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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Thirty-Six

Updated on March 2, 2015

Nine Months and Counting

That’s really hard to believe, you know? I started this series back in June of 2014, and it’s still going strong. It just goes to show that everyone gets lucky once in awhile. I certainly did with this idea.

And I have all of you to thank for it. How long will this series last? As long as the questions keep coming in. When the well runs dry I’ll move on and start drinking Pepsi instead of water. J

Let’s get started with a great question about a love affair. I should now have the attention of all of you who enjoy romance novels.

Welcome to the Mailbag
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The Love of Writing

From Ann: “A question for you: How do you explain to someone how important writing is to you, when you know that they just don't get it?! I want to explain it to those whose faces just glaze over when I talk about it! I do have some words of my own, but just wondered what yours are.”

Questions like this one are the reason why I love this series.

How would I explain it?

I can’t imagine waking up and not writing. I can’t imagine the emptiness in my soul. We are given gifts at birth. What we do with them defines us as human beings. Writing is a sacred gift I take very seriously. It is my way of communicating with a world that seems far too huge to fathom at times. It is my way of reaching out to all corners of the world and finding that human connection. It is my way of making my mark on this world, of making a difference….how many people can emphatically say that they make a difference? How many people truly believe they make a difference?

My words will be read for hundreds of years after I am gone. My words will provide comfort for complete strangers. They will inspire and educate people I have never met.

I eat and breathe writing. I wake up with ideas. I go to sleep with ideas. In the middle of the night my muse whispers seductively in my ear, and while I’m out for a walk or a drive, everything I see suggests a new article. It is exhausting, maddening and exhilarating, all rolled up into one mind-blowing hurricane of artistic expression.

It is just too cool for words!

How did I do, Ann?

Beta Readers and Editing

From Melissa: “Do you also use beta readers? If so, would you have it edited first and then given to beta readers? Or vice versa?”

Melissa, the second part of your question calls for a subjective answer. Yes, I use beta readers, and their input is invaluable. Do I edit before I give it to the beta readers? No! I leave the grammatical editing to my editor when I am done making changes based on the input of my beta readers. For me, beta readers are my sounding board. They let me know if my flow is correct. They let me know if there are holes in my story, and if it all makes sense.

Learning to write dialogue between three or more people takes practice
Learning to write dialogue between three or more people takes practice | Source

Dialogue Question

From Faith: “I was wondering when writing dialogue, do you feel it important to state who it is each time who is speaking, i.e., Mary replied, " ...."

I think maybe it is understood when there are not many persons in the scene. However, when one wants to convey an emotion in dialogue, i.e., Exasperated, Mary screamed, " ...." What are your thoughts on this? Maybe you can clarify in the next mailbag article.”

It’s a good question, Faith, and I think this is a question many writers struggle with. You are absolutely correct when you say that with two characters it is not necessary to say “he said” every time they speak. The reader should be able to figure out who is speaking if you have done your job as a writer.

If there are more than two characters in a scene, however, then it becomes a bit more dicey. One way around this is to use a sentence prior to a comment that lets the reader know who is speaking. Something like this:

Bob strolled to the window and looked out, contemplating on Pat’s last words. “Do you really thing that’s necessary, Pat?”

Mary had had enough with this ridiculous conversation. “For the love of God, you two, would you please just grow up?”

By adding a sentence of “introduction,” I think a writer can do without many of those “he saids” that seem so terribly boring in dialogue.

Full-time Jobs

From Melissae: “Do you have advice for writers who have another full time job?”

Melissae, I think you speak for many writers out there. Do I have advice? I’m assuming you can’t quit your full-time job, so my advice would be to set aside a specific time each day that is just for writing. Perhaps it would be an hour before bedtime. Perhaps you could get up an hour early, and that extra hour would be for writing.

There is no doubt that having a full-time job is an obstacle for a writer, but it does not make writing impossible. It just means you need to shift priorities and schedule time for your passion.

A future editor :)
A future editor :) | Source

Editors for Hire

From Jo: “I'm going to need a bloody good editor. Know anyone?”

I do, Jo, and one of them is me! How’s that for self-serving?

Seriously, I have done, and continue to do, editing for fellow writers.

If you don’t want me, although I can’t imagine it J then I’ll give you two other people.

One is my current editor, Jaye, and one is a valued friend, Sha. Follow their links and discuss it with them.

Between the three of us you should find what you need in an editor.

Resume Formats

From Anna: “I have a question and I apologise if it has already been asked. What format do you use for your writing resume? Thank you. :)”

No, Anna, it hasn’t been asked before, so let’s get to it.

