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Writers Must Have Passion

Updated on May 28, 2014

The Voice of Experience

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.

John D. MacDonald

During the 1930s, John D. MacDonald earned an MBA from Harvard, then volunteered for the army in 1940 and served well during World War Two.

After the war, his options were seemingly limitless. With his MBA from one of the most prestigious schools in America, he was virtually guaranteed a high-paying job.

Instead, he became an impoverished writer of pulp fiction.

For the first four months of his writing career, MacDonald wrote 800,000 words and sold not a thing.

Finally, in his fifth month, he sold his first short story for twenty-five dollars.

Fast-forward to 1950, the year he finally sold his first novel, which was followed by sixty-six more published novels, which was followed by his being named, in 1962, as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, and a National Book Award in 1980.

During an interview toward the end of his career, MacDonald said: “They pay me to do this! They don’t realize, I would pay them.”

Can any of you relate?

Go back and read the section that mentions he wrote 800,000 words in four months. Friends, that is the equivalent of two novels each month. He wrote fourteen hours per day, seven days per week, and collected hundreds of rejection slips in return….oh, and he lost twenty pounds in the process.

Do you feel the passion?

Let’s take a look at a few lessons we can learn from MacDonald’s example.

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Whatever It Takes

Do

You

Feel

The Passion?

With an MBA from Harvard, Mr. MacDonald could basically write his own ticket in the business world. He was newly married, a war veteran, and he held the key for success. Instead, he chucked it all, listened to a small voice inside his head, holed himself up in a tiny apartment, and wrote like a man possessed.

I hear so many people say they have a passion for writing, and then several months go by, without success, and suddenly they cannot find the time to write.

I want to ignite a fire in you all. The world needs writers. If you truly have a passion to write, then I consider it your social responsibility to write. Murders, rapes, mass-shootings, government atrocities, genocide….it is all there for us to see on a daily basis. There is ugliness afoot, and to counteract that ugliness, we, as a society, turn to the Arts. The Arts provide us all with a padded, soundproof room of safety, a place where we can bring our blankies, tuck ourselves in a corner, suck our thumbs, and escape from the madness that threatens our serenity and sanity.

The world needs writers.

The world needs you.

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There is only one way to be successful in writing, and that is to write | Source

Laugh at Rejection

I have said this before, and I’m likely to say it a few hundred more times: rejection does not mean you are a bad writer.

There are so many reasons why a writer might be rejected, and most of them have nothing to do with ability. Approaching the wrong editor, not following the submission guidelines, not writing a great hook in the query letter, all can lead to swift and ignominious rejection.

MacDonald was, literally, rejected hundreds of times within a four month period. He would write a short story, send it to a publisher, and be rejected. Day after day, week after week, and month after month, rejection followed rejection.

And yet he kept writing.

Did he begin to question his writing abilities? I honestly have no idea, but I suspect he did. Interestingly, his first published piece came, not from one of his query letters, but from his wife entering him in a writing contest.

Even after he was published in a magazine, his first novel was not accepted until 1950.

He kept on writing.

Combine passion with perseverance and you have a formidable weapon.

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Try Something Different

Most of MacDonald’s novels were published in paperback and not hardcover. It was a personal choice and decision. He came from the pulp fiction class of writers, and all pulp fiction was printed in paperback. MacDonald liked a book you could scrunch up and shove in your back pocket….he did not like hardcover.

So he swam against the literary tide and refused to publish in hardcover. It was only after his death that several of his novels were republished in hardcover.

So he swam against the literary tide……

I think this is such an interesting and valuable lesson to learn.

The hottest genre to write in these days is Young Adult Fiction. With the success of books like “Divergence,” we are seeing a great many authors swing in that direction, to try to grab a piece of that literary pie before it loses its enormous popularity. This idea of following the hottest trend is understandable, but it is not the only option.

Writers like John D. MacDonald have shown that there really are rewards in being a writer others follow rather than a writer following others.

The Economic Value of a Series

Twenty-one of Mr. MacDonald’s novels were Travis McGee novels, McGee being the central character in all of them. It was a very successful series that spanned over twenty years, and sold millions of books.

