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The Writers' Workshop: Do Not Give Up!

Updated on November 17, 2012

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Vince Lombardi

If you are a writer you will understand the words of Mr. Lombardi! Writing is not a job for the half-hearted. It is not a job for those with self-doubt, or a lack of determination. For every moment of triumph, for every moment when the words are perfectly aligned and the meaning is at its purest level, there are hundreds of moments when a writer appears to be trying to fit a round peg in a square hole.

Those are the moments, when it appears that I do not have a creative cell in my body, that I recall the words of my father. “Bill,” he said, “Just keep moving forward.”

Every year that I was teaching, usually during the first week of the new school year, I would ask my students what they wanted to do when they were all done with their schooling. The most common answer by far was to be a professional athlete. I would then ask them what they were going to do in preparation for that career. Those who wanted to play professional sports usually said they were going to play youth sports, then high school, then college, and then wait to be drafted. Simple as that!

I would diligently point out that less than one-tenth of one percent of athletes end up being good enough to play professionally, and then I would share Vince Lombardi’s quote with them.

A dream is just a dream, and we all have many of them, without dedication and determination. Then, and only then, does the dream have a chance of becoming reality.

Three years of work for my first novel
Three years of work for my first novel | Source

MEET THE NEXT GREAT ROCK STARS

If you are familiar with my work at all then you are familiar with Bev, the love of my life. Two of Bev’s sons, Andrew and Matt, formed their own rock band about six years ago. Other members of the band come and go, but Andrew and Matt have been there from the beginning. Andrew has a full-time job; Matt is about to graduate from college and he also works a part-time job. Busy young men, and yet every week they have band practices, and every weekend their band can be found playing the local circuit of taverns, lounges, and other venues.

They make very little money, have achieved very little local fame, and yet every week the same scene unfolds as they load up their van and play with gusto for their loyal fans. Six years! I wonder how many hours have been expended in pursuit of their dreams?

Why do they do it? That question is easy to answer; they do it because they love music and they love performing, and this is the dream they have hitched their wagons to. They are willing to put in the time and work necessary in order to live their dreams. I greatly respect that, and them!

Harper Lee
Harper Lee | Source

A LOOK TO THE PAST FOR ANSWERS

Harper Lee, the author of the American classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” dropped out of law school in 1949 and moved to New York City to become a writer. She was 23 years old at the time. Six years later she found an agent. Six years later! She began writing “Mockingbird” in 1957, and finished it two-and-a-half years later. It is now considered one of the greatest novels ever written.

Ernest Hemingway began his career as a sports columnist in 1916. For a couple years he followed that career, and then enlisted to serve in World War I. After being seriously wounded he returned home, travelled to France, wrote 88 short stories over that period of time, and in 1923 he published his first book.

John Steinbeck, the brilliant author of “The Grapes of Wrath,” left Stanford University in 1925 after five years of study and no degree. He worked odd jobs across California, including working alongside migrant workers and as a warehouseman. Eventually he had to borrow money from his parents, but finally in 1929 he published his first book. Stardom and acclaim did not come to him, however, until 1939, with the publication of “Of Mice and Men,” followed the next year by “The Grapes of Wrath.” For fourteen years he worked in relative obscurity until he found acceptance in the literary world.

WHAT’S THE POINT YOU MAY ASK?

Oh, I think you know the point, now don’t you?

We live in a convenience society, and we live in an instant-gratification society. Unfortunately for writers, we also live in a society where book agents and publishers do not have the resources any longer to take on new writers. With the advent of ebooks, the hard-copy publishing industry is in trouble financially, and that means tightening their financial belts and only betting on established writers.

We all want it now! We want to be recognized, discovered, heaped with praise and riches, and now would be best because we live in a fast-food society and waiting is for, well, somebody else.

Look at the examples mentioned earlier. Steinbeck toiled in writers’ Limbo for fourteen years. Hemingway put pen to paper with hardly an outside notice for seven years. Harper Lee couldn’t find an agent for six years.

Still, they all kept writing, and they all kept perfecting their craft, and they all kept following their dreams.

The internet has opened up possibilities that were unforeseen by Steinbeck, Lee, and Hemingway. Sites like HubPages give writers a forum on which to practice their craft. Online opportunities for passive income abound, and everywhere you look there are stories of writers being discovered because of their online presence. Still, there are no guarantees, and if you are not determined this business will eat you up and spit you out.

