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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Three

Updated on July 16, 2014

Welcome Back Y’all

No, I’m not Southern. I just like writing y’all.

Welcome back to Installment Three of the Writer’s Mailbag. This is where you get to ask your questions of the Writing Guru, and hopefully that same guru will have an intelligent answer. One of my followers called me the Ann Landers of writing. A fair comparison for sure, but quite frankly I have better legs than Ann.

If you have any questions you would like Ann….oops, me….to answer, simply include them in your comment below, or email the questions to me at holland1145@yahoo.com and I will include them in the next installment.

So, without further delay, let’s get started on this week’s mailbag.

Where do ideas come from? Everywhere!
Where do ideas come from? Everywhere! | Source

Enjoy my new novel

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE VARIOUS GENRES?

I can and I did, and I don’t feel like doing it again. LOL I actually wrote an article about this, and here is the link http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Literature-Genres-and-Their-Definitions so feel free to read that and hopefully that will answer any questions you have.

I will say this before we move on to the next question: there will be times when a book that you have written does not fit comfortably into one specific genre. For example, the difference between “literary” and “mainstream” is clouded at best. On my recently self-published novel, Resurrecting Tobias, I had one heck of a time choosing a genre, and finally settled on mainstream.

All you can do in those cases is take your best guess and go with it. The worst thing you can do…the absolutely worst thing….would be to tell an agent or publisher that you don’t know what genre your novel falls into…that is like saying, “hey, I wrote it, but I don’t know a thing about it.” You can imagine the reception that will receive.

ONLINE CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

“Bill, what do you think about an online creative writing course? I've been thinking about taking one. How does it work?”

What do I think of them? I’m all for them if you can afford them and have the time….heck, you can probably find some that are free, or so inexpensive as to appear to be free.

Like all online courses, though, there are good ones and bad ones, so I would get a recommendation from a writer friend who has taken one, or find recommendations in periodicals like The Writer’s Digest or The Writer.

The quick answer: if you are serious about improving your writing skills, a good writing course can definitely help you. And as far as how does it work, it depends on the individual course that you take. There are about one-hundred answers to that question, so do some research and find the course that best fits your needs….or hire a writing coach and receive one-on-one tutoring.

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WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM?

“Bill, where can I find new ideas? I’m weighed down by writer’s block.”

This is one problem I have not experienced in the three years I have been a freelance writer. My problem is too many ideas. I’ll be glad to share some with you, but that isn’t going to solve the writer’s block problem.

I have this theory that writer’s block comes from being up-tight….from trying too hard. My first suggestion would be to relax. Go for a walk, go for a bike ride, go for a run, just go. While you are doing that, observe closely the world around you. Try to draw parallels from what you observe. Many of my ideas come from this type of observation. I will see a baby crying, and a mother soothing her, and I will think of the pure essence of love.

Now, if you are a magazine writer, we have a different problem. Again, the first thing that comes to my mind is to think of a topic in your field…..say,Touring France….and then think of a new approach. There are millions of tourism articles about France, but what angle would be fresh and unheard of? Those new approaches are the ones that editors love to hear about.

The same can be said about writing a novel. Truthfully, there are few new ideas in novel-writing, but there are constantly new approaches and new voices. Discover a new voice, or new approach, and you will find an audience. I promise.

ELUSIVE TIME

“Bill, where do you find the time to write so much?”

I get this question all the time, and I smile whenever I receive it.

I don’t find the time to write. I make the time to write. There is a big difference, my friends.

Whether you are like me, and have a full day reserved for writing, or whether you have a full-time job and only have limited time to write, you must make time for writing if you expect to improve. Set aside an hour for writing, or two hours, and allow no interruptions during that time. Tell friends and family that you write from six to seven daily, and you are not available to them during that time.

It really comes down to the question….are you serious about writing? If the answer is yes, then you will make the time.

Build your writing platform one article at a time
Build your writing platform one article at a time | Source

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

“How can I spice up my writing? Everything I write sounds the same.”

This is a good question and it is a problem that I, too, have on occasion.

It is easy to fall into a rut, and that rut means that everything you write sounds like blah, blah, and more blah. When I fall into this quagmire, I turn to a few tools that are available to any writer. I try to add some similes or metaphors to my writing, and suddenly my writing sounds fresh and interesting once again.

The great writers are quite fond of metaphors and similes. The average writers think they are too hard. Which are you?

STANDING ON A PLATFORM

“Bill, I don’t have a platform. What should I do?”

Start building one, daily, and start now.

If you are serious about your writing career, you must have a platform, and the only way to have one is to build it. Your body of work is your platform. Thus, you need a body of work. Join a writing community and start writing articles. Submit articles to magazines and newspapers. Guest blog for other writers. Self-publish a book. For the love of all that is holy, do something. Start your own blog. Create a Facebook page for your writing endeavors.

