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Why I Write: A Reflection

Updated on June 20, 2010

My 50th Hub

Having reached my 49th Hub and completing the 30/30 Hubchallenge, I thought about maybe taking a week off or so, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done and just laying myself off on writing more Hubs. But then I wanted to do something special. I wanted to celebrate somehow, so after some thought, I came up with this idea: I wanted my 50th Hub to be somewhat special and a reflection of my time here at Hubpages so far.

For those of you who know me, you know that I like to write. When writing my fictional pieces, I take pleasure in creating my characters, dressing them up a little, maybe give them a splash of Old Spice or Chanel and then shove them into the jaws of unmerciful hell. Funny, sometimes I feel like I’m a character in some writer’s novel that is still in the works! I like that I can make them say or do anything I please. I can make them have credit card bills, student loans, a living-beyond-their-means-mortgage payment…I can make them delinquent on their bills. I can make it so that my character has no real issues with his hunky-dory life and fly off to Bora Bora on the wings of a Gulfstream G550 with some gorgeous dame he just met at a cocktail party, just by pressing down on a few keys: It’s that easy—clickity click—only to have that same jet crash land on a desert island (and like always, the pilot, cute stewardess and any other minor character dies). Out of desperation, both guy and gal would then have to decide on whether or not they want to be eaten by the other or have it the other way around—I’m just that devious in that manner! This is one of the reasons why I love to write: I get the opportunity to create.

After losing my job of three years unceremoniously back in early 2008, I was faced with a huge challenge. While working, I put every fiber of my being into my job in middle-management, oftentimes working seventy-plus hours a week. I’d won some of my company’s most prestigious awards and for a time, was its most consistent regional sales leader having reached the top echelon an unheard of 34 consecutive months. When I was let go, I didn’t know what to do myself. “This isn’t in the script,” I said to myself. “I didn’t plan this.” But something happened from then on. I went back to writing my novel after having put it off for three full years. I had a bit of money left that I’d saved from the job and so made up my mind to finish up what I started so many years prior.

Writing My First Novel

For the next six weeks, I was a writing machine. Just like during the time right after college graduation (I majored in Creative Writing by the way) I jumped back into novel-writing mode again. I’d wake up pretty late—about nine in the morning (rather than five-thirty like I used to) put on a pot of coffee and turn on my computer while sitting in my swivel chair while clearing my mind. For the next two-and-a-half to three hours, I’d write. During that span, I didn’t pick up the phone or do much of anything else, besides sip on my coffee and go out for the occasional cigarette (yeah, yeah, I know). During which time, I did not stop until I had at least 500 words. Often times than not, I’d crank out much more, like 2,000 words if I was really “feeling it,” one might say.

After doing this for about an hour and a half to two hours, I’d spend perhaps another half hour or so doing some quick editing of the previous day’s work. I did this everyday without missing a single day for the next six weeks, during which time I cranked out a total of 40,000 words. At the end of six weeks, I had a total of 113,000 words which equates to 452 double-spaced pages (I still have a lot of editing to do). I finished my first novel on March 6, 2008. Not ever before in my life had I been more proud of myself than when I completed my novel currently titled, “Yellow House.” I’d accomplished exactly what I had set out to do back in the fall semester of 2000, which was to finish a novel.

I was in awe that I had finished my novel ahead of schedule, as I really thought that it would take me at least two full months or so to complete (since restarting it). I made great strides to finish and knew that nothing would stop me from reaching my goal. When I first started, my third rewrite of my novel back on March 1st of 2001, I already knew how my autobiographical novel would end; I just didn’t know how it would begin.

Writing the first 50 or so pages was very difficult, as I had to revise and rewrite it several times before I was satisfied with the product. If you have not read, “If I Had Wings,” please do, as it is the precursor to my first novel that inspired me to continue on my journey to fulfilling my dream. My family and I came to the United States in 1980. For almost a year prior to doing so, we spent 11 months at a Thai refugee camp to escape Communist persecution in our native Laos. To me, writing my novel about my family’s experience was not only the greatest undertaking I’ve ever endured; it was the most important. I am currently working on another novel titled, “I, Fraternity” and a novella that I plan to finish by the end of October. Since completing my first novel, I find writing other novels to be easier now, especially when tapping into my stream of consciousness.

I've also written a hub to help those seeking to Write a Novel and Find the Voice Within. I hope to see you there!

