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The Writers Workshop: The Reason Why I Write

Updated on November 16, 2012

SETTING THE SCENE

It had been a particularly long day of writing. My mind was frazzled, I was physically tired from sitting at the computer for ten hours, and I dragged myself into the kitchen for dinner. After enduring about ten minutes of zero conversation, Bev asked me what was the matter, and I told her I was just tired.

She asked me if I enjoyed writing, because I did not look as though I was enjoying myself. I was a bit surprised and I said that yes, I loved writing, that it was my passion. She then asked me why it looked like I hated it, and I said I was just frustrated with my results.

Bev chewed on that for the rest of the meal, and then while we were doing dishes she asked me why do I write? She said that starting a business takes time, that there are millions of writers in the world, each trying to make their mark in the literary world, and it was going to take me time. I couldn’t expect to make a lot of money this soon, that I just needed to be patient.

I said I understood all that and money was not the reason for my frustration, that I didn’t think I would be making much money for quite some time.

“Well then why, Bill, are you frustrated,” she asked, “Why do you write?”

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THE SECONDARY REASONS ARE PURELY THAT….SECONDARY

A good question for sure, and one that all writers would be well-advised to ask and answer, for I think the one true answer is important for focus.

A few days ago Google went through one of their Panda changes; I do not have a clue what that means and in all honesty, I don’t care. Still, it was interesting to read the comments from other writers on Facebook. The Google changes had directly affected the views on the articles; in other words, views were dropping like flies on the writer’s site HubPages, and people were wondering what they should do to salvage some semblance of victory from the jaws of Google defeat.

That is when it hit me, the reason why I write. I do not write to rack up impressive numbers on HubPages. I do not write to rack up impressive earnings on HubPages. I do not write to impress my relatives or dazzle a book agent, and I do not write to ease my tortured mind.

I write to make a difference in this world!

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YES, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

I bought into it all during the 60’s. I believed with all my heart, and still do, that every person can make a difference in this world. I believed, and still do, that the voice of one human being could be heard around the world. I believed, and still do, that monumental movements in the history of mankind have always begun with one spreading the word to thousands.

It is why I became a teacher. I wanted to be that voice, and I wanted to educate, inspire, and motivate kids to go forth and do good in this world. I have seen too much sadness in my lifetime. I have seen the abused, the forgotten, the homeless and the rejected, and I have seen the dullness in the eyes of those who have given up hope. It broke my heart then and it breaks my heart today. Nobody should be without hope. Every single person should matter.

And so I write!

I have seen the power of one person. I was blown away by the words of Harper Lee as she spoke out against racism. I have witnessed the power of the spoken word as King shared his Dream with us. I was in awe as I watched a man named Mandela refuse to remain quiet, and in so doing change a culture.

And so I write!

I witnessed the brutality of the Civil Rights Movement. I saw the tears of a mother whose daughter was raped and strangled. I stood in the glow of a fire that destroyed lives, and hopes, set by an angry and abusive spouse.

And so I write!

I have lived on the streets and been looked down upon as worthless. I have felt the sting of economic slavery, and I have seen religious hypocrisy.

And so I write!

On the other hand, I have been privileged enough to see a cripple overcome handicap by willpower and faith, and I have seen a single mother refuse to give up because of the love of her daughter. I have seen firefighters walk into a fire to save others, and I have stood side by side with those who give of their time and money to make this world a better place.

And so I write!

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THE ODDS ARE AGAINST ME….AND STILL I WRITE

The odds are enormous! How many writers are there in the United States alone? I have no idea, but it has to be in the millions. They come from all corners of this land, the writers of cookbooks and travelogues, how to’s and divorce tips. They will tell you about an ancient war and they will give you great advice on budgeting for success. They offer tips on study habits and they offer tips on prolonging your sex life. Every one of them faces the competition; they all labor in relative obscurity, hoping that somehow, some way, they will reach their goal, whatever that goal might be.

And still they write!

Now take those of us who are the modern day preachers, the coffee house beatniks, the soapbox saber-rattlers. There are days we write about hope; on other days, we speak of horrendous acts against mankind. The subject matter may change but the brimstone and fire do not, for we hear a different voice, a voice demanding that we speak out against wrong and insisting that we raise social consciousness. We realize the odds are not even worth calculating, and still we write!