Call yourself a professional writer and then act like one.

And then to it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…because…that’s what writers do.

IN SEARCH OF MONEY

“I’m not making any money from writing. What would you suggest?”

Work harder!

You have probably heard about the 10,000 hour rule for success: in order to perfect a craft, a craftsman must work at the craft for a minimum of 10,000 hours. I happen to subscribe to that theory, and I’m currently over 7,000 hours and counting.

Freelance writing takes hard work. I was lucky in that I started paying most of my bills after only six months of writing. I am now at the point where I pick and choose customers, because I want to devote most of my time to writing novels. However, if I wanted to make more money writing magazine articles, or writing a column for a newspaper, or ghostwriting, I could do it….and I would do it the old-fashioned way…I would spend countless hours chasing those jobs and proving to editors that I have what it takes.

There is no other way.

That’s It for This Installment

Thanks for tagging along this week, and I hope you found something that helped you. Drop me a question if you have one, and I’ll give it my best shot next week.

Until then, remember that excuses are a dime a dozen, and just about as profitable.

Put in your time. Make a plan and stick to it. And write!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Anusha, thank you for the suggestion. It is no more daunting than undertaking any book of any sort, and at least the majority of the writing has already been done. If I can find the time I will definitely consider your suggestions.

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      Anusha Jain 11 days ago from Delhi, India

      Wow. Some practical questions, and some realistically applicable answers.

      Now for my suggestion. In answering all these questions in all these mailbags, you have created a treasure of information. But, this information is (for obvious reasons related to format of the mailbag) scattered. Since your "descrption" or "abstract" metatags consist of interesting to read metaphors and/or personal experiences, incidences, Search engines would not be able to list them.

      How about sorting these answers? May be according to the categories? Or related questions? Along with some interesting inputs you've received in the comments? It would be like the ultimate wealth of information for new and even experienced writers. Useful and beneficial to both the readers, and the writer too -- as increased amount of organic traffic will be great.

      I know the task is daunting, considering the amount of content you have already created. But ultimately, once you have seggregated the questions and answers, you only have to read the questions to categorise them. I think a lot of this work can be automated too.

      Regards,

      Anusha

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you are so good to me. Thank you my dear. Enjoy your day, and I'll see you next time.

      bill

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Billybuc, With all the writing you do I am in awe of your taking time to do these mailbag hubs. That is SO considerate of you, and thank you so much! Writer's Block and finding time to write are two of my major downfalls...So thank you so much for the advice you share here. You are correct...it is not finding time, it is making time!

      I am going to mosey over to your next installment either today or tomorrow. I have to be somewhere shortly, but so glad I have made it to three of your mailbags. God bless, thanks again, so much appreciated.

      Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Deb, and I do love it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, I get many questions walking Boomer Lake, and I love every minute of it. When people know that there is someone that cares enough to answer their questions, they are waiting in line. You've got to love it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, a smile is on my face. Now I hope to see a new article from you soon, and at that point I'll know you are completely back. Thank you dear friend, and hugs coming your way.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What a fabulous idea to do a mailbag of questions, you must get asked so many! I read with much interest and smiled at the building a platform as it was what I remember you saying to me to do. It was why I decided on the path of doing my homemade products, my tagline (thanks to YOU!) and plans for a website. Thank you my friend, love to Bev, the chicks and the quails . . . you rock!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! Just some odds and ends that hopefully will help others.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Your new series helps keep me on my toes. Great tips and suggestions, especially the online writing course idea.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank, lyns. :)

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      lyns 3 years ago from USA

      Wow, sounds exciting don't work to hard. :) lyns

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      :) Thanks! We are busy building a quail run, one of our many projects on the little urban farm we have.

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      lyns 3 years ago from USA

      Good Morning Billybuc, You are welcome, Happy Sunday to you too. 720149p lyns

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lyns, and Happy Sunday to you.

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      lyns 3 years ago from USA

      Great.... Have a good one 7192147p

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Vellur. As long as others think like you, I will keep writing it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, lifegate. I'm enjoying it as well. Thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great answers to questions that writers may have at some point in their journey in the world of writing. The mailbag series is a great idea.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hello Bill,

      I really like the Mailbag idea. I'm sure most of the questions asked are questions we all think about from time to time. It's been very helpful. Thank you, Sir.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lyns...all is well here in Washington.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always my pleasure, Alicia. Thank you!

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      lyns 3 years ago from USA

      Hello Billybuc, I'm doing great how are you? Hope you enjoy your day 71721494p lyns

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing some more useful tips for writers, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, lyns, good to see you again...thanks my friend. How is life for you?

