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The Writing Workshop: Inspiration From The Masters

Updated on September 21, 2012

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

I am a writer! I may or may not be a good writer, but I am, in fact, a writer. I began my formal career of writing two years ago, but in truth I have been writing most of my life. I have the heart of a writer. I have the determination of a writer. I have the desire of a writer. I am a writer!

That is my first observation to you, and the underlying message that is so important for writers to remember: you must believe that you are a writer.

If you do believe in your ability, and consider yourself a writer, then welcome to the show that never ends. If you are anything like me, when you aren’t writing you are thinking about writing, or at least thinking about new ideas. No matter where I am, and no matter what I am doing, I am looking at life with writing topics in mind. How’s that for obsessive?

It all began for me when I read “To Kill A Mockingbird” in high school in 1964. For the first time in my young life, I was stunned by the writing of another person. Up until that reading I had no idea that it was possible for an author to capture the heart and mind of a reader. I simply had no idea that an author could so beautifully capture emotions, and do it all with such an economy of words.

I caught the bug that day, and ever since I have been delving in the fine art of writing, trying to make my mark….feed my soul….and carry the torches of Harper Lee and others.

I thought today I would share some quotes by giants in the writing field, and discuss each quote with you using my perspective and thoughts. Shall we begin?

I Am A Writer!

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IT AIN’T EASY

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~Ray Bradbury

I’m not sure what Mr. Bradbury was referring to, but I can tell you that for me, writing is a tough business, and if I allow it to be, it can be a discouraging business as well.

There are literally millions of writers out there, all trying to become recognized, all vying for a piece of the literary world pie. It is a daunting task to say the least, and it is oh so easy to entertain thoughts of giving up. I am, in some perverse way, encouraged when I read of the writing greats who came before me and how they struggled to become recognized. Many labored in relative obscurity for decades until they were discovered, and some were not discovered until after their deaths.

Why do I continue when I know the overwhelming odds are against me? I keep plodding forward because I stay drunk on writing, as Bradbury suggested. This is my passion! I love being the architect of words that can move people…..stun people….and it is that love that keeps me going ten hours per day, six days per week.

If writing is not your passion…if it does not feed your soul….if you do not become intoxicated by it….then you might as well be a janitor or work on an assembly line, for it will never be more than a hobby or job to you.



AN EXTENSION OF YOU

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth

Isn’t that a beautiful thought? The breathings of your heart! Our writing should become a part of us, and a part of us should be our writing. Whether it just be our writing voice, or a much more real extension of who we are as a person, our writing must reflect us as humans.

I spend part of each day writing SEO articles to help pay the bills and put food on the table. Believe me, there is nothing exciting in writing an article about how a car’s fuel pump works, but even in those articles my “voice” shines through. My voice is unique, and yours should be too.

Take me away from the SEO and my voice becomes a testament to who I am as a person. I have the freedom, away from the content gigs, to open up, spread my wings, and fly with the literary giants who came before me. I can’t fly as high as they did, nor as swiftly, but I am still flapping my wings and rising above the trappings of the material world.

When I write for myself, I have a clear understanding of how Harper Lee or Steinbeck felt when they were writing their masterpieces. I understand the striving for perfection. I understand the need to make each word just right, and I understand the joy that comes with briefly achieving that perfect phrase.

It is intoxicating enough to keep me moving forward, and it is rewarding knowing that what I write is who I am, and no one can replicate what is inside of me.

HOW DO YOU FEEL?

HOW DO YOU FEEL?

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”~James Michener

There is a huge difference between writing “and she cried,” and writing in such a way so the reader cries. The truly gifted writers can do that; they can reach inside of their readers and yank out their hearts. They can have their audience laughing out loud and crying uncontrollably, all because they understand the human experience.

I suspect that most of the masters of this writing art have lived a life filled with experience. They have suffered deprivation; they have been knocked to their knees and they have experienced heartache and severe emotional pain. Once having experienced such emotions, they then find a way to mirror those emotions with their words, and that is when you know you are reading the work of an excellent writer.