The quick answer, and this is just speaking for me and in no way is a recommendation, is that I use a chronological format on my resumes. Now for the long answer.

I’ve been working a long time, and I’ve held something like twenty-five jobs over the years, so when I say I use a chronological format, I need to mention the fact that I only use things from my past that are related in some way to the writing job I am applying for. Resumes are best when they are short and succinct, so listing all of my jobs would be counter-productive. Thus, I pick and choose what information I include.

I hope that’s what you wanted to know. Honestly, I wasn’t certain as I prepared to answer this question.

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More Coming at You Next Week

I already have questions coming in for next week, so I can pretty much guarantee I’ll be back with Installment Thirty-Seven.

Until then, thanks for stopping by. Have a superb week of writing, and thank you for your continued support of this old man. Remember what I said earlier….we have been given a gift. Our words matter, and long after we die our words will live on to inspire and educate. That’s a heavy load of responsibility but it is also so damned exciting.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Keep 'em coming as long as the questions keep up. Glad people are keeping your mailbag full. I don't know why this is showing up as a double comment. Feel free to delete it. HP has been acting funny lately, or maybe it's me???

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Keep 'em coming as long as the questions keep up. Glad people are keeping your mailbag full.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My comments are doubling as well, Flourish. I think HP needs a new server. LOL Thank you for fighting the HP battle to comment. I appreciate it.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      I always enjoy the "mailbox" series of questions. I was reading Anne's comment about the passion she feels. Though I enjoy writing I have never felt this. I love expressing myself but if a choice--I would love to paint my feelings or play the keyboard. We are all so different. And my biggest problem is focus and accuracy. I have great difficulty following directions and instructions. I don't think I mentioned this..but I have to share. I wrote Andy Rooney a letter about 35 years ago..about Astrology. I didn't know until a few weeks ago he published in his book "Sincerely Yours" my letter and his reply. Naturally I bought the book. Of course the mailbox would make a great book...

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I love how this series keeps on going and truly look forward to each week's questions and your answers. This week truly didn't disappoint, as usual, especially your advice how to explain your love for being a writer as I just couldn't agree more! Happy Monday and have a great week ahead now :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, that's fascinating about Andy Rooney. As for passion...you feel it in painting...me in writing...I sense it is the same passion with a different costume on. :) Maybe one day this series will become a book...until then...have a great Monday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. I wanted the mailbag to be something writers looked forward to on Mondays, just as I know I can count on your on Mondays....it's working for both of us. :) Happy Monday my friend.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      I can't think of any questions, or comments today.

      Your questions and answers were interesting.

      don't get use to that. lol

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      I can't think of any questions, or comments today.

      Your questions and answers were interesting.

      don't get use to that. lol

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I've been unable to post any comments, so we'll see if this one goes. I continue to learn from your answers to hubbers. Thank you Bill.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bill

      Interesting as always.

      Sorry my question was kind of vague. :) I have a normal C.V. for my career. I just wondered if a writing one would be laid out in a different manner.

      You have answered my question, no it wouldn't. Chronological and relative as a standard C.V. layout. Thank you, :)

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      Claudia Mathews 2 years ago

      This is the first in your series, that I have read, since I only arrived on HP's a few days ago. I was blown away by your thoughtful and insightful answers to these questions. Going to have a lot of reading to do over the next few days! I have a question of my own for some future article so will be sending you an email with that. Thank you for sharing your experience and love of writing with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, i'm shocked and somewhat empty. LOL I hope I don't have to get used to that.

      Thanks buddy. Have a great Monday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thanks again, Brad!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it appears HP is having problems. What a shock, right? Thanks for hanging in there and finally succeeding.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, it was the end of the week when I answered your question, so maybe it wasn't vague and I was just brain-dead. :) Thank you for asking it and no, the format is the same; just focused more on writing-related things.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Claudia, welcome to the Mailbag and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Forward those questions and I'll get to them quickly.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, thank you for mentioning me in your response to the editor question. Much appreciated!

      I have a question regarding the resume issue. At one point, I had a writer's resume in addition to my regular chronological one. My writer's resume resulted in a gap of about 25 plus years between now and when I had a copyrighting career in the 1980s. So, now I use the chronological one. The downfall there is, in order to cite my previous writing experience, I have to go way back. Fortunately, I didn't have a gizzillion jobs in between, but it brings my resume to just over three pages (In addition to employment info, I include my certifications and publications, and hobbies). I know a lengthy resume is as much a no-no as having a huge gap in employment.