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      lyns 3 years ago from USA

      Hello Billybuc, Great hub on writing covered all questions and great answers, thanks for sharing this great information with us all. I hope you are having a great one. Voted up and plus 7172141227p lyns

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, vkwok. Thank you as always.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing with us more awesome advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you are always appreciated and welcomed here my friend. I hope all is well with you.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I always enjoy stopping by to learn a little more about writing. I am waiting for two books from you "True Frugality" and Everything YOu want to know about writing and some things you don't. LOL. Just had to add that. Always try to stop by and know I do miss some of your hubs. GOing to share this around.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that realization of yours is huge. You are on the right path my friend. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will, Bill, and thank you. Have a great remainder of the week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell. When I first started out I was downright rude about it....I told everyone to leave me alone during certain times, and it took them a few mistakes to realize I was serious. LOL

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Great questions and great answers, Bill. I'm enjoying your mailbag and the last question is one I had - and you answered it. I just need to work harder, not only at the articles here, but the ones on textbroker so I can build up my account.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I like this series, very entertaining and I like the fact that you don't sugarcoat your answers. You tell it like it is. Keep this going.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you boutiqueshops...very nice of you to say.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill....perhaps? :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I'm doing research on that cream. In the meantime, use a hammer and all your problems will be gone. :) Thanks for the laugh my friend.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Yes its that making time that drives me mad! lol! someone always gets in the way for me, but I manage to write later on in the day, always love your hubs Bill!

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      Sylvia 3 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      AWESOME resource for aspiring writers, Bill. You are a godsend!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Full of good information, as usual. The "writers-block" question always amazes me. Take a walk, for sure!! ;-) ...double-meaning, there, perhaps! ;-)

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Hey Bill, I've got calluses on my fists from where I pound the keyboard in frustration on an almost daily basis. Can you recommend a good anti-callous cream?

      By my calculation I am probably 9,000 hours away from success, but I'm still trying because what else have I got to do to make my life entertaining? Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The same with me, Sheila. Take an hour off and my mind is back in writing mode. Good to see you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Examiner. Thanks for dropping in.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Linda. Just the fact that you have experience with them helps....thanks for being here.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      All very good advice. I rarely get writer's block, but when I do I simply put down my work and play a game on the computer or watch a TV show. It seems when I go back to writing an hour or so later, everything flows smoothly.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      This was very interesting Billy and I picked up some useful points out of it. Thank you.

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lizzy. The birds at Rainier will do that all the time if they see food.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, thanks for the lesson in Southern etiquette. :) As for Writer's Digest, I'm afraid most of them are a bit self-inflated, but maybe I'm just getting cynical in my old age.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent questions and answers! I took a couple of online writing classes and I enjoyed and learned from both. It's been a while so I do not remember which courses they were or else I could have helped with that question :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I like this mailbag idea you had. And that photo with the bird is pretty cool, too.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Well, I’d rather hear “y’all” than “you guys”. Once I offered to take a cousin and his wife who were living temporarily in town to visit a local museum, but I used “you” meaning plural instead of “y’all”. He asked if the invitation included his wife, too. I replied that of course it did, I meant both of y’all. He accepted the invitation, which he would not have if his wife had not been included. That is how important “y’all” is to Southerners. "You" means "you, singular", "y'all" means "all of youins"(Your laugh for the day from me).

      Like you, I don’t have any problem with writer’s block because I can think of too many things to write about. A lot of the time, though, I think the subjects might be better suited for a blogger website. I’ll have to think of using my editorial writing skills for blogging in the future.

      I remember asking one of those questions, so thanks for giving me your opinion. I, too, feel that Writers Digest is probably reliable, but sometimes they come across as a little self-inflated to me.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great effort here and always helpful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Jaye. I am a morning person all the way. By two pm my brain has shut down, and then interestingly it kicks in again after dinner, and some of my best ideas come from walks after that meal. We all must find what works for us and use it to our advantage.

      I hope you are well my friend. Thank you.

      bill

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your 'make time for writing' tip is absolutely essential to getting work done, Bill. I would get more actual writing done if I established a routine and set specific hours for writing--no interruptions allowed. However, I am the type of person who cannot let a phone ring unanswered if I see on the caller ID it is a family member or friend calling.

      My daughter, on the other hand, has a heavy work schedule--part of it in a courtroom during weekdays and the remainder in her home office. She's been doing this a long time and can ignore a ringing phone and all emails (even those with "Urgent--Open at once!" in the subject line--I know, I've tried that) until she's finished her work because she has deadlines to meet. I wish I had her (and your) discipline. That is definitely an area I need to work on.

      Morning people (of which I am not one) should do their writing in the a.m. hours if possible when their energy level is highest. If they must write after 'regular' job schedules, they should choose times during which their circadian rhythms (aka body clocks) give them a 'second wind' of sorts so they will have the necessary energy and imagination for writing and creativity.

