are and if you can just hang in there with the meds, good nutrition, exercise and a good support system, you can beat this into submission and be master over it. As for the writing, just let it be for now. The harder you chase it, the more it will elude you. Once you are well again, it will come begging for you to put pen to paper again. Best wishes to you.

      On a different note, Bill, I had an idea for a story last month. I researched like a PhD candidate, fleshed out the characters, had the setting drawn out (literally) but hit a stonewall a quarter of the way through it. I struggled for days and finally rage quit. This week I made a simple change. Well, the dam burst and now the story's flowing like the River Shannon. Know what I did? I fast forwarded 1,000 years, give or take, and it works so much better now that it's set in modern times. Have you ever tried to force a square story into a round hole?

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Only daily, Zulma, only daily. LOL

      Thank you for sharing your experience with bipolar and depression. I think it is vitally important that experience is shared....so for everyone, my friend, thank you!

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      Liz Elias 16 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Thank you, phoenix--you are so right. Most days I have to force myself to get up and not just go back to sleep. It is my wonderful husband and our cats who together manage to keep me going at all.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for returning, Lizzy. Zulma is one of the good ones at HP...listen closely to her.

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      sujaya venkatesh 16 months ago

      very useful hub

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      Maria Jordan 16 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      Happy and productive 2016 to you...

      Particularly enjoyed this comment stream of creativity and support.

      Love and hugs to you and Bev, Maria

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sujaya!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria and Happy New Year to you.

      love and hugs coming back atcha

      bill

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      To Ms Lizzy: Ugh, I know that feeling so well. It's good that you have at least one thing to get up for. With time, patience and perseverance you'll find so many more reasons. Let us know how you're getting on.

      To Mr. Bill: No problem. Unlike some people with my condition, I don't have a problem talking about. It's no one's fault, it's just the way my brain is hard-wired, so why get hung up about it? Besides, I think it's good not just for others but for me to share my experience. It is a reminder of how bad things can get if I'm not vigilant and stop working the programme. I guess it's like the 12th Step thing.

      Fiesty? One of the good ones? Keep that up and I won't be able to get my head through the door. It will swell that much. lol

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great questions, and great thoughts to match!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I do believe it is very important to share those experiences that make us so human. Good Lord, I've certainly shared enough about being an alcoholic....like you said, it's just the way my brain is hard-wired.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always, Deb. Have a great weekend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 16 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      I've stepped into the New Year with great ambition. First of all I am delighted that I am getting more followers for my blogs. Having said that a Wordpress blog about cats started enjoying my animals are wonderful blog and I began reblogging some of their posts. Now they have invited me to be a guest blogger with their site and I accepted. The problem? I have no idea how to be a guest blogger and what kind of things about cats I can come up with to write about lol and I should say help with your most thoughtful advice. Thank you Bill.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, that's great news about your blog and guest blogging. I'll have to tackle this question in next week's mailbag...thank you!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 16 months ago

      Hi Bill,

      I really enjoy your heartfelt advice and wisdom you have accumulated over your time. One of the things I admire and so respect about you, is that you may consider yourself a "snob". But I read your work. And "snobbish" isn't what comes to mind. Stern, commanding over subjects that you are knowledgeable about, with a touch of humility.

      This is what I think makes this wonderful series of yours so successful!

      Looking forward to reading more of your responses to our questions in your series. Thanks for helping us to "spread our wings". :-)

      Blessings & hugs! ((((((( Bill )))))))))

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jo, for those kind words. I just think writing is too important to be wasted by lack of effort or commitment....and I'm glad I come across as humble because I never want to be less than that.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 16 months ago

      Good questions this week Bill. I'm horrible about updating my blog. I just don't get around to it like I should. And as for writing slumps, well I go through mini ones fairly frequently. Then a project will spark me and I have a burst of creativity. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Michelle McKiernan 16 months ago

      This is just the spark I needed. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer! My blog has suffered lately as well....here's hoping we both get back on track.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Michelle! Thank you!

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