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How To Write A Book: One Man's Journey

Updated on January 10, 2014

DISCLAIMER

I have read quite a few articles of late claiming to be the best way to write a book. Some offered success as an author in five easy steps; still others, a bit more realistic (or pessimistic) saw success as the result of ten steps they were offering.

Then we have the bloggers, and of course there are steps to being a successful blogger, and they can be counted from five (there never seems to be fewer than five) to infinity and beyond.

I even paid a certain amount of attention in November when the NaNoWriMo Challenge was happening, as writers from all around the word wrote a novel in one month.

You should all be pleasantly surprised when I tell you that I am not here to claim the best way to write or the secrets to success in writing. I am simply going to tell you how I wrote my novel, and along the way you might pick up some helpful ideas.

Why am I passing on the opportunity to dazzle you with my knowledge? Let me put it this way. If John Steinbeck were to come back from the dead, and if he were to write a book about the ten secrets to success as a writer, I might pay attention. Let’s face it….Steinbeck had game….so he had something to back up his advice. In other words, he had credibility due to his ranking as one of the greatest authors in history.

I, on the other hand, have a tough time from week to week being the greatest author in my neighborhood. Gaining a certain amount of notoriety on a writing site like HubPages, or being a big dog in the blogging world, does not count as credibility. It counts as experience, but definitely not as credibility when trying to tell others how to write.

With that as an introduction, allow me then to tell you the process I used when writing my novel, “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today.”

The finished product
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The Process

I had no process! There, should we move on to the next subheading now?

Seriously, I had no process. This all started as a writing exercise. My goal was to write the weirdest introduction for a story that I could write. Period! I had just finished reading a novel by Tom Robbins, and if you have ever read any of his works, you know that he is a bit bizarre on his best days. On his worst days, he is like taking an acid-washed trip through the mind of a love child. I figured I could write something as bizarre as he could, so I set out to prove that fact.

Once the introduction was written, a long discourse that included a cross-dressing truck driver from Skokie, Illinois, the story line just came to me. One minute I was pushing the limits of my imagination, and the next I was envisioning the rest of the book. 75,000 words later my book was completed. I am sorry to say, for all of you writing purists, that I did not outline the book. It was outlined in my head, and I followed that outline as I continued to write.

I have always been like that as a writer. When I was teaching, I always told my students that they needed to write an outline first; as a writer, I never outline. The day will come, as old age advances, when I will not be able to get away with that transgression, but that day has not arrived yet.

The Characters

Whenever I write fiction, the characters are always based on people I have known from my lifetime. I have lived sixty-four years, and was raised during the 60’s, so it’s not like I don’t have very many people to choose from.

One of the main characters, Bill, is, for the most part, me. He is a stumbling, bumbling, reactionary who hasn’t quite figured out life yet, and he responds best to painful stimuli in order to learn. The other main character, Sheila, is Bev in real life, the love of my life, the counter-balance that keeps me leveled and prevents me from tumbling off of the edge.

The remaining cast is a mixed lot. Tweetie is a compilation of some stoned friends I had during the 60’s, a free-spirit who speaks great truths cloaked in the haze of mind-altering drugs. Paula is the picture of imperfection and self-flagellation, a rumbling mound of flesh who eventually finds happiness when love enters her life. And Delilah is a ladybug who whistles joyful tunes, a rock-solid little creature who is loyal and grounded in common sense.

The Story Line

There were two main themes to the story from the very beginning. One was my concern for the environment, and the other my belief that love conquers all, and is the single most important thing in life.

I was determined to have fun with this story, so my own bizarre sense of humor is with you throughout the reading of this book. It is raucous; the language at times is obscene; it is never boring and it has enough twists and turns to require a GPS unit if you aren’t paying attention. It is, in fact, a condensed version of me at different times in my life.

The story is boy meets girl, a fairly tame and much-used foundation, but the girl is something special for sure. Sheila has the ability to bring people back from the dead, and she does so, traveling back in time, with great regularity during a three month stretch, with Bill and Delilah by her side. The people who receive this life-restoring gift have been chosen because they all have a common background, namely their having once lived in the same foster home. They are the personification of love, and the power of love, and it is their job to prepare the world for an environmental disaster the likes of which we have not seen in thousands of years.

Will the chosen few be able to save Earth? You will have to read the book to find out.