      Night owls (my hand goes up here) are usually more creative and productive when the morning folks are winding down, so a regular writing schedule for them (us) is more likely to be beneficial during a time of evening when phone calls are less likely (unless the callers are also night owls). If they want to write full-time and have the available hours (such as those of us who are retired from the corporate 'rat race'), they might try a split shift so they can be assured of at least a few hours of quiet worktime. (I think I just solved my own problem--with your suggestion as the impetus, of course. Thanks. Now to grit my teeth and put it into practice. )

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, great simile...just like Baskin & Robbins. LOL Thanks for that image. Now I'm hungry.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      My first mailbag read. An honorable venture. Questions I might ask and I surely appreciate the insightful, practical answers. Thank you.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from In Nebraska After Hurricane Maria

      Great hub bill. I was totally drawn to this question:

      “Bill, where can I find new ideas? I’m weighed down by writer’s block.”

      Since I find myself in that "boat" from time to time, I discovered it is as you mentioned. Too many ideas. It becomes like Baskin Robbins, just can't choose because the mind is spinning 120 MPH.

      Relaxation. That does it. Take a walk. Walk away from the computer. It helps.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I have two words for you....hard work. There is no substitute my friend. Thanks for the chuckle this morning.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I hope you write about your experience so others can learn. I have never taken an online course so I'd be interested in hearing from you. Thank you my dear.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very helpful. I need all the help I can get

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I started a three day free online course yesterday, if i like it then i will pay for the course. I really would rather go to collage but it's 35 miles away, so i'll see. Always great tips Bill. Thank's..

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I have never heard of that genre. I wonder how many agents have heard of it. :) I'll answer your question about writers groups next week....thank you, sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm not sure about that, but it's a nice thought. Have a great time in France my friend.

      bill

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting. Good answers.

      Do you think that critique writing groups, like the Olympia Writers Group that meets semi-monthly at Barnes & Noble, are helpful?

      I found an online list of 35 fiction genres. This one sounds like a good match for your Tobias novel: Bildungsroman: a story detailing the emotional and moral growth of a character.

      I'm curious about the genre Bizarro.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yeah, yeah, I know! I'll do my best to have a bumper lot of hubs published when I get back, if not sooner!

      As long as you keep writing we'll all be fine!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm going to try to be pleasant, even though you just told me you are heading to France for twelve days. Through gritted teeth I will say have a very wonderful time there. Simply brilliant my travelling friend. :)

      And stop with the excuses!!!!!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, we had a glitch when it came time to publish that one, Frank, so thanks for going back to it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jamie. I'm enjoying it as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, you crack me up. I would have many fewer friends if they called me when they knew I was writing. LOL Carry on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, your question just required too much of an answer for one small section of the mailbag, so I had to take the easy way out on that one. Thanks for asking.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yeah, writer's block; at the moment I'm slacking, I'm not getting things done, even though I have lots of drafts ready. As you say, with many ideas and hubs which do I start with?

      I know the answer to this of course. I need to get down to it, no excuses, and do those finishing touches before publishing. Then - guess what? - off to France tomorrow for 12 days (very short time for us!). I know, I know, that's no excuse either and I should quit moaning, so I will!

      Thank goodness you dish out these wonderful hubs full of flavour and garnishing, with no let-up and continuous enthusiasm.

      Have a great day, bill!

      Ann

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      The mail bag is still such a good idea, some of the questions I can relate too, and it comes with quick Wikipedia type answers.... yeah voted useful.. bag #2 came up unpublished when I checked on it via email sent... will check it again :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I love this series of hubs with great questions and answers too. Jamie

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I usually do my writing in the morning. Everyone knows I write in the morning. Everyone says they don't want to call, because they don't want to disturb me. Everyone calls me in the morning! I love and appreciate your tips. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Great answers, Bill. I'll re-read the article you link to above to get the answer to my question. Thanx!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They do indeed, Michelle. This writing gig is not easy at all.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Sound advice, Bill! Very often, the little things make us fall by the wayside!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, feel better soon. Summer is not the time to be bed-bound. Save that for the crappy winter weather. :) Thanks for taking the time to visit me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are a walking, talking example of finding time to write no matter how hectic your life is. Bravo to you my friend, and thank you always.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Ann, I mean Bill, that was useful and the bird photo was awesome. I have been sick for about 10 days and am trying to catch up. Keep it coming.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I will say that you always, always give great tips and answers to the sought out writing questions. On the idea of feeling like you may have writer's block, I will say I have had the thought of what I would write next creep into mind now and again and then I go out an drive life or read a book or another article that gets my juices flowing. I totally agree that if you are serious about writing you will find and make time, as well as find topics to write about from our own experiences, too. Thanks always, Bill and have a wonderful day.