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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Seventy

Updated on October 26, 2015

Great Response

Thanks to all who asked questions this week. We were on the brink of ending this series due to a lack of questions, but I had no sooner mentioned that and the floodgates opened. This week there is no shortage, so the series continues.

While I was contemplating the end of this series I thought of an alternative format that might work on the weeks there are no questions, so maybe this series isn’t going to die after all. We shall see.

Let’s get to it!

Welcome to the Mailbag
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My all-encompassing book on writing

EDITING

From Colin:

“You've maybe covered this, or part of it before - how do you go about editing your work? I know most of us edit a certain amount as we go along, but ideally we'd all benefit from our own personal editor. So what's your method and does it work okay for you, or would you prefer something different (in an ideal world).”

Colin, thanks for the question. It’s one that has come up before and seems to be a question on the minds of many writers. I don’t edit my first time through a book. I think, and this is just me, that the flow is ruined by doing so. I just tell the story the first time and not worry about editing.

The second draft, for me, is about filling in more detail on the characters and the scenes. I really do very little editing at this time either. Finally, on the third draft, I do the bulk of my own editing. Once I finish this initial editing I turn the manuscript over to beta readers and give them a shot at it. Once they have finished with their observations and recommendations I do the final draft.

Hp and the Damned Bots

From MizB: “Great article, Bill. I hope you will keep receiving enough questions to continue this series. Is there a setting where we can opt out of this editbot business? It changed the pronoun “your” to the contraction “you’re” in one of my sentences. Coincidentally, either word would fit, but the meaning is entirely different. This autocorrection made me look foolish because the sentence became out of context.”

MizB, I’ve scoured the forums and I don’t see anywhere that it is possible to stop the edit bots. Honestly, I’ve paid little attention to this controversy because I simply don’t care, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to others. Still, my answer is I have no answer. I’m hoping someone will clarify in the comments section below. As usual, HP has managed to completely confuse us all.

RANDOMNESS

From John: “One question you may be able to add to your next mailbag is:

As you know I don't have a niche in my writing, and don't want to be restricted by one. Is there any type of publication or place where my type of haphazard unpredictable writing would be suitable? Somewhere that would welcome random content..probably not.”

John, I think you are there already. HubPages welcomes randomness. It just doesn’t pay well but in all honesty, no one is going to get rich online with random creative writing. We can make a little money with ebooks and a little money with HP and a little money with YouTube tutorials…then toss in a little money from selling articles and a little money from contests and some from blogs….that’s just the nature and reality of this business for creative writers.

I know, that wasn’t very optimistic.

There was no celebration when this was published
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CELEBRATION?

From Ann: “Ah, I have a question! When you've finished a novel, do you celebrate? Do you have a favourite meal or go out on the town or what? Or do you just get down to the next novel without taking a breath or a break? Maybe Bev insists you take a break!”

Ann, this question is a first. Nice going!

When I self-published my first novel, “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today,” I celebrated. Bev and I went out to dinner. It was a very big deal to me.

I haven’t celebrated after the next two. Now, although it is still a big deal, it’s more expected and not as earth-shaking for me. I know I can do it, I’ve proven it in the past so now it’s just do it and move on. J I’m proud of all my novels but only the first seemed like a huge accomplishment worthy of celebration. Now, if I had a best-seller, you can bet I’d be out throwing a party. I’d probably party in England and you could join us.

Exuding Confidence

From Eric: “I am reading a book now where the author is quite confident. It is in an area that requires a whole lot of thought. Anybody who is paying attention knows the field is dynamic and illusory at times. But this guy speaks with such authority that when reading I find myself just accepting his position. You exude that confidence in your writing when opining. Do you work at it or is it just a reflection of your personality? Is it a style or writing technique one can adopt or a "self" deal?”

Eric, I’m reminded of something a parent of one of my students told me once while we were having a casual conversation. She told me I had a very noticeable aura and it was captivating. I don’t think she was flirting. J I’ve heard the same sort of things several times since then.

The point is that this is not something I practice but rather it seems to be a part of my personality. I’m not even aware of it so obviously it’s not something I work at. This is me, for better or for worse.