Do not tell people that your character cried; relate it in such a way so your audience weeps openly. When you can do that then you will have arrived as a writer.

THE POWER OF THE WRITTEN WORD

“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”~Nathaniel Hawthorne

I am again reminded of Harper Lee. Not once in “To Kill A Mockingbird” does she tell you that bigotry and racism are evil. She does not have to say those words because the entire book delivers the message with the power of a perfectly throw right-cross.

Not once in “Grapes of Wrath” does John Steinbeck tell us that poverty is a social ill that can destroy a nation, but read his masterpiece and you will come away understanding that a nation is only as strong as its weakest link.

Reflect on the implications of Hawthorne’s words. We, as writers, have the ability to affect social change. We have the potential to move mountains as others before us have done. Every single time we sit down to write, we have the ability to alter the world we live in. Because of the internet, we have the ability, quite literally, to reach millions with our words and thoughts, and it is at least possible that we can become an instrument for good….or evil.

You can’t do that working in a grocery store!

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WRITERS BLOCK? WHAT WRITERS BLOCK?


“The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.”~Agatha Christie

I’m going to guess on this one, but I think Agatha is telling us that inspiration comes when our minds are at rest. At least that is my deduction. I know it to be true for me. Most of my writing ideas come either when I first wake up in the morning or when I am involved in other activities, like going for a walk or working in the garden.

I cannot force ideas; I have tried and it is a complete waste of time and energy. Allow your mind to slow up and relax; take time during the day to immerse yourself in other interests or tasks. Read a book; observe life; do anything other than think about topics and you just might be surprised how quickly an idea comes to you.

I honestly have not had writers block during the two years I have been writing full-time. My problem is I have too many ideas and not nearly the time to devote to them. Once I solve that problem I just might be prolific!

IF YOU LOVE WRITING, THEN WRITE!

“It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.” ~Sinclair Lewis

Writing is not for those with a thin skin. Writing is not for those who have low self-esteem and give up at the first sign of adversity. Writing is not for those who cannot handle criticism or rebuke.

There will always be the naysayers who will tell you that your writing is not good enough. There will always be those who will say that you are wasting your time and your talent is not at the level it needs to be at. To those who would say that to me I say “get out of my face.” I don’t have time for them, and I don’t have time for their negativity. I believe in myself and I believe in my ability. I have surrounded myself with supportive, loving people who allow me the freedom to follow my dream. You should do the same!

If your passion is writing….if you truly love to write….then dammit, write!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Sandra Busby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Love it! Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, you are quite fast this morning. Thank you! I love the quotes from the masters and I'm glad you did as well.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Another beautiful piece of art. That you are a writer will never be questioned by anyone who reads your work. Awesome! Voted up! And filed in my mental archive of hubs that you wrote that I wish I had the ability to write. :-)

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      Dang Billybuc. That was a great hub. Thank you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well I am inspired for the day. I was thinking about writing a non-partisan political hub..not sure how to do it yet. This is what it is all about. I love writing as well as painting and the desire comes in groups of feelings. I can go a long time without either and than I must..thanks for sharing all these wonderful thoughts and feelings. Gotta get back to my writing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Bill you said it perfectly with all these quotes. I too so enjoy this thing we call writing and like you got captivated with reading a t a young age, when I read "The Catcher in the Rye". The way you described how you felt after reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" is pretty much how I felt after reading "The Catcher in the Rye". Just loved the way the written word could make me feel and always wanted to have that effect on others. Also, like you I come up with writing ideas all day long. Thank you for sharing and have also as always shared, voted, pinned and tweeted too!!

