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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Thirty-Eight

Updated on March 16, 2015

The Questions Keep Improving

I’m having a blast with this series, and as I’ve stated before, no one is more surprised by the success of this series than me. I never dreamed this would continue. I saw it as a one-time thing, a way to take care of some spare questions I had not addressed. Little did I know!

The questions are getting better and I find that so encouraging. It seems we writers have a lot in common, and I think that’s why this series is so well-liked. These are questions we all ask as we go about our writing days, and it’s nice to know we aren’t alone and there is a one-stop-shopping spot where they are all answered.

So let’s get going with a great question from Mary.

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Am I Any Good

From Mary: So, how can you know if you're a great writer? I mean, you love writing, your work is good but where does the line form between good and great? When can you tell if it’s worthwhile going ahead and trying to get that novel edited and maybe published?

Mary, I have asked myself this question hundreds of times. I love the writing community of HubPages because it is such an encouraging site filled with very supportive writers…but….after awhile, and I can only speak for myself, I begin to question if I’m any good at all, or are my supporters just being nice.

This is where an objective voice comes in handy. I serve as a writing coach for a number of writers. It’s my job as their coach to point out what they are doing well, what they can improve on, and help them to take the next step in their growth. I get paid to be truthful and not to sugarcoat things and only say how wonderful the writer is.

If you can’t afford a writing coach then I suggest you join some writing communities outside of HP. There are hundreds of online writing forums where you will get constructive criticism and a much better look at your talents and deficiencies.

I hope that helps.

More Beta

From Sally: Where do you find these Beta humans?

Sally is asking about finding beta readers who will read a manuscript and offer free feedback. Sally, I’ve found mine on HubPages. There are a select few writers whom I trust to give the feedback I need and not just a pat on the back, and they have been invaluable for me as I write my novels. Ask some of your followers if they will do that for you and in return offer to do it for them when they decide to write a book.

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Time Change

From Melissa: You are a very "scheduled" kind of person, so does the time change affect your writerly bio-rhythm?

Melissa, I am confident when I say this question is a first. It is so much of a first that I’ve never even thought about it before, but I think there is a lot of validity in it.

Yes, I am very structured, and I know for a fact that any change in my structure can throw me for a loop. The change of seasons definitely affect me. The longer days and nicer weather have a habit of distracting me. As I sit here writing this it is sixty-five degrees and sunny, and all I can think about doing is working in the garden.

Luckily, the time change happened this year on a weekend, so I didn’t notice any difference in my writing, but I was definitely more tired on Sunday after the time change. The other thing I noticed was that it was still dark when I started writing this morning at seven a.m., and I was more productive first thing this morning than I have been the past few weeks when it was light at that hour.

So, that was a long way to say yes, it does affect me.

Emotional Price to Pay

From Ann: I have a question which is pertinent to me at the moment. If what you're writing about is more than usually emotional for you, do you find it difficult to write? How do you overcome that? I know emotions and passion are essential for good writing but some personal history can be painful and it's that sort of thing I'm talking about.

Goodness, gracious, Ann, yes!

Three years ago I took a chance. I wrote an article about being an alcoholic and posted it. Now mind you at that time I was unknown on HubPages. I wrote a deeply-personal account of my struggles with alcohol and then released it online for a bunch of strangers to dissect. I was in tears when I wrote it. I was in tears when I posted it. And I was in tears when the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

What I have learned since then is that we are all human beings, and that means we are all frail. We have all suffered, and we can all relate to suffering. We can all relate to being human, so anything I write I know someone will understand it and embrace it. The other thing I learned is that my words can help other people. My article on alcoholism…other articles about adoption…and other very personal and yes, painful, articles, deeply touched other people. My words were the medicine they needed to deal with their issues. I try to remember that when I’m writing something that is painful. My experiences can help others, and I think, because of that, it is my responsibility to write about them.

Having said all that, there are times when I’m just not strong enough to tackle anything that is emotionally draining. What do I do? I don’t write it until I am strong enough.

Does that help?

Writing Sequels

From Bill: A question for when you start the sequel. How will you treat the characters from the old book in the new book. Will all carry over, will you simply ignore them, or talk about where they went? Will you introduce new characters? Why and How?

Bill, I think anyone who has considered writing a sequel has had to face these questions. My answer is purely subjective, of course. I think all writers have to decide these things once they consider a sequel, and I guess I would say your muse will be the final voice that you listen to for answers.

