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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Seventy-Five

Updated on November 30, 2015

A Flurry Saved Us

I thought we were going to have to cancel the Mailbag this week due to a lack of questions, but on Friday four questions came in and saved us, so here we are.

For my American friends, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For my foreign friends, I hope your weekend was rewarding.

I start a new job this week so my schedule is about to drastically change. If you don’t hear as much from me, well, that’s the reason. I’ll be around as time allows and as for my writing, I’ll have to see how things shake out and make time somewhere, somehow.

Let’s get started with another question about romance novels.

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Everything I Know About Writing

More Romance

From Brad: “Thanks for the Romance men reading stat, I also don't know any of them. So one can conclude that if you want to succeed as a paid writer, than you had better get to know what women want to read, at least in fiction.

It would seem difficult for the mail writers, to get this kind of writing correct. Then a follow up question would be how many of the romance novel authors are men? The answer must be in the 9%. :-)”

Brad, this one is a bit harder to answer, and the reason for that really isn’t that surprising.

It seems there are quite a few male romance novel writers out there, but many of them write under a female name because, well, there is this silly belief that only a woman can write a good romance novel.

And the numbers of men writers are significantly more in the “romance erotica” genre. I wouldn’t even venture a guess why that is.

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DISTRACTIONS

From Lucille: “I struggle with distractions during my writing day. I was wondering what are some of your distractions and how do you deal with them or eliminate them?”

Short of locking yourself away in a mountain cabin, I don’t think you can eliminate distractions. So your question then becomes how do we best deal with them?

My biggest distraction, or sapper-of-time, is answering emails and commenting on the articles of other writer friends, and I really hate to use the word “distraction” in that case. I am what I am because of the support of others, so I feel I need to find time to comment when they have written something. Now, as you might suspect of someone who has been doing this for over four years, there are a lot of emails and a lot of articles to comment on. How do I deal with them? I squeeze them in when I can. I’ll work on my stuff for a half hour and then comment on a couple articles. I’ll respond to an email after checking on the animals. I make it happen because, for me, it’s important that I maintain those relationships.

I know some writers who never comment on the articles of others. That’s their business and I think it’s best if I don’t comment on that.

Bottom line is this: if writing is important to you then you have to make time for it.

BLOGS

From Darla: “My friends tell me I should start a blog. What do you think?”

Darla, I don’t even know where to start with that question. Start one if you want to is as good as I can give you. WordPress is free so why not? If you plan on being a freelance writer and actually write for money, then I suggest you either have a blog or a website. They add a touch of professionalism to your writing platform and I think they are important.

But if you are just writing for your own enjoyment then blog, don’t blog, it is entirely up to you.

Making Choices

From Frank: “How do you decide what to write about? Specifically, how do you decide on the subject matter for your novels?”

Frank, I’m not sure it’s a conscious decision. My first novel was a lark that grew wings as I was writing. My second novel was born from a suggestion by my wife. My third novel was a desire on my part to write a thriller and my fourth is a sequel to the third, simply because I want a series with those same characters.

I have two other novels in the planning stage which are completely different from the first four. One is a novel of hope because I wanted to write something inspirational and one is a reflection about growing up during the early 60’s because, well, I want to write that reflection in story form.

I doubt I answered your question. If I were forced to do so, my answer would be I wait for inspiration and then trust in that.

NUMBERS

From Melissa: “Can I begin a sentence with a number in numeric form?”

No, you cannot!

Of course I’m going to have more to say about that because, well, I can!

The accepted wisdom in the writing world is never begin a sentence with a number in numeric form, like “1,021 people died that day.” It’s considered bad form, don’t you know, and writers really do like to avoid bad form.

Having said that, I am of the belief that there are no rules sunk in concrete, especially when writing a novel. I personally think writing the number out in words is best for effect, and I have followed the established rule for that reason, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t break it if I had a good reason.

Call me a rebel. I can live with it.

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Book to Ebook

From Adam: “I’ve written a novel but so far have not found a publisher or agent. Do you think I should just bite the bullet and make it an ebook?”

Adam, welcome to DILEMMA WORLD!