I know writers on HubPages who are discouraged because their views are low, and to those writers I say…. who cares? Harper Lee had no views….zero….for six years, but she kept writing.

I know writers on HubPages who are discouraged because they still have not seen a paycheck for their efforts, and to those writers I say…. who cares? Steinbeck did not see a paycheck from his writings for four years, and then it was the sale of one short story. Still, he kept writing!

Have you felt like giving up on your writing in the past?

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FALSE VISIONS

Writing is hard work, or at least it should be. If you are easily discouraged you may want to pursue another line of employment. We all begin with a modest amount of talent and a plethora of aspirations. Then reality hits! There are millions of artists with modest talents. There are millions of musicians, sculptors and writes with modest talents. How do we rise above the human sea of modest talents?

Through hard work, passion, and determination, that’s how!

Whatever modest talents I may have are completely overshadowed by the amount of determination that I have. I will succeed at writing! What I do not know I will learn. What I am lacking I will gain. I was not put on this earth to be mediocre and I was not put on this earth to cower when I meet obstacles.

If I do not have the views that I want then I need to work harder. If I have not been noticed yet by those who can advance my career then I need to improve my writing skills. The burden of proof is on my shoulders, and if I expect someone to give me money for my work, then my work had better be worth the money.

There are few overnight success stories in the Arts. Most successful writers have worked long and hard for their success. The literary streets are littered with the bodies of those who gave up when the going got tough, but I refuse to be among those bodies and you should refuse it as well.

If you have a passion for writing then for God’s sake write! If you have a dream then for God’s sake chase it. Do not let the naysayers determine your future; do not let the lack of adoration determine your next step. Your next step should be obvious…..you move forward and write!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Most overnight success stories come in many years. I think it is about what you are willing to do to achieve success. When I wrote my first book I was relentless..and without the help of internet marketing in the 90s...And I achieved a good amount. I have several successes and they all took alllll my energy and time. So for me this hub fits the bill of where I am at right now. So I am going to bookmark to read several times as a reminder. I know of the many stories of writers who pursued for years before reaching success and many never did. I feel when you put all your continued energy in what you do--you are always ahead of the game. Thanks for this thought provoking writing this morning..It is the vitamin I needed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I think it is the vitamin many of us need. Bev is my vitamin; when I am down, and feeling like I'm not making a difference, she is my reminder, my cheer leader, the one who gets me back on track. I'm just trying to be that for someone else. Thank you my friend; good to see you this morning.

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Billy, what an inspiration you are. I have been discouraged by dropping views and income on Hubpages but have decided to not give up on my passion. I do love writing and I will not give up. I am looking at other ways to expand myself on the web and increase my prowess at this craft. Thanks for the kick in the butt reality check I needed.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Yeah...I'm one of the first commenters today and I am so glad because if this one doesn't kick some ass, nothing will. I've got an uphill road ahead of me Bill but I have never backed down from a fight and I won't back down from this one. Yes, it is hard, especially when you've never been the person who wanted attention and didn't have it themselves to self-promote. I have learned very quickly that those things have to be packed away if I am going to make it doing what I love and that is to write from the heart. The milestones I've reached here on HP are small but they are my stepping stones. I will keep reaching for the next stone and realizing I may fall in the creek from time to time but hey, it's only a creek. I'll get wet, pick myself up, and try again. Your encouragement and belief in me has been and continues to be invaluable. You have been a good teacher and I continue to look to you for guidance. You have always been there with just the right piece of advice. Today, you did it again. Thanks my good buddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, we all go through those times. So much is made of the views on HP.....but once one looks at its importance, which is really very little, one realizes that the passion of writing is crucial, not the views. It only takes one Hub to go viral and you are back in the game. In the meantime, we just keep perfecting our craft. :)

      Thank you for your honesty, a truth that many can relate to.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, this one was written, believe it or not, with me in mind. I am human, and I get discouraged over the silly numbers, just like everyone else. I write daily, as do you, and I put my heart out on the chopping block, and there are days I'd love to see a huge viewing, a viral, and know that I have reached thousands. Then it doesn't happen and I wonder if I'm wasting my time. Bottom line....I am never wasting my time doing what I love to do.