Things Do Happen For a Reason

Out of five children in my family, I am the youngest and was the first to attend college. My family and I risked our lives to come to the States, having traveled 10,000 miles to freedom. I challenge anyone to tell me that we did so in vain, as I love this country and will never forget where we might be presently had we not come here so many years before. We left behind so many of loved ones, our kin whom we’ve known all our lives and left our home under the cover of darkness without telling any of them beforehand of our plight, so as to not compromise their safety nor our own. Our plan to leave Laos was the most difficult decision my father ever made on behalf of our family. I believe wholeheartedly that I owe my life to my mother and father and writing our family’s novel is the best way I know how to honor them and cherish a memory that seems today an impossible dream.

I was devastated when I lost my job and so were my parents. It was in fact the first “real job” I got since graduating from college. I felt that I shamed them and felt ashamed for failing at my career. Looking back now, I don’t regret it, not one bit because it was the best thing my company ever did for me, as they inadvertently provided me the opportunity to finish my novel and for that I thank them.

Why I Write

Since the age of fourteen, I’ve been keeping a journal. For long stretches of time, I’ve written everything that came to mind. I found solace in my journal writing. Whatever it was that was bothering me—whether in my heart or my mind—writing drew out the poison that was trying to consume me. Writing was a passion to me then and is still a passion to me now. Writing is a release and with each writing session, I always feel better than when first I began. Writing is my freedom, my right, my life…I once heard this line and I do apologize if it belongs to you and was not given your due:

“Sticks and stones will break bones, but words will break a heart.”

This line certainly struck a chord in me. I learned at an early age that words are powerful and have an unlimited potential to either harm or heal a person—that they can be soothing or damaging to the right or wrong person, that they can be descriptive and convey emotions…I wanted to harness that same power. I wanted to tell a story or two and share it with everyone willing to listen while being as honest as I could—I wanted to do this for a living for as long as I’m alive. I’ve heard that only the top two percent of all the writers in the world actually make enough to earn a living and that pursuing such a mode of living is futile. Apparently, I don’t care as I’m going to give this “writing thing” a shot.

“What do you want to do?” My college advisor asked me, at the end of my sophomore year in college. I had yet to declare a major and had to settle on one, per the Registrar’s Office. After thinking about it for a time and shifting in my seat while looking all around her office, the thought suddenly struck me:

“I want to change the world,” I told her. I’ve certainly found my niche.

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hi dream on. First off, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner than two months. Thank you for reading this hub as it means a lot to me that you and everyone else here at HubPages take their time out of their busy lives to read my work. It's one thing to just sit down and write but it's another for a third party to actually read my work and for that I thank you. It's an honor to know that I actually helped others such as yourself change they way in which they read hubs. Much like yourself, I try to read what others wrote in reaction to reading a particular hub. I appreciate everything you've said in your comments. Thank you so much for reading me. It means the world to me.

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      Ever since I have arrrived at the HubPages I have been on a trip.It seems that when I read your profile it is so incredible of what you have seen and done.You are the type of writer who I long for.You tell it like it is with endless charm and style.I also have been writing just about everything since a very young age.You writings push me to do more than I know I could.Congratulations on all your achievements.How is the book industry treating you?You write so well you caused me to do something I haven't done.I have always come to different hubs and read them and sometimes reread them then I read the feedback and see how and what others felt.Keeping my own feelings seperate.When I reached this hub and read it I was estatic with your progress and your triumphs!!Now I started reading your comments and there are so many.I had to break the rules.I stopped short of reading every comment for now just so I can leave a comment.You push all my buttons to go deeper in my self.Thanx the most for your wonderful spirit and drive.Have a gorgeous day.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow. Thank you so much, Carmen. From the sounds of it, you certainly have your the passion to fulfill your dream to become a designer. I sure do hope that you pursue such an endeavor. Life is simply just too short not to. It's my belief that the second most important aspect about Life is that we come to the realization of our dreams. You are half way there. Yes, life is definitely a journey...I won't ever feel like I've arrived anytime. Life has many, many challenges every corner of the way. I just hope that I don't end up stuck at a job I don't enjoy and lose track of my dreams.

      It was a pleasure to have shared this hub article with you and others. I really do hope that it helped you! Oh, and yes, I do believe that I will be published soon and that it really is only a matter of time! That was very kind of you to have said that!