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      Hello billybuc, this hub gets my vote!! I usually get my ideas for writing when I'm out running errands or doing housework. I do sometimes get writer's block because I run out of subjects to write about. Once I get a particular thought in my mind on a certain subject, then the ideas start to flow. Great hub. Keep up the good work, as usual.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Billy please! Did you holler at us? I got the message. Indeed, I began to write as soon as you hinted the words on us. Thanks for the extra adrenaline infused into our veins. No more caffeine for today. Great and positive hub my friend!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - You are as talented as you are a good friend. Your love of writing always comes through with your articles. Your love of people and concerns for humanity comes through loud and clear as well. You practice the very suggestions you list in this article. You never have to say the words "heartbreaking situation", rather you describe it and bring tears to the readers eyes.

      The subjects you choose to write about are so important. The more important aspect is how well your writing abilities touch the heart of the reader and make them sit up and take notice of subjects most want to ignore.

      I commend you so for walking the walk and talking the talk. You are always "paying it forward" and serve as a perfect example of what I only strive to be.

      Love, Irish XO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you are much too kind and generous! If you think I am a writer then I am happy, because your opinion means a great deal to me. Thank you, and may we share many years of writing together.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Steve, you are very welcome....dang.....thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I hope you do that hub about politics.....it would be nice to read one that is non-partisan. Thank you so much and blessings to you today and always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are so nice to me; thank you! I am so happy your were inspired at a young age. I used to be jealous of the great writers; now I can appreciate them and use them as motivation and inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nina, we all need a little boost of adrenalin once in awhile. I'm glad you enjoyed this; now get to writing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph....LOL...I might have raised my voice a bit. You are too funny. Thank you friend and have a great weekend.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill, for the encouragement....we'll write because we believe in ourselves. And that's the most important. Sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, you have no idea how happy I am to see you back. Thank you for coming back to us; we have missed you greatly. I wish you would have taken me up on that offer to talk; good friends should talk once in awhile.

      Thank you for your kind words. I'm just doing what I was raised to do....treat people with compassion and love. I have had tough times before, and I needed a kind word and understanding from others....so now I just give it back.

      You are one of my favorites.....stay with us please.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, believe in yourself, Michelle, and feed that hunger! Thank you!

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      Bruce 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      billybuc,

      Great read . . . I became an Architect becuase I liked to draw but as it turned out, I spend more time wrting - yes, I am a writer . . .

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      brblog, thank you very much! Now get out there are write!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I really appreciated the inspiration. I'm always thinking of the next topic to write about so maybe I can officially call myself a writer according to your wonderful article. I'm enjoying it for the moment so will stay with it as long as it remains enjoyable. I have found many unexpected benefits so will keep going for now. Voted up and always appreciate your inspiring articles!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      I can identify with thinking about writing continually now and ideas for articles coming when you least expect it as you point out. You are a huge inspiration to me as a newcomer to the world of writing, often lacking the confidence but saying to heck with it, write - learn - absorb as much as you can from those writers of note and go with it!! Thank you dear friend and fan of the Irish humour - love your quotes in particular Mr Wordsworth. Great hub, voted everything on this and sharing - gotta spread the word!!:-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, I agree totally....if you are finding it enjoyable then by all means write. I, for one, am happy that you do.

      Have a great weekend and thank you for your support.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Excellent encouragement Bill! All of us need to just write, share what we feel and announce our thought to the world.

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      Dr Pooja 4 years ago

      I pen down my thoughts on notepad of my iPhone just before I sleep and most of it happens when my husband is traveling .Inspirational hub .voted up

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahhh, Suzie, my fine Irish lass.....love to see that smile first thing in the morning....fills my heart with joy, don't you know? I'm practicing my blarney; how am I doing? :)

      Thank you dear friend; I had forgotten that you were fairly new here until you had written that comment....I am so happy we have become friends. Here is to many more years of support and friendship, laughs and empathy.

      Have a great weekend Irish!......hey, my relatives are from ....where??? Cork...is there a Cork? Anyway, they are O'Dowds!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This was excellent, as your writing always is. I loved it. Because I've been only writing lately to earn money, I'm not getting any benefit from it other than the money. I need to write some things that just make me happy. Thank you for the nudge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Pooja, excellent suggestion and practice. Thank you for sharing that and I'm glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just write.....you got it, Mark! Just do what we love to do!

