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What They Don't Tell You About Writing Jobs

Updated on January 10, 2014

A Preface

I am struggling today. In truth, I struggle quite often in my chosen field of writing, but today is one of the worst that I have had in quite some time. Perhaps you share that struggle. If you are a writer you certainly understand that struggle, for I know of no writer who does not experience it.

They don’t tell us about the struggle when we decide to be writers, do they? What we hear about is the opportunity to work for ourselves. We hear about working from home, and having the freedom of naming our own hours, and the beauty of not having a boss breathing down our necks. All great selling points for sure, and boy do we jump at it and embrace it as the perfect job.

But they don’t tell us about the struggles.

In the beginning I was clueless
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Reality Time

I have spoken often about the fact that writing is a lonely gig. Whether you are writing a novel or doing freelance work for some nameless corporation, for the most part you are stuck in your writing workspace, pounding out words and speaking to no one.

Worst, you are stuck in your own head, and oftentimes you will be forced to battle with the self-doubts that infiltrate your brain on a regular basis. Am I good enough? How will I be able to sell this book? What in the world am I doing? Have I lost my friggin’ mind?

If you are lucky enough to be able to mute those inner voices, there is still the reality of trying to sell your writings, and that is a major undertaking at the very least.

How many writers are there in the world? I have no idea but I would be willing to bet my meager earnings that there are millions, and they are all trying to sell their writings. Those who have found the courage to write a novel or book, who have spent literally years finishing their manuscript, then face an uphill battle of gargantuan proportions in trying to get that book published.

Of course there is always the ebook route, an avenue that requires no publishing house or agent. Literally anyone can publish an ebook, and that fact alone means the competition is enormous. There are millions of ebooks published each year, and the chance of becoming recognized in that field are less than good on the greatest of days.

Do you want more discouragement? You can write for a content mill and do SEO articles for $5-$10 per 500 words, and if you are lucky by the end of your first year you will be able to pay for your car payment. You can also try to write for magazines and other publications; they certainly pay more than content sites but the competition, again, is stiff.

And so It Shall Always Be

Name a successful writer and I will be willing to bet that they labored in relative obscurity for years before they were discovered and tasted success. Years! Years of sending proposals and years of being rejected. Years of harboring self-doubts and years of earning beggar’s wages, more often than not supporting their lifestyle choice by working odd jobs to pay for food and shelter.

So you see, it always was and it most likely always will be. There are no get rich quick schemes in the writing business. Go to the library or bookstore, or search online, and you can find countless books that will tell you how to succeed in writing. They make it sound like all you have to do is read the book and instant success and fame will be yours.

No! It will not!

So What Is the Point? Should You Just Quit?

For heaven’s sake, no you don’t just quit, not if you have a passion for writing, and that is really the key. If you are going to commit to writing for a living then you have to have passion. How else do you remain sane when the self-doubts creep in? How else do you justify spending years of your life trying to beat the odds?

Writing is not a job for the weak-of-heart, and it is not a job for the self-delusional who believe it is as easy as reading a How To book and then sharpening your pencil. If you want to make it in this business you have to have the X Factor.

And what, you ask, is the X Factor of Writing?

I’m glad you asked!

You must believe in yourself

The X Factor

Before I tell you what the X Factor is, let us start with some assumptions. The first assumption is that you have some writing game. In other words, you have certain talents that at the very least give you a leg to stand on in this business.

The next assumption is that you have the time to devote to becoming a better writer and to practicing your craft. I’m sure it is possible to write a successful novel during your part-time, but that truly is doing things the hard way. Good writing requires working at it, and working at it requires having the time to devote to it. A writer must be willing to improve and to put in the time necessary to improve. It takes practice and constant work, and then it takes more practice and more work.

Now, if you can say yes to those assumptions, and you have the passion to follow this career path, then it is time to share with you the X Factor.

You must believe in yourself.