Travis McGee was a literary hero for the average American. He was a two-fisted giant of a man, a beach bum and adventurer, a philosopher in quest of grails and windmills to topple. He spoke often about the rape of the environment and the horrors of big business, and he was all in favor of the poor taking from the rich in Robin Hood fashion.

Once the first in the series sold, MacDonald saw the popularity of his main character, and he just kept writing more books in the series until, today, decades later, the McGee series is one of the most cherished series in American literary history.

The lesson to be learned is obvious. Once you find the key to success, saddle up and ride that sucker for all you are worth. We never know when our fifteen minutes of fame will end.

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Personal Reflections

I listen to writers who have found success. I would be a fool not to do so.

There is so much to learn from John D. MacDonald, so many tidbits of wisdom that we all can benefit from if we are willing to learn.

I find great comfort in knowing that one of the most successful authors in American history was rejected hundreds of times, and I find great inspiration in knowing that there are others out there who hear the voice of passion and who answer that call to write.

In today’s online world of instant gratification, I love the fact that there are still writers out there who are willing to put in unbelievably long hours to improve their craft.

I received an interesting comment recently from a fellow writer. She was lamenting the fact that many writers have turned to content mills to make a sure buck, but in spending that time writing SEO nonsense, they are using time that could be used on serious writing and honing of skills.

I completely agree. I understand the economics of it all, and why writers churn out ten articles per day for ridiculously low pay, but I wonder how much growth is happening. I have never heard a writer say that they grew up hoping they could write keyword-rich articles for ten dollars each. Most grew up dreaming of writing successful novels.

Just something to think about.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Billy! Alfred Hitchcock and J.K. Rowling were other authors who were also rejected. I used to read Nancy Drew mysteries as a child thinking one day I would grow up and write suspense and mystery novels. My dream ended when I ran a story by my now deceased aunt who was a published author. She shot me right down and said that no one is interested in that kind of thing any more because the market is saturated with famous writers. I never pursued it.

      I'm still working on that Hub I told you about last time I was here. I will let you know when I finish it. I've had some issues come up with my son and have had no time for anything else these past few weeks. It's at the top of my list and I have a lot of passion going in to it! LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, good luck with your son, and I hope things work out. As for your aunt, I'm sorry she told you that. I think there is always room for one more famous writer...heck, we lost one today in Maya Angelou, so we have room for at least one. :) Thank you my friend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I think writing as art is a passion and when you love to do something there is no going back or quitting. I had a thought last night (not necessarily relevant to this hub...I was trying to think what propels me to get really into a book...and When I start living the characters and concerned about them as real people I know the book has grabbed me. I just finished a book by Juliana Hoffman and I was living her characters and their lives. Story lines are important but it is the characters. Great hub as always Bill.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful food for thought Bill and seriously try my best to write my heart out, but sometimes you are right we need to totally think outside the box and our comfort level, too. Have a wonderful Wednesday once again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I know the feeling and I agree with you. I have had that same sensation and really cared what happened to the character. Interesting indeed....thank you for stopping by this rainy Wednesday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, no one can accuse you of not writing your heart out. Carry on my friend, and thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill your last couple of paragraphs really hit home with me. I've recently accepted a large re-write project from someone I wrote for a year ago. I quit writing for him because the pay is at mill rates. I'm so pissed at myself, but I need to keep up my end of the bargain. However, I have no time to work on my novel or my blog. The writing I prefer (my own) is suffering as the result. I'm kinda between a rock and a hard place right now and I'm not sure how to get out.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      For me, it's all about passion. I'm certainly not in it for the money!!! Voted up, billy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm not sure either, but I understand, and we have all been there. Good luck my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Breakfastpop....money? What money? Right? LOL Thank you my friend.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill. Another excellent and encouraging essay. I think I am glad that historical prose and poetry are my thing as opposed to fiction. I published my historical research last August through Amazon (Confronting the Holocaust) and I hope to release my poetry this summer (Dressing the Bones). After that I plan to edit my Polish Grandmother's poetry. That will keep me busy for a year or two. :) Good Hub. Theresa

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, well done my friend. Busy for sure, but oh, so gratifying. Congratulations on your accomplishments so far, and best wishes always.