      Thanks buddy; have a great weekend in???? Modesto? is that were you are?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go Barbara Kay! I like that....you need to allow your spirit to soar, and it can only do that if you are feeding it......I look forward to seeing the resutl.

      Have a wonderful weekend in Michigan!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Funny enough, I get some pretty good writing ideas when I'm not thinking about writing, but doing something else like making food. Thanks Bill, this was a very interesting one, enjoyed it! :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      You just love inspiring people to be better don't you? ^_^ Wonderful hub that I absolutely must vote and share!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha!!! Blarney . . . . for sure . . . . !!! Yes Cork is a rather LARGE county here Bill and you an ex geography teacher!!!!! Shame on you!

      Cork is a great place and one of my favourite counties - So many wonderful towns and Cork city is a top spot to par-tay in!!!

      Knew you had to have a slither of Irish in you with your "gift of the gab" lol xxxx

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Mel! Let the mind relax and the ideas flow. Love it! Thank you dear and have a great weekend down in South Africa!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, I do indeed! Once a teacher always a teacher! Thank you my young friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...it flows through my veins, Suzie, and the Irish will always hold a special place in my heart. Love to you my dear friend!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You are a darn good writer and your voice always shines through!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, high praise coming from you; thank you my friend and have a great weekend in St. Louie!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Outstanding article and yes you are a writer. I too have never had writer's block but I do have time limitations unfortunately. I love to write also and To Kill a Mockingbird was also impressive to me when I was young. Awesome hub! Write on!!!!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What we hubbers need to hear, Bill. I do believe I am addicted to it as well, not so bad. Your voice is strong and being heard -- keep it up! Voted up

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You are certainly a writer, and an excellent one. I wish you would share some of your focus and discipline. :) Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, thank you, and I will, indeed, write on! Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you are a true writer...and educator....and fine human being. I'm proud to walk this journey alongside of you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I'm not sure how one shares those things. :) I've been this way for as long as I remember....good genes I guess. Thank you; you are one hell of a writer yourself.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Bill, that quote from Hawthorne says a lot and I agree that books that show rather than tell are all the more powerful for it. You are already prolific as well as capable and compelling at writing. I would love to be able to produce even half your output!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yvonne, I think it's as simple as my having more time to write than most people. This is now my full-time job, so I should be prolific! Thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very inspiring hub! I have always told people that I "want to be a writer", starting at a very young age. I still tell people that, but I never actually call myself a writer. Reading your hub reminds me that I AM A WRITER. I might not have a bestseller on the shelf yet, but that doesn't mean I'm not a writer! I might not make my living writing (yet), but that doesn't mean I'm not a writer! I'm a WRITER because I love to write, and that is all that matters. Thank you for reminding me of that.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Great hub Bill. I got my start with Steinbeck's Travels with Charlie. A couple of good quotes, if not as inspirational as the ones you provide: "“There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting.”

      – Harry Shaw; "The first draft of anything is shit." Ernest Hemingway. If you want to add these, no need to attribute me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mpropp, I love it....yes, you are a writer! If you love to write then write, and be proud of it! We need writers with passion for their craft....thank you for the visit and have a fabulous weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rfmoran, I almost used the one by Harry Shaw....great line! And Hemingway's is a classic...I can just picture him saying that. Thanks for the addition!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      oh yeah...darn it..I gotta write!

      No matter IF I don't feel appreciated from higher authorities. At least that lure inside me makes me play with words and I feel good if I am able to make an individual think twice on the concept of life and other terminologies :)

      As usual...you shot an arrow in the right corner of my heart :) Well done, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You go, Ruchira! You write it and we will read it....why? Because you, my friend, are a writer! And a good one!