In my case I can't tell you if all my characters will return. You'll just have to read the book when it is published. LOL

If I introduce any new characters I will probably limit that to just one. I have some ideas floating around in my head for a new character, but I’m not sure if I want to do it in this sequel….but I can see that new character in the book after the sequel. You see, I envision a series based on these characters, so there is no rush in introducing someone new.

I’m a big mystery fan, and particularly mysteries that have recurring characters in them. I enjoy getting to know those characters and following their growth throughout the series, and I suspect many readers feel the same way. So I want my characters, or the majority of them, to be old friends for my readers, and at this point I can’t imagine killing too many of them off….but we’ll see.

Foo Foo Stuff

From Lori: “My question for the mailbag is, what is your personal opinion or preference, and/or your professional one, about articles on hubpages having a lot (and I mean a lot) of photos, amazon, ebay products, and other such things. I battle a lot how much to do this. Pictures bring life to the article to me, but can also be a distracting if done too much. I have almost completely quit posting amazon stuff unless I am writing a book review or a topic that can really benefit the reader who needs more in depth. Do you know of any rule of thumb so to speak?”

The “foo foo” reference was mine and not Lori’s, but that should give you a quick peek into my opinion on this matter.

I know the year is 2015, and the online writing world has changed the face of writing forever. That means the pictures, the products, the polls, all of that is important with regards to Google. I get it. I don’t have to like it to understand it. I can even stretch a bit and say that a few of those sidebar cells can add depth to an article.

My problem with it is when the foo foo overwhelms the article itself, and when the foo foo is used as a substitute for quality writing and substance, and I’ve seen writers who do that. They evidently think if they add enough flash that I won’t recognize a poorly-written article…but I do.

So add the foo foo if it adds depth to your article. Leave it out if it serves no purpose.

The path to perfection in writing
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The Long and Winding Road

From Pat: “Bill, what’s taking you so long on that new novel of yours? It sounded like you were done a couple weeks ago, but now I hear you are still tinkering with it. What’s up?”

Pat, it’s exciting that someone actually cares about an un-published manuscript, so thank you.

I thought I was done….and then I thought I wasn’t. Then I thought I was done…and then I decided I wasn’t. This has been going on now for three weeks. Meanwhile, a friend is reading it and I’m waiting to hear her thoughts….and I keep tinkering with it. I re-wrote the prologue last week. This week I re-wrote the last chapter.

Why?

Because it’s not perfect yet! Oh, I know, it will never be perfect…no book ever is….but until it passes my strictest standards, I won’t declare it finished. I want this one to be exceptional and not just good or very good…exceptional or bust for this boy.

Stay tuned!

We’ve Used up All Our Time for This Week

What a blast! This installment almost wrote itself. Great questions!

Keep them coming and I’ll see all of you next week. Remember that what you have is a gift. Treat it as such!

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

      Glimmer, I appreciate your thoughts and I agree that certain articles should have foo foo. I would think craft articles would demand more pictures.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Hi Bill - Enjoyed the questions on this article in the series, but I do have to say that some types of articles require some of the foo foo stuff. I don't post a lot of amazon items and I can do without the polls (even though I add them) but I do add a lot of pictures. I have heard of complaints about that too, but by far, I get more compliments than negative re: my photos. I guess we just can't make everyone happy all of the time.

      There are also times when I wish an article had more pictures.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, vkwok. I appreciate all the visits.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing more of your expertise, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Deb. Thank you and Happy Easter to you.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As always, I am still reading and learning ever more. Something new always comes up, and how great is that?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Jessica. If I can be of any help as you navigate through HP, be sure to ask.

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      Jessica Rachelle Greene 2 years ago from New Jersey

      This hub was so helpful! I can't wait to read the other installments. It's a good idea, and it's done well!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, I appreciate you sharing that and thank you. As long as I keep doing what I'm doing I'll keep getting what I'm getting, and that is a great life.

      Bill

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      You're not alone Bill, with your past battles with alcohol. I/2 my family on my mother's side were alcoholics and still live with that illness today. Luckily my mother, father and myself have not been overtaken by alcholism. But when you live around close cousins for example who go through it. You also go through it with them. Consider it old water beneath an even older bridge! (; Take care.