Why? Because if one person’s life is changed by our words, we will have been successful. If one person is uplifted by our praise and/or words of hope, we will have been successful. Our reward is not measured in dollars in cents, but rather in the amount of awareness that we can raise.

I wrote once that the really great writers, the writes who I consider legendary, are the ones who literally stun the readers with their words. They have somehow managed to craft words that leave a reader breathless, and when that happens….when the mere reading of words can elicit an emotional reaction, well, then, the pinnacle of this profession has been reached.

And so I write!

YES, I WAS FRUSTRATED

You see, I am my own worst critic. I have this lofty goal of stunning my readers, and when I fail to do that, I am frustrated. When I fail to raise awareness, I am frustrated. When I fail to inspire or motivate, I am frustrated, and when I see an act of injustice and do not speak out, I am not only frustrated but I am disgusted with myself.

No, I do not measure my success by the number of views I receive on HubPages. I leave that for other bean counters who are into numbers. I do not measure my success by whether or not I cracked the $100 per month standard of passive income. Rather, I measure success by the comments I receive and the number of people I have made a connection with….a real, human connection.

When a reader tells me that they have been moved to tears by my words, I have been successful. When I read a comment that my article brought great joy and peace of mind to the reader, I have been successful. When my words precipitate positive actions and change, I have been successful.

When my words stun my audience, I have been successful.

That is why I write!

2012 William D. Holland (billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, I always have doubts. I am no different than any other writer in that respect. Most of the time, what I write is a reminder for myself. :) I have this built-in forgetter and I need constant reinforcement.

      Thank you my new friend; have a great weekend.

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      David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

      Obviously you are aware that you have what it takes to be a great writer. Your writing may have given me the spark that was needed to overcome the slump I've been in recently. Its almost as if I'd forgotten why I bother to write until I read this hub. Thank you for the motivation to snap out of it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, anytime I instigate reflection from someone I'm feeling pretty good as a writer. Thank you my friend; just so you know...I happen to think you are a darn good writer who will only get better....why do I say that? Because you have a passion for writing and I think you are motivated to improve, as we all are.

      Peace and love to you my friend.

      bill

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      As I was reading the many reasons you write I couldn't really come up with why I write..... I've always had a passion for writting but a "why" I'm not really sure...... You started me thinking....another good reason for you to write :).

      Much love

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beth, that was a lovely and insightful comment. Thank you so much for that inspiration.

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      Beth 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi, Billy,

      Participation in the arts has to be its own end, writing, conducting a symphony, playing a saxophone in the subway. We express ourselves because, well, it just plain matters. At the end of the day it comes down to having faith that what we do has the power to move someone ... and accept that we may never even be aware of the little moments we create by doing so that somehow change the world. Whether we write or choose to smile at a stranger on the street, well, it just plain matters.

      Thank you for your article!

      Beth

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, if I do those things, then I have accomplished what I set out to accomplish. Thank you my friend.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are inspiring words, Bill, and I do hope you keep on writing, because you do move us, and bring awareness to issues, and challenge us to be better people. Voted up and across.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teach, it's always nice to see you! I appreciate your comment. My problem is I want to make a bigger difference, and I'm not patient enough to allow it to happen at its own pace. :)

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill - you do make a difference with your writing...the proof is here in your comment section! I enjoy reading as much as I do writing...and I write because I write...it is my therapy and my hobby and my life in some ways...

      You just keep writing for all the reasons you write and I will continue to read!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Claudia, thank you! My frustration comes from within....I am my harshest critic and always will be. If I'm not reaching the numbers of people that I want to reach, then it is on my shoulders.....and so I write! :)

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      I can relate to the fact that you got frustrated. Writing can be quite frustrating at times when you aren´t getting the feedback/results you expected (in whatever form). Sometimes one doesn´t even know if what one writes even matters!!!! I have stayed the course because I enjoy writing in Hubpages and I am proud of the Hubs I produce. As for the results, well….. they haven´t been what I expected .... And so I write!!!! :)

      I see you have triggered a great response in your readers and you are a very productive writer so I truly congratulate you for that.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, it is a problem. I obviously mass produce hubs :) but I don't write about those subjects that will go viral....and I'm too stubborn to change my approach. :) Oh well, there are worse ways to pass the time.