Is there a technique one can adopt? I would imagine there is but I’m at a loss what it would be. I think a writer needs to sound confident about the subject matter he/she is writing about, but that “confidence” really can only come from actual confidence in one’s knowledge and abilities. I know what I write about. I know what my abilities are. I don’t try to fake it and write about nuclear fusion. I don’t write about interior decorating. I keep my mouth shut about engineering. I’m the same way if you meet me in person. If I give an opinion it is based on experience and that makes me sound confident, I think.

I’m not sure that was helpful but there you go.

Making up Words

From Blond Logic: “On a similar note, or possibly for a future mailbag question. (If in fact you do carry on with it.) What are your thoughts on made up words? These could be exclamations of shock, delight or horror, or just random words in a conversation. Everyday we are hearing new words on the street, in your opinion should these be included or are they possibly too short lived and likely to date our writing?”

Blond, I love this question. As I’ve said before, I think rules, especially with regards to creative writing, are made to be broken, but you mentioned “dating” and I think that is a very real possibility if you are writing in a specific time period. Street slang, in particular, may only be relevant for a particular time period in a short story. As for made-up words, I’ve used them myself, but I always preface them by saying something like “my grandmother was fond of saying” so the reader knows it’s a fabrication of the imagination and not just poor grammar.

Make sense?

Createspace and Covers

From Mary: “Question about self-editing on CreateSpace, if you will. I'm having the devil's own time trying to get my formatting straight. Is there a secret I'm missing or have you not used CreateSpace?

Question 2 re: book covers. Do you just choose random illustrators for your book covers or do you personally know people who do book covers?”

I’ll answer the second question first, Mary. I’ve been fortunate on covers. A former Hubber did my first cover for “Resurrecting Tobias,” and my last two covers were done by a current Hubber, one Mike Friedman. In other words, I’ve got friends in low places. J

Now for the first question. I have used Createspace for three books now and honestly I haven’t had any trouble with formatting, but I bought one book and got a second book at the library that helped me to do the formatting. One book was called “The Kindle Formatting Bible” and the other was “How to Publish Your Paperback with Createspace.” Both helped me greatly.

Is teaching a good occupation for a writer?
Is teaching a good occupation for a writer? | Source

Income from Writing

From Brian: “I hope the Mail Bag questions keep coming. I will miss this series if you discontinue it. Here is one: For the best combination of income to live on and quantity and quality of creative writing output, which is the best sort of day job: teaching writing; writing for hire (newspaper writing, ad copy writing, grant writing, etc., or something unrelated to writing?”

Brian, the question confuses me a bit…you talk about income sources but then you talk about creative writing output. I’m going to answer this way: I don’t think there is a “best sort of day job” with regards to writing and writing income. Making money from writing is all about 1) quality of writing and 2) your marketing efforts. A mediocre writer but a great marketer can make good money. A great writer but poor marketer will be on food stamps. This is where so many writers fail. To make money they have to learn to market their writing….period!

Ta Ta for Now

I’ve started working out in the real world again. Two days a week I’m out in public selling and merchandising, so I’ll say goodbye for now so I can go to my second job. Have a great week and I’ll see you again next Monday.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lady E and may your weekend be all you hope it will be.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Bill of an Inspiring and very unique hub. Looking forward to reading more of these. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Deb! You are appreciated.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great, fresh questions. I really enjoyed this mailbag, as well as the wonderful topics.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for that, Sha! It is what it is, the bots. I have trained myself not to see them and not care about them.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Great questions. Glad to see this series has a steady supply of fuel.

      To answer MizB's question about the grammar bot, we have no choice. It's there and isn't going away. However, we can choose to return any corrections to their previous status when in edit mode.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Boo, Faith, and you are never late to the Mailbag.

      We had some seriously Halloween weather. The little goblins got soaked around here. Cut down on the numbers which just meant more candy for me, and that's a winning formula. :)

      Have a relaxing Sunday, my friend, and thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Trick or Treat! It's me the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ... Now, that I've gotten my "trick" out of the way, I am enjoying this "treat" of a Monday Mailbag, although I have arrived late for the mail delivery ...

