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Writing Advice From The Pros

Updated on December 13, 2013

Personal Reflections Before We Begin

Where are you on the writing talent scale?

Are you a great writer? Are you average? Are you struggling just to approach average? We are our own worse judges you know. We rarely give ourselves a break. No matter how many people tell me that I am a good writer, I will always believe I can be so much better, and perhaps that is a healthy approach to this craft that bewitches and beguiles, bedraggles and leaves us bemoaning. After all, we all want to improve, right? We all want to be the best that we can be, right?

From time to time I try to leave you with some tips which I hope you find helpful. They are little odds and ends I have picked up over the years, as a student, as a teacher and as a writer. I did not invent them. I claim no ownership over them. They are simply lessons I learned from others. If you are looking for original thoughts on writing then you are in for a long wait my friends.

Still, even though the tips I give you are not original, they are written in my original voice, and perhaps that rearranging of verbs and nouns, adjectives and adverbs, will strike a bell with you and give flight to your writer’s heart.

Today I borrow again. Each section of this missive will begin with a quote about writing from one of the Masters. I will then toss in a few thoughts of my own. In other words, you get the best of all worlds here today, a virtual classroom for all who wish to attend. Grab a seat and get comfortable. The class begins right now!

Get it? Cut the crap?
Get it? Cut the crap? | Source

CUT THE CRAP

Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Mark Twain

Thank you Mr. Twain and I am in agreement with you.

I read once, and I don’t have a clue who said it, that adverbs are the lazy tool of a weak mind.

Adverbs are used to modify a verb. Plain and simple. They provide use only if they add to the sentence. If they do not, get rid of them. Take, for example, the phrase “he walked quickly.” Is it really necessary to add the adverb “quickly” to tell your tale? If a writer has done their job prior to that phrase, and described a sense of urgency, then there really is no need for “quickly” to appear in that sentence. The reader will already know that the protagonist is in one hell of a hurry.

She said happily…..he laughed loudly…..they played carelessly…..they made love recklessly….yep, they sound great, but are they really necessary?

And please note I wrote this entire section without an adverb other than the ones used as examples. It is possible to do. J

ARE YOU EASY TO READ?

Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it's right, it's easy. It's the other way round, too. If it's slovenly written, then it's hard to read. It doesn't give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.
Maya Angelou

This is such a profound statement. Writing something that is an easy read is so, so difficult. I have read books that were like trudging through quicksand. I have read books that were so simplistic and simple-minded as to seem like a personal insult.

The books I have loved, however, read like a good friend. They wore like my favorite old jeans. They wrapped their words around me and reminded me of a lover on a cold night. To accomplish that is not an easy task at all my friends. It takes hard work. It takes dedication to your craft. It takes a willingness to improve.

This is where I bleed daily
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YOU GOTTA BLEED

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Anais Nin

This is one of my favorite quotes about writing, followed closely (yes, I just used an adverb) by Hemmingway’s similar thoughts:

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Ernest Hemingway

Why are they my favorites? Because this is what writing is all about for me.

Listen, I get it. We have to make money in order to pay the bills. We have to eat and pay travel expenses and get some new clothes for the kids, so we need money. We work for content mills or we churn out 400 characters to dazzle those on Bubblews and we make the money we need….but….at some point, our passion for writing needs a vehicle. At some point we need to open our hearts and pour it out, baby. Three days a week I write articles about how to write. Two days a week I write articles that provide nourishment for my soul. Those two days are my favorites by far.

LET IT ALL HANG OUT

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
Robert Frost

I have been doing more and more of this free verse lately and I have to tell you, I love it. “Let’s let Mikey try it; he’ll eat anything.” Well, this Mikey has tried free verse and he is gorging himself at the banquet table.

Sit down and just write. Don’t worry about grammar. Don’t worry about a beginning or an end. Just pick a topic and start firing words like some journalistic machine gun. Or to put it a different way, I remember from my baseball days something an old Major League player once said: “Baseball ain’t that difficult. You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball.”

Just write!

Confident writers kick self-doubt to the curb
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KICK SELF-DOUBT TO THE CURB

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
Anna Quindlen

The saddest three words I have heard since I began writing are “I give up.” I have received notes from other writers with those three words included and they make me want to scream in frustration.