Believing in yourself will sustain you when self-doubt rears its ugly head. Believing in yourself will sustain you when you receive hundreds of rejections slips from publishers and agents. Believing in yourself will be the driving force as the days of no recognition turn into months, and the months turn into years.

Today I believe in myself as a writer. It is that belief that has led me to this article, for this article is a declaration that I will not give up. This is the path I have chosen. This is my passion and this is what I want to do, for as long as it takes, until finally I find success in this business. My belief in myself is rock-solid and steady, and despite the setbacks and the lack of recognition, I will remain steadfast in my belief that I am a writer and I am good enough to make it.

Can you say the same thing about yourself? If so, sit your butt down at the computer, limber up those fingers, and……WRITE!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, thank you. I didn't mean for it to be depressing but I guess it is in a way. It's a tough road to walk being a writer. Thank God we have a passion for it. :)

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A little depressing Billy but oh so true. Most of us will only satisfy our own inner creativity. A few will achieve some modicum of success. But many of us will forge on despite the strife, struggles and loneliness. I tip my hat to those of us who keep at it despite the trials and tribulations. Thanks again for your honesty Billy. Always a pleasure to read your words of wisdom!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas, good for you. Yes, all artists, all musicians, all writers struggle and rarely are they totally satisfied. Yes, we would like more money....but....we do this because we have a passion for it. Without that passion it is just a job or a hobby, and if that is all there is to it then we are destined to fail. I love hearing that you have the passion...keep writing my friend.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well Bill, I'm definitely in the category of part-time at the moment doing this. I have a little more time freed up lately to devote to the craft and I also have a passion for writing. My heart is to help people, make them laugh, share any experiences that can benefit, etc. Last on my list is making any revenue from this.

      Do I want revenue from it? Absolutely. But I made a deal with myself that if that was my main goal then I would fail at it because I wouldn't have fun doing it. Having fun is getting to know people......knowing what you're writing is helping them, impacting their lives in positive ways. If I make a little money on the side, well that's just dandy too.

      I believe in myself, but I think I have a long way to go before I can say I believe in my work. Sure, they go hand in hand.....but for me, I believe an artist is never 100 percent satisfied with what they painted. There are always improvements to be made. You just have to get to the point of knowing that your work is worthwhile and who cares about the small stuff. Just put it out there and let God handle the rest. If what you've done is pleasing to you and to Him, what does it matter? Voting this up Bill and it really hit the spot once again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elena, it is nice to see you my friend. You are right of course; we must create opportunities and not just wait for them to knock on our door. Best wishes to you and thank you.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting. I like the fact that you mentioned having a Passion. It's the only thing that makes a Writer Persist and continue to enjoy writing and be more creative.

      At the right time, they will find a nice break where they can probably write for a column and not just write a book (many do that) but have a best selling book. Sometimes, we have to go out and create those opportunities too - which ofcourse you are doing but many are still waiting for the opportunity to knock.

      Great Hub. Voted up as usual.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, we are never alone. It just seems like it sometimes. :) Good to have you back my friend, and thank you.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      Recognized myself again - good to know I'm not alone!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that last phrase spoke volumes. LOL Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Writing is one of my many joys. I wish I had more time for it, but I don't. I'm content with the free time I do get to purge or what others refer to as writing :))

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jmillis! Gives us something to work through, doesn't it?

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub. I know first hand about those self doubts as I struggle with them daily.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DimiT, thank you so much. Kind words to begin my day with and I appreciate it.

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      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      I will only just say to you billybuc that you must listen to the little voice inside your head and let those fingers do the work! Do not let anything distract you! I love your hubs...and yes you do make words come together and sing to us! Thanks again

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's an interesting point, Randy! I have always believed that good writing should have a cadence....it should have its own beat, like a good speech has a beat to it....and my job as a writer is to find the individual heartbeat of the piece I am writing.