The pros and cons of this dilemma can be listed for hours. Do it, don’t do it, it really comes down to a personal choice. I have moved from one end of the spectrum to the other on this topic. I say go for it, but don’t plan on instant success or, for that matter, any success at all. There are millions of ebooks being published each year, and whether yours becomes a bestseller depends on writing ability, marketing and a kiss from the gods.

Can you publish an ebook and then still get noticed by a traditional publisher? Sure, it happens, but you still have to have skill as a writer and you’ll still have to do most of the marketing.

I guess what I’m saying is I don’t see any major reason why you shouldn’t do it.

FREE

From Delores: “How do you feel about writing for free?”

I think it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!

How’s that for succinct?

Now for a serious answer.

There are times when I think writing for free is worthwhile. If you are just starting out and you are trying to get a byline, that might be one time when writing for free is advisable. Writing on someone else’s blog as a guest blogger is a good idea and is almost always done for free. It’s a good way to build your platform and that’s always a good thing.

Just don’t get comfortable writing for free. Once you are an established writer, you should charge what your time and effort are worth, and free ain’t worth much.

Any More Questions?

No? Well then we’ll quit for this week. Thanks for all the questions. I hope the answers were useful. I’ll be back next week with installment seventy-six, the good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence. Great question about the blog. I'll have an answer for you in 2016. :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Really enjoyed this, hope your new job works out well and it's something you really enjoy doing.

      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!

      Happy new year by the way.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you might be surprised how many men write romance novels under a woman's name.....but since I don't read them, I don't know of any specifically.

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      Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

      Come to think of it, I've never read a romance novel written by a man. Hmmm, this is interesting. Also, the question about beginning with a number is good advice to keep in mind.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I'm beginning to think I'm one of those people. LOL You speak the truth, my friend, so 'nuff said.

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      Heidi Thorne 23 months ago from Chicago Area

      Re: Starting a Blog. As a writing coach primarily for business, I have definitely suggested that some people NOT blog. Why? Because they wouldn't be able to keep up with it. And, you know this is coming, if you don't have a purpose for your blog, don't start. How many blogs have we all seen where their last post was 3 years ago.

      'Nuff said.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad I answered a question for you, Deb. Thanks for sending it to me mentally. :)

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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      You answered a buried question of mine, and just happened to rattle my memory!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much DDE!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing all that, Sha. Thanks for just making the time to read it. As for my part-time job, it is what it is, three days per week. Certainly not a drain on me physically, but it does call for some scrambling regarding my other chores and desires. Oh well, I'll make it just fine and everything will work out as it should.

      love,

      bill

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      Devika Primić 24 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good writing and always a pleasure to read your work.

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      Shauna L Bowling 24 months ago from Central Florida

      Well, it's only Wednesday, and here I am answering. That's because I spent my 4-day holiday weekend catching up. And that brings up two points:

      1. Now that I've gone back to work, I have very little time to read, much less write (bummer). That said, I can relate to why we won't see you as often. I have the same problem and I hope everyone understands.

      2. Reading and commenting took up much of my time when I tried to make it as a freelance writer. Not only with HP, but the blogs I subscribed to in order to learn the business of writing. You have to be careful that you don't spend your day reading and commenting. By the time you have time to market yourself or write for hire, you're - or at least I was - pretty much out of the mood. Motivation dissipates as the day goes on.

      With reference to the write-for-free question, try not to. A writer can get taken advantage of that way. Here's a link to Sophie Lizard's (very popular and successful blogger) free list of blogs that pay at least $50. (Jon Morrow - millionaire, handicapped blogger, also has quite a comprehensive list.) She lists them by genre and what they pay. Links are also included in her free booklet. I snatched up a copy a while back. Here's the link for anyone who's interested: http://beafreelanceblogger.com/betterpaidbloglist/

      I wish you success on your new job, Bill. Drop me a line when you have time and fill me in.

      Peace,

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A gift for sure, Zulma. I'll repay you soon.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good suggestions, Frank. I had not thought of doing that. Thanks for that, buddy. This series may live forever.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, Bill. That's what happens when you spend a lot of time inside your own head. Glad I could raise a smile. Consider it a gift.