      Warmest Regards,

      Dohn

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      carmenph 7 years ago

      Hi Dohn, thanks for sharing your purpose for writing. Beautiful piece here. For someone who has majored in creative writing, it seemed to me that God was really bringing you back to your first love even though you were doing a great job already in sales. They say sometimes the enemy of the best is the good. I want to learn from your desire and determination to just write,write and write. I was also let go from my job of 10 years last 2008 so I can relate with you. I have not applied for another employment since then but rather went on freelance as a designer hoping to go build my own entrepreneurial venture in the future. It is a slow progress and very challenging. I wish I could just design, design, design. Design stuff that can make peoples lives more pleasant and more inspired. But I am still at the transition stage even now. I think that's why life is called a journey. You should never feel you have arrived. So I can't say if I am still at a transition stage or already embarking on the road to my destination. Or maybe I need to make a necessary detour? :-) All the best wishes to your writing. We, your readers, are inspired that you gave us the privilege to share your life and works. Hope to see you published in the very near future :-)I still have to read your fiction and other gems here at hubpages.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hi inda. Like I've said in another hub, 'Only you can decide whether or not your a writer. No one can make that decision for you. If you think you are then you are. As for myself, I started at a very young age, writing both short stories and poetry (or what I thought was poetry, haha). And when I wasn't doing that, I was reading book after book as getting books from the library was virtually the only thing in my budget. With that said, I encourage you to read the books that fascinate you and go from there. You'll be surprised by how many great ideas will come from doing so.

      I really do hope that you pursue your passion as I have mine. There really is nothing like writing to me in all of the world. It's the cure-all for everything. I sure do hope that you find your path and stay on it for as long as time permits.

      Thank you so much for the kind words and for the encouragement. Have you thought about joining HubPages? It's certainly a start.

      Dohn

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      inda 7 years ago

      Hi Dohn! I feel the soul when i read this. thanks for writing! I've always been 'thinking' that i'm gonna be a writer. I can feel the passion in me, i know i can do it because i'd taken some writing courses when i was in college. I've been writing this and that, in Facebook note, blog, etc, but still i haven't found my style yet..probably since i haven't made any real effort yet. Reading yours here, has given me 'a move' inside that i gotta try to start it not think about it! :p

      BTW, some friends of mine said that they like reading my writing and suggested me to write seriously..one of them who is a pro writer said that i have 'eyes' to see things and put it onto words. Also, they said that mine is very descriptive. And i do think that mine tend to be rely on description other than too much dialog. I don't know if you get what i mean, but my point is.. to me it's all about action.

      I am going to read yours tittled 'If I had wings' now as i'm having my snack on this really nice weather spring day! :D

      Please keep writing!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, Gabriella. It certainly seems that way. My autobiographical novel about my family is complete and I hope that 2010 proves to be the year that it does gets published. I believe that it will. Thank you for your comment.

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      Gabriella D'Anton 7 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      Things do happen for a reason Dohn and we should all thank your company for the blessing of letting you go; this way you came to us and to the world to do much more than working a "regular job"

      Your only JOB is to tell the story of your family

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks so much for that torimari. It's my belief that the only thing standing in my way of achieving my goals is me. Fear and doubt are the biggest obstacle in my life and to overcome that is the greatest of all accomplishments. I hope that others share the same viewpoint.

      Keep on writing and keep on hubbing! Thank you.

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      torimari 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I'll need to go read some of your short stories. Seriously, this is a great hub. Why? Because it tells your story, reasons for writing and is executed well. I kept reading and reading unlike many hubs I just...get a little bored. :)

      Reading your stuff is a breathe of fresh air because you write WELL, and it flows WELL. It's consistent and engaging. Great hub. :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, Poet. I've only had one response to that assignment and I've been thinking about taking it down. No worries...I got another idea in store! Just give me some time :)

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      just found this again...... i actually did that challenge about the girl in mcdonalds or where ever put never put it uup....... lets start classes again.....

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, sweetie1. It's always a pleasure to hear positive feedback. I appreciate it!

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      sweetie1 7 years ago from India

      Hi Dohn,

      well what ever the reason for your writing..the thing is your final product is very good..i like ur hubs

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, thanks, Mike. I'm won't stop until I'm totally defeated and exhausted every venue for my writing. I'm glad that you came by and was able to relate to this. I've never been a quitter at anything I embarked upon and I'm not going to start. Best of luck to you and your success, my friend! Keep your chin up! Look for the "stars" for inspiration, always.