Tying up Loose Ends

It took me thirty months to write my novel. In truth, there was a six-month span where no writing happened. The story was stuck, or my mind was stuck; whatever the case may be, I was in neutral for about half a year. It then took about three months to edit it and expand on some scenes that were, shall we say, a bit weak.

I fished around for an agent or publisher, but evidently I was using the wrong bait, for there were no bites. I was left, then, with a decision. After investing three years of my life in writing the damn thing, I decided that I wanted a hard copy of my novel for me to hold, a tangible reminder that all things are possible. On August, 2011, my novel was printed by a local book-printer, and one of my dreams had come true.

Since then I have had it published in ebook format on Kindle, so all the bases, so to speak, have been covered.

A chat with the author

Was It a Success?

Now we enter the gray area of writing. How do you measure success? For some, success is measured in dollars and cents, the selling of a pre-determined number of copies. If that were my measure of success then I was a failure, for I think I’ve sold about 100 copies, certainly not rivaling “The Grapes of Wrath.”

However, for me, partial success was achieved when the novel was completed and I held it in my hands.

The remainder of that elusive success was achieved because I am proud of the book. I was able to take 75,000 words, form them into a cohesive and entertaining story, and for me that was most definitely success. It is a story I feel good about. I gave it my best effort; I was rewarded with a feeling of accomplishment; and I believe it delivers an important message.

Would I change anything about it one year later? No…I like this book and it is now a part of me.

A satisfied author
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REFLECTIONS

There are always reflections, aren’t there? Here is what I know about writing books. You need to write! If you do not have the passion, then don’t bother. Your writing will reflect that lack of passion.

Write like your butt is on fire, and do not be discouraged if your writing does not receive the glory you had first envisioned. Sometimes, the reward is in the journey itself, and the destination is what it is.

If you are serious about being a writer, then strap it on and be a writer, but remember that it takes work and it takes determination. I don’t care what magic steps you follow to write a book; you have to have the willpower to follow through and make it the best book you can possibly write. Any idiot can write 75,000 words; not every idiot can write 75,000 words and be proud of them.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I particularly found this interesting as I have written two books..My gift basket book as I wrote about where I sold literally thousands of copies.. I filled the niche..New business and I was first to write about it. The second one was dismal and extremely expensive...However the glory of writing a book and filled with all your love, fears and tears is always a remarkable feat. Marketing the book in the 90s was easy and today a daunting and difficult task. If you are a celebrity or have a million pedigrees and accomplished something that people want..it may work. So hats off..you wrote, and you did ..like NIKE...

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Great article Billy. I do wish I had a hard copy of my book in my hands. I think my next one will be in print and on kindle. Thanks for sharing!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your successful book! I have had dreams of writing my own book too - I do need to get started on writing it! Will you be following up with another?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, that is indeed the reward! Fame is fleeting and may never come; the joy has to be in the effort made. Thank you and congrats on your two books. Well done!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Julie; nice to see you stop by! Best of luck with the next book, and congratulations on the just-finished book.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tips! Bev keeps on me about starting another; the one I wrote was supposed to be the first of a trilogy, but as of now the second one is in neutral because of lack of time.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved reading how you wrote your book. Your process sounded a bit similar to mine. I wrote simply what I knew and made my story very loosely based on stuff I either experienced or had known others to experience, as well as made characters out of people I knew when I was younger. I guess the old adage is true about writing what you know. Thanks for sharing and now I really want to read your book!!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. Writing a book is like everything else in the world of writing, a learning experience. Whether you make money or not you spent three years perfecting your craft. That's admirable by all accounts. Congrats!!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      As always, you rock. I love the way you have chronicled your journey to publishing. This seems more true to life writing than what people seem to be seeking in the How To's books. But then I often think those are for people who are still not sure that they have the writing in them.

      My take away from your insights - just do it, then find out what shakes out. In your case, you reached your milestone - a published book. Love that interview. Congratulations. You will, of course, be an inspiration. Take care! Voted up. Shared on Twitter.