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      Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton

      75 strong and you think to end it.. I wait for the mailbag every wednesday and I'm guilty of this.. I wait to see what other folks ask and I listen or read in.. I bet a lot of us do that.. but if you're going to be short on questions have reviews of old questions.. or pick out the best questions of the past month.. in other words... keep the mail moving!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are too funny, Zulma. I will now have the image stuck in my mind all day long. LOL

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I always look forward to the questions.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MIchael my friend, you said several truths in your comment. Yes, this new job opens up inspirational windows from which I can look out and most definitely, life is more beautiful the longer we live. I love your mind and heart, and blessings to you always.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      Sudsy water would be a definite improvement. At least I could put the suds on my face and pretend to be Mrs. Claus whose HRT has gone awry. Anything for a laugh. :)

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      Linda Crampton 24 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your mailbag hubs are always interesting, thought provoking and useful, Bill. I'm looking forward to installment seventy-six (and seventy-seven)!

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      Michael-Milec 24 months ago

      Hello Bill. Seemingly ever improving series leading toward the highest potential on the road of perfection . How's your new job my friend? - Isn't it an environment in which " distractions" - from writing open venues of new attractions holding promise some kind of reward. Life is more beautiful the longer we live.

      Peace and blessings.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, thanks for stopping by. I know this isn't an easy time for you and I appreciate it. I think your statement is the best concerning numbers...it just doesn't look right.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, again, thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Ann. That may be the toughest question yet. I've had this conversation with my step-sons, who are in music bands....same answer for them. Stay tuned and have a great remainder of the week.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! I try my best.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Martie! The new job is a merchandising job....sales.....selling kitchen utensils to grocery stores in the area.....pretty easy job and it's only part-time, three days a week. That's about all this old man can handle. :)

      Thank you for the kind words. I guess I don't know how I do it either. LOL

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      social thoughts 24 months ago from New Jersey

      Some nice questions, this week! I liked your response about numbers. By no means do I mean disrespect to Melissa or anyone else who uses numeric form, however. It just doesn't look right. I see it all of the time online and wonder "why?"

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      Larry Rankin 24 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great read.

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      Ann Carr 24 months ago from SW England

      Back home again! Great mailbag, bill. I don't know how you divide your time as it is, let alone another job! More power to your elbow, as they say!

      Question: How would you explain to someone who doesn't understand exactly what it is to be a writer and why it's important? I find people just change the subject or gloss over it quickly!

      Looking forward to the next and I'll try to keep a list of questions as I think of them instead of getting to Mondays and having a blank!

      Enjoy the rest of your week, bill!

      Ann

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      breakfastpop 24 months ago

      You give great advice, billy.

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      Martie Coetser 24 months ago from South Africa

      Billybuc, I honestly don't know how you manage reading and commenting on so many hubs and blogs. This is truly hard work and indeed distracting. Of course, planning your work, then working your plan, has to be done, but geez, there are only so many hours in a day.

      Starting sentences with numbers is a habit of mine. I better go edit my latest hub, as I have a lot of numbers in there.

      I'm curious to know what new job you have started. I wish you the best of success and hope you will still get time to write and read in Hubpages.

      Thanks for another interesting Mailbag instalment :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you drbj! My distractions are nice problems to have. :)

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      drbj and sherry 24 months ago from south Florida

      You already are an accomplished 'romance' writer, Bill. Every article you write romances the reader to read every single word.

      And I'm enchanted by your 'distraction.'

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, it's always nice to see you. Thank you! For sure, self-publishing gives you flexibility and yes, publishing houses will pick it up...if you are one of the chosen few. :) I know your book is good enough....then it is just up to the gods. :)

      blessings, my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, you are too kind. I would love to write motivational and inspirational books, in the form of stories....maybe one day, my friend. I'll aim for it and see if I can hit the target.

      Thank you and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, I am most appreciative of your support. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, there is no doubt, dishwater is dull. :) Here's hoping for some clear water or at least pretty sudsy water in your future. :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, maybe a psychological thriller/cooker would be a hit??? Just a thought as I smile.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, welcome as always. I hope you are able to retire in four years and stay retired, unlike some of us who simply can't seem to find the secret to financial independence. :)

      blessings always, my friend

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it's not nearly as easy for me as it appears. Thanks as always for just taking the time to read this each week.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 24 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, there are always more questions than answers, if the adage is true, the future of your Mailbag is assured. Great questions and very useful answers.