If you have a passion for writing then you need to write. To hell with those who would tell you that you are no good. To hell with those who belittle you or who cannot be bothered to encourage you.

I firmly believe that the world has never needed the Arts as badly as it needs them now. If you are a writer then you are needed. You have the power in your hands and mind to bring beauty to this world. You have the power to transform reality and provide needed escape for others. You have the power to uplift and raise awareness.

If you have the passion then never, never, never give up!

THE INNER MUSIC

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
Truman Capote

The inner music…..if you are a writer you will understand that phrase. Writing is an art form, just like painting, just like photography and yes, just like music. We do with words what musicians do with instruments or singers do with their voices.

Good writing flows with the notes. Great writing transforms the notes into a heavenly performance by the angels.

And what a high it is when we achieve that!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. A bit deep for me today Bill. Just keep enjoying your writing days.

      Graham.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      That poop looks purple. Were you feeding your dog beets or something?

      "They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it." -Willie Mays (my dad's favorite player of all time, that's the only reason I know that quote)!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      More you write about this subject and more I think it's may be not so surprising to have people who give up writing. Writing a book is a long and lonely road full of uncertainties and may be some people are not ready to commit to something that will not give them some money or some notoriety at the end. Not everybody can become a celebrity like J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown or Stephen King. It takes a "solid spine" (*) and humility to go through that road. Not everybody is ready for that.... and that's too bad!

      (*) I think this is more used in French as an expression and I don't know the equivalent in English.

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

      I am not quite yet at baseball level. More like football. Most days are just practice, 1 0r 2 are actually playing.

      I like double adverbs like super duper. Great stuff to work on here Bill, thanks as always.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      My favorite is to just write and many times when I have had doubt in writing in general and felt like writer's block was about to hit, i just wrote through it and never looked back. So, that one always seem to resonate with me. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend now, Bill!

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      Michele Jones 3 years ago

      Another classic. I love it. Keep em comin. I'm going to add it to my weekly routine to start reading and taking notes on your excellent hubs because I'm learning so much and getting so motivated. Misslong123

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I Ann butt sure, which quite is my favorite. I like them all. I will add: "To thine own self be true" Even if you are writing to a client's specifications, write wires you can be proud of. Thank you for this great hub!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I have had to work through self doubt when it comes to fiction. I easily write informational hubs, and I think they are important as they help people. The inner music is totally different obviously. I am working on that now. This was a good refresher hub of some of the important aspects to remember when writing ficiton.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, great advice from one who has "been there and done that." I carefully read all of your hubs because you have been through the school of hard knocks. Your advice and encouragement saves us from making a great many mistakes.

      Thanks for all you do for the hub members.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      There is nothing like it when you hear the sounds of music coming from the taps you type on the keyboard, or the sounds of the music coming from the words you write using longhand.

      There's nothing like a book you can't put down. The kind of book that you are so into that you can read it no matter what is going on around you.

      Beautiful piece.

      Thank You,

      Kim

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      'Morning, Bill.

      You give us writing advice and I go back and start applying your

      techniques. I cannot tell you how many times I have edited and

      re-edited the first 50 pages.

      Most morning after reading your hub, I think to myself, "I didn't think about that. I should go back and check it out."

      I must say, the first fifty pages have been edited a dozen times and I always find something that needs changing. I have not seen the next 70

      pages for months.

      After the holidays, I must push through, and continue the story line.

      Then, I can always go back and reword, revamp and finely tune my

      master piece.

      Many thanks, my friend!

      You give us your best and we, in return, want to give our best back

      to the reading community. You have inspired a massive collection

      of talented writers of our time. I see no reason why many of us cannot rise to the top with our unique talents.

      Thank you again for all that you do to encourage us.

      DJ.

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      Xavier Nathan 3 years ago from Isle of Man

      Wonderful advice and inspiring words of encouragement.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      How helpful that you've shown your writing schedule: 3 days a week of articles about writing, 2 days a week writing soul-nourishing pieces. This should help anyone wondering if structure is needed to be successful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, the less said about the purple turd the better...thank you for those inspiring words, there are days when I think yes! I can do it, followed by "girl, who do you think you're fooling" as always, you are right, we can often over-think things when we should just go for it. Great advice as always. I hope you're having a perfect day, my best to you.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I think I understand what ol' Ernest meant when he said about sitting at the typewriter and allowing yourself to bleed. It is not really that it is a painful thing, sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn't. It is, however, that your life is poured into your writing. It is that bleeding of your life into your writing that gives your writing life that only you can bring.