      You are an excellent writer and I will not allow you to be discouraged. We need more writers like you.

      Thank you my dear; have a wonderful weekend.

      bill...........hey, are you on Facebook? have I asked you this before?

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Thanks for a timely reality check, Bill. Reminds me of one of my dad's favorite sayings. "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it." I've seen a number of malcontents on the HP forums, grousing about low PV's and no payouts, who would profit greatly by seriously considering what you've said here. If the time spent griping were instead spent working, sooner or later they'd be getting somewhere.

      Now, that being said, time for me to quit griping about people griping, and get back to work ;-) Peace be with you, amigo, and thanks again.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Bill

      Yet more great advice and encouragement from a great hubber.

      Totally agree with you re: getting paid for work, any work. So many think they deserve to be paid for just thinking about doing something. Thankfully I've never been in that bracket.

      Finally making the grade at anything is reward in itself. Getting paid for it is the cherry.

      Like you Bill I believe that I can learn what I lack and I'm definitely loaded with determination.

      Talent is obviously questionable and as to shortcomings, well sod all I can do about that. I've been short all my life.

      You're a star Bill. Voted up, ticked and shared

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I love your attitude! If a writer measures their success by HubPages views, I would say they have rather low expectations of themselves. I've got bigger fish to fry my friend. HubPages is a social network for me; it is an opportunity for me to learn from others, pick the brains of others, and become friends with other writers. My success on a site like HP does not mean I'm a good writer; it is pleasing and rewarding to have so many friends, but I need to keep working so that one day I can be the writer I want to be. :)

      Thank you my friend; keep on keeping on!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I love your pep rallies! They get me all fired up and ready to go.

      I read a book recently that mentioned several classics that were rejected by dozens of publishers before they were finally accepted. I think it's encouraging to hear stories like that.

      I also read something recently that talked about a survey given to high school kids regarding what they would like to do for a profession. They were given several choices, but most chose "personal assistant to a celebrity". Can you imagine? They'd rather pick up somebody's laundry than write a novel, travel the world, or help sick people. *sigh* It's sad that this is the mindset of our young people!

      Anyway, I didn't mean to be a downer. Let's get writing! Thanks, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, I love your sense of humor my friend. As for me being a star....well, it's a huge galaxy, and I'm guessing from a distance I can barely be seen. :) I just keep trying to improve my craft. I have bigger fish to fry than HubPages, and that's what I am working towards. I love HP and the friends I have made, and I am grateful for every single one of them. However, my sights are set on becoming the best writer I can be, and I have a ways to go before that happens.

      Thank you my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, you are never a downer, and it is sad that those are the goals of so many young people. I have huge goals....holy crap goals...and I won't be satisfied until I reach them. :)

      By the way, I do believe you will be featured in my hub tomorrow; check it out if you have time. :)

      Thank you Liz! You are appreciated by little old me.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I needed this today, BB. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, your talents know no limits. Keep doing what you are doing! I can spot talent a mile away and you are talent. :)

      Thank you lil' Sis!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bill....just what I needed today. A little motivation and Harper Lee is a great example! I guess everyone gets tired sometimes...hope the rock band is making CD's soon!!

      Thanks for the verbal kick in the pants:)

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Great hub. Too many quit before they even start. If you start with failure as an option, you're a trier. If failure is never an option, you're a doer. Triers seldom achieve. Doers may not reach the level of greatness they seek, but they always reach some level of success. I long ago realized that this was not the spot to get rich at. But, it is a training ground to see if you've still got it, or have a chance at getting it. I don't worry about SEO or any of the stuff I should, because I'm doing it out of love. When I stop loving it, I'll stop doing it. To me, the greatest reward in writing doesn't come from the almighty dollar. It comes from knowing something you've written makes a person's day go just a little bit better by being able to relieve them of some stress, if only for a few minutes. As when I did stand-up, if you've got the material and the presentation, the rewards will come sooner or later. Great job, my friend!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      You are so very correct and right my friend that it does take hard work and time to get anywhere in this world including writing. If you anyone thinks they will get found over not, they are pretty much surely mistaken. That said, I know many of us on here would like to hope and pray that we are at the very least making a small difference. I know I do hope for that and can't deny it would be nice to make a few extra bucks, but that said I am truly happy to just be able right now to do what I love :) :) Wonderful job as always and have of course voted way up and shared all over!!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Bill, this is such an important article for all of us here on HubPages. I don't know a writer who doesn't get discouraged from time to time. But it's worth it in the end because true writers write because they love it! I love the book On Writing Well! It was just what I needed to read and hear on audio three weeks ago when I was having a little writers block. Voted up and shared! Great one! Kelley

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Three years ago I would have never dreamed of writing a book, I didn't have the desire until two years ago and now I have held two in my hands. It is a great feeling and the money would be nice but with most of us that is not the reason.