      I hope you are well my friend! I mentioned you in today's hub by the way!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I struggle with what makes "success" as you do. I enjoy writing for the end creation and to make a difference, but I just can't mass produce hubs to make enough money to live on. Great introspective hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, bite your tongue, or you'll end up in D.C. with me. LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you are reaching far more than the rest of us. Have patience. You are being heard. You'll realize it on November 12th when the polls come in!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you have fulfilled your duty as a friend; now you can go to bed. LOL You mean the world to me my dear; one could not ask for a better friend, which is amazing seeing as we have never met. Thank you! I only get frustrated because I can't reach the number of people I want. I'm like a missionary looking for the next village to visit, and wanting to visit them all today!!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I almost stopped my HP catch up reading tonight because it is bedtime for me. I had to read this, because, well you know why! You are so passionate and want to wrap the world in your arms. Perhaps that's why you felt frustrated on that day. You can't wrap the world in your arms as a writer until you can make a living writing crap you don't want to write about. Or you think 'how much more can I say about hair loss solutions?' We have to deal with the crap along with speaking out. Don't be dissolusioned my friend. You are doing both. You are making a living AND making a mark!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you my friend! I just keep doing my thing, hoping to raise awareness one person at a time. I really appreciate your kindness. We all need a little positive reinforcement now and again. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Well - you stunned me with this hub. And I believe with your hubs you do make a difference in the world. When you write for justice in an Indian nation or justice for the poor you make a difference. You open our eyes with all of your hubs. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, I look forward to your next trip north. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you so much! I met a Hubber about a month ago, and although we had never met before, we acted like old friends who had known each other for years. Virtual friendship? No, ours is a real friendship, and I'm proud and honored to know you.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Bill, I have not been that way recently, but look forward to seeing you when I am.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Another thing I know to be absolutely true in this world is that you do make a difference. While internet relationships are essentially "virtual", I have to tell you that coming here, reading your hubs is like sitting with you, enjoying precious moments. Your words truly make a difference in my life. And, although technically considered a virtual connection, it feels real to me. Keep writing, William. I know I am only one of many, many more you have moved with your words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Icbenefield; I am a blessed man and filled with love. I appreciate your kind words and I will, indeed, keep writing.

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      lcbenefield 5 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful and inspiring. What a timely reminder. I love that you include your wife's picute with the caption of biggest cheerleader. Keep writing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, the next time you are through here I would love to meet you and sit down as friends. Thank you for your warm words; I greatly appreciate them.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great and powerful Hub, Bill. I see your name mentioned in so many places here at HP that I know you make a huge impact on all of us. This is one that should be read by all writers (HP or not). You write meaingful articles that come from the heart. It must be in the water around Olympia that helps inspire. Next time I'm through there I'll bring some home and try it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Myz, thank you so much! We seem to have lost touch with each other lately. I don't know why but I miss seeing your hubs every morning. I love your writing and I look forward to many more shared hubs between us.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi my dear, I think we all look at numbers, at least a little...it's only natural. I can tell you this: I wouldn't trade your friendship for an extra 10,000 views on HP....you are a gem and I am grateful for your friendship.

      Thanks lil' Sis!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, it is a great job we have, is it not? But not really a job; we have the opportunity to reach out and touch others through our words, and what a gift that is. You have touched me, and we have become online friends, and one day we will greet each other in person, hug, and laugh and share in person. I look forward to it.

      Thank you buddy, and hugs and love from Olympia.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne (Suzie) thank you my dear friend! I hope some day we can sit down as friends and laugh for awhile. It would be a thrill, and I know there would be no awkwardness, just two friends enjoying each other's company. You warm my heart with your comments and I appreciate it greatly.