      About self-publishing, I recently spoke to someone from Author House UK, who suggested that since I didn't want to pay the high charges of conventional publishers, it may be an idea to go the e-book route.

      This way, there is a good chance that the book may be picked up by one of the principal publishing houses at a later date.

      I'm just putting out some feelers since I'm not quite there yet. Keep up the good work, I'll stop by when I can.

      Best wishes to you

      Jo.

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      manatita44 24 months ago from london

      Well done, Bill. We're getting there. Poco a poco (Step by step or little by little)

      By the way, I don't know why, but I had to focus a little more to know where the question stopped and you started your response. Got it in the end. Just a bit dumb, I suppose.

      Congratulations on starting your new job. Counselling?

      By the way, the great man Wayne Dyer passed recently. Covey is still there and a few of the generation folks like Ram Dass, I believe. Point here, is that I like your ideas for writing about Hope. I did a few poems on this. A great topic and the motivational guys do very nicely, financially, thank you.

      I see you, with some small help, perhaps from Al, or someone good at doing the videos, (Bev?) then you can do equally well with inspirational books and programmes. Watch the fame thing, though. (Chuckle ...) Much Love.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 24 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub!

      It is so good to see this series reaching seventy fifth installment. As usual the questions and answers are interesting and helpful.

      Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      At least your distraction is adorable. Mine consists of housework and paperwork; dull as dishwater.

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      FlourishAnyway 24 months ago from USA

      Id rather have a fork in the eye than to write some type s of genres (science fiction just isn't me) but I betcha I could write some ... ahem ... cookers. Maybe that's what I will do rather than psychological thrillers.

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      I knew that postal service would be trying to cut back and now postal Bill has to look elsewhere for more moola ...such is life. I am trying to hang on for about four more years and then I can retire and do what I what ...Ha!

      Hmm, I may have to try my hand at writing romance, as it seems it would just flow so easily. Never thought about it before. I can understand men writing in the "romance erotica" more, tee hee.

      Your answer about writing numbers makes a lot of sense for sure.

      I'm glad a flurry of mail came in at the last minute rush to make it in time for the Monday Mailbag.

      Peace and blessings

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      Bill De Giulio 24 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill, so glad to see number 75. Lately my days seem like one big distraction. I have reached the point where I can barely get one new hub out each month. I don't know how you do it. Well, I suspect you are very organized. Best of luck with the new job.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. My 8th grade teacher said I needed to watch my attitude. LOL Is that what you're talking about? :)

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      Dora Weithers 24 months ago from The Caribbean

      Glad those questions came. There's always more to learn from your answers, sometimes just your attitude toward the question is revealing.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks for sharing your thoughts on novel-writing. As for skipping a week, it's a great suggestion but man I would sure miss it. :)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you! I decided early on here at HP that the least I could do was respond to comments and reciprocate by reading the work of others....otherwise it seems to me to be ego run rampant, doesn't it?

      Romance novel? Me? Oh, Ruby, you might be giving me too much credit. LOL But thank you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I've actually been doing some part-time work for the last month, so I can tackle this question next Monday. Thanks for always being here, for always being so supportive and kind with your comments.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great question, Eric...really! I'll have a thoughtful response next Monday.

      Thank you buddy and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that was too funny! Show off all you want. I enjoyed it....and thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa! Good luck with that snowstorm heading your way. All is well here. I'm kind of looking forward to the part-time job. I had begun talking to myself after four years of seclusion. :)

      Thank you!

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      William Leverne Smith 24 months ago from Hollister, MO

      As you suggested, each of these questions could be answered in much more depth. I'll just pick one... on the subject of writing a novel, specifically. My feeling, personal opinion I suppose, if you don't know what to write, don't write. Write something else. When you are ready to 'write a novel' you will do it. When I tried to force it, it simply didn't work. Sample of one.

      If you need to Bill, just skip a week on the mailbag. We'll all understand... come back strong, later. Thanks for ALL you do!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, you make me laugh. We'll find out if I have a secret now that I've taken on a part-time job out in the real world. The real test of my organizational skills is about to happen. :) I'll answer your question in more detail next Monday. Thank you as always, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, thank you for the kind words. Good luck with that weather. I hope things settle down for you. Stay safe!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you can never tell who will pop by to introduce the Mailbag. LOL Thanks for taking the time to drop by.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Colin. You do the same, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That means a lot to me, Aesta...thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, what I admire most about you is your time spent commenting on hubs. I know it takes a lot of time and effort. I think my biggest beef is people who want you to read their hubs but never return the favor, and they wonder why they don't have a following. Good luck with your new job. BTW I bet you could write a great romance novel. Cheers..