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      Michael Ray King 7 years ago from Palm Coast, Florida

      Wonderful hub. I love your passion, man. I got downsized in January 2009. I had to decide what direction to take - writing/publishing or back to corporate America. Like you, I have chose my passion. Yeah, the odds are against us as far as income goes, but there are options. Here's to you and your commitment to writing - Hurray!!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Ha! Thank you, my friend. That's very kind of you. There's nothing more I want to do with my life than to write for a living. If I could live off of writing hubs, that would be pretty darn awesome, wouldn't you say? Thank you so much for the encouragement. I appreciate it.

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      anime_nanet 7 years ago from Portugal

      You are a lovely writer Dohn!

      Here's a big hug to you and a hope sent through the wired that connects us: may you write many more beautiful tales that please you most of all. And be delighted because in a sunny country way away from Laos or Usa, there is at least one other soul that really likes you.

      A friend Nanet!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes, I'm watching the game right now as we speak. Thank you so much for the well-wishing, Pretty. It means a lot to me. I won't ever give up on my hopes and dreams. Life is just too short to :D Good luck on your Steelers by the way and see you on the forums!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Dohn, am still busy writing while the NY Giants are playing now, i hope they win as your prize for this article, but wait, the prize should be more than that, you deserve more and more from life DOHN, and you know that. You and your family deserved something big, like what you said, things happen for a reason. I just salute you for the dreams you have for yourself, family and for the world, hmmm, you will change the world DOHN< you have already changed the view of others here in understanding life of an immigrant and your rich story about love, (wonderful stories)!!!

      I like reading your hubs because of the feeling you want to share with your reader, you are a very good writer!

      I am going to watch football now!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank so much, America U. I'm glad that you were able to read this and hope that it has or will help you. I've discovered that the only real person that was coming between me and my dreams was me ;) Thank you.

      Thanks, agungssuleiman. I appreciate your encouragement and hope to hear from you again. I'm glad that we've met.

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      Snapshot at Siem Riep 7 years ago from Cambodja

      Congratulation for your 50 Hubs, it really inspired us that writing is really a power that you can share your experiences with others. Cheers. I am glad I stop and transit in your 50th Hub

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      America U 7 years ago from san diego

      This is so lovely to read, i share these same feelings about writing i am glad to run into your hub you have got a great thing going:)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey Jeffrey. I will do likewise. I really do like your writing style. Thanks for the readership! I look forward to more of your comments and reading your hubs.

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      Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Just wanted to leave another note. Glad I read your interview this evening and have now read some of your hubs. I'll definitely be back to read some of the stories. Thanks.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, HPWriter. Wow, that's wonderful to hear you say that! I had no idea. Thank you for the compliment. Believe it or not, I still that some of my best hubs haven't even been published (although I just might always feel that way) but I always try to give it my all each time I write. Thank you for such encouraging and sincere words. It means a lot.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      You have many engaging hubs, Dohn, including this one. I know that you will definitely be writing more. You are my inspiration here... thanks a lot for being a friend and making my Hubpages journey quite pleasant, really..

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really hope that you finish your book, wrenfrost. It's an absolutely exhilarating experience to. Thank you so much for commenting.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Great hub dohn121 it has really inspired me to finish my book and congratulations on the compleation of your work.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, Arthur. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. It's my belief that there is a story inside each and every one of us.

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      Arthur Gulumian 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Very interesting and poignant work, you really were able to capture the bare essence in writing published works.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you so much for that, Paraglider. I've been meaning to get to your hubs as well! As far as me being a writer is concerned, there is nothing in this world that I want more than to write for a living. Hearing much positive feedback from such awesome people only helps to encourage me to keep my hopes alive.

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      Dave McClure 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Dohn - somehow I'd not seen you till now. I wish you all the best in attaining publication, but I also feel that you will be fulfilled by writing your vision until that day arrives. Nice work!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes, you could definitely say that I've been a bit busy here (not to mention addicted). I've certainly found a place I can hang my virtual hat and meeting so many talented, resourceful and intelligent people in doing so. Thank you so much for reading me and commenting! Again, it's great to hear from you again...Please enjoy your vacation!