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      Sandra Busby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Here you are at your best, billybuc: humorous, self-deprecating, honest, and exquisitely verbal. I know there's no need for me to "share" with my hubpages followers since you have "thousands," but I did anyway. Thanks, I'm glad we're hubpages friends. (And thanks for brightening that picture of Bev up. She looks great.)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Excellent journey Billy. Seems that we all have our ups and downs, but we learn along the way. Thanks for the encouragement and let's see what will happen. Our experience in here has been rewarding, and changes occurred to all of us.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      It's amazing how many people want to write a book, and never get round to it. I can see why you say you found success in having acheived your goal, it's lovely that you're still pleased with the work a year down the line. I wonder how many words you've published on hubpages? Good work all round!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I think an author would be stupid not to write what they know. There is a little of us in everything we write; it's unavoidable. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, that's how I look at the book and HP and all writing I do....it's me perfecting my craft. Thank you my friend; I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, thank you so much! Just do it.....so many people can't get started, or they are afraid, or whatever. There is no perfection in writing; just do it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, you are too kind but thank you. Your description of me is pretty close to accurate....that is me on any given day, so I'm glad it showed in this article. Thank you and I'm very happy to be an HP friend with you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, changes indeed, and we've only just begun. I'm excited about the future. Let's shake some more trees and see what falls out. Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Inner...words on HP? Well, 335 hubs...average 1400 words each.....where is my calculator??? LOL Thank you for the visit.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This was really interesting to see how you developed it and the decision making process. It is very hard to decide whether to self-publish and I liked seeing how you made your choices. "I wanted...a tangible reminder that all things are possible." Beautiful sentiment and words! Thank you for sharing this! Here's to the next 100 copies!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, this is a very interesting article - 'write like your butt is on fire' - excellent advice :o), you are so right about the need and the out and out desire to write - I think you've done an amazing thing! And you sold 100 copies in a market where self-promotion is the only way to get things sold. I think that's also pretty great!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! if I sell another 100 maybe we can afford a Christmas tree this year. LOL Just kidding...thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie! Success is relative, is it not? For me, this was a success. Who knows, maybe someday it will just suddenly be discovered and sales will skyrocket. :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I hope it does rocket! You worked hard for this Bill and you deserve your success.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Great tips for novel writing, a process different for each writer. Thanks for sharing your experiences, and all the best on your novel writing journey, Bill!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So good to read this right now--I like that it has become a part of you. I need to sit down and start editing my Nano draft---

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Up all the way on this one Bill! Congratultions on the marvelous feat of forming 75000 words "into a cohesive and entertainng story." There is much good advice here too. I don't believe I could write well with an outline, the characters would tend to wander off on their own quests.

      This book was definitely a successful venture for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, that is exactly the point. This process is different for each person; the how-to articles are really a little silly since each person will do it differently. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! Bev asked me if I would have written it differently if I could....and the answer is no...this is a part of me, now, and I like it. :) Best wishes to you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, it was indeed my friend, and I'm very happy with the outcome. Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I can't imagine any story has "steps." How can you format something like that? Maybe that's why textbooks are so dry.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 4 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Interesting. And congrats to you. I've completed one book and have started a second. The first will be self published and the second traditionally. I'm in total agreement with your remark: "... Fame is fleeting and may never come; the joy has to be in the effort made."

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      It's kinda creepy when you keep hearing your dad talk about strap-ons. I'm getting a bit concerned.

      Having said that, can I borrow the keys to the car?

      I am a non-fiction reader, for the most part. I don't see myself ever writing a novel, but stranger things have happened. I can't think of anything stranger right now, but I'm sure they exist.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 4 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Sorry, but I don't buy you didn't have a process. I'm using this definition: "...a series of actions or operations conducing to an end." You did something. That's an action, so you must have had some sort of process going on.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      First of all, congrats on your success!! If, and actually I should say "when", I write my first (and possibly only) novel, I want to be as proud of it as you are of yours. I know you didn't make a bucket list, but IF you had, you get to cross of "Writing a novel". Having the actual book in your hands has got to be soooo rewarding. I realize you put three years, blood, sweat and tears into writing it---but to have the tangible book in your hands is SO awesome!! So, even though I knew you had written a book, I wasn't aware of the title or the plot line. Thank you so much for sharing this! It sounds really interesting and I would love to read it. Now, just a few questions:

      1) Did you try doing any marketing? When it was made into an ebook did you go through Amazon? They have a program where the book is free for a certain amount of time...can't remember the program name.

      2) Did you do any book signings or "meet the author" type of things?

      I realize you are really busy with lots of different projects, I was just curious what you had done to get your book "out there."