      I have been missing in action from HP for four days, but happy to be back catching up on all the wonderful articles, especially happy to know your questions are coming in for the continuation of the series.

      MizB just needs to uncheck the little orange box, and the bots' corrections will revert back to her original writing. I found one that I, too, had to correct back as the edit bot was wrong. No big deal really. I'm actually happy to know it is correcting most of the bad grammar that is all over the place it seems.

      I think we are too close to our own work to edit it properly, so always good to have fresh eyes look at it.

      Great questions and great answers always.

      It is a perfect Halloween night here, so dreary, cold, wet with blustering winds ...but the little darlings are not out and about due to the inclement weather.

      Boo!

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, no doubt, Mike...no doubt. That's how it's supposed to work, right? :) I appreciate your help, my friend. Thank you!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill. Again, lots of good information and good questions. Thanks for the shout out. Now that your followers know I did a couple of book covers a flood of work will come my way.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! I've heard some writers say they edit as they go and I simply don't understand it, but I guess if it works for them then good luck to them.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      So many authors don't understand that editing while you write your first draft, beyond fixing the simplest of errors, is very detrimental to flow.

      I was glad to see you support the method of not editing until you got something out there.

      Another well written and informative mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, it was interesting to read your views on the bots. I can safely say you are in the minority, but I appreciate the input...and what you said makes sense. I still don't like them. LOL Good information on CreateSpace...thank you for sharing that...and I knew you'd love the bit about food stamps.

      Happy Wednesday to you!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Back to the Mailbag! Yay!

      So much stuff this week...

      Re: Editing. The only thing I would add is that between readings when doing self-editing, put some time. This helps in getting a more fresh-eyed read and review.

      Re: Damned Bots. I think they have been useful overall. Found some stupid, very minor, edits that needed to be made in a small percentage of my hubs. So I'm glad for that. As well, I'm glad HP created both an Edit Bot and a Comment Edit Bot. I don't think writers should be penalized for the writing skills of their commenters (especially since we had no way to correct those errors!). So I'm glad they've cleaned up the comments to help our status with the Google gods.

      Re: Randomness. Random focus = random success. Enough said.

      Re: Confidence. Surprisingly relates to the randomness issue. Deep knowledge creates confidence.

      Re: Createspace Covers: I have created almost all of my book covers with Createspace (or KDP for ebooks) and have helped authors use it, too. If the reader is referring to formatting issues within the Cover Creator tool, I will say that some of the layouts can be wonky in terms of how they handle text for the back cover, etc. So it does require a bit of experimentation to get it right. At some point, I hope that will be addressed by the CS wizards. But for now, it is an amazing way to get a professional cover without the cost.

      Re: Writing Income. Love "great writer, but poor marketer will be on food stamps." True that. Sorry, writer friends, marketing goes with the territory... forever.

      Have a great rest of the week!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Allen, I love that working is a temporary substitute for golfing...with heavy emphasis on "temporary." :) I don't plan on doing this more than a year, but we have extra expenses we did not see, and we have some things we need on the "farm," so this will help with those goals.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Aliswell 2 years ago from Iowa

      Bill, Another Great group of Questions and Answers!! Please never stop my friend. To me, it's amazing how so many of the questions and answers hit the Mark as to what I am searching for. I particularly was perked up by how you correlate Marketing to making money with your writing. I will keep a keen eye open towards that strategy (as my first attempt at article writing for my local rag, fell so amazingly flat).

      I also was quite interested to see you have decided to try another stent in the world of 9 to 5en it??? I myself, am going to give it a try on Monday. Me thinks I have a 1 in 100 chance of lasting the week, but now that Golfing season is at the Last Gasp stage of the season...I will give it a Shot??

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you can feast at my table any old day. You are always welcome, as all writers are. :)

      blessings today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Blond! I do enjoy this series and I agree with you, it's good to see it continue.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Happy feasting Bill.

      Around the great table covered with a rich and tasty food always fall enough crumbs to feed a bystander. My appetite is always true enough in your Writer's Mailbag questions and answers. Thank you my friend.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for answering my question in this week's mailbag. I love the example Flourish has given. I will use your advice about adding clarification if I use one of my nonsensical words.