      Thank you my friend; have a great weekend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you always seem to speak to my needs, no matter what they are at the time. You know I've been picking your brain since I read your hub telling when you finally decided to take the 'fucitol' pill and go for your dream. As you know, I've just done the same. You are my mentor; I look to you for guidance. It seems I don't need to look; your guidance finds me!

      You are my inspiration! I am now going to read your blue blocks to see what else I can gain from you. I respect you greatly and am honored to have you as a friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, what a sweet thing to say...and of course I feel the same for you. Support is what it is all about, Sha. We lean on someone we trust when we need to, and do the same for them. YOU ARE A WRITER! Now get to writing!

      love you,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Funny you should say that. Do you know how many of my friends end an email with "now get to writing!"? Thank you for the validation, my friend! Actually, today I cleaned out my desk at (previous) work. I'm taking this time to get my dba in order. I've called the city and they told me what I need to do.

      And awaaaaay I go!

      Hugs,

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hugs to you, Sha! Exciting times for sure!

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Bill, this was really inspiring for writers. We write because we are driven (operative word) to do so, because it is our passion. There is a dance we do between our thoughts, our words and our instruments (today technology, yesterday, a pen).

      There are a lot of writers out there. In fact, all you have to do is read the hubs written by countless amazing authors here at Hubpages.

      However, for many, the rewards are in the currency of what we call "intrinsic value," not in greenbacks. Sometimes opportunity meets with passion and there is a financial return on the industry put out there.

      In any case, write because it resides in every fiber of your being.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robin, you said it all...it resides in every fiber of our being....and isn't that cool? I'm surprised by how many on HP believe this is a competition....to me it is a support group. If I am pleased with my writing then I have succeeded; I don't need to compare myself to any other writer, nor do I ever wish another writer poor luck. I write for myself, and whatever else happens is gravy. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I agree. This is a support group. It's a place of bouncing off ideas and learning from those who offer information for whatever our query. It's also a learning center, for which I am thankful. My previous experience is with the pen and video/radio production. Today's environment is totally foreign to me.

      It's ironic. Today's technology is forcing me to learn new tricks. However, today's technology disrespects your talent and effort somewhat. Where, decades ago I earned $50/hour, I now earn $2/500 words. Between the research, think breaks and editing, a 500 word piece takes up a minimum of 90 minutes of my time. It's a crying shame, but that's the way. For now! Drive, conviction and belief in onself will eventually pay off. Right????

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it will my dear....and don't take too many of those 500 words/$2 gigs....I get twelve for the same thing, with little research. I don't want you spinning your wheels if you don't need to do so.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      You're a winner to me and I get to learn from you daily. Enjoy the weekend Bill--you and your beloved.

      PS- I agree with you that to me, Hubpages is not a competition. I see it as a fertile forum for expression.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Robin! Have a great weekend, and here is a toast to our continued growth on HP and beyond!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, I feel fortunate to have come into HubPages during the billybuc era. I don't know where I'd be with all of this if not for your inspirational words of wisdom. I guess I don't yet consider myself to be a writer, not sure why, except I just don't have that confidence yet. But, I do feel that I am progressing and getting better with time. For now I just love to write about my travels and I find it very therapeutic.

      Another great Hub, voting up, sharing and anything else I can find to spread the word.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      WRITE ON about writing...your passion is infectious and motivating!

      Thank you for your support and connection with all of us who share in your passion. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, can you email me and point me in the right direction? I'm disappointed in Freelacer.com. They make money on both ends and the employers all want to pay a pittance!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, this is the site where I get all of my business...this and craigslist.....http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelancejobs/onli...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you my friend! I am passionate about writing, and if it is infectious then I am happy. Have a wonderful weekend dear lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you do those travel hubs better than I can....you are a writer....and if it is therapeutic then that's a win-win situation all the way. Thank you buddy; have a great weekend.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Well, billybuc. I am a "writer wannabe." You are a writer. There is a big difference.