      Of Mice and Men made me think of Frank. He could have written that don't you think?

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      As always I appreciate your wisdom and agree that in the final analysis money or views shouldn't be the motivation for writing. However, I do understand that it is easy to be discouraged because it seems that is the goal for writing here. I go back and forth and then just get excited to write about something again. I haven't figured out how some make several thousand a month but I guess there is always that hope that I will. I guess either way I'm appreciating the interaction with others in the community and have learned so much over the four months I have been here.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bro I tried my hands at making it to the NBA, I never gave up I simply been waiting for the right moment to strike, and I wanna break the Guinness Book of World Records for the oldest dude to ever make it, so I'm planning on trying out when I turn 40 years old.

      So whats the point you might think LOL, ummm I have just started with my online writing and just a year ago, and look at where I've come thus far. Bill, you and I both know that there is no magic formula to the fame thing, to attracting millions of viewers like the Gangnam Style video has done on Youtube in less then a month, and close to 1 Billion views in only 4.

      As writers our world of attraction online is quite different from that of any other world stage, and so yup I must agree with your hub here wholeheartedly that it takes a very differing type of writer to earn it big!

      Powerful hub, extremely useful indeed, and I love all the comparisons obviously, because my answer here was configured in the same format LOL. Cool stuff bro, and thanks for the continual motivation for us all to keep on trucking or shall I say continue then online battle of writing!

      Oh almost forgot, I also plan on becoming a Pro Bowler someday, a college professor, and there's loads more things to achieve in this life, but my new focus is what we do best here for sure, and I'll never quit, or let up on the fight! I will surely win!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, you are right! We must write! And keep after it. Great examples, too.Thanks for the reminders and motivation. :-)

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Bill, I don't think I could give up writing, or at least if I did I'd have to find another creative outlet. I used to feel my hands itching to draw when I was a kid and then later I designed and made clothes. But I always wrote as well, and it's my probably my first love.

      It can feel disheartening when hub views are down or when a rejection comes, but it is worth remembering that so many great writers were rejected time and time again.

      I came to read this because my views have plummeted and I needed some encouragement - I wasn't disappointed! Thanks!

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      kat11 4 years ago from Illinois

      All of us tend have writer's block every now and again. When this happens I usually find some other form of arts to do so I can get my creative juices flowing. I sometimes listen to instrumental music, oil paint, yoga or a craft. The main thing is no matter what other people say everyone has an inner voice that just needs to be discovered and never give up just write even if it just a line or two.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great advice Billy,

      Giving up writing is not in the cards for me. I fell in love with words when I was a very young girl and have been having an affair with them ever since. I'm sure people who make it their only priority experience a high level of disappointment and frustration but I put my energy into other avenues as well. Maybe my frustration with all forms of writing just isn't felt because I never came into this hoping to be famous one day, although that certainly would be nice. I always imagined my fame would come on the local Six O'clock News "Woman jailed for indecent exposure after her neighbors complained about the sight of her running around her yard with nothing but her smiley face underwear on."

      And in the words of the highly insightful Yogi Berra writing is "ninety percent mental and the other half" frustration. Another wonderful quote of his comes to mind - "You've got to be very confused if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there."