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      Brian Leekley 24 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I have long admired your HubPages comments for being at once succinct, pertinent, and kindly.

      What are your strategies for getting writing done in between working a day job and running an urban farm? (Ok to wait to answer till you've had some on the job experience.)

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      Eric Dierker 24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thissy here one was exceptional even for you. I learned tons. And yes your fantastic articles are a distraction. But not really as learning is never a distraction if you know what I mean.

      Hey now after you finish and publish an article do you feel really high and then low because you miss writing it? If you have this happen maybe I am not off the deep end - emotionally speaking, at least partially.

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      Bill Russo 24 months ago from Cape Cod

      Keeping it brief. Great advice. Congrats on the new job. Don't waste your time answering this unless the effort will produce a benefit to the waist. I'm just showing off verbally Bill, to show everyone that I realize that a homophone has nothing to do with Apple Corporation or people's prejudice about the sexuality of others.

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      Melissa Propp 24 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Cyber Monday! Thank you for having this dependable mailbag for me to go to on Monday, so that I don't head straight to Amazon and start shopping.....Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and good luck on your new job! I know you'll still make the time to continue writing your novels and all your other freelance work, so stay caffeinated!

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      Mary Wickison 24 months ago from Brazil

      Another interesting mailbag. In fact, you have touched on one of the questions I was going to ask.

      This morning I was thinking about priorities. Which writing tasks should be done first? I wonder if you have a set routine.

      For me, I tend to do any writing jobs where the money is on the table. Yes I am referring to content mills (I know you hate them).

      Then own websites/blogs, and lastly the two half finished books which have a thick coating of virtual dust gathering on them.

      Somewhere in the grey matter are hubs waiting to be written as well.

      So what is your secret? Just backside on chair?

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      Buildreps 24 months ago from Europe

      That was again an interesting mailbag, my friend. Your style of writing is direct and it's like you're talking directly to all of us. That's a great gift. It's great to see you have a new job. We had a stormy but great weekend here. The dike surveillance was extra alert due to the combination high tide and Western storm. Have a great day!

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      Linda Lum 24 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, our Thanksgiving got off to a late start as daughter #1 was working Thursday through Saturday. Good luck with your new job. Perhaps it will give you more inspiration for topics (not that you have been lacking in things to write about). Another good mailbag. Will next week's be introduced by Meredith Willson?

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      Colin Garrow 24 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Another good one, Bill - particularly enjoyed the video this week. Have a nice day.

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      Mary Norton 24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Billybuc, thanks for another great hub. I really enjoy your style as it is straight to the point and you seem to be speaking right in front of me. Gave me another day of resolve.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, whatever it takes in understanding women. I'm still working on it. Perhaps I should get my butt to the library and check out a few romance novels :)

      Happy Week After Thanksgiving, and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I'm off to feed the animals and then four hours on the other job. Have a great Monday!

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      bradmasterOCcal 24 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      Great Thanksgiving here, I hope that you had a great one also.

      I guess it is because there are more turkeys down here. lol

      Ah the Name de Plume, but I think it takes a special kind of man to be able to understand women, much less write to their desires.

      I guess the really smart men would read Romance novels to be more knowledgeable about how the other half thinks. I think that women do more than their share of trying to figure us out.

      I guess, I will wait for the movie. lol

      Have a great week

      And, I believe you quoted John Wayne, 1952, she wore a yellow ribbon.

      Brad

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      John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see the questions came in Bill, even if they were later than usual. I can certainly relate to the question about distractions. Believe me I get plenty of those during the day. I don't include reading other's hubs, commenting etc as distractions, but like you, something that you have to do. Give and take. Hope your new job goes well.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday, Janine. I'm out the door to my other job...have a good morning.

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      Janine Huldie 24 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, wishing you the best first week at your new job and you know I just always love your advice, especially the loose use of distraction here today as summed up mine, as well. Happy Monday and week ahead now ;)