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      Philent 7 years ago

      Oh my, you have accomplished so much dohn! Congratulations on the 50th hub, on completing the hub challenge and on all these wonderful hubs. I'll probably be reading these hubs after coming back from my vacation.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hi LEWJ. Thank you for reading it and for leaving such a great comment!

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      LEWJ 7 years ago

      Thanks for an exceptionally good hub!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you so much for that Waren E. It's always good to hear such great feedback. It's also flattering to hear that I can inspired, as I've been so many others myself. Your always be welcome to stop in at anytime. Thanks.

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      Waren E 7 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      Amazing, I would have never guessed you've been through all those trials in life man, at first glance,and congrats on your 50th hub as well,just reading this hub inspires me to work harder at my hubs and everything in general!

      Thanks for sharing this eye opening experience dohn121!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you very much, Lgali. I appreciate your kind words and support.

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      congrt for 50th hub kep wrting more good luck to you

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hi, Samantha. I did have years of journal writing experience, so writing 500 words a day everyday wasn't too difficult. When I wasn't writing my novel, I tried looking at it as a whole or as movie in which there were many panels, much like in a comic book. In that way, the next time I sat down in front of my computer, I knew what I was going to do next (this was probably the most difficult thing to do).

      My advice to you is to get into the habit of writing daily if ever you want to write a novel or book. In time (and you'll be surprised by how little time it takes) writing will be as second nature to you as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. You'll see thoughts come to you instantly, as your brain will be ready to go into stream-consciousness mode, as paradoxically as it seems.

      Good luck with your endeavors and thank you for visiting me!

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      Samantha Red 8 years ago

      I've stumble upon your page and you really inspired me. I would love to find that disciple you have for writing, and your passion is unmistakable

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you for that, loveofnight. You certainly have the great ability to write. Please continue doing so. It has certainly helped me.

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      loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      i cannot remember a time when the desire to put pen to paper was not with me,there has been times when the trails and tribulations of life have distracted me but i always seem to come back.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words, skye2day. As I've said before, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of feedback this hub garnered. When writing it, I wanted to share a bit about my background and the force that drives me to write. I'm blessed to have such a great readership in this amazing community (finding Hubpages was a blessing in its own right). I'm elated if I can help others along the way, whether it's getting published or following one's own rainbow.

      Thank you so much for your support, your fanship, and your friendship. I hope that you and your family finds solace in these trying times and hope to talk to you again soon. Best wishes.

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      skye2day 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      This is an awesome hub. I enjoyed it very much. So the job loss turned to be a blessing? God can turn all things for the good. Trusting in stocks,K, institutions will surely fail us. There are no guarantees. Your hub blessed me with awesome tips. I am heading over to your hub. I plan on reading your novels. Your words flow like fresh, living, clear, running water. I am sure your novels are awesome.

      I have a dream and vision. I am writing a daily reflection book. I had no idea where my writing was taking me and I got more clarity as time went on. I to have a passion for writing. I put it on the back burner for a long time. Children family, life. My career has slowed so I had an open window to write. My husband lost his job 4 weeks ago so I am trusting the Lord to provide. He is my provision..

      I am into blessing and inspiring others that is my mission.

      May God continue to bless you richly.

      I know you have touched many hearts. Way to go dohn 121.

      I have joined the fans. I will return soon. Thank You Please check out a hub when you have a moment. Joy,Butterfly or News flash.

      I 'just' happened to land on your hub page tonight. I do not think that was a mistake.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, thanks zadrobi. Discovering Hubpages was a stroke of pure luck and deciding to write hubs is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Thank you for your feedback. I hope I can continue to share more of my writing.

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      zadrobi 8 years ago from Carbondale, IL

      I figured I would start backwards and read this hub first. Probably the best decision I made today (right above that that amazing chicken quesadilla I had for lunch). Your opportunity to create has given all of us the opportunity to appreciate.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you so much, buddhkist. Changing the world is certainly not going to be easy, but is anything worth-while doing easy? It's good to know that there is certainly wrong with the world and another to try to change it. It's great that you aspire to do likewise, especially with the tapping of your keyboard or the stroke of your pen. Thank you so much for fanning me. I did likewise.