      Keep on keepin' on my wonderful friend! XOXO Beckie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, this is so relevant, yes; we should all have the confidence to chase our dreams but it is so much nicer if we have the endorsement and encouragement of our peers and love ones. Another thought provoking write.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like your point about not being easily discouraged as a writer. We need to keep on keeping on... not everyone can like what we write!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, you are so right, we all need a kick in the pants now and then. Writing is a solitary business; we are locked with our thoughts and yes, our doubts, day in and day out. It is not for the weak-kneed. :) Thank you Kelly!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, you are so right! When I read some of the comments on my hubs, and I have moved someone to tears, or they share some personal information with me because of my hub, then I know I have achieved what I set out to achieve. It is all about the human connection for me, and we writers have the chance to make that connection every single time we publish something. Remarkable, really!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, there is no doubt that recognition would help feed our souls, but passion, at times, will be the only motivation we have. We need to keep on despite the lack of recognition; sooner or later, with hard work, it will come, and then the magic will be unbelievable. :)

      Thank you Janine, and I hope your Saturday has been at least tolerable. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, for sure, we are all discouraged from time to time; we just have to work through it and keep our eyes on the goal. If we have passion for writing then we will make it through the hard times.

      Thank you Kelley; I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I know exactly what you are talking about...holding my book in my hands was one of the great thrills of my lifetime.

      Yes, most definitely, I think Frank could have written it. :)

      Thank you Jackie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, exactly! I love this community; I have no delusions of making a lot of money here, but while I am here I am making friends, making contacts, and improving as a writer. That isn't bad at all! :)

      Thank you my friend; have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you are a writer! Whatever your goal is, it will come, and if not, you will have still fed your passion for writing. That's not a bad deal at all. :)

      Thank you Vicki!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yvonne, I blame the contest most of all for the views dropping this month. Every time HP has a contest, views drop. Nothing to do but keep writing and ride it out.

      I know for a fact that you are a very good writer, so keep writing. LIke you say, it is your creative outlet, and for both of us, there is no giving that up.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kat, thank you for that. I have not had writer's block yet; my main problem is lack of time; I need someone to make the days longer. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, there is no doubt it is nicer....just think, before the internet, there was no feedback or encouragement at all....now that would be lonely and certainly test a writer's mettle.

      Thank you Jo; I always appreciate your visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, for sure, we are not going to please everyone. My main goal is to please myself; if I can write something that I feel good about, then my main objective has been met.

      Thank you Christy; have a great weekend.

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      Welp, that just gave me the confidence to write a dictionary! You have the magic! Very lifting words! Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jordan, I look forward to the New Jordan Unabridged Dictionary....sold everywhere great books can be found. :)

      You are welcome and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, you are quoting one of my favorite philosophers...Yogi was DA MAN!

      I am my biggest critic, and Bev my greatest motivator. Having said that, writing is my passion and I can't imagine not writing. I am sure I could find another creative outlet, but I don't want to. :)

      Thank you dear friend; have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, that's the kind of attitude I like to see. Pro basketball by 40....well, I look forward to tuning in on the tv and seeing you slam dunk on Kobe! I would pay to see that!

      I once wanted to be a professional bowler; could never get my average above 190, and that just won't cut it in the big leagues. :)

      Thank you buddy; I am enjoying the heck out of this journey and it's only going to get better for both of us.

      Wishing you a great weekend Mike!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Bill, I can always count on you for the bold truth! I have to admit when my life feels crazy because of all I am doing, I feel the creativity being sucked right out of me. Then I have to admit that I have wondered, "What makes me think I can write?" Then I give myself a good slap and know it is because I love it. Maybe I have to fit it in when I can, maybe I don't "feel" inspired all the time, but I love it and I am gonna keep on writing.

      Determination is what our kids need to understand because you are right about instant gratification and a "fast food" world. Hell, it's not just the kids who need to know it - it's the adults - it's ME!! Yep, we have to give ourselves a swift kick every once in a while. Reality still lives on and marches forward, so we better keep movin'!! Thanks for the reminder!

      Great advice! Votes and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, the reminder is as much for me as anyone else. Luckily, Bev provides my much-needed slaps from time to time. It's a lonely world at times being a writer; that's when our passion has to carry us through.

      Thank you cousin! You are greatly appreciated!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A good example of fulfilling ones dream, is to read my friend dusty's hubs. He was a man who believed if you wanted something bad enough and was willing to work for it, it was yours. I love to write. It is my passion.I always learn from you. Thank you..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dusty was a great example, Ruby! He will be missed by many. Thank you for using him as an example, and thank you for always being here.