      Thanks for sharing that!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I've always been intrigued with words, not as a writer, but with puzzles such as crosswords, cryptograms, anacrostics, or any other mentally challenging word game. I love to do expert crosswords in ink and get ticked if I make a mistake! lol

      So I suppose I look at how a story can be told as a sort of word puzzle also, how different words with similar meanings sound better, or flow easier than their fellows, or express a slightly different emotion, often simply because of their sounds.

      Funny though, you don't hear much about how the different sounds or cadences of words make a tale flow so much better as much as other aspects of writing.

      So yes, a fascinating challenge for a word lover such as myself. I'm glad it wasn't math I was enthralled with as a child instead. lol!

      --RG

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, I understand completely. I have no idea what writer's block is; my problem is finding the time to write about all the things that interest me. :) Thank you my friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randy, what would life be without a challenge? I love every day of writing; I may go nowhere with it but it won't be for lack of trying. :) Thank you!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A great inspirational pep-talk! My biggest problem is deciding what to write about. Lots of things are interesting to me, but not everyone shares my opinion about that, so I have to think which of the things I think are fascinating will also grab my readers attention. I never run out of things to write about, but choosing from among all those things is the problem.

      This hub is great advice for all writers too!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Well I'm officially retired today, Bill. Thanks for a very honest and hard look at the struggle to be recognized writer. Frankly, I've never been the type to say "writing is my passion" on any of my profile pages, but since I've only been doing this about 5 years or so I really can't claim to be very experienced at the craft.

      It is a challenge I enjoy so far, but I really don't depend on it for my income--probably a good thing! lol! I pretty much figured it was very hard to be a successful writer and you just confirmed my suspicions. Not to say I won't give it a good shot, though. Thanks, I enjoyed reading this one!

      --RG

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jeff; I appreciate it.

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      Jeff Conn 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      Good stuff. Encouraging, and you write well, so I'm as sure as you are you'll succeed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you are so young. There are so many adventures in front of you and I find that exciting. :)

      hugs to you my dear friend

      bill

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Maybe I do. One day I'm going to sit down and just start writing and never stop, but there are so many things I want to do before that day. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Made, that makes me sad. You need a big pep talk from me. :) Thank you and have a great weekend as well.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I don't believe in myself. Thank you for this hub, Bill. I needed to read it. Enjoy your weekend! I will. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Elizabeth!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      LOL Thanks! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elizabeth, you just managed to inspire me while I was inspiring you. LOL That's a good trick. Thank you for sharing those stories about King. It is a tough road and a long haul, but to not feed our passion would be criminal. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, thank you! I have been blessed with a voice that people listen to. I don't know where it comes from but I am grateful for it. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Ah Bill thank you for this real but encouraging Hub. It brings to mind my favorite author, Stephen King, who DID labor for years and years, his whole life in fact devoted to writing, and was a depressed English professor before he made it. He wrote the begining of "Carrie", thought it was stupid, and threw it in the trash. His wife dug it out and said "I think you have something here". Do I need to say what happened next? I read this in his book "On Writing", a half autobiography/half guide to writing. Its a very inspirational book that I recommend to any apiring reader, because he speaks so much about not giving up on your dreams and being persistant. He tells of a railroad spike he had driven in his wall that held rejection letters, that eventually got so heavy that it fell off the wall. And now he is, well, The King. And a quote from him that sticks with me, and I was reminded of during the begining of this, is "Writing is the loniest job in the world" (not sure if that was the exact quote but its so true). I'm glad you keep writing, you have many great things to say!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Inspirational. My first reaction Bill, "Aye, aye, captain and full speed ahead!" You certainly motivate. I always try my best. At times I fail, at times I succeed but life would not be life without my PC and my keyboard pounding away that which comes from my imagination. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, you brought a smile to my face this morning. What a lovely surprise, seeing you pop up. Thank you! Thank God I love baked beans. LOL Your kind words were the encouragement I needed today. Thank you for that gift.

      love always,

      bill

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      Hello dear friend, it has been a long while since I’ve had the time to read your hubs and I’ve really missed them! This one however I could not miss as, once again, you speak to my heart. Although writing is one of the toughest vocations out there we cannot give up! You have touched so many lives with your words and although that surely does not pay the rent or put food on the table, it certainly DOES add to the spirit of the world and makes this place a little better.

