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Writing A Book Tips You Do Not Want To Follow

Updated on February 13, 2013

MY TARGET AUDIENCE

This article is dedicated to those out there who have no desire to succeed in writing a novel. This is not a “Help Me Write A Book” article but rather a “Help Me To Fail Miserably In Writing A Book” article.

Big difference!

I have compiled a list of handy dandy suggestions you might want to follow if you are absolutely terrified of succeeding in this writing world. I know, it sounds unbelievable that there might be writers out there who search for failure, but we can only assume that it is true. Why else would they do the unthinkable? Why else would they be so hell-bent on finding the quickest way to dismal defeat?

So this article is for them

Conversely, if your goal is to write a quality novel, then these tips are ones you might want to avoid like the plague. Call them “Writing Tips In Reverse” or the “Antithesis of Writing A Book Tips.” Hell, call them anything you want; just don’t follow them.

Now that I have you all settled in with an explanation, let us move forward and take a look at tips for writing a book that should or should not be followed, depending on your level of commitment to succeed.

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IN SEARCH OF INSPIRATION

I have known quite a few writers, and had contact with many others, who insist on searching for inspiration. Quite often they also talk to me about the current onslaught of “writer’s block” they are experiencing, that strange disease that hits writers and literally freezes them in their tracks, rendering them incapable of writing an intelligent sentence.

They will sit in their garden waiting for inspiration to overcome them. They will trek to Nepal or marry a Sherpa, and they will read self-help books and chant in tongues, all with the worthy goal of finding inspiration. The one thing they don’t do is write.

If you are determined not to succeed, then by all means sit and wait for inspiration. However, if your goal is to write a novel, then may I suggest that you sit your butt down at the computer and start writing. Inspiration is highly overrated; working hard is not!

Set a quota for a certain number of words that you will write each day and then stick to the quota come hell or high water. A funny thing will happen when you do this: inspiration shows up whether you invited it or not.

LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE….OR NOT!

We are talking about self-doubt, and if you allow it to infest you then you are doomed as a writer.

There are and have been millions of writers in this world, and each and every one of them, in the final analysis, writes alone. Writing is an incredibly lonely existence. Writers spend a great deal of time inside their own heads, and that is a dangerous place to reside.

If you want to fail at writing, then by all means listen to those voices in your head that say you are not talented, or that you have no business in this business. Once you start listening to those voices it will not be very long before you give up writing that novel.

If, however, you are serious about writing a book, then kick those voices to the curb and write. If you have an overwhelming desire to hear negative words about your book, then wait patiently until it is time to find an agent or publisher. You will get your fill of reasons from them why your book is inadequate. There is no reason to add to that misery by telling yourself how bad your book is. Be your own number one fan and say goodbye to negativity.

PAY ZERO ATTENTION TO THE CRAFT OF WRITING

This is a sure-fire approach if you seek failure. All of those grammar rules? Don’t use them! All of those rules and techniques that have been passed down for generations? Ignore them now!

Go your own way and blaze your own trail in the literary world. You will be embraced by few readers and your book will fail miserably, but you will feel so good that you followed Frank Sinatra’s advice and did it your way.

These are the people who read e.e. cummings and thought it meant that no technique or talent was necessary to make it in the writing world. These are the people who have been rebels all of their lives, and refuse to follow the advice of incredibly successful authors. These are the people who will….fail!

There is a reason why successful writers are successful. If you would like to be successful too, then study the good ones and see what they have done. Ask yourselves what it is about those great writers that made you want to keep reading their words? How did they construct their tale? How did they develop their characters? Study the masters and learn, and remember that there are no shortcuts in writing.

LET EMOTIONS DEFEAT YOUR CAREER

I suspect that besides being creative people, writers are also rather emotional. I think emotions and creativity go hand in hand, and that is all well and good unless our emotions rule the show and then trouble arrives.

If you are tired of chasing the dream, and you want to insure that failure wraps its arms around you, then allow your emotions to dominate your psychological profile.

You know all those rejection slips that you have received from agents and publishers? Get mad and decide they are out to get you, that they have a vendetta against you and you have no chance.