      I voted this Hub UP and will share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will accept the compliment, Mary, and politely disagree with your assessment of your writing abilities. :) Thank you!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Chicken Soup for the Writer! This was fantastical! The quotes and your words epitomize what its all about and why we write...we write for the love of it, for our self expression, for the gratification of reading what we wrote...but you said it so much better than I. We read to learn what Bill has to say today ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared with my followers for sure!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are a doll, and I mean that in a very respectful way. Thank you....ya gotta love what you are doing....the passion has to fuel us day in and day out. I love being a writer....and so do you! Have a great weekend!

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

      Interesting and awesome write as always, Bill. The sayings of the masters are indeed worth deliberating upon.

      That the master writer has self experienced intense emotional turmoil, is a fact.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Rajan; one must experience in order to write about a subject with understanding. Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      I love this hub. I can see you are passionate about your work and play that you live, eat and breathe. It shows in your writing .

      I'm not really a writer but just enjoy producing hubs, and surprisingly get quite a lot of satisfaction from this pastime.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I really agree with your own views on writing. We must continually remind ourselves that we are writers. Only recently have I done that and now I tell people I meet that I am a writer. That makes my heart jump with joy and validation. Also I do know we can write for profit and still keep that thrill with our output. Thank you so much for this inspiring and confidence building Hub. You ARE a writer!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samnashy, I am passionate about writing, and I'm glad you are enjoying HubPages. Thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hyphen, thank you! The first few times I told someone in person that I was a writer I was almost embarrassed....I got over that quickly. LOL Now I love that description of what I am. Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There is nothing that gives me more pleasure than writing. Great topic...Cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad to hear that Ruby! Cheers to you as well and have a great weekend. Thank you!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I write, therefore, I write. Have you seen the HP blog today sir billy? They posted my hubspace and as I said, nothing special on where I hub, it is the little post stick in front of my computer that keeps me writing. It says: "Be brave. Write." --

      I am a writer yet to develop a thick skin and I'm getting there. No more shyness, ready to tell the world what's in my head and in my heart, what I feel and what I see and be the voice of the society, if need be.

      I look for inspirations everyday aiming for progress on my craft and this hub is phenomenal with great links for extra knowledge and learning.

      This hub just hammered my confidence. I have something to say--I am a writer.

      Thank you for the wisdom. Of course, you have my vote and all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, so nice to see you! I did not see the HP blog, but I love "Be Brave. Write". You are a good writer who will only get better, Cris, so let's get this show on the road. Crank it up, girl, and say what's on your mind. YOU ARE A WRITER!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just saw it, Cris; I didn't even know there was a HP blog....LOL....thanks for pointing me at it.

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      Billybuc, thanks for encouraging many hubbers to keep writing. In case you didn't know it, this article does that. Agatha Chrisite's quote and your photo also promotes productivity during relaxation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Stillwaters....your hub name brings me great peace of mind, and I appreciate your kind words.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      very inspirational. thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Profound words that we all needed to hear. I have a lot written, just have to find the time to finalize the work, and well, time to dig deeper into one's true self. Are you are writer or just playing along? You ask great questions here to get us into gear where we should be if we are to remain on HP. Thanks for the kick in the behind! Sincerely, let's get down to real writing here. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      Another great hub! I cannot honestly tell you the book that made me want to write. I've either been read to or read myself for as long as I can remember. I would say two books that really inspired me were "The Autobiography of Malcom X" and "Yes, I Can" by Sammy Davis, Jr. Of course, there were the "Big Red's" and "Old Yeller's" along the way, but these two demonstrated to me what a person could achieve in the face of adversity if strong enough to continue forward. Great Hub, my friend! Keep 'em comin'!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, friend! Sorry I am late..... This is an awesome article, what a way to inspire us! Encouraging points and positive push :) thanks, Billy!

      Enjoyed reading this, every inspiring.... Am I repeating myself :)) ?