      Glad to see the series is still going strong. Good luck in your other line of work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackassery is a great one, Flourish. Thanks for giving a great example.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Made up words are some of my favorites! They convey stuff no proper words do. For example: jackassery.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Frank, and I'll be by to read your latest short story very soon.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDe. You are always appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary. I like what you said about fresh eyes after walking away..right on as always.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      the celebration was a good question Billybuc.. it was one that was buried in the back of my mind.. I am also glad to see number 70 coming in strong.. take your finger out of the damn and let it crash on my friend I look forward to some or most of these Q&A ..

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc always useful and informative.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Glory days! So happy this series continues. As you can see, I have questions too. Thanks for the great answers. I hadn't discounted Mike, just thought I'd check on your ideas.

      Thanks for the heads up on the CreateSpace books. Loved the "edit" answer. I find if you re-read after you've finished and walked away for a bit, you see what you've written with fresh eyes and things glare at you that you wouldn't have noticed before!

      Have a great week. Look forward to the next installment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Eric, for those kind words. Feel better my friend. Tell that cancer to take a hike!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I almost answered the question right here, so strong are my feelings about this topic....but we'll have to wait until Monday. Great question, my friend, and I thank you. Happy Tuesday to you!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Billybuc, up with a bad pain in my cancerous gut. And I needed a lift. Your people love you and that is the righteous thing. Good on you bro.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Regarding Blond Logic's questions about made-up words, is it possible to use too much street slang in an effort to establish a time period? My son was recently playing a video game set in a Washington state university circa 2015. The characters used so much slang I wanted scream at the screen 'Yes, you're young, modern-day college students! I get it! Can we please move on with the story now.' I'm not sure if it was my inner critic or old age talking. I have no qualms with slang, but it rankles me when someone makes up a word and then tries to play it off as street talk when the real reason is they don't know the proper word to use. Any thoughts on the matter would most welcomed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I'm very glad to hear that. I'm so happy you enjoy this series. Thank you for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blossom, you just hit on the downfall of many a writer...without marketing you will, indeed, have a cupboard full of unsold books. Thanks for mentioning that and for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, for sure, may their lifespans be extremely short. I want the HP staff member whose idea they were to stand up and admit it to all of us in public...and I want all of us to be armed with eggs. :)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that you are going to continue the series, Bill. Your mailbag hubs are always useful, including this one.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Interesting questions and great answers. Do keep it going, it's so helpful to read, even if it's just confirming that we are on the right lines in what we do. The hardest for me is the marketing, it just isn't me, but something that has to be done or my descendants are going to be confronted with cupboards full of unsold books!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      How could you not get more writing questions, Bill, when you answer them so professionally and competently? Happy to see your series will continue. As for those editbots, they are the strangest invention I've seen in a long time. May their lifespan be short.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thanks for your thoughts. I have so many problems with the bots....the biggest, for me, is the fact I have so many hubs that evidently need corrections....as in over 500. LOL I simply don't have the time to play those games.

      Happy Tuesday to you, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! 100 would be a very nice number to stop at...only thirty to go. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora and I agree about the helpfulness of Hubbers. This is a great community.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks for your answers, bill. I understand what you mean about not celebrating after the first success. I'll look forward to coming to that party though; it will happen, for sure!

      As for the editbot, we can 'un-correct' the corrections; I've done that with many, especially those like Mizbejabbers mentions. I will not put up with bad grammar or people messing with my writing. I still think they shouldn't correct anything; bad writers will then be left by the roadside. Harsh but true, I think.

      Another good mailbag and I hope they do keep coming.

      Enjoy the rest of this marvellous Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Good luck with your new job, Bill. I'll take an ice-cream when you arrive here in London.

      Excellent Hub, and yes, congrats for seventy Hubs on The Writer's Mailbag. I mentioned it before, and it would be nice to see the hundred.

      Some excellent sharing in this Hub. Nice questions.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      You have taught so much in this series. Happy that it will continue. I'm impressed that hubbers are so helpful to each other (concerning those making your book covers).