You know that negative comment you received on an article you recently wrote? Take it to heart and let it crush you. Surely the reader knew more than you know in your heart, so just throw in the towel and give up.

If, on the other hand, you are determined to succeed with that novel of yours, then turn off the emotions and realize this is a tough business that requires a thick skin and determination. Rejections are simply a way to motivate you more if you have willingness. Negative comments are a wake-up call that leads to self-reflection and that is never a bad thing.

If you do not like negatives then get out of writing immediately. Give up on that book and take up cooking as a hobby.

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WRITE FOR THE LATEST TREND

It has been said, and I am a firm believer in it, that by the time you spot a current trend and write about it, the trend will have ended and a new one will have taken its place.

I know a few writers who constantly write to the latest trend. Number one, that must be exhausting, and number two, you are a day late and a dollar short in doing so.

Here’s an idea if you really want to see your novel take off: be a trend-setter rather than a trend-follower.

If you give me enough time, I can write an opening chapter that will sound very much like Hemingway or Michener or Steinbeck. All it requires is an eye for style and the patience to choose the right words.

If you give me enough time, I can write any number of “how to” books that will sound just like the tens of thousands of how to books currently on the market.

You can also give me enough time and I can write a book about a unique subject that is in my unique voice and will have no competition. That is my goal as a writer and that should be your goal as well.

Quit following the crowd and start following your heart….or….just be one of millions of followers and then wonder why your book is not successful. You’ll have a lot of company if that is the route you want to take.

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TAKE SHORTCUTS

This method is guaranteed to garner you failure at the speed of light. Writing is a craft. If you want to make sure your book fails, treat writing like a part-time hobby and take as many shortcuts as you can. Don’t do an outline! Don’t do re-writes and for heaven’s sake do not edit your work. Do not experiment with different styles and do not put your work out there for critique. If you do not do all these things then I feel safe in saying you are well on your way to experiencing the darkest of holes in the writing business.

Hell, folks, with the advent of ebooks, you can write and publish a book in one day. Why go to the bother of making sure it is quality?

Or, you can treat writing like the art that it is, and spend the time that is required to produce the best possible book. Take a look at some of the giants of the industry and you will find that they spend countless hours, days, months and years perfecting their craft. They took no shortcuts. They understood that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

GIVE UP

Just throw in the towel for God’s sake, and accept the fact that you will never be a good writer and you were delusional in even trying to be one. Writing is for the strong of will and spirit, and you might as well give it up now. The competition is too tough, the markets are drying up, the publishers don’t want new authors and you will never see success.

There are hundreds of reasons why your new book will not make it. There is only a handful of reasons why it might make it, and they include your determination, your love of writing and your self-esteem. There is no guarantee that if you keep at it you will be successful and have a bestselling novel, but there is most definitely a guarantee that if you give up you will have nothing.

No regrets, no excuses

DID THOSE HELP YOU?

I was being a bit facetious perhaps, but I do believe that my readers and followers can see the truth tucked into my tongue-in-cheek approach.

Writing a book is not for the lazy and it is not for the weak-of-heart. Writing a book is not for those who get discouraged easily and it is not for those who crumble at the first signs of adversity.

Writing a book takes a dedication to the craft of writing and a passion for that craft. In a very real sense writing a book is a job, but it is a labor of love, or at least it should be.

I wish you well as you follow your passion and begin to write the next bestseller.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm excited that you are writing a book. Best of luck to you and thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your approach to this subject is similar to a wise psychologist -- it will make you want to succeed. Thanks for the tips and I am using them for my writing a future book.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you for telling that story. I thought I was losing my mind when I read that book by Black. How in the world did he ever find a publisher to take on that crud he called writing. LOL