      bill

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      What an inspiration. These accounts are such an encouragement for writers--probably why you're always reading about them, Billy!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Your message is a solid one, applicable to many walks of life. I had a burning passion to do employee complaint investigations for years, a job that chews through people. I loved it. Then, it stopped being fun (because of administrative and management reasons), and I knew it was time to do something else. I usually do things with a burning passion and light it up until I don't feel the love any longer. I'm still falling for writing, will for a long time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I can't even imagine the dedication MacDonald had to his craft.....we can only hope, right? :) Thanks Lizzy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I felt the same way about teaching for years, until the fun left it. Now it's writing all the way. I love to create...it is a mind-blowing trip and it comes at no cost. How cool is that? :) Thank you!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      This is once again an outstanding pep talk. I don't even mind that some of my hubs are not featured. I am in a constant state of improving each one. You are so right about it is better to "hone your craft".

      We are here to grow and improve in order to be a successful novelist.

      Awesome, amazing, interesting, useful! That is my votes. Up for sure.

      Thanks Bill! :-)

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      "...a writer others follow rather than a writer following others." I like that thought, Bill. You certainly fit the "writer others follow" category. I am one of those people who suffers from what I should call "Yo-yo Passion Syndrome (YYPS). I'm full of passion and go for hours and days writing, then all of a sudden I just can't stand to look at the computer anymore. Then, I wake up and read a hub like yours and the flame sparks again. I'll be writing like a mad woman for the next few days now. Thanks for the fuel, Bill. I'll be back for a refill soon.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I love it...YYPS....you are too funny. I suspect you are not alone with that syndrome. :) Thank you dear friend. Burn up those computer keys with your fingers and create something memorable.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I couldn't care less about the HP scoring system. I am a writer...what HP thinks of me is irrelevant. Writers write and that's all there is to it. Carry on my dear and thank you for the kind words.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Inspiring hub! I write only when inspired and no longer write hubs. It is cathartic for me. I long ago found there was no money on hubpages for me! I still enjoy the community and reading the writings of people like you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy. We all write for different reasons. Money, for me, is not why I write. I'm here at HP because of people like you....I need that sense of community.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Does passion come with age and experience? I find that I have more passion for everything I do, the older I get. Or is that clinging on for dear life?!!

      If you have no passion, you have no literary voice, you cannot convey emotion, atmosphere, character. You have to have a passion for writing and you have to show that passion in every word.

      This hub contains yet more inspiration from an inspirational writer, from a writer with passion.

      Just spent the day with my older daughter & my two grandsons; they fill me with a passion for life too.

      Wishing you and Bev a great evening, bill. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good afternoon, Ann! To answer your question, I do believe that we have more passion the older we get. I think a deeper appreciation of life comes with age, as does an appreciation born from surviving so many trials. Life is to be lived and loved with gusto.

      I'm glad you are spending quality time with family. Enjoy, my friend, and thank you.

      bill

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for sharing this excellent example of a writer who followed his passion and did things his own way. It really is very inspiring to hear these stories and be reminded that we all write for different reasons. I haven't published any hubs in a long time, but that is mainly because I have a full-time job and I don't want to use my precious writing time on the content mills. But I still come back to HP for the community and to read your helpful hubs. It is greatly appreciated!

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Another great hub, Bill! With me, you know you're preaching at the choir, right? This reminds me of the story of the farmer who won the lottery. A reporter asked him what he intended to do with all that money he said, "Well, I guess I'll keep farming until the money runs out!" Often it seems that way with writing, its the passion that keeps you going, not the promise of monetary gain!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I'm very happy you are still here. I always like hearing about how you are doing, and I hold out hope that one day you will write a book and I'll get a copy of it. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I love that story. You had me smiling with that one because that is exactly what writing is like...no matter if we sell anything or not, we just keep writing. Thank you!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Appreciate this additional encouragement. Passion is certainly a necessary ingredient of "successful" work. Thanks, again, for sharing! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dr. Bill. I appreciate your visit.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Well said and written Billy. Yes the key is passion. Come to think, it is required for everything

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe it is, MG. Without passion we are just killing time. Thank you, Sir!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I didn't think, based on the title, that I would enjoy this hub so much, but it turned out to be very inspiring. To be honest, when you write for a profession, as in my case, the idea of writing for a creative outlet doesn't work as well, because you feel like you're working, sort of like the chef who goes home to open up a can for dinner.