      Voting up and ++

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Love Agatha Christie's quote! I always think of things to write about when I'm vacuuming and Ray Bradbury's quote...well those few words say so very much. Really cool hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I know I need a kick in the behind quite often, and I need encouragement....we all do. I'm glad you found this helpful. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, great additions to the conversation....the Malcolm X book was powerful. Writing is not an easy gig if we want to succeed at it.....I just wanted to encourage a bit. Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing, it's okay, you can repeat that any old time you want. LOL Thank you my Maine friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer! I often think of how the greats struggled and how hard it was for them to be noticed.....we all need to keep getting better and wait for our break.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article! I couldn't have said it better. LOL I love the quotes you picked for each section. Great stuff. I'm with you - for me to truly write, I have to let go of SEO. To write that into my articles is just to tedious and phoney for me. Others can do it and do it quite well, but it messes up the natural flow of my writing. Thanks for this charming writing review and lessons. Loved it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I agree completely! My writing is all about cadence and flow, and I can't do that when I'm concerned with SEO. I do SEO for paying customers, and oftentimes it is hard to switch from that to my own writings. I'm glad you enjoyed this and thank you so much!

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Thumbs up and shared, wonderful quotes. I think the Ray Bradbury one is my favorite. Yep, it is an obsession!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, without a doubt, I am obsessed. :) Thank you!

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Bill.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And so we write, for the love, the feeling, and the outpouring of emotion. A great read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I look forward to joining you at the lake tomorrow!

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      I started writing a diary when I was 10. My husband walks around with a pen tacked to his arm. Lol. The words must out and good or bad it’s what we do. You are an inspiration to me Bill and I only hope to be half the writer you are and I know I will be great!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity my dear, what a lovely way to start my day! Thank you for your kindness.....and I think you are a wonderful writer in your own right. I love that you write a daily diary and you are right, the words must come out, good or bad. Love to you!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your "teachers diamond" is sparkling with light and brilliance. I am humbly your student and grateful for all the knowledge I gain from reading your hubs. Up, across and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Audrey, how you can lift me up! Thank you! I learned from people like you when I came to HP...I had no clue....I had words in my heart but no way of properly organizing them on the computer so that they would say what I wanted them to say. We are all students my dear friend! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I'm so glad I saw this! I missed it a couple days ago when you published it. So, your statement about how you're obsessive with writing resonates with me, but with a slight twist. When I'm not thinking about writing, I'm thinking about other things to write about. Then I think about cool art projects to do and write about. Then I think about crafts and photos and how I can market all of this stuff. Then I think about compositions and more writing and how I can tie it all in together. I was literally scrubbing the bathtub this morning (not that you needed to know that, but it illustrates Agatha Christie's quote up there) and coming up with all sorts of writing ideas and then I was thinking about the black walnut dye I'm making (and will write a hub about) and the art projects I will make with that dye. Now, I'm thinking about how I write a lot when I comment and I'm SOOO obsessive, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I am literally laughing out loud. I have no idea who people get writer's block; it is a mystery to me. My God, as soon as I step out of bed in the morning my brain starts up....everything I see is an idea for a future hub. How can others not see what you and I see?

      We are working in the garden later today and I have no doubt I will have five hubs planned in my brain by the time we finish. That's just the life of a writer!

      Thanks lil' Sis!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Yes, I DO drive myself crazy. But, um, I think people know that about me. I'm just a little crazy. LOL. I mean, I quit my job to do this! LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just another reason why I love ya, Cyndi!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      FEEEEL THE LOOOOOVEEEE! FEEEEEEL THE LOOOOOVE! Have a great day, BB. I'm going to try not to get permanent black walnut stains on my hands. LOLOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck! We'll be in the garden after a drive in the country!

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      jmartin1344 4 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Great article, all so true! I have always loved to write, but I guess I never really thought it realistic. Plus I have spent all of my time since college trying to pay the bills and get by. In particular I love to write Screenplays as my real dream is to be in the movie industry, and while it is difficult to find time I would say that one thing I've learned is that you just have to WRITE! My problem was that I thought I had to start with a masterpiece and my scales were too grand! Now I just write and let the ideas come to me as I go!