      3) Are you currently writing another book?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, if there are stranger things then I have no doubt you'll think of them. :) And no, you can't borrow the car; do your chores first before you run around with those friends of yours. Sheez, kids these days. LOL

      You crack me up; thanks for the laugh. Now back to work for me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alek, let's just say it was a rather relaxed process. :) Thank you and you, are of course, correct.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I could never write a textbook; I don't know how someone does that without slipping into a coma. :) Thank you as always, Deb.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alek, I love that I wrote a novel; I love that it took three years. Congrats on yours and best wishes on your second one.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, thank you for your kind words. To tell you the truth, a year later, I still get a thrill out of holding my book in my hands. :) Silly I know, but I can't help it.

      As for your questions, yes, we did the Amazon thing. Marketing was limited greatly because we spent all our money publishing it....$600....so that left us with some rather unorthodox methods of marketing. Yes, I did a book signing....sold a whopping five books that day. :) As for question #3, this is the first of a trilogy; now I have to find the time to work on #2. The outline is again in my head; it's just a matter of time at this point.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Good hub, Bill on the journey to getting a book in print. I've published (self) two non fiction books and I'm working on a novel. I used createspace about which I wrote a hub recently. Yes, the psychic joy of seeing your book in print is a good thing. I'm going to get the book for my Kindle. The novel I'm working on also involves time travel, so your book will be a coaching session for me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Rfmoran, and best of luck on your book. I had fun writing it; I don't know where the time travel thing came from , since I'm not a big science fiction fan, but it was buried in my imagination somewhere. :)

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      Highland terrier, 4 years ago

      Excellent piece, and well done. You should be proud of the effort. One point I would make though, I don't think you should give up trying to get a agent. We read all the time about how long it takes to get one. And about books that has been published years after been written.

      So just keep trying. Writers get thousands of rejection letters before they get their first book published. The trick is stamina, having enough of it to keep going against the brick wall till you crack the wall and then shatter it.

      p.s the book arrived this week, it will be a little before I get round to reading it, I'll let you know how I like when I do.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      What a wonderful accomplishment. And it sounds like an excellent read. I hope to someday find a chance to read it. Mind-altering rugs, stumbling pot hazed days, the love of a lifetime and friends finally finding what they were looking for. Sounds full of everything I can relate to! LOL

      I have often wished for the courage to write a book I've been carrying with me for many years. I know ... I am full of excuses but I just never seem to find the time.

      I am glad you did. Congratulations

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Highland, the book arrived much faster than I thought it would. Wonderful, and thank you so much. I do hope you like it. I agree about agents, and I haven't given up; I get so many things on my plate that I can't give any of them the attention they deserve. I'll have to work that out somehow. :) Again, thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I'm glad I did too. In truth, Bev gets most of the credit. She never gave up with me, constantly encouraged me, and then rooted me on as I was writing it. She is my biggest cheerleader and I couldn't have written it without her help.

      Thank you Beckie; some day that book inside of you will burst out.

      love,

      billy

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      "If you are serious about being a writer, then strap it on and be a writer..." - I'm afraid to think about what exactly that is referring to, so I'll move along =)

      I think my next hub might be, "4 And A Half Steps To Being A Successful Blogger." We'll see if it can be done in less than 5...

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy I have your book and you ought to be very proud.. it is wonderful book.. you are a great author and just knowing you I have learned so much..

      God Bless you my friend

      Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, if you write it I will read it. I would be grateful if there were less steps, and maybe I can be gullible enough to believe it. :)

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie; I love your book as well. I read a poem from it at least once a week when I need a touch of beauty in my life.

      Blessings to you my friend, and of course, Merry Christmas!

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I applaud your determination to write your book. Congratulations! I have never had the desire to write a book but who knows. Two years ago i wasn't into poetry, now i love it. Thank you for sharing. Cheers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it's been a dream of mine for quite some time. Bev deserves as much credit as I do; she is the one who believed in me. :)

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Well said, Bill. Writing is hard work....I told my kids that when I taught. I wanted them to understand that it was not an easy task that it took determination and persistence to make it come together. I have not tackled a book yet. Maybe some day I will. I appreciate your candor ---it is realistic and helps when making a plan to make the next leap.

      Congratulations on the book. I would love to read it I am sure.Sending Angels your way. :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS! It is hard work if you want the book to be quality....of course, if you don't want quality, it's not that hard at all. LOL I fought students constantly about the quality of their writing, telling them that their writing is a reflection of them as people, and because of that they should want to make a good impression. You can imagine how well-received that logic was. :)

      Appreciate the angels; keep them coming.

      bill

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

      Billy, I'll be back in the morning to finish this.