      So we all have to knuckle down and keep our heads up high and do what we have to do… and hopefully one day soon we’ll also earn more than just enough for a tin of baked beans :)

      Much love and hugs coming your way dear friend and never give up! Your writing matters… so very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that was very sweet of you and thank you! Ya gotta love what you are doing or there is no sense in doing it for very long. :) Maybe an over-simplification but not by much.

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

      Hi Billy, I really don't know if I'm any good a this yet, but I enjoy doing it; it's not the things in life we do that we regret, but the things we don't do. I truly believe that if we enjoy what we do, others can become infected by our enthusiasm, Rather like you my friend, who have infected so many of us on HP with your passion, dreams and aspirations. I wish you every success with the book, if anyone deserves it; you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are living and breathing this hub right now. This is a tough gig unless one is only in it for the exercise, and I know you are not. The competition is fierce, and in the world of content mills it is a bidder's war. Then we talk about novels and getting published and something like one out of every 10,000 gets published...ouch!

      And so we keep on chugging along with a song in our hearts and a smile on our faces because we are feeding our passion and that makes it all worth it.

      love,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I think this is the most important and most enlightening hub you could ever post. Earning a living and a place in the freelance world is probably harder than raising children! Yes, you heard me right!

      Becoming a successful freelance writer is full of trials and fear of not being able to pay your bills. You have to start at the bottom, even if you have previous experience. Today's media and marketing tactics are a whole 'nother animal from when I began decades ago.

      My most recent endeavor, thanks to you, pays much more than I've earned to date. However, its is so much more sophisticated which makes my choices in articles and the ability to meet my quota in order to earn a bonus that much harder.

      First off, each article has to be written according to AP standards. Secondly, there is a list of 12 websites that are unacceptable research points. This makes it hard because until now, many of them were ones I sought for SEO writing. As a result, I'm finding it much harder to write 25 quality articles in a week than before now. Also, the research categories and the 7 different styles of articles to write leave me short of viable resourses in which to write an effective article.

      HOWEVER, the writer must never become so intimidated that they give up! Challenge yourself to be the best you can be! Learn what you can and find a niche that feels comfortable. Just know you have to learn the hard way, make a name for yourself the hard way before you can fly.

      And fly you will if you employ sticktoitism!

      Reach for your dreams and be prepared to wear hiking boots - you'll need them!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, you are a writing machine. I'm working on novel #2 and it is slow going, but that is my fault because of my lack of organization. I keep getting sidetracked with little stuff and ignore the big stuff...like today.

      I think society has dumbed down in recent years my friend. Substance has been replaced by instant gratification and it show in literature as well. I was in a used book store last weekend, and one entire shelf was for this one author who writes adventure novels, and I kid you not he must have had over 100 separate novels there. They were all about two or three different character....they reminded me of the old dime novels, about 150 pages long, very little style, but somehow he had convinced a published to take on his work and obviously he is successful because the publisher was Bantam. That, of course, means that hundreds of thousands are buying his books for a quick read. I looked at that display and I wanted to cry.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by my friend. Good luck with "Betrayed."

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      You've pulled a lot of comment traffic with this one, Bill.

      The big competition for publishing books these days in the UK is 'coffee table biographies'. I suppose it's the same on your side of the Pond. 'Celebrities' these days seem to sprout through the gaps in the patio tiles, with pseudo-'Sunset Strip' writing. No style as such, just copy-cat Hollywood Boulevard phrasing.