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I got a book from a used book sale the other day and it looked like it had never been read. Read the first 2 pages and realized why and had to wonder how on earth it ever got published. I can only guess that the writer knew someone at the publishers office. Enjoyed the "tell it like it is" feel of this hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie. I hope the message reaches many. There are no shortcuts in this business. The Master were Masters for a reason. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jcressler, thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed my sarcastic side. Sometimes you have to hit people over the head with a sharp tongue to wake them up. :) I appreciate you stopping by and have a great weekend.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Well, Billybuc, tongue-in-the-cheek I shout 'hurray-hurray-hurray!" At last someone - you - hit the nail called 'writing a book' on its head. Actually, this goes for writing anything. Voted up and ++ :)

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      James E Cressler 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      "If you want to fail at writing, then by all means listen to those voices in your head".... too funny and true. People take a lot of drugs and wash them down with bourbon to stop the upstairs committee meetings. I dare say the final result isn't worth the print.

      "All of those grammar rules? Don’t use them! All of those rules and techniques that have been passed down for generations? Ignore them now!" This bit of sarcasm is well recieved and true for me. Though I always had the talent and yearning to write, it wasn't until I passed College English Comp I and II, and Advanced Writing for a literary magazine that it seemd to all come together. Now I can usually get my ideas and opines from my head to the paper without destroying them. The more I write the better I am at it!

      Thanks Bill D....another good article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, that was my hope, so thank you for seeing it as it was. Much-appreciated my friend. Have a great weekend.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi, Bill....I like the tongue-in-cheek, reverse psychology style of this article, which is--in the end--full of sage advice for the astute writer. The facetious approach may make the reader smile, but the smart reader/writer will glean the nuggets of wisdom from your words and take them to heart.

      Voted Up+++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rdsparrowriter, thank you! I would hope it's a labor of love; otherwise, writing is just a job, and then where is the passion?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, thank you so much for the visit. I hope this helps some writers work harder towards their dreams.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Hi Billy , thank you for sharing your knowledge with all the writers. I always learn something new from you which are helpful to my writing :)

      "Writing a book takes a dedication to the craft of writing and a passion for that craft. In a very real sense writing a book is a job, but it is a labor of love, or at least it should be", I love this part.

      Stay blessed!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great hub on what not to do. Some really good advice for us writers. We have to treat it seriously and be structured to achieve our goals

      Thank you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Myz! I'm not sure about the great writer reference, but I am honored that you think so.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Sir Bill, it was really great reading your hubs,because for sure readers can pick up a thing or two here. learning from a great writer like you is really inspiring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I think there are a lot of people who try to complicate this gig....just sit down and write! LOL Thanks!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The way to do it is just to do it. The fanfare and the hooplas will come later. Good words for the budding writer!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I swear I want to scream when someone says that they haven''t written in days because of writer's block. What the heck????? Just sit down and write....why is that a difficult concept?

      Thanks Debbie! I obviously agree with your comment. LOL

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill I really like what you said about not waiting for inspiration. A serious writer has to schedule writing time and just do it! The ideas begin to flow when you're sitting down in front of the computer with no distractions and no other agenda.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, maybe you and I are wired differently. I just do it....rarely read instructions or how to advice...just dive in and find out how deep that pool is. :) probably explains some of the bumps on my head.

      hugs coming back atcha friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, thanks for the visit and for God's sake don't take any of this advice. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      watergeek, we have to dance with the girl that brung us. LOL I'm a teacher and always will be. Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Case1Worker, the garden is great for inspiration. I hope the weather allows it soon. :) Thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Writing is no different than, dare I say...cooking! Whatever your chosen endeavor, you have to jump in with both feet; one toe in the water does not constitute taking the plunge. Reading about painting techniques can't managed to convey what any artist strives to create on the canvas. Sooner or later, you've got to pick up the brush, put it in the paint and put the paint to canvas. I've sold several paintings, Bill, though I've not read one book about painting. But, everytime I paint, I learn something new. Like Nike professes "Just do it." We learn by doing.

      Great 'tongue in cheek' truth, Bill. Hugs from St. Louis heading your way.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, once again you have me laughing! Great writing and great tips on how "not" to succeed. Thanks!

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      watergeek 4 years ago from Pasadena CA

      How funny. I was going to write a hub very like this, but set it aside to start a book proposal. It's interesting to see how many people responded, and that they liked the sarcasm. You're a teacher in a variety of ways, Billy.