      How do you suggest I find a happy medium yet have a resume that will be read?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you really raised a very interesting question, one that many of us of a certain age face....stay tuned for the answer. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I understand the frustration Anne feels when she tries to explain her passion for writing to people who glaze over. Anne should find a new garden to grow in where people understand her love. I love this series, billy, and I want it to go on forever. I feel the same way about Resurrecting Tobias. I have never read a book this slowly in my life! I love it so much that I want it to gone forever. Voted up,

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Always good to be learning information at a gradual speed, rather than

      reading a how-to book and trying to absorb it all at once.

      I get on over-load pretty quickly. Having this information come, once a week, is a nice slow pace which I can appreciate.

      Hey, I may list this as a writing course w/ credit, taken at the Wm. D. Holland University. I mean, do they REALLY check those credits? LOL

      Have a super week, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Interesting as always Billy thank you.

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      Deborah Demander 2 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for the great Q&A. Very informative.

      Namaste.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      How did you do? You did brilliantly, bill. So close to my thoughts, it's uncanny :))

      I guess it is a love affair with words - in fact, your answer to my question answers part of the 'words' challenge set by Marilyn (mdavisattiers).

      This week's Q&A is very apt for me at the moment; it covers much of what I'm working on right now, so thanks for that.

      Happy Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Writers have so much in common. I was always a businessman, but once started writing as a voluntary translator Eng to Dutch and Russian to English. After this, the urge to write didn't left anymore.

      You're such a great example for many, at least for me you are. Thanks.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Ref breakfastpop's comment - it's only a few friends and acquaintances who 'glaze over'; thankfully, my nearest and dearest understand, bless them!

      My garden's lovely.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, it can be incredibly frustrating to explain to those who just don't get it. Thankfully my wife does understand, and her encouragement keeps me going through the tough times. As for Tobias, you are so very kind. If I had any money I'd hire you to be my publicist. Thank you so very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, quite honestly, you could probably get away with it. I have serious doubts about them checking references and credits. LOL

      Thank you as always my friend. Enjoy your creative week.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally. I always appreciate your support.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Deborah. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, good morning. I'm just finishing up Marilyn's challenge. I see you've written something new so off I go to check that out. Happy Monday my friend, and thank you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, your kind words mean a great deal to me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And bless you, Ann, and your garden. :)

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Another nice mix of questions. Well done. Keep them coming! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill and I'll do exactly that. I appreciate your visit.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for answering my question Bill! That makes perfect sense, using the beta readers for feedback on the story itself and the editor for the more finicky formatting, etc. I also appreciated the suggestions on the introduction sentence for conversations, that is a great idea.

      Almost spring! Take care.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You are so multi-talented. I did not know you were an editor too. Great hub with great info as always. I feel the same way as you do about writing. My eyes are barely open when I hit the computer first thing in the morning. Voted up +++

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, Happy Monday to you. I'm glad I came up with an answer that made sense. i always worry about that. :) Have a superb week and thank you for being you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catherine, what's the old saying....jack of all trades and master of none? That's what I feel like most days. Thank you for being here and have a great week of writing.

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      Great series, Bill. I only just started reading them, but I see that I can learn so much from these installments. I will be checking them more often. In fact, you answered one of my questions in this one, about resumes for writers. I've been working on updating mine, trying to get a writer's resume, and your answer to Anna was just what I was looking for. I have no idea what beta readers are, so I guess I will look that up now. I especially loved your words on the love of writing, which I, and probably every writer out there, can identify with. Great way to explain why we just simply can't exist without writing. :) Thank you for this series, I'm hooked.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Gosh, Bill! Nine months! That's amazing. Congratulations. This is a fun, yet informative series. I look forward to coming here to read and learn every week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you so much. I've actually enjoyed this series much more than I thought I would. I'm even looking forward to it each week. :)

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - Just as I anticipated, great questions and thoughtful, helpful answers. Isn't it wonderful that so far the well hasn't gone dry? Dry spells may come and go, but we both seem to be able to keep writing one way or another. Right now I am in the middles of writing a chapter on European Fascism.

      A colleague of mine got a book contract and then he asked six of his colleagues to write a chapter on a different aspect of Fascism. After this I hope to get back to my grandmother's poetry, and perhaps my own writing as well. Blessings. Theresa

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, that's fantastic about being asked to write that chapter. I hope you enjoy the experience, and best wishes on that poetry work of love.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another great installment Bill. I say keep them coming, it's a part of my Monday ritual. Have a great week. Are you really already prepping your garden?