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! I'm just along for the ride as long as the questions keep coming in. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Installment 70! That's pretty impressive. Glad you are able to keep the series going for a while longer now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My friend, I'm very happy you found that to be a useful way of writing. Hooray! I'm not sure about being one step ahead...I just took a different route. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Maria. You just made my day.

      love,

      bill

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Hi Bill, thanks a lot for answering my question on editing. I generally re-write my work as I go along, but just this last week, I seem to have taken a leaf out of your book - to write first and then worry about the editing (although my plan was actually aimed at achieving a greater daily word count). And I have to say you're absolutely right - my way (stopping and correcting/changing things every couple of lines) does interrupt the flow (more than I ever realized) and even though I've been doing it this for ever, I think your method is much more productive so that's what I'm going to do from now on.

      Gosh darn it - you're always one step ahead!

      Enjoy the rest of your day.

      Cheers.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      Your honesty and life perspective make this ongoing series a delight.

      Have a great week. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I know you know that to be true. There are some great writers out there who will never be heard of...and I find that a bit sad.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I totally agree with you. It is ridiculous, but it's also a battle I can't win, so I don't choose to fight it. :) Thanks, my friend.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Always good to be reminded that marketing is the only real way to may money at writing, now matter what type you do. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not whining at all, Eric. You raise an interesting point and a valid question. Thanks and I'll have an equally valid answer for you in seven days. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, it's always a pleasure having you stop by. Thanks for your thoughts. I'll deliver another Mailbag to Cooley, Texas, next Monday, rain or shine. :)

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Bill, thanks for including my question, and thanks to mpropp. I believe that is probably true. I see people say to ignore them, but when they change your sentences to read out of the original context, and the editbot is wrong, it is very annoying to me as a professional editor. I make my living editing out this kind of crap. Most of editbots are in the comments, which I do find silly. People write comments like they talk, which I don't mind at all. HP leave my damn hubs alone!

      Anyway, I'm glad you got enough questions to continue the series. I hope you make it to at least 100. Have a good week, friend Bill.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Life sure is good Bill. And your articles make it a good dose even better. Do I need to write in other genres to get better? Do ya think that maybe we have to be complete in our writing? And on a different slant to the same arena of thought, my stuff is brutally gut wrenching to write. I don't want to not write but legal briefs and sermons are hard on me, in a way. Can you suggest other writing that may just be fun, if you know what I mean. Am I whining?

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      Eldon Arsenaux 2 years ago from Cooley, Texas

      Howdy Bill, I enjoy what you said about writing with confidence. To paraphrase: "Write what you know" allows an author to garner trust from his or her readership , otherwise I'd be writing about cybernetics (and it's relation to our consumerist culture). And I think "making up words" could fall into that discussion as well. Words created by a Shakespeare seem more intelligible than Crazy Joe over on Larimer St. in Denver, though they may fall out of favor or into use, due to contemporary dialects, i.e. the patois of function.

      Always hop into these hubs whenever they pop up on my notifications: so keep 'em coming Mr. Holland! Sure ya will.

      -E.G.A.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! I wish I had a better or more satisfying answer to your question, but I try to be honest. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! So far the real world only consists of two mornings, so that's not bad...in fact, I know of like it. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday Melissa and thanks for the tip on the bots. The whole thing seems a bit silly to me, but what do I know? :) Have a terrific week in Minnesota.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for answering my question Bill, even if you just confirmed what I already secretly knew :) The other questions were all interesting too. Have a great week.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I'm glad to see that you have continued with this series. Good luck out there in the "real world". I'll stay here in my little cocoon. Have a great week.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Glad the questions came pouring in. In regards to the edit bots, you can hit "ignore" and the edit won't be made...at least that is what I read. But I don't think you can stop them from using the program on your hubs.

      Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't look, Pop. It's not good for my blood pressure. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Brad. :)

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I am so relieved that the series will continue. As for those edit bots, I say don't look!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      Ah, the real world where it is stranger than fiction. lol

      Take care

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday Janine, and thank you for always being here.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Enjoy your work and week, too! And just so glad more questions came in for you to continue this wonderful series of yours now!! ;)