      So a very good night to you.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wowie..Zowie..POW!!! Bells and whistles and fireworks! I'm so thrilled for you.....proud of you....CONGRATULATIONS. This is no little thing! You must feel like a million bucks, which is the next best thing to having a million bucks. If I sold 100 of a book I wrote, the top of my head would blow off!

      Amazon.com.....OK!!!.......This has been a day of Hub celebrity success. This morning I saw our hubber on the Today show! and now this.............

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good night Jo, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, a Hubber on the Today show? Who was it? I hadn't heard about that. Very cool and yes, I am happy about the book; it's a nice accomplishment that I can always look back on with pride. Thank you....Wowie Zowie??? A little Batman in you??? LOL

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I also believe there is no five point, or ten points for that matter, guide to succeed as a writer. I don't take notes for the fiction I'm creating, I don't crate characters out of no where, they are inspired by real people. Everything I do is in my mind. When I get an idea I don't just sit and begin writing. I take time, if the idea I had once is lost in the depth of my mind, I consider it just a passing thought, and I work on those that remain deeply etched.

      Billy, thanks for sharing your perspective. You present an interesting writing lesson.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, thank you as always! I think people get too concerned about a certain process rather than improving their writing skills. If you don't have skills it doesn't make any difference what process or steps you follow.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A whole LOT of Batman in me!

      Yes, this a.m "Alfreta Sailor," Hub name: fastfreta.......She's written NUMEROUS awesome hubs......about a year ago, she wrote "Why I Love to Clean." Don't hold me to the EXACT story or sequence of events.....but, someone from BRAVO TV (they do a lot of the Reality shows) contacted her. A new Reality Show will be launched soon about House Keeping or some such topic and SHE will be a CAST MEMBER! On the Today Show this a.m, she and her daughter were guests....to talk about the program. When Matt Lauer asked her how this all happened.....SHE STATED THAT SHE WRITES ARTICLES ON A WEBSITE CALLED "HUBPAGES," AND IT GOT THE ATTENTION OF A BRAVO TV EMPLOYEE......Exciting, HUH? And a couple of weeks ago, I saw Julie Dneen and her hubby on The Dr. Drew Show. It just tickles me to death to know people who make it big and I have read their work and chatted with them....AND BELONG TO THE SAME WRITER'S SITE AS THEY DO......and now you, with your book. I know there are quite a few hubbers who have published work out there.....like Vincent Moore and Carol7777......I love seeing this happen....I'm all for the average guy being recognized for achievements a little person making it to a little bigger!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I have never heard of that Hubber, but that is so cool! That's the kind of thing many of us hope will happen, that somehow, some way, we'll be spotted by the right person at the right time. I have no desire to be famous, but it would be nice to have a few extra hundred dollars floating around monthly. Peter is getting tired of me borrowing from him to pay Paul. :)

      That is just great! Hope for all of us....and good things happening to the little people out there. Hooray!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Look her up....she's cool as heck. I'm very happy for her. You'll love her.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Well, you have my admiration, that's for sure! You must have more hours in a day than I do because I don't understand how you have the time to be so actve here on HP, and still write outside of HP.

      When I was younger, I thought I wanted to write a book, but now I realize that will never happen. I don't think I have the motivation and desire as I once did.

      Congrats to you, though.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that, Paula! Thanks for the heads up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you have to understand, I'm on the computer for ten hours a day. This is my job and passion, so it's not as hard as it might seem. :) Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Oh this was great, reading this! Good for you! Fiction vs. nonfiction to me are worlds apart. Fiction is what REAL writers write. Anyone who can invent a yarn and put it to paper has my respect! Hands-down!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I loved this hub as did most of hubpages by the amount of comments.

      I understood each pointer of of yours and as you say success can mean so many different things to different people.

      I had my first book published in hard book form but I think I rushed a little so excited that a publisher wanted it.

      Its the first in a series of stories about two mischievous kittens who live on a farm.

      It was published in America but while we have copies as a family I cannot promote here in the UK because compared to the price of books here it is so expensive !!

      I have asked around here but all small publishers here I Wales have enough material to keep them going for around two years.

      I also have had two books published as Ebooks and I am so pleased with them.

      When I write my books just like you all my characters are based on people whom I have known over the years.