      You certainly do pump your blood into your writing.

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, excellent tips for aspiring writers like me. I read it several times and enjoyed it.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      I love the quotes you used here. Mark Twain rocks!!! :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, it is a tough road for sure, with no promise of reward other than the feeling of accomplishment. I hope that's enough for me when I finish the book I'm on now.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I much prefer super duper to super...at least it is a bit different, which every writer should strive for.

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Me too Janine! I don't know what writer's block is quite frankly. Every single time I sit down to write an idea comes to me.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, what a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you. We'll have coffee together every morning. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for that, Randi, and I completely agree. Take pride in our work...in the end we are the ones who have to look in the mirror.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. That self-doubt can be a killer, and I hope you work through it. I have no doubt you have a great story to tell.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, thank you Sir! Like you, I learn from people who have been there and suffered the consequences.....learning from experience is the best kind of learning....or at least that's what I believe. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, you are indeed a poet. Everything you write has a melody to it; you have a beautiful voice for a writer and it is a pleasure just reading your comments. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, DJ, I didn't know I did all that. :) Seriously, thank you! Leave that first 50 alone and move on. When you are done let someone else read it and get a fresh perspective. You have paid your dues with those first 50....move on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my friends from the Isle of Man. It's always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Another A+ hub. Loved the quotes you used. And as usual, there's much to think about and take in. Thanks for all you've included here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      erin, thank you...I hope it helps...i believe writers should help writers, and the more we communicate with each other the smoother that flow of ideas will be.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, my morning was crap, like the purple turd...no internet, frustration building, and then I realized I didn't need to the internet to write...LOL Amazing how silly I can be.

      Thank you my dear and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I agree with you about Ernest.....that is what he was referring to I'm sure....and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you and I hope you have a restful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mathira, thank you so much. I'm glad you found it helpful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, Mark Twain rocks indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lifegate, you are very welcome. Thank you as well.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Bill, all these are great advice, I just need to listen to it more and get my butt moving to write some more articles! I like writing for Bubblews but it seems to be sucking me dry, I have to do it for the money, but I seem to be losing ideas about what to write on here! I think I will take a break from there for a few days to concentrate on here, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I understand the need for money, but I also know that if I were writing ten articles each day there I would run dry very quickly. Maybe a break is what you need. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Touche! No need to be verbose on this one, Bill. (Notice no adverbs?) :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Hemingway's quote is one of my favorites. Nice hub with advice from the masters.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...very nice, Sha! I'm proud of you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Flourish....he really said it all, didn't he?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry, Lizzy, I just noticed my response didn't go through. What I said originally is that no wonder I love you. Any woman who can quote Willie Mays is a friend forever. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I responded earlier but it disappeared....thanks for just stopping by and making the effort. Always appreciated.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      All these quotes are powerful, and give lots of heavy food for thought. Maya Angelou's screams at me. Thank you, bill. Enjoy the weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, Maya Angelou has always screamed at me. What a gifted woman!

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great quotes. Great advice. I agree with Nell..I had to get away from Bubblews, clicking for pennies is a drag.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, my favorite quote from this excellent article belongs to Maya Angelou. And I have to say that what you write is very easy to read. You have elicited that 'worn old jeans' feeling from me when I peruse your words my friend ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, selfishly, I'm glad you left them. LOL I'm a writer and not a clicker. :) Thank you dear friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Connie, thank you! I love that compliment and I am very grateful. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for the smile you gave me.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Always great to get advice from the pros ... well, my goodness, your "crap" pic there looks purplish in color : ) did you dye it just for us, so the "crap" would be more pleasing ... or are my eyes fooling me : )

      Thanks for sharing great advice as always dear Bill.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..purple is my favorite color, Faith! :) No, just poor lighting and my old camera on its last leg. Thank you for the laugh and of course for your loyalty. Have a wonderful weekend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I know we are supposed to avoid adverbs, but I do like them. They seem to add excitement to a sentence whether via reading or writing...I have cut back on "very!" :)

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Damn good advice! (Taking a tip from Mark Twain.) Happy Weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, they are "very" hard to avoid if you ask me. :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I can think of a lot of people with worse advice. :) Thanks and Happy Weekend to you as well.