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      CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      This made me laugh- having just 2000 written words on my first outline- waiting for writers block but hopefully it will wait til the weather gets better and I can sit in the garden

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Ann! Have a great meal.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      heidi, I don't even know what writer's block is. I've never experienced it, and like you I suspect it is because most of my writing are essays and conversations about topics I never run out of. Like you said, for me it is like talking to someone in the living room.

      Thank you for some very good insight.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you are not alone. There are a great many writers out there who follow this negative advice. :) If we change our way of thinking it makes all the difference in the world. :) It's good to see you again my friend. Happy Valentine's Day to you.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Happy Valentine's to you & Bev too. My partner is cooking us a good steak this eve so I'm relaxing and thinking about the next story!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Thrilled to learn I didn't have to marry a sherpa to get a book done! :)

      Ironically, I am rarely plagued by writer's block. Why? Well, it might be because I'm writing non-fiction and business advice material. But I think it's more due to the fact that I don't think of writing as "writing." I think of it as communicating and imagine how I would talk to someone about my topic if I was with them in real life. Write like you talk!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Sadly, I think I follow too many of your tips! Seriously, I love your tongue -n -cheek approach, and this is a great reminder about what not to do. I agree with you on all counts! Thanks

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz....LOL again....it actually isn't a bad idea at all. You should do it since you are the funnier of the two of us. :) Hey, guess what? I'm wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day. Have a great day and that husband of yours better come through for you today if he enjoys breathing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I didn't know I had a trademark. I'm feeling very elevated today. :) Seriously, thank you so much, and if I inspired you then I am the one who is grateful. Happy Valentine's Day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kschimmel, I'm glad you do. Thank you!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Hah! I see the birth of a series here: Tips You Do Not Want to Follow. Some examples may include How to Get the Man/Woman of Your Dreams, How to Get Out of Debt, How to Win Your Dream Job . . . you see where I'm going with this. Now get to work.

      File this under "Comments from Weirdo Readers: Tips You Do Not Want to Follow".

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      You've done it again, billy. I like your negative psychology. Yes I think creativity and emotions go together and sometimes negative emotions are hard to get rid of but not when you look at the great world around us. Actually, you've inspired me via your writing contest to go back to some of my fiction and re-write (most of them were rubbish but the ideas weren't bad). My story has boosted my readers and followers, so thanks to you again! Much humour here, whilst serious, which to me is your trademark. Voted up etc. Fantastic!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I love this!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thatta girl, Peg! Go get them!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Strapping on the thick skin as we speak, Billy. Thanks for the encouragement. I will plod ahead and edit later. Cheers to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Natasha, you need to finish your book. :) Thank you young lady; it's always nice to see you.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Waiting around for an idea just doesn't work. As you say, writing doesn't happen by magic! It takes thought, effort, more effort, rewriting, etc. I need to finish my book!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, that's all the lessons I have for this week. I'll turn to writing that inspires me for the next few days. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I definitely wouldn't want to change and go that way these tips are often followed and to no avail. Well advised Hub and to the point you surprised me with another one of your informative hubs voted up

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, that's exactly right. For me, all I have to do is clear my mind and sit in the garden or go for a walk. When I stop thinking about writing the ideas come to me in a flood. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, it does have a way of doing that, doesn't it? I admit there are times I need to take a walk to clear my mind and allow ideas in, but that's as close as I get to writer's block.