      Have a lovely Sunday my friend.

      bill

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, this is so true. And I'm discovering more and more each day just how hard this field is. It's NOT for the faint hearted, or those who quit easily. Needed this little bit of inspiration today before the new week. Thank you Bill! Your passion is contagious! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Mel! You are a good writer; believe it and get to writing. :)

      Thank you!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. After 4 people have let me down, I am trying to publish my next book. For some reason it has become very difficult to understand new things.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Well our writing guru, as always you have said it true and lead us onward. It's like we live in a mountain range, one day we're up,one day we're down but we must keep on trekking, whether its on level ground or a mountain climb!

      The only way to get there as you said is "hard work, passion, and determination" and thanks to people like you and HubPages, we can have encouragement and fun along the way!

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I finished my first novel a year ago; I haven't started the second in the trilogy. It's just not there for me, and I have to wait for it. I understand.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, i completely agree! Writing is fun for me; it is a challenge and it never grows old. Yes, I would like to see more people read my stuff, but that is fluff compared to the reason I write. Lonely at time....most definitely! Still, I can't imagine not writing.

      Thank you Mary!

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      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Walt Disney was once fired from a job because he had no imagination. Imagine that! Hard work and perseverance most definitely pay off. You did an excellent job with this, Bill. As usual.

      -Donna

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I have never heard that about Disney! Isn't that remarkable? Thank you for adding that; great comment my friend, and thank you for the visit.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, this was a really inspiring hub. It really struck home. It isn't that I want to quit or give up, but I need to be a little more committed to my own dreams. I'm a bit of a procrastinator and I find plenty of things to keep me busy, so I just keep putting off the "hard work and dedication" part required for writing. I enjoyed reading about the great authors who didn't find overnight success. That gives us all hope! I heard Stephen King also wrote for years and had tons of rejection letters before he got his first acceptance.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I suspect we all suffer from that procrastination bug from time to time. You are still young; you have lots of time to kick it into the next gear. Stop by my hub today; you are highlighted there. :)

      Thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I am all over the place today trying to catch up with some of my favorite writers.

      This is a wake-up all to anyone who is fickle enough to believe that there is not much hard work and determination with success. Your passion for writing is evident.

      I become more and more passionate as I see what effect our written word can have over the miles. And, like you, I enjoy writing...for me, as much if not more than teaching and nursing at this stage of my life.

      And just as with nursing and teaching, if I can help one person with information or support in my writing...it is worth every ounce of effort. The monetary recognition becomes the lesser part of the equation.

      Very inspiring and motivating. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Vince Lombardi. What an inspiring quote Billy. I should write this down on an index card and tape it to my wall. A very good hub once again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I have to remind myself constantly. I don't think all things are possible, but I know for a fact more things are possible if we are willing to work harder. :)

      Thank you Doc; it's always nice to see you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you said it perfectly. Some of the comments I get on some of my ore personal and serious hubs....they make the writing all worth it, and they feed my passion to writer even better.

      I love writing and I'm willing to work hard to get better, as I know you are.

      Thank you dear lady.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving to you;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I think your example with Bev's sons' band is right on the money. If you truly love something, no matter what, you'll never stop. I have an old friend in NYC who has been undiscovered for 30 years yet he still produces his art and if he ever did I know that something would be wrong.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, great comment. Isn't that amazing....30 years of working at something you love despite the lack of success. I would say your old friend is quite successful.

      Thank you! Have a great Monday!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Unless you show what you are made of, then you will not succeed. For every obstacle encountered, SPEAK UP! Never take 'no' for an answer. Most importantly, follow your heart, but be diverse, too. Learn to write on ANY topic. That will gain the most exposure.

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for the motivational and inspiring article. You wrote this just like I look upon writing. I am here to learn and for social reasons but sometimes I feel that my struggle to write isn't of any use at all. It is amazing how one day can be so totally different from the other and I love how you described the difficulties in the beginning of the article. Some days it really is like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole..... I am glad you are here and the desire to write is all that matters in the end. The written word is still powerful, at least the written word from one of our better days! So much wisdom in this hub and also an article to come back to, voted up and more

      Tina

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Deb! I may not like SEO articles, but they pay my bills while I find a way to make money writing what I love to write. Thanks for great words of advice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tina, and I agree completely, the written word is very powerful. If we reach one person at a time, and make them think or change their life in some small way, then that is incredible. I love writing and I don't want to see other writers discouraged and giving up.

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Yes! Even at HubPages, my interest and passion for publishing has waxed and waned over the past 5 years. When I feel like writing, I write a lot. When I don't, I try to keep up as I can, but I can always tell when I am less inspired by the final product.

