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Writing Is Not For Wimps. Do You Have What It Takes?

Updated on May 1, 2013

THANKS TO A FRIEND OF MINE

I won’t mention her by name, but she recently commented on my blog, Artistry With Words, and she said that times were tough right now for her in her writing career. This is a lady I greatly respect. She quit her full-time job to follow her dream of being a full-time writer, and like many of us, she has struggled with that decision. Bills pile up and the paying gigs are few and far between, leaving us clinging to hope and praying that things will get better tomorrow.

Yes, times are tough. I have several friends who have had to return to part-time work to make ends meet, thus pushing the writing dream to the back burner while they pay bills and buy food….and then, dead tired from a full day of work, they sneak off to their writing desk, like a mainline junkie in search of one last high before the day is done.

Is it harder to be a writer today than it once was? I don’t have an answer to that question. I know John Steinbeck worked his craft for seven years before he was finally published in a magazine. Seven years!

No, writing is not for wimps!

Around our household we are always short of money. We have stolen from Peter to pay Paul so many times that we don’t remember what it was like to have discretionary income. We hear rumors that some people in faraway lands take something called a vacation, but we can’t summon memories of what that looks like. We see ads for restaurants featuring prime rib, but nothing in our recent past gives us an adequate understanding about the nature or taste of prime rib.

Life would be infinitely easier for us if I applied for a teaching job and settled into a classroom to make $50,000 next year. We could have a second car and make repairs to our home. We could actually take a vacation and Bev could buy some new clothes. We might even be able to put some money away for emergencies rather than scramble and make do with what we have when times get real hard.

But I have a dream, and Bev shares it. I dream of writing great books and convincing a publisher to market them. I dream of writing incredibly passionate words that inspire people and give them empowerment. I dream of making a difference in this world through my writings.

Will it happen? When will it happen? Am I a fool? Is this a pipe dream that will never see reality?

No, writing is not for wimps!

This guy is not a writer
This guy is not a writer | Source

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

Well, Bev could work full-time, but we agree that would be hard on her health. I could work full-time or part-time, but that would take me further away from my dream. I could write more content material for meager pennies, but again that takes me away from my goal. Or we can continue to live the way we are living, and I can continue to work my craft and become a better writer, and then hope that lightning strikes and I am one day discovered….against seemingly impossible odds.

There really is no choice. I need to write. This is my passion and we are staking our hopes and really betting our financial future on my ability to mold the perfect sentence.

No, writing is not for wimps!

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

That is my quest as a writer.

Most likely a writer
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GOD BLESS THE ARTISTS AND THE DREAMERS.

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

I completely understand that quote. One day I woke up and realized that I had the ability to bring dreams to life. Through my words I can alter reality and make the mundane exciting. Through my words I can chastise, embellish, incite and admonish. With the simple act of tapping keys with my fingers I can inspire or rebuke, spread joy or blanket with sorrow.

You do not need me to tell you that times are tough today. The economy is still sputtering, money is tighter and nerves are on edge. Many have given up hope, and day in and day out we see a litany of tragic news on the television or in the newspapers. And yet despite it all, I have to ability to uplift another human being through my writing. I can be that respite so desperately needed by the single mother of four who knows not where the next meal will come from. I can be an oasis of calm in a sea of turbulence for a father of two who just lost his job. I can paint pictures of beautiful lands for the little inner city child who only knows that rats share his apartment and gangs are just extensions of his family.

Quite frankly, I can’t give that up.

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YES, I UNDERSTAND

So I thank that friend of mine from South Africa who had the courage and honesty necessary to speak her mind and express her frustrations. I understand. I think most of us who are writers, artists and musicians understand. While others labor away at jobs in hopes of finding food for the soul, we writers expose our souls hoping to find food for the table.

Oddly, I find comfort in the fact that Steinbeck and so many others labored for so long before being “discovered.” I’ve only been at this for a little over two years, so in my warped sense of reality I am way ahead of Steinbeck. J Also, I greatly admire the works of Steinbeck, and I figure if he had to work that long to be discovered, then who am I to think it should happen any sooner for me?