      Thank you Phoenix; you are incredibly loyal and I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, then I have done my job. Strap on that thick skin and keep writing. We are not going to please everyone no matter how hard we try, so don't bother trying. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, it was my guess that there are a great many people who secretly want to fail, so I was just doing my part to help them. LOL Thank you for reading my friend; glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! Yes, although I have never had writer's block, I do understand the agony it might cause others...I just wish they had part of my over-active mind so I could get some peace occasionally. LOL Sending blessings and love your way from Olympia,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, it is a writer's dream to have a comment like yours. I love to inspire and cause reflection, so thank you for this lovely comment.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bravo! Great hub Bill. I love what you say about waiting for inspiration. I have found that when I'm blocked, if I just apply my fingers to the keyboard, it pulls the words out of my and the act itself provedes inspiration. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      It so true about just sitting down and writing. I've found, more often than not, that if I just start writing, inspiration will find me.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Billy, This could not have come at a better time. I just received my first really negative review of my fiction. It is difficult to take and yet not unexpected, as I write to please myself mostly. Like what you said not to do - The Frank Sinatra method. I do understand that most of the folks who leave comments are trying to encourage me and they say they like my work, because they "like" me rather than the fiction. Still, that stubborn streak comes out and at the moment, I feel like going ahead and doing the opposite of what the bad reviewer has said. (They sent it to my personal e-mail as a Valentine's gift, I presume) Anyhow. Just reading your "Do Not Do" advice has been a boon to an otherwise difficult morning. Thanks so much.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Billy, At last, what we've all been waiting for: the definitive tutorial on how to fail at writing! Fantastic. I never would have thought of all those ideas. How truly helpful you have been. LOL!!!! Thanks for a great read, you clever man. Take care and be creative...or not.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub here Billy and I had to smile as I read your paragraph on Writer's block!!I do not suffer from writer's block as such;the depth of my work may differ but this is reality to me anyway.There was a day when I just couldn't think of anything to write about and guess what I did to overcome;well I created a poem on not being able to find anything to write about. it was mostly humorous but sure did the trick!!

      I suppose in a way I do not take writer's block seriously for myself but want to stress here that I do indeed understand the turmoil it brings to many others from time to time.

      Again my friend another to vote up,across and share all around.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, you are speaking my language here! I forgot how much this type of talk made me want to do the exact opposite. I remember being put down in meetings in one of my previous jobs - it only made me push that much harder, and go that extra distance that I otherwise wouldn't normally have gone. Thank you friend, I really needed to read this today. Great article!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kbdare, thank you for the visit. I seem to remember me thinking it must be pretty easy to write a book back when I was younger. Oh how wrong I could be. LOL

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      Kbdare 4 years ago from Western US.

      Great words of wisdom and witty presentation! I believe often individuals look toward fiction based movies and say "look how easy writing a book is, it will be easy for me too". But you are right great writing takes time and great amounts of effort to become successful. Thanks for sharing this hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, when I wrote my one and only novel, the characters took over the story. I was just the instrument that freed them, and I think that is true of most writers. It is a wonderful process to be a part of.

      Thank you for those angels; they are greatly appreciated.

      blessings and a hug coming your way,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, it's a gentle slap and nothing more. There is a great deal of talent in people like you, just waiting to be set free. I'm afraid the teacher in me will never die. :) Thank you Marlene! You are always welcome here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I hope you get it finished and put it out there for publication. I have no doubt that it is very good. Thank you for the visit.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Much more truth here than fiction...as was your intent, Bill.

      The one that stands out the most for me is the writing one....when I write the words take over and they write whatever it is I have to say. I know that sounds bizarre but it happens. I do not write much ficiton but when I do, the characters write the story, I am only their medium to get the words in print.

      The other anti success info is well taken. Another biggie is...there are no shortcuts...how true that is....

      Hope all is good in WA tonight...

      Sending Angels to you all out there..:) ps

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I may be chuckling at the humor, but you sure do have a way with words. I'm guilty of your last tip for not getting published. Every now and then, I just want to go sit in the sauna all day and forget about writing, then I stumble upon people like you who slap some sense back into me. Thanks so much.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I love the way you wrote this hub. I guess I can choose to strive for success or just accept failure. I have written a novel but I think I want to make some changes in the book as I paid someone to help me and I think some of the advice was not very good. I want to get my personal style more embedded in the book and just take my chances. I haven't spent time on it lately but you hub has given me some incentive to move on. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, my problem is the opposite. I can't turn it off. LOL I have far too many ideas and I need to focus more on a particular set of ideas. Sheez, who would have ever guessed when I was growing up that I would have too much brain activity? :) Thank you my friend and I hope you are well.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      You hit another one out of the park! Sarcasm or not, it was funny and truthful. It would be nice to have a successful book but I guess this means I need to rethink that teen vampire novel that I was going to write in a day using that nifty new software I can get for only $1500 down and $250 a month.