      Have a great weekend my Irish cheerleader!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb, you just made my heart sing! Thank you so much, and if I have helped you in any way, then it is I who is grateful. Thank you my dear! Be happy, and know that you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I am not discouraged in writing; only, at times, in myself. I always expect more from me. :)

      Thank you my dear friend, and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, thank you so much, and I will give your greetings to Bev. Yes, we write because we love it.....and because there is a voice inside of us screaming to be heard. I am a writer....and so I write. You are a writer....and so you write.

      Blessings to you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, that was a beautiful comment, and I understand all about other commitments, especially to your work. It is a pleasure knowing you, and I will enjoy our online friendship as long as you are here on HP.

      Blessings to you my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, if I was in this for the income I would be a large fool! I need to write....it is a part of me....and I greatly appreciate you always taking the time to visit me.....and for caring about others, buddy. You have a great heart!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I always admire you for the motivation and for the inspiration you always tell the readers. thank you for sharing this sir.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Well, you are making a difference, Big Bro. I love your writing, your inspiration and I've bought into the 60s notion, too. I want to make a difference. I know my road is different and I do look at numbers a little bit more, in order to pay that wee little mortgage. Your writing and being yourself will get you farther than you can imagine. You're one special dude.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Billy... Thanks for sharing this with us. We have all asked ourselves the same question. You have put the words we all have into play.

      Why do we write, well done as always and much appreciated.

      Like you I have asked myself the same question many times. For the longest time I watched the scores and numbers. Now they mean nothing it is the people who mean far more. If I depended on the funds which come in from sites like Hub Pages I would be a very poor man. My reward comes from those who comment and as often as not become great friends, emails, phone calls and often meetings that bless me.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You have written a classic piece on what motivates and inspires you to write - the art of making a difference to lives through the written word is something you continually do. You don't hold back and speak your mind which is a quality few do successfully.

      You have certainly been a voice of the people for the people, and have touched us all.

      I for one have been inspired and motivated in my writing and in my life by your words - Thank you my dear friend for this great insight to what makes billybuc write at his very neat workstation!

      Have a great weekend, with your biggest cheerleader!

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Sincerely from my heart Bill, you have made it happen...I truly respect you from your voice as I was reading this hub of yours...yes, I truly respect your motive of writing and being a teacher so as to make a difference in this world, that's indeed a high spirit that deserve my salute...

      Don't be frustrated my dear friend...trust me, you have been successful, you have influenced me and motivated me much for being a writer, well...may be really without your realization, but the fact is...it is the fact.

      Again, let me emphasis this again...you have made it happen, you have inspired and motivated an injured lady who lives somewhere out there to continue pursuing her dream...

      Cheers my dear friend, be blessed always...sincerely from me...injured lamb

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You have to enjoy writing and feel it inside. I can't imagine writing only for money, although many do, and i immediately recognize it. I enjoy your writing, you have a heart and write about matters that count. Please don't become discouraged. Your writing is valuable. Cheers

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! Brilliant! Bill, you always touched my heart by your awesome writing. You are motivating us writers to have patience with ourselves. I was once asked why I write when I was new to hubpages. At first, I did not know how to answer. I just said, "because I love it". Now, I know how to answer.

      There are many reasons why we are writing. We love to spread our knowledge of anything we know and experienced in life. In accordance with our writings, we love it when our readers leave meaningful and insightful comments. We are happy about it, are we not? Thanks for sharing this brilliant article. Have a lovely weekend! Greetings to your understanding wife.

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      crystaleyes 5 years ago from Earth

      Billy, I am touched by your hub, I could relate to everything that you have mentioned.. I have been writing online for nearly 12 years, I have two lifestyle-related web portals, and 2 blogs, and also help in my husband's business, all of which take much of my time.. I love it when people leave meaningful comments. When I can at least uplift the mood of a depressed, give hope to a lost soul, or guide a person on the right path, or teach my child a one good lesson. I do not know how long I can continue with hubpages, it is very time consuming, and I do not want my business to suffer because of it.. I respect your cause very much.. hope I can continue writing for the same cause.. lets see. :-) May God Bless You.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Late for the party, but glad you wrote this hub. We have slowed down a little to take care of other businesses, but we recharge our inspiration and come back at it fully loaded. We do not care about scores or residual income. We just take our time and we learn as we go. Have a nice one my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! Your comments make me happy and truly do warm my heart.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Your words convey meaning and bring about understanding of many issues in life. You enlighten and entertain with your writings, carry on and all the very best and great success. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are so kind....truly a good person, and I greatly appreciate you. We write because we love to write....it is what we do. We all have something to say, and in saying it we hope to affect lives. What a wonderful gift it is when that actually happens.