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      Jordanwalker39 3 years ago from GA

      Thanks for all the great information about writing Bill. I know I really need it! haha.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Jordan. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I found this motivating. Another excellent job Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara! I'm so happy you enjoyed this.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      Bill, I agree with you about always striving for improvement in our writing, I think it is a mistake to consider that you have 'arrived' at where you want to be. That is what I love about the Hubpages community. The positive feedback you receive breeds confidence, and once you become confident your writing improves naturally. Additionally of course, reading excellent hubs like this one provides the inspiration and know how every writer needs. Thank you Bill for another quality read:-))

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      this is the most helpful writing piece you've written. I got so much out of it. The adverb thing was new to me. So I have a new challenge. The bleed thing, that's what it is for me too. And I was also strcuk by the music metaphor. I've never done free form, so another challenge again. Voted up and across the board.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing Advice From The Pros is a well explained and written hub. Improving ones writing skills definitely what writers should take seriously.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much DDE.....have a great weekend.

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

      Wow! I loved the sentence" Good writing flows with the notes. Great writing transforms the notes into a heavenly performance by the angels.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, I consider you the "Pro" so if you write it I try to follow it. One thing that really struck me here was the statement that it should be "easy to read". I am always thinking about this and I try to make things flow and be easy to read. I'm not sure I succeeding, but I am aware of this and think it is very important.

      Thanks for all the tips and advice, we really do appreciate it. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, you are very welcome and thank you my friend. I remain at HP because of the community. This is my home; this is where my family of writers live....I can't imagine not having you guys in my life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lambservant, we writers do bleed....this is a part of us...every article and poem we write is a part of us....what a beautiful legacy we are leaving the world. :) Thank you my friend and blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Nadine, thank you very much. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you are succeeding; trust me on that. Your writing is very easy and enjoyable to read. Keep on keeping on my friend, thank you, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Pro-Hubber 3 years ago from Florida

      wow..amazing tips and inspiring hub. Bill you're truly a pro-writer :) and i would love to join the community

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I'd rather bleed and share my thoughts. My salute to you, Sir Bill for always giving us the 'prim and proper' of sharing a community online-that is: writing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good, sound advice once again Bill. I used to want to be an artist and displayed a lot of ability at an early age, but my senior high school didn't have art as an elective course so I never went anywhere with it, apart from always being asked to draw up displays during open days and special theme weeks at the University where I worked. Anyway I became discouraged about a career in art when I saw the ability of many other struggling artists. I decided to try a different path and give writing a go, as I worked in a library and had always had a passion for reading. Again, I was my own worst critic, keeping my poetry for myself and family only. Sometimes writing an article for a local newspaper, or a short story, but rarely considering them good enough to share, and often being disappointed with where they were going and just not finishing them. Since becoming involved with Hub Pages all this has changed. Due largely to the positive comments by other hubbers like yourself, I am now confident in my writing ability, and am happy with almost everything I produce on these pages. I may not have made any money from writing but enjoy the writing experience and the finished products, and for me that is enough and satisfying. Wow, just realized that this comment has more words than many of my hubs...sorry. Thanks again Bill for hubs like this that inspire and educate.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      How I love Mark Twain! I also agree with you that 'the world has never needed the Arts as badly as it needs them now'. We need something to lift us, to stir us, to inspire us. People need good things to make them feel better or at least a spirit of optimism - a good ending.

      Writing is the blood of our veins and the spirit of our souls; we have to try to produce the music and, even if we're good, we can always, always, be better. Learning never stops.

      Sorry I'm late with this one; busy weekend! Buying a camera for my granddaughter, a budding photographer and writer!! Hope you're having a great weekend! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pro, you are already a member....the writer's community of the world. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      travel, it is always my pleasure. I believe writers should help each other, and so that's what I do. I know you understand that. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....John, you are always welcome to write as much as you want here. Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on writing. I love this community for the very reason you gave. We encourage each other. Many writers like yourself have not tried because of a lack of support....not so here at HP. I am very happy you gave it a go here; we are better because of you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you are never late. The party can't really start without you present. :)

      The blood of our veins and the spirit of our souls.....how can I possibly add to that beautiful comment?