      Jim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, I am honored and grateful that you bought Tobias and are reading it. Thank you very much. I'm just about done with the final edit on my new novel. Meanwhile I've already started the next in that series. There is no end to it, my friend.

      Thank you for your kind words. I got myself into the alcoholism mess. I'm just glad I found my way out of it.

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill:

      Enjoyed and also learned a lot of additional pointers in this 38th mailbag article of yours. And isn't it so true that words can make or break a majority of us humans? We have to keep in mind and respect the fact that many of us may have issues with an illness like alcoholism.

      And it is keeping them from possibly, becoming another Steinbeck? That is a fight in itself when dealing and trying to overcome a huge emotional obstacle like alcoholism.

      I'm personally glad that you have overcome such a hurdle yourself Bill! And you know many, including myself would never know it, based on how great of a writer you really are. And look forward to reading your new book in the works.

      But don't rush through it too quickly. Because I'm currently in the middle of reading Ressurecting Tobias. And I'm lovin what I've read of it so far Bill. Great read once again! Voted +. JIM

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I actually loved the rant. It's an interesting question you've posed. Where does fiction stop and fantasy begin? Stay tuned!

      Have a great weekend as well, Brad.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      My comment was cut short, it should be innocent, but my computer thought that wasn't as important as what it was doing.

      Anyway, thanks for understanding my rant.

      My wife and friends have no problems with these kinds of shows.

      I guess my expectations are too high.

      Scorpion is more like a comic book, so I give it more leeway, but as you said, there are bounds even there.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, this really is a great question and one worthy of discussion. I love what you are saying. Fiction vs fantasy and where is the dividing line? We watched a show the other day...."Scorpion"...about this misfit group of geniuses who solve problems, and last week they kept the world from entering World War III. Really? A ragtag group of nobodies managed to insert themselves into a volatile political arena AND solve the matter? It was so ridiculous that it annoyed me, and I actually liked the show up to that episode.

      So I understand what you are saying. I think I'll include this in the Mailbag...not this coming Monday but the following Monday since I already filled up the Mailbag for the 23rd. Thanks my friend. I'll give a much longer response then.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      I need a reading sanity check, I may fail any other type of sanity check.

      We talked about this subject several times before, but it keeps popping up . The subject is credibility of scenarios in the police and basically the good guy versus bad guy stories.

      Most people can suspend reality in the storyline to enjoy the total picture. I have always had this problem.

      Question, Am I supposed to ignore reality in scripts?

      I understand that these are stories, but they should also relate to the real odds of these events synchronizing to the story. What are the real odds that this could actually happen?

      It is one things if the genre allows for dispensing reality, but another things when this is not a parody on real life.

      My wife, the reader, really likes the TV show Blacklist. I like the start James Spader, and his character, but I think that the script was written by college students during a Frat party.

      It is not just one or two impossible sequences of events but most of the ones in the show. It happens episode after episode.

      I know that you don't watch much TV, but I am sure this kind of writing is also found in fiction books. I also understand the irony of my question when applied to "Fictions", but fiction shouldn't mean fantasy. It should for the stories that could be real, just change the namees and the events to protect the incco

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, it really is, for me, a matter of being organized and using my time well. I have no secret other than that....well, other than the fact that I love to write. :)

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another useful hub. I sometimes wonder where you find the time but I can sense you are very organized. I waste my time a lot maybe on things that are not really worth it like revising hubs that don't do me any good other lower my score. I will try to be more organized. I can easily dedicate time as my husband goes to work early and am on my on the whole day with nothing much to do. I also spend time writing what people search for even when I don't really like the topic so that will go as well. Thanks for all these tips.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I can live with "ripen." :)

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Dear Bill, the "old teacher " regarding you makes me very uncomfortable to agree with, rather my abstract thinking would suggest , that talented knowledgeable teachers / writers instead getting"old" , they ripen, maturate, optimize...

      Peace with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I am very happy to hear that. You have made this old teacher happy.

      Blessings dear friend

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      Progressively as I am learning from your answers to other authors questions, my ignorance is dwindling away, opening space for wisdom needed in this art owf writing. Thanks my friend.