      Peace and blessings to you, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Dianna! You can go to bed now. :)

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Bill,

      It is so refreshing when one writes one's true thoughts down here. It is true, we all have a reason why we write. I do not write to make money at this date, but maybe in the future, but right now all I care to do is share the love in my heart and my true life experiences, and to see if anyone cares to read about them. Once I figure out if anyone does care to continue to read what I write, then one day, I may try a hand at actually making money at writing, but for now, I just love to write and share my heart here.

      God bless you for your inspiration here. I have to catch up on your hubs dear one, as I know I have been away some.

      In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Bill, I am already thinking it's Saturday .... it is here. Happy Birthday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I am grateful for your friendship! Thank you so much! I am looking forward to a wonderful birthday and I'm sure you will hear all about it.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I read this earlier but wanted to come back and let you know how much of an inspiration it is to me. Your story is one that motivates all writers to push on in pursuit of their dream. By the way, hope your birthday was one of the best ever. Blessings, friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cris! We all need a little inspiration every now and then; I know I do! Have a wonderful weekend!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very well said billybuc. You always inspire me, us writers and aspiring writers to understand how hard it is to be a writer and yet how great it is to be one.

      Great motivational hub as always. Up and definitely sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, I love it! What a powerful message for those kids. Well one Teach!

      And thank you for the kind words. Have a wonderful weekend! You earned it today! :)

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Our words really do have power. They have the power to uplift and inspire, and you do that well. Today in my classes, we took some time to write cheerful, uplifting notes to send to a student from our school who is battling cancer. When I expressed to my students that their words would have the power to uplift her spirits when she was having a down moment, they dug in and filled their papers. This might be the best lesson I have "taught" in a while. They learned today that their writing can make a difference.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Sasha! That is music to my ears and I am grateful!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I think you have great influence and you are truly changing how people view things. Keep it up, our world is better for it ^_^

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, those are kind words and I thank you very much! Dylan had it right, didn't he? I am blessed and I'm the first to admit it. I get to do what I love to do each and every day; how cool is that?

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Awesome, wow, and wow. I'm so glad I spotted your hub on my notifications email, Bill! I absolutely love these inspiring hubs of yours. And what a precious partner you have to help you break through those dark moments!

      You're a lucky man, Bill Holland. Your success isn't merely guaranteed...it's here already. Look at all these comments. Look at all the hearts and minds moved to respond.

      I just read a little hub by Don Hoglund about success quotes, and I gotta shared one of those quotes by Bob Dylan that he shared...hold on...

      “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan

      Voted up and shared. You and Bev go have a great weekend together.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, the only reason I cared about the drop in views is because I want to reach more people with my message....earnings mean nothing to me with regards to HubPages. I am set for life and have everything I want; now all I care about is making a difference in this world.

      Thank you my friend; I need to go see what you have been up to.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I can identify with your frustrations Bill. I had also seen a dip in views and therefore lower earnings. As with the last Panda update there will be adjustments and more views. I like your hub and it is encouraging for any write. Vote up and sharing as well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! We all need a spark now and then.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valleypoet, thank you, and your words are very true. Most people don't know this, but I respect poets probably more than any other writers. Theirs is not a genre that guarantees money by any means; they just write for the love of writing, and that is what I try to do. I love writing, and I love pontificating about life. Comes with being 64. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jordan.....LOL...for God's sake don't let her hear you say that. I'm glad I give you a little break from the yapping. Thank you my friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I look forward to your hub and response. I think you know by now how much I respect you. Trust me, no one is going to silence me; this is what I do, and if someone doesn't want to read it, then they can move on. Fine by me; my message will be out there for those who want it. Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, thank you! I admire you; you are compassionate and passionate and that is a powerful combination. Blessings to you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, I am driven to speak out; silence never solved a problem in this country. Thank you for your loyal following; you are appreciated!