      Seriously, I need to start doing what Kathleen does and just write. That stupid cursor at the top of the blank page sounds too familiar for comfort.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. Maybe reverse psychology is exactly what some people need. :)

      blessings to you my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, we can always hope, right? Thank you my friend!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      HI Bill,

      "Quit following the crowd and start following your heart. " I think you have a bestseller here my friend. :)

      Voted up awesome and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, good one (or not) Bill!

      You know what I mean. Your last line is the real deal!

      Very creative on your part---reverse psychology.

      Voted up +++ and sharing.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Carol! I have yet to experience writer's block, but maybe someday I'll understand what that is. :) I hope that day doesn't come too soon.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you can always count on me to give a kick where needed, including kicking myself. :) I hope you continue on that project that you started. Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you go girl! No moss growing under your butt. LOL Keep writing my friend.

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

      Billy, Kinda like reverse psychology, thank you for the kick up the proverbial, I started something about two years ago, and only recently revisited it, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of work I'd already done.

      Looking forward to reading your book soon, yep; seeking inspiration :).

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You know, when I woke up today I really didn't feel like writing and I was tempted to give myself the day off. But today is a work day and I forced myself to go to work (in my sweats and t-shirt :-)!) I now have one article left for today's goal, so gotta go!

      Love Ya!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      writers block..as you say...I know writing is a job like painting, sculpting etc. You go to work everyday and create something..And you know Bill some days are better than others. Sometimes toe writing brain goes into brilliance with words..That happened to me one day about three years ago. Seriously you do it and you do and then you go over it and over it and over it again. I am sure I wrote my book about 100 times..plus I had an editor... Thanks for writing this..it clears lots of things up..as always...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm pretty sure the last advantage you mentioned is the biggest....we can dress any old way that we want. :)

      Your point, though, is exactly right. This is a business, a job, and you show up each day and you work. I get so tired of hearing about writers block...sit down, shut up and write!!!!!

      Love you my friend

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is great. I just love your sarcasm! I have people ask me all the time, "how can your write every day? I'd never be able to do it." Well, you fire up the computer, sit your butt down and begin typing! I have not yet had the time to get back to my book, but I'm working on my discipline so I can. I've set myself a goal to have the 25 articles I need to write each week in order to receive a bonus, accomplished Monday thru Friday. No more working 7 days a week for a pittance. Now I will have my weekends free to get back in the yard and tend my gardens and write for pleasure, which means working on the novel I have in my head and the book of poems I've nearly completed.

      Writing is no different than counting beans or pounding nails. If it's your career of choice, you get up everyday and go to work! The difference is your and my offices are steps away from the bedroom and kitchen! (Plus we don't have to dress business casual! tee hee!)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I have no doubt that you did it the right way. Good luck with the editing and thank you as always for your loyalty.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Great tips of what not to do for sure. I seriously loved the writing process, but am stuck in the dreaded editing phase. That said, at the very least I didn't do any of what you said above as I was writing, so hopefully I have half a chance at some success in the future. Thanks for sharing this and I of course did my thing by voting and sharing for you!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathleen. I always like to hear from someone who has been in the business. People need to quit making excuses and sit down and write. It's the only way to find out if you really can.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You know that blinking curser at the top of a blank page? It taunts me: "So you think you can right, huh? Well, we'll just see about that." I start typing just to shut it up and before you know it I have a whole page written. Only about a third of it is ever any good, but I've learned that's not a bad percentage. Stephen King writes two thousand words a day no matter what. If he finishes one book he immediately starts the next. Being an old newspaper woman myself, I realized that equaled four news articles a day, and I used to turn at least that many out without giving it a second thought.

      You are right. Sit down and write. See what happens. There's no other way to be a writer.