      Voted interesting, useful.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      What I like about this series is the honesty with which you reply to the questions. It would be so easy to 'sugar coat' some of these issues but I'm glad you don't Bill. Only thing I find frustrating is hp doesn't let us vote up via mobile or smartphone!! Otherwise I would

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I'm glad you find value in this series. I think getting an objective opinion from someone you trust is vital, but then it's important to hear that objective opinion and deal accordingly.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I'm still stuck on Mary's question. I come from a technical writing background and venturing into a more creative writing style gives me doubts about my talent. I don't think a day goes by when I don't wonder about whether or not my writing is good enough to be considered great. Some days, it's actually stifling. Then, I read one of your mailbags and I'm inspired again. This is a fun yet valuable series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Catherine, thank you for adding to the foo foo discussion. I, for one, am tired of foo foo taking the place of quality writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your insight, Flourish, and I'm with you about Faith. She is a writer, thinker, and all-around good person.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I don't think you've asked it before. I don't remember it, anyway. :)

      Peace be with you too

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Let's snuff the foo-foo. Me belief is that pictures should illustrate and enhance the content. They should also provide a visual break, a resting place for the eye. They should not be splattered willy nilly across the content. It looks unprofessional. Thanks for mentioning this. voted up ++

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I like your answer about emotional topics. To be emotionally authentic you have to be in the right emotional place to write about the experience but also process reactions. There are topics I'm sure we all can never write about. Also, Faith asks a terrific question.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Bless you, Bill. I hope I have not already asked it before? LOL

      Feel free to make my question more concise!

      I am already looking forward to next Monday's mailbag, but then that would mean it was Monday again Ugg : ) ...

      Peace

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Darn time change! It always messes me up for a couple weeks at least. Dogs, too. Just like jet lag. Ugh! And we do this because???? Would like to see some data on what it actually accomplishes other than annoying and confusing everyone. Glad to see I have company.

      As for the "Am I Any Good?" question, what does "good" mean? I better stop before I write a "good" long essay on this whole issue. Hmm... fodder for an entire hub.

      We're finally getting out of the Arctic grip here in CHI. But the Windy City is living up to its name. :) Happy & Lucky St. Patrick's Day!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nah, Jo, I can't see that, but I love your humility. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, as you can clearly see, I need all the help I can get. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Brian. I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpaw, that's good to hear that I'm not alone. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Very good questions; very good answers.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I don't know what's wrong with that mail carrier in your area. I'll have a talk with him this morning. That's inexcusable. LOL Thanks, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, welcome back. The Mailbag is happy to see you, as am I. Thank you. I saw you had snow coming again....stay warm and safe...and hopeful. :)

      blessings always

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can live with that excuse, Ann. :)

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will try to do that, Jo, and I'll be here if you need me during those first, tentative steps. Thank you and blessings on this Tuesday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for stopping by, Peggy. You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So do I, Alicia. Thank you and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      I always find useful information in the writer's mailbag. Thanks.

      I can identify with tinkering with things that are supposed to be finished.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I just sent out an S.O.S searching for this week's bag.. Didn't get a notice not evenb in spam.. so I thought the worst.. the hanging up the mailbag.. phew.. glad I spotted it on the horizon.. so belay the S.O.S if you see it flowing through Hub Land.. I still think your mailbags have proven its worth.. thanks for keeping them coming Frank

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dropping in after "missing the bag" a few weeks due to my schedule... you are as strong as ever, my friend.

      I love your answer about the emotional drain that some writing can have on us...I have experienced this and have also had the need to step away for a time for perspective.

      Have a peaceful week...we are seeing 'Spring sprouting' here and there although snow is predicted for Friday... Love, Maria

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Oh, silly me - probably too tired to think straight! At least, that's my excuse.

      Ann :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill another very helpful Q&A session. The mailbag is proving to be a very useful resource as I take my first tentitive steps on this dubious road of self discovery. Keep up the good work my friend.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These questions and answers are not only interesting but helpful for those writing books I am sure. I have not yet traveled that path but if I ever do, your words of experience will be put to good use.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always learn something new from your Monday mailbag hub. Thanks for continuing the series, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I won't answer that one because you know the answer. Let me just say this: I am sure you spend your time doing exactly what you want to be doing, and that makes it time well-spent.

      Thank you and have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, what a great question and one I've thought about but never written about before. Thank you for that....and thank you for being here for another Mailbag. I may have to pass this on in my will so someone takes over the Mailbag after I die. LOL

      blessings my friend...the answer on Monday.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for yet another MondayMailbag. You will never run out of questions, will you??