I certainly do not have all the answers but I most definitely understand.

Writing is not for wimps!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      You do this with wit and make it fun. So sorry that you have not had a vacation. The beach and sunshine from The Isle of Spice is beckoning me. Alas! we are in the same boat.

      Try Guru.com or E-lance. There you can proof-read, copy edit or ghost-write for free. You are more than capable. Thanks for yet another excellent article.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, your writing is so honest, easy to read and inspiring. I agree, writing is not for wimps. Actually, my whole household knows this, since my hubby is also a writer, but for TV, which means we're got to be VERY strong. Thank you for another great post.

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Do I have what it takes? I wonder...

      But one thing to bear in mind is that times are tough no matter what business, trade, or profession you're in. That being the case, you'd might as well go through the tough times doing something you enjoy. Thanks for the reality check, Bill, and have a blessed day.

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      Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

      Inspiring. I left the "real world" last year to realize this dream. I have found the struggles of being a single mom outweigh my dream at times and it can be discouraging. But then I read your words and realize I'm not alone. That somehow makes me feel better. I've always prided myself in being that person that doesn't give up but there are days I feel I could easily stay in bed. lol. Thank you for sharing Bill :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita, and I hope you enjoy the beach if you ever get there. LOL

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, writing is definitely not for wimps and can very much relate to so much yet again that you wrote here. I think we all struggle to some extent in this profession and need to sometimes do what you need to do to stay afloat, but also not lose sight of your original goals. I am so with you on this and must admit that yes I too have my moments, but think this is so right where I am supposed to be, too. Thanks as always for a great motivator and have of course voted and shared for others, too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, oh my, you guys do have it bad, don't you. LOL Stay strong and thank you so much for yet another visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, in truth I don't want it to be easy. Writing well should not be easy. We should have to work and struggle at this craft. Thanks buddy and have a great day in Texas.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sydney, you are not alone my friend. We all struggle and have doubts. Have you seen your views rise at all since we last talked? If not, drop me a line and we'll talk about it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, since I burned my retreat bridge I really don't have any choice but to forge ahead. Truth be told, I have things I could do to make more money, but I refuse to give up on my dream. I'm proud of you by the way. You have done a marvelous job my friend.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      I meant that you could make money on those sites, but the registration is free.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I agree with you, Bill. Writing is not for wimps or wimpettes for that matter! Things have slowed a little on my end, too, but have also picked up. Does that make sense? Yes, it does. One avenue is down to one lane due to temporary construction, while another avenue has been found to be wide open. With patience, perseverance and faith in oneself, the avenues will merge into an 8-lane highway. Then it will be back to navigating traffic and determining the best possible route.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Manatita....I understood my friend. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You speak the truth!! We write because we like to write, not for the money. That's why I laugh when I hear of a Hubber who complains that they have been on HP for six months and they are not making money yet!

      As you know it takes time, work and patience!

      Thanks as usual for your common sense....voted UP and shared.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      You say your dream is to write passionate words that inspire and empower people. That's already a reality. You give food for thought, encouragement and truths, much appreciated by so many people. What's the saying...success is 1% inspiriation 99 % perspiration. And we all know you're not afraid of hard work. Kudos to you for following the dream.

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      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      I love reading your words, you inspire me, and your words always encourage me to keep going. I have been a stay at home mom for two years and I have just recently dipped my toes into the freelance writing world, I always knew it would be tough, but I was not prepared for the amount of work it takes and the emotional strain that it sometimes causes. It certainly is not a profession for wimps. I love writing about many topics and I enjoy writing in all different genres but sometimes it is hard to keep my voice throughout certain pieces (I always take it as a challenge, because no matter what I will not be silenced and my voice will be heard). I thought that my ability to write about anything and everything would make it easier for me to find steady work, but no matter the talent one has it is always a challenge. I know it will take time, patience, courage, and a high amount of work (for no to little pay) and I am okay with that, because I have set certain life goals for myself and I have a man in my life that is willing to support me while I try to achieve those goals. Thank you so much for your words, you truly are an amazing role model for all authors (especially for me as a young author trying to make it in the crazy world of writing).