      Thank you for this passionate hub.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      This may be off the track a little, but how do you philosophically see passion? Is it something we're born with? Something we choose? Something we develop? Something else? Just curious - thanks for letting me me get off track!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, I love your simile, and I can certainly understand it. I guess as long as you enjoy writing for a living, the passion is being served. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      BB: Voted up, useful and awesome! Thanks again for your tremendous encouraging words, and sharing the example of John MacDonald. I also watched the Isabel Allende video...I have a couple of her books, and she is incredible. I had forgotten that she starts all her books on January 8th. Like I've said before, I print out your hubs and review my Billy Buc file on a regular basis. I am spending time each day on my book, would LOVE to have a draft done within the next 3 months. How I wish there was no such thing as housework, laundry, cooking, not to mention 24 hour maintenance of our 4 cats (one is diabetic...insulin shots)...it goes on and on, but there is no excuse for a writer. I tackle it first thing each morning after my walk...may not get a lot done, but at least I have some chapters done and I am praying it comes together soon. It's like a deck of cards that I need to put in order.

      Praying for you daily with your tremendous book. LOVE the cover, just love it! Blessings, Sparklea....keep the encouragement coming! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, I can only delve into my own psyche for the answer to your question...I think we are born with certain passions. There was no predicting that I would be passionate about teaching, and yet I was drawn to it. I could never predict a passion for writing. It certainly was never encouraged by others...and yet here I am. That's the best I can do for you. Thanks for the question and visit.

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      Linda 3 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      Another awesome hub, Billy! Voted up, interesting, awesome, funny and useful. I feel like this hub speaks directly to me. As to the comment from one of your readers about content writing and wasting time, I AGREE 100%! Why? Because I fell into that awhile back. Still do sometimes. I have been talking and dreaming of being a writer for years, and yet I have not intuited a subject that will bring me joy to write about and joy to others. Frustrating....

      I shall bookmark this hub for future reference and a built-in pep talk. Keep writing! Thanks so much!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes I feel bad I have not written a Novel yet. So many good people who cannot write and I waste my precious time not doing what so many only dream of doing.

      For now I have been working on the notion that I will write my first book when I am guaranteed overnight success ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, thank you so much, and bravo for working on that book of yours a little at a time. More writers could learn from your example.

      You have no idea how much I appreciate your constant support. Blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      laidbacklady, thank you so much. The subject matter will come to you in time. Be patient and keep practicing your craft so you'll be ready when that time comes. Best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I know you have a book in you, and I know it will be filled with down-home wisdom. Perhaps the day to begin is upon you. :) Thanks my friend and good luck with that soon-to-be-written book.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Again a great hub Billy. It's having a passion for any kind of craft that keeps one going. Never the money, success or fame. Those are just the cream on the cake, nothing more.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Some days i'm filled with passion, other times i get bored with writing and need to take some time off, i'm in that mode now. Thank you for always having passion, your writing is proof of that.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I do wonder about passion and its place here sometimes--passion gets us through the difficult times I think--but mostly, I write just because it pours out in some way that I honestly don''t understand--not really sure what that says about me and the process --

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, true words my friend. Writers like John MacDonald led the way. Talk about dedication! I may not equal his output, but I understand what drove him.

      Thank you again for your loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I firmly believe that if you don't love it then you shouldn't do it. If you aren't feeling it, then a break is called for. You are wise my friend. I'll let you know when I lose the love for writing. :)

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, it's an interesting topic, and one I might write about some time. I'm not sure I know how to describe how I feel about writing, but it is the same feeling I had for teaching....driven, maybe? Anyway, I'm loving the process.

      Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stephen King also had his share of rejection letters...luckily that didn't stop him from carrying on. I agree, without the passion, I can't write. I also prefer paperbacks over hardcovers :)

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Nice piece. The problem for me is the passion to write wans. I go on writing binges.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Writers "must have" passion and not be swayed by offers which pull them away. But you know Bill, as in every other line of work, there are some whose passion is the money. Anyway, success to all the Jon D. McDonalds. He is an inspiration. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Linda! I'm going to start wallpapering the house with rejection letters for inspiration. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebecca, I don't think you are alone. I hear a lot of writers say that. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I don't remember who said it, but I believe it....if a writer is writing for the money, they are in the wrong business. :) Thank you as always for stopping by.