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Your sparks of motivation are so welcomed. Wonderful hub as usual!

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      A great hub, I think its really important to regularly focus upon what the motivation is behind what you are writing. If you are writing to make a positive difference in the world, then this is a highly commendable motivation, and success is more likely to follow. The secondary motivations you mention should be just that, secondary, and remain so. If they become primary, over time the pleasure and value you get from writing will surely wither and die. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub:-))

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Yep, you nailed it. I love reading your hubs. If it wasn't for you I may have to listen to my girlfriend yap even more. haha.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Bill this is a powerfully expressed hub here about your feelings, your thoughts of what it means to be a writer, and I just launched my fully well thought out hub response, for ya.

      I hope you like it, its not meant to strip down anything you've managed to build into your hub here. I just don't agree with a small aspect of your hub here, but you know how it is, we're all not going to agree with everything, right.

      Love ya man, I agree that writing for the purpose of helping humanity out and in every way shape or form is paramount, and you know I been doing the same as well. Awesome hub indeed!

      Keep writing Bill, please don't let others get to you no matter what!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Bill,

      The reason you write is to make a difference to many on this planet. Your writings are power packed as if I just gulped down a 8oz of gatorade inside me. They give me the chug to get moving no matter what!

      I understand your feelings, my friend and I am sure success is always sweeter to those who wait up patiently. Wishing you the best!!

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      Rachel Koski 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Good reasons for writing, and it's nice to have a little more insight into who you are, Bill, and what makes you tick :) Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lupita, it was my pleasure to share you poem. There are some good people who helped me out in the early days; now I'm just trying to give back to the community.

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      LupitaRonquillo 5 years ago

      Thank you Bill for replying and sharing my poem! I can empathize with you on the "lateness" in starting to write but just remember writing is at its best when the author has experience, not in writing itself but in "life" itself. :D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Love! It can be tiring but man oh man, the rewards are a real high! :) I'm glad you like the videos; just me playing with technology!

      Have a great weekend!

      bill

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Billy, I feel the same way. I work in the legal field and spend most of the day in front of the computer typing. I feel drained by the time I get home. Sometimes you just have to take a break and get away from it all; otherwise, it can be mentally exhausting. A very good hub once again. I really like the visuals too. (video)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, thank you so much! I guess it is a gift.....since I am my own worst critic there are times I think I am falling too short of my goals to consider it a gift. I need positive reinforcement, just like everyone else, to see that what I am doing has meaning and purpose. Thank you for the gift you just gave me.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I'm glad that secret is out in the open! LOL Thank you so much! I have tears in my eyes because your words fill me with satisfaction that what I'm doing has importance. You have just made this old writer very happy.

      Best wishes to you in your writing, and thank you so very much!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Homesteading, your words bring joy to me, so I thank you. You, and so many others, are the reason I write. We all need to be inspired, and writing is a very lonely job at times. Keep at it if you love it. In the end, the one person we have to satisfy is ourselves. Blessings to you my friend!

      bill

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      Michael Tully 5 years ago

      By the standards you set for yourself in the conclusion of this article, this one is a smashing success. You have a gift for articulating exactly what some of us can only feel. Thanks for yet another most worthwhile read, Bill. Voted up, across the board.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Billy, I certainly have been inspired by your writing. As a fairly new writer, I love reading what you write. I'm always inspired by you. I'm inspired by many writers here on hub pages. I'm attending college for a BA in Creative Writing for Entertainment and I spend many hours reading blogs by and about inspirational people. I try to absorb as much information as I can so when my times comes to write, I'll be prepared.

      In that way you have inspired me. You are an experienced writer with more knowledge than you realize! I read your hubs and learn something new every time.

      Thank you for writing!

      From an UNsecret admirer

      Linda

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, you have a message to deliver, and if you reach one person with that message then you have been successful as a writer. Never stop; there are people out there who need to read your words.

      Peace and happiness to you, today and always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I feel the same way about you. Your writing brings me peace of mind, and that is a gift my friend. Never stop writing; you bring so much enjoyment into the lives of others.