      You always give good answers. My only question, and I have asked you before: how many hours in a day do you have??? I'm sure you have more than I have. You certainly have to have structure and organization in your life that I sorely lack.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Another interesting mailbag Monday! I am glad the questions are still coming and so interesting too.

      I truly love your answer to Ann. For sure, it can be so painful and therapeutic at the same time. Plus, it can produce great writing that actually helps many who may be thinking they are alone in such ordeals in this life. Somehow it is comforting to know others went through what you have and survived, at least it is to me.

      I just read a hub the other day that had countless of Amazon ads, and here I thought the limit was two! I think you are right that they are coming over from Squidoo and may not realize HP does not approve of that many.

      Thank you for sharing your insight in answering all of these interesting questions.

      Oh, something I wanted to run by you: I have wondered about novels that really begin at the end of story and then work their way back to the beginning. It seems to me that would be extremely difficult to write such a novel, as one would surely have to be an excellent writer to accomplish such without the novel feeling chopped up. Then for the reader to still be surprised at the true ending/beginning, makes it great. I have seen movies done this way and have read a few books too where this was done. If done right, they are great, but ... What do you think of writing a novel in such a manner and how difficult would it be to pull off? Is it a big risk to take?

      Peace and blessings

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Eric! I'm hoping for a foo foo free week. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill! Those greener pastures will always include HP. As for Massachusetts...setting a snow record? Those kinds of records you don't need, I'm sure. Hoping this week is snow-free.

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

      Excellent mailbag this week Bill. I liked the foo foo portion.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great questions, and answers this week Bill. I sure hope this series continues when you head for greener pastures :). Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm happy to hear you spent quality time with family.

      Our weather was gorgeous until this past weekend and then the hounds of hell were released. :)

      I was being a bit silly when I said luckily the time change happened on the weekend...perhaps a bit too witty. :)

      Have a wonderful week, Ann.

      Bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Yes, it does help, thank you, bill. I do go away and come back again, several times, but it's an issue that is huge with me. I might just leave it for a while.

      You're right, the questions do get better. Your answers not only help those of us who take note but they also give us more and more insight into you as a person; fascinating really!

      Mothering Sunday and extra visits to children today has been great for me; I return home exhausted but ecstatic!

      Hope you're enjoying the warmth. Still cold here. I was surprised to read that your time change doesn't always happen at a weekend. Ours are always the last Saturday/Sunday in March and October. For me it's already Spring though - the daffodils are out!

      Happy Monday eve, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I think a couple more weeks and we'll be waking up to light and, like you, I love it. I'm very ready for summer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Sandra! Sorry about the comment problems, but thanks for hanging in there. I don't know what happens at HP occasionally, but I've had the same thing happen to me and it almost drives me crazy....so I appreciate it. Ah, the writer's life for sure....best wishes with those books of yours.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The questions and answers are always interesting to me. I love to wake up to light. My whole attitude soars. Thank's for all you do and say to help us along our writing journey..

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Well I've dictacted my comment four times and when I hit "done" on my iPhone not only are they done but they are completely gone. I'm not sure if it's an iPhone thing from the newest upgrade (the watch add) or hub pages fluke. In any case I hope something of this sticks. Your lesson was great and helpful as always. When writing and rewriting I have found it is continuous. My four book series now on Amazon was started in 1992 and was rewritten numerous times and I just finished book four. I have gone back and read old versions and often find areas that I like better than the newer version. It is often an uphill battle. Ah --- it's a writer's life.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true manatita, and I'm all about healing my friend.

      Thank you and peace this fine week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! I aim to please. :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Hi Bill,

      I too realised that your book was not finished, but great to see you tackling it in this way.

      I like Ann's question and your response. Certainly healing for most of us. Keep up the good work.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Always entertaining.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I'm sorry. That happens occasionally and I don't know why. Sometimes a comment is delayed in being posted, and since I respond to comments in the order they are given, and I rarely go back over the comments, I miss one that suddenly shows up in the middle of the comment section. I guess I could post the revised query....that would mean writing a new hub about it and I'm not sure there is enough to make a whole article. Let me see what I can do about that.

      Have a great week!

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Sally! I'm glad you found that answer helpful. I'll answer the next question on Monday but I can tell you right now that yes, it has happened to me.

      Have a great week!