      Great read, and some fantastic quotes in there too. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jmartin, I think we all start out thinking we are going to instantly write the next great masterpiece....and then reality comes to us, and we settle in and learn our craft. In the long run, I think we become better writers because of the long-term experience. Thank you for the visit and best of luck to you!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, this is such an educational and inspirational article in so many ways. It is important to understand that writing is hard and success is not instant. So many great tips and interpertation of great writers Bill. This is a masterpiece, hands down Bill. Awesome work. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Ricky, thank you very much! We all need a little boost now and then to keep pushing forward on our writing. Much-appreciated my friend!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting wish there was an inspirational button. I find that I write poetry from the heart and whatever develops develops. Article writing is another matter and sometimes I don't feel too confident in writing something. However you have encouraged me to keep on trying and I will. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy! I think we all need encouragement from time to time; this can be a lonely profession, and we sometimes need that little extra boost to carry on. I look forward to your next!

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      billybuc voted up, useful and awesome! This is such a phenomenal hub loaded with advice on writing that I printed it out to use as a reference to turn to when I get discouraged. You are correct that a writer must write, write, write! LOVE the quotes you shared in this terrific piece. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      One thing I think I may have discovered about you is that you are probably not only a writer but a conversationalist as well, Billy. I can hear your words as I read your writings

      And for sure...those of us who think we are writers 'don't give a damn what others think'...if we think we are, we are, and we will write. Kinda like build a field and they will come...give us words and we will write Love this.

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      Injured lamb 4 years ago

      Dear Bill, how am I going to leave my comment here as my blood is flowing with all the inspiration, warmth and love as I am reading this hub of yours as well as the comments that all the great fellow hubbers left...it touched me, and it did bring me some deep thoughts actually...I feel connected somehow...Thanks for giving us such an invisible yet great and powerful booster Bill.

      Yes, we should believe in ourselves and believe in our abilities...we must believe that we are a writer though I still have a lot to learn from you all.

      I like your way and attitude of " get out of my face" to those who told you that you are wasting your time on writing...I wonder why people love to discourage others instead of giving them the encouragement, but it's okay to us as we know clearly and firmly that the writing does feed our souls...

      Bill, thanks for being our angel, the society somehow seems lacking of love and encouragement here and there, but I am really lucky enough to have the chance to be here with all of you...though we know we are all in the virtual world, yet the support, warmth and love can be sensed so truly here...

      Sending my sincere appreciation here to you Bill, may god bless you...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea my dear, I hope you are well. I always light up when I see your smile in a comment. Thank you, blessings to you as well, and have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I guess I do have a conversationalist voice in my writing. Thank you for noticing that; it's what I aim for, like two people sitting over coffee, talking about life. You just made my day with that comment, so I thank you!

      Now, get to writing PS!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb, that was as sweet a comment as I have read in a long time. Thank you....I am sincere and I do want to help people and encourage them....and make them enthused about writing. This can be a lonely profession and we all need a boost to carry on from time to time. Your words touched me this morning, so I thank you.

      Are you on Facebook? If so, maybe you would like to follow each other? You can find me under Bill Holland in Olympia...I would love to be your FAcebook friend as well.

      bill

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I now believe I am a writer.... I believe... if I put my heart on paper... then I am a writer.... the only process which goes in between is juggling that thought and polishing in it your mind...

      For my writing is my hash... my weed... when I write... I feel high... I feel ecstatic.... when I think about penning a word that some one will read and think about.... it makes me trippy... yes.. I am a writer...

      Hats off to you sir Bill.... wonderful hub... awesome encouragement..

      If I were a publisher.... I would have signed million dollar deals with you :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, you are a gifted writer....I believe in your talent....and one day you will be recognized as you should be. Thank you my young, talented friend.

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