      Straight, hard-hitting strong-verbal prose writing seems to have slipped off the radar, to be replaced by 'gooey' slap worked into an artform by scriptwriters who know precious little of the English language. It seems to read like re-worked German, if you know what I mean, 'alright already' is just Bronx for 'na, geht schon', and that's just one. There might be a load of Hispanic 'drag-overs' over your way as well, for all I know.

      By the way, RAVENFEAST book three (of nine planned) "OUTCAST" has been set in motion. The welders have got their tools, the riveters are lining up at the gates and the slipway is being readied. I've even got the basic idea for the cover. Book four "BETRAYED" is over half-finished in the first manuscript.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, this is not an easy job, and I hate to think that people would become writers thinking that it is. This is hard work and requires dedication. As you know! Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I agree with your points of the best and the not so good about writing, if you are not compassionate about writing it won't work. Everyday is a new start for writers, and just getting the correct title out is only one of the many important tasks, you have given every writer what they really need to know.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, someone mentioned in a comment that we live in an ADHD society......it might be more accurate than we think. LOL Thank you. I don't know what my future looks like, but I'll keep plugging along.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ironic for sure, Martin! You are an excellent writer and I have no problem envisioning a large following. Thank you my friend.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I don't think anyone is ever completely satisfied with their own creations, I mean, look at Frankenstein ;) I would love to make writing my "retirement career" but I'll settle for the fun of it. You, on the other hand, do have a career and a future, we all know that. Your advice in any area is always welcome and this piece is no exception...maybe we should read this over a few times to make sure our ADD hasn't made us miss anything ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Ironically, as I get sicker and am forced to pull back, my following grows larger. I now work 16 hours a day to write 3 pieces for 2 sites. As soon as the 4th book is out I have to add in advertising.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, that was a very nice thing to say. Thank you so much; if I inspire anyone then I feel pretty good as a writer.

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Been there and still often feel that! Excellent voice for all of us aspiring writers. Just like in school, success means never giving up and lessons can be learned from failure and mistakes. Thanks for being our voice William, you truly are an inspiration!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I can't imagine doing anything else. I love my life and writing is a huge part of it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drpennypincher, an excellent point. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am happy, Ruby! I'm my worst critic, and once I get past that obstacle I'll be able to appreciate the process more. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Jeannie! I love writing, as I know you do. It's a great way to pass the time. :)

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

      Thanks Billy, for sure, if they really told us about the struggles, writers would go back to feeling inadequate again. I have so many wonderful writing mentors that encourage me to perfect the gifts we are given. Your writing shines through. Every day we write and read positively, awesome!

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      An old gag from a TV show or movie (don't remember where):

      The first person in the scene introduces herself as a writer.

      The second person says, "What have you written?"

      "Nothing, yet," says the first person....

      If you're writing at all, you're doing more than most "writers"!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      We all have those dreaded doubts. Will anyone like this, will they even read it? Of course we care if they do or do not, but for me, the main reason i write is to tell a story or write a poem that i like. If someone likes it it is great. I know that writing for a living is different and you must strive to write something people will connect to and you do. You are a good writer. You are funny. You are honest. You tell it like it is. What more could you want? I forgot to mention heart. That you have an abundance of my friend..Not to worry..Be Happy..