      Thank you and I hope you and Dai have a great weekend!

      billy

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, many blessings to you as well. I love what RonWhite has to say...write from the heart and it can never be wrong. Thank you my dear and have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, exactly! Bev will read one of my hubs, and she will look at me and say, "how do you do that?" And the answer is....I just write. The written word is, at times, very easy for me. The funny thing is, when I'm talking to someone one on one, I'm like a tongue-tied teenager. I can't find the right words....but when I write....the magic happens. It is what I do! Thank you my friend; you have captured it beautifully!

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      Julie Z 5 years ago from North Central Florida

      You've inspired me to be truthful about why I am not focused enough to write. To stay focused. Perhaps you helped me find a break through. This has to be the best blog write up my eyes have fell upon in the last three years. Thank you.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks again for the inspiration and reminding me why I started to write. I didn't know the first thing about online writing and was feeling a little bit like a failure since I see others get views in the millions. I was completely unfamiliar with the term evergreen or panda updates etc.Before I joined HP I told my husband that if I can help even one person have an easier time with chemotherapy or help just one person in any way that's all I want. It's easy to have the desire to make a lot of money once you find it is possible. Thanks so much for reminding me why I am here!!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much once more Billy for a naturally brilliant hub which so many of us can relate to. You are a wonderful writer and a great inspiration.

      Take care to you both and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy you write so awesome.. I always learn something new and something always touches my heart when I read your work.. God Bless you.. I write for two reasons it is great therapy and I love to write.. plus if I can make a difference that is even better..

      I read from another writer RonWhite.. He said if you write to make money than you will never make money.. if you write beause you love it and if the money comes then it will be great.. Just write from your heart

      many blessings to you

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill.......You presented THE ultimate question: Why we write! While I could answer this...easily, I'm afraid I would consume far too much space for a comment (which I usually do anyway) because there are so many reasons hiding inside me, if I start describing, I may never stop.

      Many are very much like your reasons....and I don't doubt, so many other writers.

      And then, as I'm fairly sure, we have all experienced being asked, "How do you do that?.....How do you just sit down and WRITE...and make it interesting, beautiful...entertaining? How or where did you learn that?"..........If nothing else, we all know the Universal writer's response to those questions......"I simply do.....it is WHAT I do, WHO, I am. It has always been with me and always will be, like the color of my eyes. You are either a writer or you are not.......and you KNOW when you must write, as sure as you breathe."......UP++++

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing.....Lizzie....thank you, but reaching my level is not for you....reach your own level, whatever that may be. I love your writing. We all have gifts that we share....we all have strengths and weaknesses. Write the way you feel....write the way that gives you happiness and contentment. When you have satisfied yourself then you will have arrived. :)

      By the way, I loved your interview with Maria. Wonderful getting to know you a little bit better.

      Thank you my dear and have a great weekend.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, Billy!! You have moved me to tears, brought joy, and motivation, and given me inspiration from this hub alone! My father always use to remind us that the Pen was mightier than the Sword, and thats exactly what you reminded me of today! To be honest, I write for fun, (sorry!) but I hope I can get to your level to write to make a difference! Believe me, Everytime I read your articles I am inspired to do something to make a difference..... You have reached your goals, Billy, and there are wonderful and precious goals!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, there are some who I know understand this hub and you are one of them. You and I are very similar; our writing styles may be different but what drives us to write is very similar. Keep doing what you do, buddy; your message is an important one.

      Thank you and have a great weekend in Modesto!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that is the first time I have been compared to Jiminy Crickett. LOL Thank you so much; I take that as a great compliment. I am so glad that we are friends; some day we will sit as friends over coffee and enjoy each other's company in person.

      Have a wonderful weekend Mary, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lupita, that was beautifully stated. I write a lot of hubs, but then I spend a lot of time writing. Such is my passion! For me, it is all about building my portfolio and getting the message out as often as possible. You see, I'm running out of years, so there is a certain amount of urgency to my writing. So much to say and so few years left. :)

      Thank you kindly; I think I'll head over to your site and see what you have to offer.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      You have hit the nail on the head with this one Bill. Writing is all the things you mentioned. There are days when I write about horrific things and days I write (What I think is) beautiful poetry. Then there are the days I write nothing, but in all cases it is because I love to and want to share those words.