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Re: Resumes. I agree with using the chronological format. "Functional" type resumes used to be quite common, especially during the Women's Rights Era when many women were breaking from their stay-at-home careers and going back to work. Today, they are less used since we have chronological tools such as LinkedIn where gaps in employment will be obvious anyway. It can sometimes do job seekers a disservice to have a functional resume that is difficult to marry up with an online chronological profile. Anything like this that can raise questions for an employer can reduce chances for being considered. Speaking of resumes, today, LinkedIn is almost everyone's resume. For writers' too! Fill that puppy in!

      Heatwave here in CHI today at 30+ and 40 tomorrow. Nice... but then rain, sleet and a deep freeze down to 0 Wednesday. Skating anyone? :) Have a beautiful week!

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill, what can I say, but thanks for sharing yet another chapter of your mailbag series. Very useful and interesting stuff as always. I have a question about Beta-Readers that Melissa asked in your article. Can you please clarify what a Beta-reader is for me? Sorry maybe I overlooked the answer as I made my way through the article, and if I did. Then I apologize for that. Keep them coming and voted 2 thumbs up as well!

      Jim

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, you really got to me today when you wrote "My words will be read for hundreds of years after I am gone."

      If that isn't the best argument for writing with a passion, I don't know what is.

      But it makes me wonder--I have several "passions". Does having more than one dilute the impact any one of them can have? Does dividing my time among 3 different interests (not counting family) result in three mediocre endeavors rather than one great achievement? I feel like I'm caught in a lovers triangle.

      Loved this one as all of the previous 35. Yes, please keep them coming. If we don't hear from you every day, I hope we can at least look forward to Mondays.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bro....This is the only mail that's been delivered to me this week that I can read immediately. I cannot get to my mail box, so my mail piles up until one of my sons stops by & can bring it in for me. Thanks!

      I recall when you & I first started here on HP. I would read your many MANY hubs and be so impressed and love them all. After a while I felt like a broken record telling you how much I enjoyed your work and how helpful or funny or interesting your hubs are.

      It occurred to me that one day I would have to run out of comments & compliments! I never have. Each time I read one of your articles it's a new & wonderful and EDUCATIONAL experience. That in itself is really something unique, bro!!....UP+++ tweeted & pinned.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, cool, Billy Boy! I love your answer to Ann's love of writing question, so passionate, as all writers should be, I believe.

      Well, I will confess that I never heard of Beta reading and editing, but I know about it now!

      Awesome answer to my question, Bill! Yes, those "he said, she said" bits are quite boring and now you have given the perfect remedy to throw out the boring! Thank you so much.

      Yes, you sure did hit the motherload with this series.

      Blessings and peace always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks, and as a matter of fact we are working in the garden. At this rate we'll be planting in March. Sorry my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, as I always say, I feel better when you agree with me, so I'm on top of the world right now.

      Weather? Sixty and working in the garden. Hard to believe we are further north than you are. :)

      Happy workweek to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, it's an interesting question you posed...I might include that in the Mailbag just because it is something I think a lot of writers wonder about. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, seriously, that's one of the nicest things you could tell this writer. I would be horrified if my writing became stale and uninteresting, so thank you so much for that. You made my night, Sis!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'm glad I answered your question to your satisfaction. Thank you for a great question. Nothing drives me crazy faster than reading "he said" "she said" constantly throughout a novel. It signifies laziness to me.

      Have a superb week my friend, and blessings always

      bill

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Bill

      Thanks for another great installment. It always amazes me how much fun it is to read all the comments and your replies. I can even learn new things from reading the comments as well as from reading your actual post. Very enjoyable. I'm so glad I'm doing my dialogue correctly. Thanks for the pat on the back that you didn't know you gave me. :-) Have a great day.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Excellent series, my friend. You have answered many of my questions. Bedsides, this time you made my day if not a week with your big-hearted "Editor to hire" answer. Almost have encouraged me to ask my own unimaginative one. . .

      Voted up and useful.

      Peace with us.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      Thank you for confirming what I thought about my teaching gig and writing. Also, someone asked if I would Beta read a book. Ha, I thought I was suppose to charge. I just sent an email clarifying that yes I would at no charge. That is correct, right?

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I wonder if those who don't get the love of writing also don't get the love of reading beautifully crafted prose and poetry.

      I've been in arguments on when to ask for a new work to be critiqued. I argued for revising first and getting the work as good as I can get it on my own first, because why have someone else find faults I would have found myself. The counter argument was why put a lot of time into polishing the prose if the whole opening needs to be scratched or if third person would work better than first person or etc. Now I think they were, and you are, right.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissae, it is correct. Beta readers do it for free....and then others will do it for you..and the world goes round and round. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I can't answer for every writer. I know beta readers have been invaluable for me, but they might not work for someone else. All I can do, my friend, is pass on my experience. Best wishes and thank you.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hey Bill, I love your answer to dialogue and the video. I remember in a creative writing class comparing the way Hemingway and another famous writer I can't remember wrote dialogue. I enjoy writing it but it is a challenge.