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      buddhkist 8 years ago from State of Somewhere

      Awesome! Clearly you have an affinity towards words. I too am trying my best to change the world. I always get fed up with the way mankind treats one another. But then I just write something down and before I know it I have written an entire story. I'm also working on my own fictional novel and auto-biographical novel. Sometimes it does take me a while to get inspired.

      Congrats on your writing accomplishments!

      Keep on keepin' on! :-)

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Changing the world is certainly not easy, katyzzz, but the means definitely justify the ends. Just trying to will make a difference!

      Hello, May. It really is amazing even to me (I really am a slacker). I hope to continue own this pace but am not sure as I may have other obligations...We'll see of course. There is still so much I want to do...I just hope that I can keep up with hubbing because I enjoy it so much! Thank you so much May! TTYS.

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Can't believe you wrote that many hubs in just 2 months of joining HP?! What a trooper! You are such a true inspiration. I'm glad to hear someone pouring their heart and soul out in to writing even when it feels like the end of the World. Continue to make your parents proud and do what you do best.

      God Bless

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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I'd like to change the world, too, it's a tough one.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, bingskee. It's great to hear that from you. I hope to hear from you again soon. Good luck!

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      hi, congratulations to your 50th hub. i know this is kinda late but i just wanted to give you the thumbs up for a job well done. it is my first time here, but this hub touched me as i like hubs that have personal touch in it.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Tina. Thank you for reading my hub and thank you for the compliment. I appreciate your comment and hope to hear from you again.

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      tinarathore84 8 years ago from India

      hello Dohn...nice hub. what i liked the most is the clarity of words and thought. after reading you, i am all ready to go for the books you recommend. thanks for sharing.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Ha! I have a lot of Filipino friends here, General. I'm honored that you thought me as one! Thank you so much for such encouraging and invited words. I actually met only 3 Lao here at HP but only get the opportunity to speak to one-Mayhmong. The other two I have not seen in over a month (all women mind you!) Isn't it great to be the youngest? Thanks again, General, for reading me!

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Great writing prowess shown in this hub and shows a lot of heart to being a Filipino we're brothers for you're from Laos, it's a rarity to Laotian in HP, man, you represent your country well... at first you were a Filipino but i was wrong...

      I'm also the youngest in the family...

      Dohn121 keep sharing your great ideas for the world to see...

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Please keep up with that, heartycindy. Writing what is on your heart and on your mind is always a good thing. It has certainly done wonders for me. Thank you.

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      heartycindy 8 years ago

      I write reflections too.. they help me release my inner self.. my imagination and creativity..

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      That's wonderful to hear, trimar7. I owe my interest to write and my development as a writer to all my incredible English teachers and professors throughout my life. They planted in me the seed to never be scared to write what is in my heart. You do the world a great service. Thank you for reading me.

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      trimar7 8 years ago from New York

      I too like to write reflections. They help me to analyze my skills and reflect on what I would like to repeat and what I would like to alter. It has made me a more effective teacher. Thank you for the great hub!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      That is so wonderful to hear, Rochelle Frank. Becoming a writer was probably the only sure thing in my life back then. There were things that I couldn't talk about in my own life that I felt I couldn't share with others and so I wrote them out and continued doing so until my hand could not withstand the pain any longer (sometimes 2 to 3 hours).

      I'm honored by you comment Rochelle. Thank you very much for visiting me.

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      I just found this-- and haven't read the multitude of comments. Your goal of changing the world is a noble one, and I believe you were born to be a writer.

      Your father had uncommon courage and faith to leave as he did, knowing life would never be the same and there would be some losses to bear. You have an awesome heritage.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You are certainly right about that, AEvans! Last night I dreamed that I got the green light from an agent to publish, but couldn't decide on which restaurant to go eat at...How random is that? Thanks for the support as always. I'm lucky to have you as a friend.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      What a wonderful reflection and I am certainly looking forward to the book. You have came a long way and still have so much more to accomplish. :)

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      UK! I love hearing you "ramble on"! As much as I like writing stories, I love hearing other people's stories, as everyone's story is unique: To each his own! Writing is and has always been therapeutic to me. There were times when my emotions would get the best of me and would practically prevent me from going forward--until I began to get it out of my system or until my hand would cramp up so much that I could no longer grip my pen! I certainly know what you mean and believe that I found an amazing outlet here at HP to share my work. As always, I appreciate your response. Thanks, UK!