      Bill

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for answering my strange question Bill! I can definitely relate to the sunlight being a distraction...The longer the days get, the less inclined I am to want to stay indoors and actually get any work done!

      On a separate note, I posted a comment under your query letter hub last week and I think I must have posted it at just the "right" time, because I either offended you (and I don't really believe that because you have much thicker skin!) or you missed my comment. And the only reason I point this out, is because you always comment back to everyone! My real question, though, is are you going to ever post your revised query? I would LOVE to read that too, but I understand if you'd prefer to keep that strictly for the agents review...

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Thanks for answering my Beta question. I appreciate your reply.

      I can so emphasize with the emotional question asked by Ann, sometimes when I am writing non fiction, I feel it sucks the life out of me, can't sleep until it is done:)

      This is a cheeky question and you don't have to answer this one if you don't want to.

      Have you ever had any of your hubs go unfeatured because of their age or because they really need updating? I somehow doubt it though as the stuff you write about probably remains current. That might be the trick.

      So far this has not happened to any of my hubs but I have wondered how you deal with ten times the amount I have.

      Very enjoyable and informative read today, thank you,

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Dora, and I appreciate your devotion to it as well. Thank you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Might mentioned it before, but still want to say that I benefit greatly from these questions and answers. Glad to hear other people's opinion on the "foo foo" stuff. Thanks for your devotion to this series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool, buddy!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Sounds great.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Vellur. I like that...too much of anything is not good.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm glad you stopped by. Thank you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! I appreciate you spending part of your Monday with me.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Read this installment and learned. Too much of anything is not good. Great series!

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Many good solid answers to some tough questions. Great job, again. They benefit each of us. Thank you! ;-)

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      As always, this series answers so many questions for me. Thanks, billy. Up, useful and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think many of the Squidoo writers are doing that....that was encouraged over there and I've noticed their hubs have more ads than most....but then again, I may be completely wrong. LOL

      Bring on summer. I'm ready for it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you did too, Carol. :) Those compliments can show up in the strangest places, can't they? LOL

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Duly noted, Brad. I'm still a couple steps away from the artwork, but I will share it with you first before finalizing it. How's that for a great deal? :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS! I love the book I've written, but when I close it for the last time, I want to feel like I'm closing the best I can do, and I still don't feel that way.

      Have a superb week, my friend, and blessings to you always.

      Bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your answer to the foo foo question. I've seen some hubs that look like product catalogs. What's up with that? Google doesn't like. HP doesn't like it, nor do I. It's very distracting. Oftentimes, it's hard to tell if there's an article hidden in there somewhere!

      One thing I love about this time change is the fact that it's dark when I get up. Listening to the wildlife come alive and begin a new day is a wonderful way to start my day!

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      I think I found a compliment here---ummm. There is so much to this art of writing and every time I read the MAIL Box I realize that. I still say that fiction is 100 more difficult than non fiction...Because you have to engage your reader for many pages..And most non fiction can often be read for answers or learning...

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Will your tinkering have any effect on the image of your book cover?

      Maybe if you can settle on that image, you can settle all the split ends in your book.

      I am a visually oriented person, so naturally the book cover would be my first temptation to pick up the book, literally, or figuratively. Then, I would look at the back cover and see, if my wife would like it.

      She is the reader here, and in the past I have selected some new authors that she really liked.

      With over two hundred and fifty college Semester units, and a jobs that require a lot of technical reading and writing, I put function over fiction. My wife on the hand gets engrossed in her fiction, and sometimes she trades sleep for more pages.

      I remember reading my Industrial Psychology textbook, it was about four inches thick with small font, and this author apparently didn't believe in punctuation. These kinds of reading took most of my reading time leaving me exhausted from looking at the printed word.

      Anyway, I can't wait to see the artwork, I really enjoy images, and colors.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      The answer to why your book (that you thought was finished) is not published is so telling...in my most recent post...I share d the quote from a friend who long ago said ''....our work is forever a work in progress...it is never really finished.' So it come as no surprise to me that you are working working.

      Good to know you found readers here on HubPages to read for you; and thanks for the Lisa video...sending off for a free sampling of her offerings.

      Angels are once again winging their way to you and Bev....ps

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I am so with you on being more productive with it being darker in the morning since the time change, too. And as always, I love this writes and your answers. Happy Monday, Bill!