      Love the positive, encouraging tone and information in this Hub. Have a super Thanksgiving, Bill (love the photo of Bev with your book, too!) Best to you! Steph

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, I think it happens to all of us; I know it does to me. Thank you my friend, and I hope your entire family is healthy for this Thanksgiving! :)

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Now you've done it! You let the cat out of the bag and excited all the dogs in the neighborhood! Dogs? Yep, Dogs. I'll tell ya why! I've read your story; I've heard your voice and now I've seen your heart!

      I coach people who think they're underdogs! They want something and there is always an obstacle in their path to success. Usually it's themselves. So I tell them, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight it's the size of the fight in the dog."

      Vince Lombardi confirmed this when he said, "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

      He would've wanted you on his team, just like I do!

      Lombardi also said, "The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." So it isn't about what we have, it's how we use it!

      And Bill, you're using it. Keep it up!

      Oh, and BTW...you have already succeeded!!! There's nothing more that you have to do. You may want to, but you don't have to!

      I just ask that you keep doing it 'cause the proof will always be in the puddin!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, I don't know who you coach, or how many of them there are, but you keep doing it because they are lucky to have you.

      I truly feel sorry for people who can't push themselves over that invisible barrier that prevents them from being all that they can be. I tend to just go ahead and do it and then deal with the consequences later. I am never convinced that I can't do something; that has to be proven to me after I've given it my best shot.

      Where does that come from, buddy? Why can some people pull the trigger and some will never be able to?

      Anyway, I will keep writing....this is what I do....I want to reach more, and the only way I know how to do that is to keep working hard. :)

      Thank you, Bruce, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome, my dear Bill. I'm reminded of my maternal uncle who used to say and told me as well when I started out my career; Aim to be the best in your field. Even if you are sweeping the floor, do it as no one else can! I'm glad I followed his advice which has helped me all along in life and in my weak moments, which fortunately have been very few, I take strength from his words.

      Voted up and awesome. Sharing the hub with others as well.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      Billy, I think that you are spot on. Each of us needs a "vitamin". My husband, Tracy, has the ability to draw me from my self-made trenches, where I fail to master that ability on my own. He'll brush me off and tell me to get back to it. Just this morning, he woke me to tell me the coffee was ready as he whispered, "remember, it's a new day".

      So, here I am, back in the ring feeling refreshed and blessed.

      To you, best wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I will not give up. I started writing in my teens. I guess I have nothing left of my work from those years. I continued writing and studying how to write a few years later and now I'm writing again. At the moment I'm reading and writing about anatomy and pathophysiology, lol, but I had to stop by to read this hub. I'm slowly returning to HubPages, it seems. Wonderful hub, Bill. It's nice to hear Bev's voice in the video, too. :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      C'mon...yer pulling my leg - SIX years with ZERO views??? lol..

      On the one hand - i DO care about how many followers/views/etc...BUT - not enough to conform to 'mainstream' taste. I don't write to shock or awe - and was surprised at first when folks called my writing 'risque' or 'controversial' - it is what it is only because i am what i am..

      There was a period during the election that i actually watched my followers decrease by almost 17 people in 2 weeks - THAT was a little scary - but - again - didn't stop me..

      LOL..

      I hope the boys to go the moon - which they will if they put their mind to it - they have YOU and BEV to emulate..

      PS..(i also thought - 'sure...easy for the man with 100,000 views in 10 months to say....lol)..

      i write because i need to write...that's the bottom line..

      awesome write about personal responsibility, Bill..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, my father often said the same thing, and I agree with you, those were words of wisdom. We are the only ones who can hold us back from our potential as writers.

      Thank you my friend; I appreciate the visit and share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alifeofdesign, your husband and I would get along nicely. It is, indeed, a new day, and I am ready for all that it holds. Blessings to you my friend; thank you and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made my dear friend, there is a smile on my face because of your visit. I am glad you are back, even if just for a short time. You are one of my favorites my dear; don't stay away so long next time.

      Thank you Made!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I adore you as a writer, and respect you as a person, and if your following decreased that is their loss. We need you and your voice, and that ain't me blowing smoke. I, for one, would be greatly disappointed if your voice were silenced.