      In the new year I am buying many copies of books published by my friends on here(your being one of course) and I also want to promote my Ebooks more than what I have been doing.

      Maybe Ebooks are the way forward now for me??

      Anyway I just want to ed ths comment by saying that I have found my success and want it to grow and grow over the next few years.

      Thank you again Billy for this great article ;your support is pricelss.

      Thank you so very much for sharing this gem and enjoy your day.

      I vote across/up and share.

      Eddy.

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      Michelle Booth 4 years ago from UK

      Fascinating insight into your head! I'm with you that my characters are often based on people I know/have known - but it's quite scary to admit that. I think every one is an amalgam of lots of people I have known. I agree that willpower is the most important thing.

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

      Wow, this is exactly what I needed to hear, Congrats. I'll be getting you and Eddy for Christmas.:) Actually, it would be great to eventually acquire books and ebooks written by all the talented HP writers.

      Billy this is good useful information, thank you.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub and very encouraging to the rest of us who haven't quite gotten to the "strap it on" part of our writing dream yet. Congratulations on writing your book and it's being published...self published or not, it was still published and the Kindle ebook is great! Good for you. When's the next book coming out? How about a book on Hub Page success?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Louisa! I enjoyed the process, or lack thereof, and in the end I was pleased with the result.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, it is an interesting journey trying to get something published. Due to finances I'll have to go the ebook route from now on, unless, of course, I am discovered by a published at some point. One can always hope, right?

      You are a marvelous writer my dear, and I look forward to sharing this journey with you for many years to come. My mind is ripe with ideas; now it's just a matter of time.

      blessings and love, always

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mscott, thank you! I am saddened by the number of writers who do not try to write a book, because of lack of self-esteem, or willpower, or whatever. It was a wonderful journey for me, and it's only begun.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you my friend! There are a lot of great books out there written by Hubbers; hard to choose which ones to get.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, you are sweet, and thank you! I simply can't find the time to write the next book....but after my one year anniversary on HP I plan on changing my schedule, so that should free me up. January 6th I will have completed one year and 365 hubs, which was my goal. Then I can back off the HP pace and concentrate on other things.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Haha...this idiot could write only 53,000 words and gotta edit it.

      I agree with your philosophy and am glad I could read about it, bill.

      I felt that I had to dive in cause nothing would motivate me. Thanks for a useful hub with good pointers.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      lol..i often have trouble being the best author in my own HOUSE - and - i live ALONE!

      i love all sides of you Bill - your serious side - your humanist side - your philanthropic side - your crazy side - your 'old soul' side - and ESPECIALLY - your Libra side!

      75,000 words? Just typing that gave me hives! I've got folks telling me i should write a book - and i keep asking them if a greeting card would do..

      You're the best - and - i don't say that to all the boys!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Why am I not surprised that you enjoy Tom Robbins? "Another Roadside Attraction," is one of my all time favourites. I get the sense I would so enjoy being in a writers group with you. Good for you for completing a work of art and measuring its success in the way that matters most. I look forward to reading it. And now I get the reference to the ladybug. You sir are a true inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I think NaNo was a great motivator for many people. I hope I didn't sound like I was against it. I think it was a very clever motivational piece.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, okay, what do you want? LOL You are obviously up to something, being so nice to me. :)

      Thank you dear lady, and I know you don't say that to all the boys, and I appreciate it more than you know....simply because I respect you more than the average Hubber....hell, more than 99% of the Hubbers. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I had great fun writing that book. I could let my hair down and be raucous and irreverent and it was okay to be so because.....it was my book and I am the author. :) Thank you; if I am an inspiration then I am grateful.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      Wow, really? 365 hubs in one year? You put me to shame. I am shooting for 150 by January 12th...6 short days after you, and I thought that was doing pretty well. Of course the people that are the real success stories on Hub Pages have written between 300 - 500 and some more, so I realize that 150 won't really get me that far. I am about at 135 now, and not seeing what I had hoped for in the financial department. I do know all about hubs having to settle and gain some steam, but I am still disappointed. Have you seen a surge financially since you have been increasing your hubs throughout this year?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, I can't say I have seen a surge until this month. There has been a very gradual increase in earnings, but no huge jump from month to month. I'm never that good a standard to judge by, though, because I don't write evergreen hubs constantly. Only about half of my hubs could be considered hubs that might make good money. :)

      Anyway, thank you! You have to remember that I do this ten hours per day, so I have a bit more opportunity to write than you do. :)

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      Michelle Booth 4 years ago from UK

      Ten hours a day!! Where do you get your ideas from?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mscott, I've been asked that before. Everywhere is my answer! My mind never seems to rest. I will see a mother hugging her little child and a hub pops into my head. I'll see a story on the internet that triggers an idea. Ideas are all around me; I just don't have enough hours in the day to chase them all. :)

      Thank you for the visit!