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

      Oh well....that's me out of the game then :).

      Bill, it's good to have dreams; and you most certainly have the ability to make them happen. If writing was easy it wouldn't be worth the hassle, everyone would be doing it.

      Money may well be in short supply but you have what many people are seeking, peace of mind and doing what you enjoy with the people you love. You my friend is ahead of the game, the rest of us are trying to catch up.

      Another great write.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Dear Bill, I admire your tenacity and your ambition so much. It is really challenging though, when you have to pay the bills! I often think of the picture of your little home, surrounded by lovely vegetation, and give a little smile. I hope to visit it one of these days. I think it, and you, are probably anchors for a lot of people in life, and that us wonderful, but again, doesn't pay the bills. What a shame that good, caring, talented people often are not recognised, and don't make as much money as a window cleaner with initiative only as his/her talent! I think of this from a teacher viewpoint, another example of the same. My nephew told me when he was on the Golden Gate bridge there was a man who had a portable bush with him. When he saw people coming he would put the bush down, hide behind it, then jump out and say "boo!" scaring them half to death. They would laughingly pay him a whole bunch of money. My nephew said in conversation with this man he explained his car was nowhere in sight, and he was a millionaire from his activity. My nephew is a professor at Oregon State university!

      So you see, I don't really have an answer for this, but I do wish you all the best, you very lovely man.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      "Most likely a writer". LOL

      Gotta keep looking for more opportunities, more ideas, more open doors . . . sometimes I feel like I must be crazy, and I'm sure you do, too. But when you look back and see how much you've learned and how far you've come, there's reward in that. We just need to have faith that hard work and perseverance will pay off in the end. I know you already know all this, though. Keep on truckin', Billy!

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for this Hub. I am one of those who comes home exhausted at the end of a long work day only to plop myself at the keyboard for awhile. Writing is not only what I do when I can, it is what I am. I admire all of you who have taken the plunge. I hope to do the same too. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, written like the writer that you are...great metaphor my friend. Sheez, why haven't you been discovered yet?

      Thanks dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I was just the opposite on HP...I made money in three months and then my earnings just flat lined after that. I still make the same amount today as I did a year ago. LOL Thank God I like HP or I wouldn't be here. :) Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      innerspin, thank you for those kind words. They meant a lot to me and it was so nice of you to take the time to bring a smile to my face.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JamiJay, hang in there. You are young....you have a husband who supports your efforts....and things will get better. As long as you believe in yourself and work to become a better writer, you will be fine. If I can ever help you just let me know.

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      I understand completely what you are saying. I have had to support my family since I was 30 years old and that was a few years ago (first my children and then Mr. B had to leave a career as a top-notch broadcast engineer and retire on disability 25 years ago). But I did OK writing for radio and ad agencies until one day I woke up middle aged with no retirement. That is when I went into editing for state government, and found that I loved it. I should be retired now so I could actually pursue writing, but that "little inner voice" hasn't spoken yet. My ex husband had a saying that I liked: "Everything comes to him who waits if he works while he waits." Keep working, my friend, and it will come to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, now you are being silly. :) You are never out of the game my friend. It ain't over till the fat lady sings, and I don't hear a sound out of her right now.

      Thank you for your kind words and support. I greatly appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, what a smile you brought to my face. I am a lucky man, Pearl. I get to do what I love and make a little money in the process....and I have met some incredible people, like you, who are my support system. Really, Pearl, I am blessed.

      Great story about the guy and bush...go figure, right?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, you are very right. I started out without a job, no benefits and no clue. I decided to make myself a writer and within six months I was paying the bills. That's not bad....now it's upwards and onwards.