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Another great hub... hooray for you deciding to be a writer and sharing it with all of us. Voted up and shared! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, what a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you very much. I agree that writers must have sensitivity and passion or they will always fall short. A writer must elicit feelings in the reader and how else can you do that without knowing what those feelings are like?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you are a doll. Thank you, and if I help you in any little way then I am quite happy. You have established quite a little niche for yourself. I hope it pays off with a ton of views.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it's good to have you back. HP is a community and it is noticeable when one of the regulars is gone for awhile. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you had a great time in Florida.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, it is not very comfortable when we have these moments of hollow self-doubt and discouragement. I too have had my share of them recently. I think that sensitivity and passion are necessary parts of good writers, otherwise, quite simply, they would not be able to be good writers! The most wonderful part about writing on HP is the support of each other as we endure the rough days. That is priceless, so should probably be included in our monetary reward. You are good. Use that as your mantra when there is a grimness to your day. I send you a hug my friend. You will work it out - how do I know? Because you are good!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      As somewhat of a newbie to writing I have found it is fast becoming a real passion and like you I have other passions that I find I can incorporate into my rantings. I enjoy the smallest things with writing and i am under no illusion it is an easy path. You are an incredibly gifted writer and your day will surely come to reap the benefits of your beliefs, passion and dedication to this craft. Thanks for giving me the support, encouragement and laughter that makes me want to be the best writer I can be.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Doing this part-time and not having a writing background means I have doubts all the time. But, I really do love writing here on HPs and when you love something you continue to plug away. The last month has been my toughest. Busy at work, busy with the holidays, and we decided to make a trip down to Florida to visit my in-laws so I've been away for a while. But I am back and ready to go and have many Hubs to write on our adventures down to the sunshine state. Many thanks for continuing to motivate me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, what are you, the math whiz??? LOL Most people would have never figured that out. Too funny!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, seriously? If you are doubling up during the week, then you are not really getting any extra time off. You're only redistributing it. Even I can figure that out. Take three days and see what happens. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, I'm fine. Just one of those days, and there will be others. I understand what you are saying but truthfully I take the weekends off now. The hubs I publish on weekends have been written during the week. What was unusual was the fact that I felt like that on a Monday after two days away from writing. LOL Who knows?

      Thank you for caring...seriously...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurinzo, thank you my friend, and I love to look at that picture every now and then to remind myself of peace. :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Or...not. Bill, I am sorry that you are struggling. And, I understand it. I will also tell you that since I have been busy with new job responsibilities and with family responsibility, I have not had the time to write as much as I had in the past. Actually it has been healthy for me. Absense does make the heart grow fonder and I am missing my time alone at the keyboard. New ideas are flowing like a summer rain too. All because I ws forced to take a small break. You are so driven and I understand being driven to survive but I must suggest that you give yourself permission to take a little break. Renew, refresh, and then apply all that new energy and new attitude to writing pieces that satisfy your spirit's need to express. You are far too good to burn out but you and I both know it can happen. Sending you hugs, support, and love.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      As usual Bill my friend you have written a hub that is worthy of saving because it is well written and informative

      some very good ideas, and nice pic of the "relaxing pose"

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I agree completely with your last piece of advice. I have felt that several times and just pulled the plug on the day and walked away. People talk about writer's block....I've never experienced that as of yet, but I'm willing to bet I would if I didn't take breaks now and then.

      Thank you for relating your experience. It was very helpful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, the door is open for that person and I'll even serve a cold drink when they stop by. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Melissa, put some pressure on me why don't you? LOL Thank you kind lady. This is what I do; now I just have to get better at it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph...LOL...no surprise there.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ha, ha! Keeping the force to continue is all that it takes. One day, someone will want the material that you have.

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Bill, you have something good to say, and I like your creative standpoint. I admire anyone who says “writing is my passion and I am going to write no matter what!” I see lots of folks on HubPages who say that, and I see lots of new hubs coming from the same people every day. I admire that also, but I say to myself “they must have another source of income to be able to write that much.”

      I fell into writing just like falling into a gopher hole, and with about that much enthusiasm. I wrote commercial “spots” for radio just so I could do a share of the production (voice overs). That seemed to find my niche, and I have been earning my living doing some kind of writing or editing now for more years than I care to admit. I know that I am not a Hemingway or a Stephen King, and I accept that. I like writing enough to pursue it as a hobby outside of my regular job, but I would never try to depend on it for a living. I think we all have a path preordained in this world, and mine is not to be a great writer, just a steady one.