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      Michelle Booth 4 years ago from UK

      Wow, you're a true inspiration. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mscott....I consider myself lucky; I get to do what I love to do each and every day. There aren't many people who can say that. :)

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

      Congratulations Billy. I am looking forward to reading more of this wonderful work of art you have created. Awesome hub about it! Words cannot express the gratitude of inspiration I continually achieve following you progress and never give up attitude. Yahooieee on success!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, that was so very nice! Thank you so much for your kind words. My goal is to inspire as many people as I can during my time left on this planet; to read your words gives my effort validity, and for that I thank you.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Love your hub, Billy! This is the realistic approach to doing things, not some hype, or list of thinks you need to do to publish and sell! A real life experience..... We can take lot of pointers from your hub. Very interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.... Take care!

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      aliceleftinwonder 4 years ago from Somewhere along I-5

      I saw "responds best to painful stimuli in order to learn" and wondered if that's why I enjoy your writing and perspective so much. I believe I suffer from the same complex.

      Thank you, as always, for being and sharing yourself.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Congrats to a great author and with this hub I should say motivator. Your words encourage and make it seem that it's all possible. Thanks for another great hub and video. Don't know if I'll ever write a book but I will keep writing as much as I can. Passing this on.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What can I add to this already growing array of praise and love for a guy who not only succeeds but encourages us to do the same? Great success story for like IM said, I have trouble being the best writer in my house :) I totally agree that the best thing we can do is write, write write!

      Thank you for sharing your journey and your way of doing it! Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, good to see you, and I hope you are well. Thank you! I'm not a big fan of "how to" hubs when it comes to writing.....the how to is to write. :) We don't need to reinvent the wheel on this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alice, I'm like the cat that touches the stove burner; I learn, but it sure hurts for awhile. :) Thank you and you are welcome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy my friend, thank you! I'm just trying to be the best writer I can be; if my lessons help anyone then that's a huge bonus. Thank you as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are always so nice to me. Thank you my friend! I'm a teacher.....my job is to encourage people, no matter the age. It's what I do. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I am almost done reading this book and all I can say is WOW... It is amazing how different your online writing is from your fiction writing. You have a very commanding and an almost provocative style. You have some serious writing chops and I am blown away so far. Everyone needs to read this!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I want to write a book! And maybe I will one of these days...if I do I will use your style to do it! You have a lot of great information here!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I loved "The 1259 Shuttle from Yesterday to Today," and am glad to see this hub about it generating attention just before Christmastime as I think the book would make a great holiday gift.

      Thanks for sharing the background info about how you wrote it.

      Hope the end of 2012 and the coming year brings many more sales.

      Voted up across the board and shared.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, thank you so much! I hate to say this, but I love the story. :) Writing chops??? That must be good, right? LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, thank you! I hope you are able to one day; it was a thrill for me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, you are so kind! You bought it sight unseen, just out of friendship, and I won't forget that. Wishing you and your a very happy holiday season.

      blessings to you,

      bill

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome and keep writing as many as I have written I am proud of my work and I say the same for you. Happy Holidays!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I love to read that you are proud of your work. You should be. Well done, and thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great advice, Bill. I have dreams of writing a novel and have actually only writing the preface. I need to find the time to see where I want to go with it. I guess it'll just hit me as does my poetry.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I will be making more time for this after the first of the year. My big HP drive will end then, and I'll re-adjust my priorities. You have a book in you for sure my dear, and it will be a powerful one.

      love,

      bill

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I just read the teaser for your book, Bill. You definitely have some talent! I will buy the book as soon as I can. Can't wait to read more!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, thank you! It is a serious detour from my normal writing, as I'm sure you will discover. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      You sort of did have a process...the one step process or maybe the Bill process. I'm impressed you did it and I think your article shows that whatever works for each writer is their process. Awesome hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you! That was the point I was trying to make. I feel good now. :)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      This Hub is inspiring, thank you for sharing the process.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Jainismus! Thank you for the visit.

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