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      Useful Knowledge 8 years ago

      This is another great hub. I love to write as well. I feel better after I write. It is like I have ideas in my mind and they will not go away until I type them. Once I get started, the words just jump to the screen through the keyboard. I think writing gives me serenity.

      I also can relate to how you felt when you lost your job. I was back in college when I started having those panic attacks last year. I had a 4.0 GPA, and was trying so hard to accomplish my goals. However, my brain went into "shut down" mode. I could not even drive for awhile. I thought to myself, "I am still so young and I will not give up!" I fought the anxiety and have won that ballte. I must say, writing helped me the most to get through it.

      I'm sorry to just ramble on and on. I think this is another wonderful hub from you.

      Thank you for sharing your talent:)

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, barryrutherford. I'm honored to have such loyal support from so many here at Hubpages. I appreciate you comment and look forward to hearing from you again.

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      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      naturally people here are fascinated by your ability and talent to write long fictional pieces myself included will read one of your pieces as soon as I can...

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you Dave. That's very kind of you to say that. I wish you success as well and hope that you never stop believing in your dreams. You never want to be on your death bed wishing that you took more chances. I hope that we get the opportunity to talk again soon!

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      dave272727 8 years ago from Kentucky

      Man that was inspiring. I love to write and to create. I had never really put it into those words before. I hope and wish for you to find the success that you deserve. This is truly an inspiring piece of work.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You're welcome, S.A. Just remember that help here at HP. All of were new here at one time or another! Please make sure to check the forums if you want live help from anyone of us--just post a question!

      It's wonderful to hear that I could help you and/or encourage you! Thank you so much for reading me.

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      Spiritually Awake 8 years ago

      Dohn. What a special piece. Congrats. I am new to Hubbing and don't really know what to do but you have encouraged me. thank you.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      That's wonderful to hear, Fountain of info! Don't ever quit on your novel! I've written another hub that may help you:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Finding-the-voice-

      But of course the key is to continue to write. Continuity is actually the key. Good luck on your endeavors!

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      Fountain of Info 8 years ago

      WOW so amazing!!! I really would love to be able to write. I am actually working on my own novel . You are very inspirational!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you so much, Jill of alltrades! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful story Dohn! You truly are a gifted and prolific writer.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Very well put, jacklhasa. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Writing is and will always be my passion.

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      Jack Lhasa 8 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

      It's always great to hear the story of someone else that started writing at a very young age, and never stopped. For some it's a career, for some it's a hobby, and for a few of us, it's a lifestyle.

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      Juana Ortiz 8 years ago

      Nowadays there are a lot of resources available. Recently I heard about a writer who was able to do it.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Juana. It certainly is!

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      Juana Ortiz 8 years ago

      Great! You never know. Time is changing.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you for the compliment, Blake.

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      Blake 8 years ago

      Great article. Can't wait to see more.

      http://www.earnwagesfromhome.com

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, filthyscoundral, Ruchira, and Sasinib for all your comments. I appreciate your reading of my hub and your kind feedback. I hope to hear from you again.

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      Sasinib 8 years ago

      This is so inspiring!!! Look forward to reading more of your articles!!

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      Ruchira 8 years ago from United States

      Well written hubs..quite an inspiration..cheers to many more!

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      filthyscoundral 8 years ago

      Great hub!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Michelle! Partaking in the Hubchallenge was a lot of fun while on the road to reaching my 50th hub! Thanks for reading me!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      It's always wonderful to know the thoughts of fellow writers. I've enjoyed reading this. :) Congratulations to your 50th hub! :)

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Writing really is therapeutic. I've always for solace in writing. It's a meditation for your soul if you ask me! Thanks, Karraline! Please keep writing!

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      Karraline 8 years ago

      thank you! I used to write a whole lot, but stopped for a while. I'm kind of "getting in shape" so to speak.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you Kimberly and lorlie! I appreciate your comments very much!

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      Laurel Rogers 8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I love reading your words.

      Thank you.

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      Kimberly Bunch 8 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      Great stuff!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Ashley G. Fifteen minutes a day is sufficient. If you can do this on a consistent basis, you'll find more time to write, I promise you. Don't give up on your dream. Imagine yourself years from now reflecting on what could have been...Time is all we have.

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      Ashley G 8 years ago

      You are very inspirational! I wish I could devote a chunk of time to writing. It's my dream.