      BTW, what is a Beta reader?

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, interesting Q an A once again. Always a good read. Have a great day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      All interesting questions and answers, but I loved the first one by Ann.

      Thanks for the series. Keep up the helpful work. Thanks!

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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Bill, I continue to think of what a brilliant idea this is. There are so many of us who have questions about various aspects of writing and while there are lots of people giving advice, it's so nice to know the advice is coming from someone we know and trust - that's you, by the way :-).

      I'm sure the questions will keep coming and we will keep reading your responses and benefitting from your suggestions. Take Care.

      Cyndi

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      has it really been nine months ? these mailbags hubs should be a part of new hubbers welcome package.. theyll get so much info .. keep them coming my friend

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and useful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, thank you and I agree, the comments are every bit as good as the article. You are welcome for that pat on the back. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, thank you so much. I am enjoying this series greatly.

      blessings this fine Tuesday, to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, the answer to the beta question is coming Monday. My bad for not realizing many out there did not know what it was. Thanks for asking.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John and I hope you do the same.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan and I agree, Ann asks wonderful and thoughtful questions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, thank you so much for your kind words. Knowing I am trusted means a great deal to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. Your kind words are music to my ears. Nine months for an idea that I didn't think had wings. LOL Shows what i know.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much DDE!

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hi Bill:

      I guess you overlooked my question that I left a few commenters back. Just wanted to also know what Beta Readers is? I know you have a lot of readers to leave answers for. Whenever you get a free minute I'd so. Or save my question for the next installment!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry, Jim. There have been some problems the last couple of days with comments not showing...i'm going to answer your question Monday in the next installment since three of you asked the same question. :) I promise I'll get to it then.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Nine months? Time for the birth of the baby/book. I don't think this series will ever end because inquiring minds want to know and who better than you to guide us on our way?

      Like Paula I'm always afraid I will repeat myself or just be boring but you keep getting new and interesting questions to which you give new and interesting answers! So, it is my final offer...this series is always new and interesting.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting...and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, your comments never sound boring to me, so keep them coming. In the meantime, I'll keep being appreciative and doing what I'm doing. Thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Just caught up with this installment. I found the question about having a full time job interesting as I'm in the same situation and it's not always practical to take time to write but

      (1) smartphones are great as I can jot down an idea and email it to myself for later action

      (2) I can still think things through and work stuff out

      I use a smartphone as I drive an urban route in my bus. I may only have five minutes between runs but that's all I need

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All great information that I knew very little about this week. My knowledge base is improving so much with you. Thanks again. Just like the postal service, you DELIVER!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, through rain and shine, snow and sleet, the mailbag will deliver. :) Thanks as always, my friend.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Another excellent Hub!

      I know many writers who do full time jobs whether at home or in the office. Seems difficult not to stay up late, as well. Some go into the wee hours of the morning. So some hard work is needed, it would seem. You know that, Bill, this is just for the questioner.

      Should Jo need some editing help I can most certainly try, but you and your choices are superior. Keep it coming Bro.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Bill for continuing this series as it has been an invaluable part of my week. I have found the answers to many of my own questions here. Melissa had a great one as it is really tough to write while holding a full-time job. Especially when you are working on your craft where it may take you longer to complete the job when compared to a seasoned writer. But one must keep on writing. Have a good weekend :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle and I'm so happy that you enjoy this series. Quite frankly I can't imagine trying to write and holding down a full-time job...but the passion leads us on and we always find a way if we want something badly enough. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you my friend. I will keep you in mind the next time someone asks about editing.

      Blessings my friend and Happy Sunday to you.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      These are some great questions, and your responses are brilliant!

      Like all of us writers, I've met people who don't understand why I am so passionate about writing. It could be in part because of how I was raised, but I am rarely bored because of it, and I think most writers feel the same way. Like you, I'm constantly thinking of the next thing to write. Who needs games on our phones when we have imagination and ideas?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, just one more reason why I like you. :) Games on phones? I can barely dial a number on mine. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for keeping up with giving us writers great advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, vkwok, and thank you for being so loyal.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I was really interested in the resume question. I had a lot of problems getting my resume together when I was looking for a job after having stayed at home for 12 years and got lots of different advice. I am always a fan of chronological myself.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Me too, Glimmer. I think chronological is just more organized and easier to follow...but what the heck do I really know? :)

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