      I disagree with one piece of advice that writing gurus put forth religiously, and that is to write some every day. Make yourself write even if you don’t feel like it, they say. From having to force myself to write every day commercially, I think you can suffer burnout, or your creativity needs a rest. My advice is if you don’t feel like writing today, DON’T. Give your creativity a rest and tomorrow you may be truly inspired. At least that has been my experience.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, you are such a talented writer! Unfortunately, no matter how good you are, self-doubt plagues almost everyone at some point in time....As you pointed out, every famous author has struggled and seen rejection before success. You have to just have faith in yourself and KNOW that you are a good writer. Easy for me to say, considering writing is only my hobby and not my full-time job....so I can only imagine the pressure a full-time writer and author must feel.

      Now get back to work! :)

      You have millions more to inspire!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I was a cheerleader in high school. LOL! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, look at you being my cheerleader. You are greatly appreciated in Olympia, Washington, and I mean that sincerely. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ewent, I love the advice "go placidly amid the crowds." Perfect! I complain a lot about the content mills but for me it is just a way to pay some bills. I also consider it a challenge that allows me to practice my craft while making customers happy. It's all in the attitude my friend. I am a survivor and I'll find my way in this industry eventually. Thank you!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      (((((BILL)))))

      Great hub and glad you poured in your energy to tell it like it is. My bookshelf is lined (literally probably 2-3 shelves) with how to write books - from novels to autobiographies to non-fiction, blogging and freelance writing. Sure, there are some good tips, but the best thing is to JUST WRITE! It takes a strong individual, as you well know, to try to make it in this field. Keep up the great work my friend, Steph

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 4 years ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      What I found with writing jobs is you won't please all of the clients all of the time. At present, most of the browsers are focusing on content quality. One of the most difficult points to get across to clients and content mills is how crucial the quality of the information contained in the content of articles really is. Instead, many focus too much on punctuation and diversify their style guides to the utter frustration of talented, experienced, professional writers. I've been in the writing business since 1980. I've been paid to write more than 2900 online website articles. For me, the only way to manage a good frame of mind when writing is to "go placidly amid the crowds." I also wrote two published suspense novels since 2010, "Barrow House" and "The House at the End of Langdon Road." I've just finished my third "House" book, "The Hanging House on Partridge Lane," as yet unedited and unsolicited to publishers. I'm fascinated by old homes and homes with unique architecture. It's a world where the characters who lived in or are living in the houses can be altered to create dramatic suspense novels.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea my dear friend, I hope this finds you well and happy. Drop me a line if you get the chance and tell me how recovery is going. I do care and I would love to hear about you.

      Thank you and you are oh so right....other than my loved ones, this is my priority and I'm going to give it my best shot. No regrets!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Lizzie, thank you! I just share what I have learned....seems like common sense to me, but then I look around me at my fellow humans, and I realize not everyone learned the lessons I learned. And so I write.

      Thank you for your kind words. No worries; you will never have to remind me of our friendship. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melanie, look at you being my cheerleader! Thank you for that inspirational comment. I want you to know that I believe in you as well, and I admire the fact that you are determined to make it in this writing world. Let's continue to provide inspiration for each other, okay? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy....LOL...great saying at the end. I have never heard that before; thanks! As for SEO...I actually do quite well, and I could do better if I chose to, but there are only so many hours in a day and I have to devote time to becoming a better novelist. Even doing SEO I challenge myself to write good articles even though it really is not required. I consider every piece of writing a learning experience, and I know that you understand that way of thinking.

      Thank you my dear. Sending you love from Olympia.

      bill

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is very inspiring, and unlifting article, Billy! Even if I don't become a True Writer, I will always remember your X Factor! :) And I agree with Mel, you are on your way to Success!! And when you become a second Mark Twain, I will be right there reminding you of our friendship here :)

      Seriously though, you are a great inspiration for all of us, and a wonderful fellow Hubber! Thanks for sharing......