      Have a wonderful Sunday my friend and thank you.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      And I do so love parties! You're too kind!

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your words continue to inspire me, time and time again! Bill, you're so right that we can't give up. My heart too sinks every time I hear that someone has quit writing. It's not easy but it is so fulfilling to be a writer! Wishing you a great day, voting up, and sharing.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the great, amazing advice, Bill!

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      Tina Truelove 3 years ago

      I probably overuse adverbs. If I remember correctly, my high school and college teachers encouraged them, probably over-encouraged them. They said adverbs made our papers more descriptive and more interesting.

      Thank you for your advice!

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Bill, thanks for the inspiration. I undertook a writing project from a friend today and I am excited and nervous at the same time. She wants me to write a biography on her father and I can tell you sitting with him and listening to him talk will be an enjoyment. Although it is an advanced piece of writing, I believe I will be able to execute it to my and their expectations. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not really, Ann; I just love good company. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, you are so good....always write my friend. The world needs you and others like you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always a pleasure, vkwok. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tina, I'll bet most teachers a few decades ago taught the same thing....and they were right that it makes a paper more interesting...but....learning to make a paper interesting without them is a sign of great growth for a writer. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dragonflycolor, good luck with that project. I have no doubt you will do well, mainly because your expectations of yourself are so high. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Tina Truelove 3 years ago

      Who said it was a few decades ago?! LOL

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am not making a comment on your purple photo (nuff said!). Some days I feel so confident in my writing and others I feel like it's just below average. I admire your dedication to writing, it really points out how much we need to dedicate to the art.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      It was the photo that drew me into this piece! LOL You are too much, Bill. I enjoyed reading this though I am not ready to get rid of adverbs yet. But, I get your point. Another inspiring piece.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tina, I was kidding of course. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I think your feelings are the same we all share. We are rarely at the top of our game....we are, after all, only human. :) Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I understand about adverbs, and I don't think we should get rid of them...only limit them until they are really needed. :) Thank you!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Billy! I find myself kind of mentally blocked since the death of my grandfather. I didn't have this problem when my grandmother died. In fact, it was just the opposite. My creativity flowed like a river then. But now, it's different. I feel like I'm out of words. All of my attempts to write seem forced right now. I hope I get out of this slump soon.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, remember how traumatic death is. We don't get through it unscathed...emotional, mental, physical....your creativity will return. It might have a different edge to it, but it's in there waiting to emerge again. :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the great advice, Bill. It's very inspirational, as always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you liked it Alicia. Thank you my friend.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Lots of great advice now I have to check my hubs and see how many times I used adverbs. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Moonlake, we all use them...the key is to limit them so they are more effective. Thanks for the visit.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Bill - I'm thinking carefully as I am writing recklessly that I would be lost dreadfully without adverbs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, well, they do seem to be part of your persona. LOL Go for it my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Inner music is the same as passion. It can be a symphony, played in such a way to bring tears to your readers, or to give them a play-by-play, as if you are right there...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Deb, and it is very hard to write that well...but we should try. :) Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      I read this one a lot before I began taking notes. There was great advice for the writing itself, but the things I need to work on is READING more! Also, writing a bit a day!! I need to try to do that. I felt encouraged not to give up too! I also like the words of inspiration I copied down - they make me feel empowered - like I can do anything I set my mind to!! Michele

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, you can! I want you to succeed. I just finished a novel and the author blew me away with the images he created....I learn from every book I read...yes, write and read daily....even if for fifteen minutes.

      I love your desire to improve. I'm here if you need me.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I think it is so easy to give up with anything. I have found when something doesn't work I look for another way. I have had successes and failures and have wondered if I stuck with the failures what would have happened. I love these quotes...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I love your attitude. I have quit on some things that probably would have worked out if I had just thought of another way....I think that means we are human. :) Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I always like the way some of your hubs begin with questions. They make me think more about my own writing. I have a tendency to use very a lot so now I'm going to have to go back and check my hubs to get rid of it. Thanks for writing hubs that help me become a better writer Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, very is one of those words that is overused by most writers....there are so many more options to use. :) Thank you once again my friend.

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