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      Kalai 3 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

      I enjoyed this article. There is so much that I can relate to. Being a writer is unlike other jobs. We go in for the passion and slowly the money might trickle in. But the joy of seeing working print is priceless.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Vvitta. We must love it, because most of us do it for a very few dollars. :) Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill, I've always said that if you are passionate about something it's not work. And if you are doing something because you love it the money will eventually come. I'm certainly not writing here because I'm getting rich, I do it because I genuinely love doing this. Great job as always Bill.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      This hub is a real inspiration. I love to write, but to say I am passionate about anything right now would be overstating the case. The novel I have in my head needs to be written now, before I file it back in my memory banks.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      One tends to enjoy what they do when older and that is such a great experience I enjoy writing and that is my passion.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Billy I thought I share this with you. I wrote this in our Kima Global authors Facebook group, because some authors are unhappy with their book sales!

      This article ( yours) spoke to me because I know that I do have a passion for writing. What about our Kima Global Authors?

      1 Who writes regular articles on line and shares the links here on our group page?

      2 Which of our authors posts regular entries on their blog or website, and share this on this forum with a link?

      3 Who is busy writing their second or third book?

      4. Which authors hold regular workshops to promote their book?

      5. Which author has signed up for marketing programs on line?

      6. Which author on a regular basis promotes the image, banner or poster for their book on Facebook and on this forum?

      If you can say yes to any two of these six questions, than you do have a passion to support the ongoing sales of your book. If you can say yes to all six questions then you will get your book noticed like the best selling author mentioned in this article below!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      If we are not passionate about our writing, then I don't understand why one would write. It is freeing and wonderful, come what may! Thanks for the inspiration and the rejection letters will save on that expensive wallpaper ... lending to frugality!

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love your philosophy, and I happen to agree with it. Passion shows....passion entices others.....without it, we are just millworkers. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I hope one day soon you begin that novel. Best wishes and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am happy to hear that, DDE. May you always enjoy writing. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, I love that list. Bravo, and there is so much truth in it. Thank you for a reminder of what lies ahead of me once this book is published.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I love it...it is freeing and wonderful....those are two pretty good reasons to write, are they not?

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another pearl here. Always a rounded view of the subject, always worth reading, always helpful. You are still teaching Bill!

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I think all teachers have a hard time shutting it off. :) I appreciate your support my friend, and hope you are well. Thank you.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom as a writer, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      smith, don't share websites on comments...that's a no-no here on HP

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      John MacDonald was a great example of passion in writing. This is a very inspiring hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Pamela. Whenever I am down, I think of the greats who struggled before me.

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      Bongani Sibeko 2 years ago from Johannesburg

      Pure truth indeed and it doesn't only apply in writing but for all endeavors in life. Passion is the fuel that propels us to action and thank you for such a great example of persistence and conviction - with these, success is inevitable.

      Be blessed Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bongani, thank you my friend. Life without passion? I cannot imagine what that would be like.

      blessings to you

      bill

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Passion as you use the term in this essay seems to mean: set your intent and pursue its achievement with indomitable fervor.

      Christopher Columbus had passion.

      The title character of Herzog's film FITZCARRALDO has passion for his project.

      The murderer in the novel and movie NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN has passion for his work.

      Eleanor Roosevelt pursued with passion getting the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights written and passed.

      A master novelist pursues with passion completing a work, and another, and another, for the ultimate praise from his or her muse, "You did it! And superbly! And readers thank you."

      Up, Useful, and Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I always love your comments. Thought provoking and always right on. Thank you Sir!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      In these hard times, it sometimes becomes necessary to take what one can get, even if it is a dry bone. One day,I hope that we all will be well-known names, but those are chances that we take. However, the harder we work, the better the chance.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Deb. There is no substitute for hard work. There are no guarantees, but without hard work there is no chance. Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Passion is what drives one to create in writing. I am counting on it! THanks for the inspiration today.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Dianna. Thank you!

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