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I've had the passion to write and paint since grade school and I developed the drive through kudos among classmates, teachers and now, hubpages. There is no endeavor where there isn't competition. I compete with myself in the solitary efforts of writing. I derive new avenues of expression, inspiration, determination and strength from the comments of my readers.

      I've also written for SEO content and made about $750 in a year! It is bland, boring yet taxing, time-consuming work. Yet, I derived satisfaction by passing the test to write for a company that has turned down some of my referrals. Since it is the only paying gig I've managed in the writing field, I need to get back in the saddle. And, considering the fact that some of the greatest poets died as starving artists, the soul of an artist must feed their pragmatic side in order to enjoy the luxury of creating food for their soul. In other words, "if you don't eat your meat you can't have any pudding."

      Great, inspirational piece, Bill, based on reality. Thank you. Hugs

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, not only do I believe in you, but I KNOW that you are on your way to success. What success, well - we don't know yet. Novels, articles, being part of a greater plan...who knows. I do know you have a passion for writing and the ability to speak to people and move them. And that's not something all of those millions of writers can do. Keep going Bill, you're doing great, and you are my inspiration!

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc: Any writer who reads this excellent hub has probably experienced every single thing you shared. I know I have! So the good news is, WE ARE NOT ALONE! We who love to write share a common bond...and, as you stated, SO IMPORTANT to believe in yourself.

      Here's how I see it...whether or not I ever make it as a successful writer by the end of my life is not the issue. What's important is, the WORST thing is to go into eternity without having given it a shot...and never quitting. So keep it up! I think you are doing terrific!

      It's so easy to procrastinate, whereas, writing should be the number one priority of the day. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, what a gig, huh? What have we signed up for? LOL Let's keep doing it and find out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Xstatic.....it's a tough grind sometimes, but I love it, as I know you do. So let's see what we can create today. Who knows? Maybe it will be the magical piece that makes it all worth it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I actually do have other passions. In fact, I try to incorporate those into my writing to kill two birds with one stone. :) Thank you for your kind words. I'm not sure I'll ever be satisfied with my writing, but maybe that's as it should be.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I agree completely. Self-doubting is part of the battle and I think it is natural. We just keep carrying on and always moving forward. We improve our craft with every piece that we write, and that's what it is all about.

      Thank you; my goodness you are loyal. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, that is the battle we face daily, isn't it? I keep thinking of the great writers who wrote for decades with hardly any recognition. Talk about dedicated to their craft. Of course, they might have quit if they had to deal with SEO. LOL Thank you Tammy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Georgie, I don't think I'll ever reach the point where I think I have written the best thing in history. Man, what would that feel like? Love your honesty my friend and I agree, you do have it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I was reading so fast I didn't even catch it the first time. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, thank you! I cannot imagine not writing. I can imagine finding the time to take a break now and then :) but not writing? It isn't in my DNA to quit.

      I hope you are well. I see you have a new profile picture. Lovely as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, thank you and I do believe writing is a disease. I love it for sure. As for finding a niche, I believe that to be very true, especially in today's world. We need to keep hammering at that niche that interests us so much. If we enjoy it then that will shine through in our writing.

      Thanks for the visit and the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denmark, I love your last section....harder to succeed thanks to our increasingly ADD society. LOL It is spreading, isn't it? Look at HP...the average read takes a little over one minute. No way to read a 1,500 word hub in one minute, but day after day Hubbers do that. We are either very gifted readers or ADD is a communicable disease.

      Thanks for the boost of encouragement my friend.

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

      So true, the belief in oneself is paramount in writing, and really in any activity that we take on. Art, writing, activism all require the belief and the drive to carry on with little or no praise or pay!

      Mark

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A really down to earth view of the reality of being a writer. It is hard work, and so hard to mute those inner voices" which tell you to forget it, no one wants to read this stuff. But that X factor is so real, so important, so difficult to "refresh" each time you begin.