      Yep, 100,000 views, but not nearly what I'm after....I have a message to deliver, as do you, and the sky is the limit my friend.

      Thank you and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Kimberly Quevedo 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I love this article (and it is very well written)! It is easy to give up, but hard to keep going. Your words are very inspirational, not only to the struggling writers and artists out there, but to everyone who just wishes things were easy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kimberly; I appreciate your comment and your following. I always love to see writers keep going and not give up; this is a lonely business at times, and we have to keep moving through the mundane.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Just inspirational Bill. As always you are right we have to persevere in what we truly want. I feel like waving the sword of justice. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, you go girt! Wave that sword and let's get some writing done. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful as aways so much truth and common sense my friend.

      Here I vote across and share. Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I plan on having a great day; I wish the same for you dear friend. Thank you!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are correct, as usual, Bill. I questioned why I was here. And the answer came back to me: because you love to write, silly. So after I wrapped my head around that, which happened most recently, I have decided to keep on keeping on as my Momma taught me to do. To do the best I can, every day, and if itn't the best, don't publish it. that being said though there are some things that I publish for me and not because I want accolades for it. There are things that I feel the need to share and even if they become idled I do not take them down. I rework them and send them back out.

      Clearly you make this work. And you share with us what you know. I know I do not need to say this to you but keep on keeping on. We are blessed to know you. Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi PS!

      I don't take any of my work down. I have some sleepers but I like them, and sometimes that's all that is important. :) I struggle from time to time; my main concern is that I will settle on my comfort level here on HP and I won't challenge myself enough, and when that happens I'll become stagnant as a writer.

      Anyway my friend, thank you for the angels; they are always welcome, and have a fantastic holiday with your family.

      bill

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Powerful, wonderful, essential, encouraging. What more can I say?

      Well, most of my life I have belonged to non-denominational Christian churches with a big focus on music, worship, service and encouragement. They stressed that we each have gifts and we will be most productive, most fulfilled, do our best work, and be of most help to others if we understand and use our intrinsic God-given gifts.

      One of the gifts was "Exhortation," something much stronger than encouragement (which is nicer and sweeter) -- a determination to assist, press, challenge, lead, pressure, and guide people to accomplish their life goals, to be everything they are supposed to be, in other words to be mentally, emotionally, and soulfully productive and satisfied.

      You Bill, are an "exhorter." Which is an important gift, but not always an "easy" gift; proper and Godly exhortation requires patience and insight and a large measure of selflessness. You are not lacking in these areas. I believe one of your several gifts is exhortation. I rest my case on this Hub, but there are many such examples in your writing.

      Selah. ~~Theresa

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, I have so much trouble with praise like this. I start getting embarrassed, and then I think the person is just blowing smoke, and then I think....knock it off, Bill, maybe she is being sincere. Sigh! It's not easy being me. LOL

      Thank you very much! I was given a gift; I don't know the magnitude of the gift, and at times I doubt it exists, but I do know that I have the ability to motivate people. It happened far too often while teaching for me to doubt its existence. I am pleased with that, and I want to be better at it. and reach more people. I want people excited about life, and I want to be the one who sparks their inner fire. :)

      Anyway, that was a long way to travel to say I appreciate your kind words more than you know.

      Have a very Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

      bill

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - The very best teachers (and professors and leaders and preachers and coaches) instinctively know how to "motivate" people and they want to do so with all of their heart! :) The phrase you used was perfect for a motivator, an exhorter -- "spark their inner fire." You are in the right place, at the right time, doing what you were meant to do. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Theresa! You have helped me greatly tonight. :)

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      insanely well written! what a beautiful thought and so true indeed! you have made us all realize the importance of our ability to write, sir! It should definitely not be wasted... a toast :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, thank you for that wonderful praise. You have made this old writer very happy today.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, there is no way for me to add to this. What you say is true. My response is Amen and touche!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you can always add to what I say, in your own unique style which I love. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      My meaning is, you've said it all. No clarification or exemplification required!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I got it.....thank you as always...and thank you for posting the H.O.W. article.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      It's for a good cause, Bill. Just doing my meager part.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nothing meager about it Sha! :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Encouraging indeed I have been writing since 1997 and didn't give up even at my most difficult time. You certainly made your point here. Thanks!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE....that is a long time to be writing, despite whatever life threw at you. Well done!

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