      I love your niche, Lizzy, and I love your writer's voice. You can make it....keep believing. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, what you do is not easy. I can't imagine. I am lucky enough to be able to do this all day long without worrying about a job on top of it....that's a freedom I wish for you one day.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I will always listen to the voice of experience and you are that voice. I love writing and have no intention of leaving it....my patience is what I need to work on. LOL Thanks for sharing your story. It helps greatly.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this motivating and useful hub Bill.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I was out playing pickle ball when you wrote this hub. It is so true..and making sacrifices for our passions is what it is all about. Though we are financially okay right now..I have been there and done that many times. So you need to keep on writing and sharing your rich mental and emotional experiences. Thanks for always..your honesty and your great perceptions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Livingsta, it is my pleasure. Thank you for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Carol, I hope you had fun playing pickle ball....it sounds like a fun activity. We are going for a walk shortly in the beautiful Olympia sunshine. I will keep writing, as will you....because you and I are writers. :) Thank you!

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      You sure said a mouth full of truth this time. It reminds me of the old saying nothing easy is worth having. While we type our fingers to nubs, if nothing else, we have a major advantage over the writers of yore. With the internet, you don't have to wait to be discovered. You are discovered by people every day, people who need your voice. Yours is strong, clear, powerful. I think it's just a matter of time until that magic print publication discovery you speak of happens, and I doubt it will be long.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, I have always been castigated for my career choice. People say I have left great opportunities behind to pursue a career which has not yet yielded good results.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      You are definitely a strong writer.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Writing is certainly not for wimps. I will definitely not survive on the income of a full-time freelance writer, unless a contract or two falls in my lap.

      But then, following one's dream must eventually pay, even if the reward is only peace and contentment.

      I wish you all the luck you deserve, Billybuc :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vix, thank you my friend. Speaking of strong voices....yours ain't bad either. :) Here's hoping we both find the pot of gold at the end of this writing rainbow. Thank you for your kind words and friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, there will always be detractors who want to beat us down. Keep following your dream.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok....I appreciate that greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie....the money is a bit slow in coming. LOL I am patient and I am determined, so I'm in this for the long run. Some day you and I will laugh about the struggles as we vacation in the Bahamas. :)

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      annmackiemiller 4 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      I can relate to all of that - for many of us writing is a compulsion - we just have to do it! Good luck with the dream.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      You should definitely keep doing what you love to do, happiness is what matters most and following your dream! As for inspiring others, you already inspire many with your daily hubs and encouragement! :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      You're right, writing is not for wimps! Especially when you are relying on it to make a living! I applaud you and other writer's for living the hard lifestyle so that you can have a go at writing in a way that wouldn't be possible if you had a "normal" job. Thanks for another great article.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Hello, it's me again. Lots of traffic on this one as well, billybuc.

      For what it's worth, I didn't go into this writing lark for glory or in search of inspiration. More like, whilst I read Bernard Cornwell's 'The Last Kingdom' and subsequent books in that series (I've got them all, but I don't seem to have time to read the latest one, 'Death of Kings'), I thought to myself 'I can write better than this'. His assertion in one book, spoken by his hero Uhtred of Baebbanburh, (Banburgh) that 'we are all Saxons' also went against the grain. As a Northumbrian he would have been proud of being an Anglian lord's son, not a Saxon.

      That's what got me on the writing lark, telling a story and getting my research right! What do you think? The idea of being paid crossed my mind, but Authorhouse put paid to any hopes of getting much financial return for my efforts. Mind you, I'm waiting to see what my Royalties are from (any) sales of 'Overthrown'.

      It doesn't help much having a wife who doesn't read your books, and doesn't voice much support for my writing. She'll be first in the queue when (if?) I do make some serious money out of it! (Good job I don't have to go to work any more).

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, I value your written word and the dreams that are represented here in HP. You can do this.

      You have everything that you need to become the success that you envision.

      And, if I do say so, you have a mighty fine cheering squad behind you.

      We believe in you.

      Just write! ~~~~

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      annmackie, thank you very much and best wishes to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Stephanie. No doubt about it, I will keep writing. I have much to say and a few more years to say it. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, if I had a normal job I couldn't write....so, one or the other....I think I'll choose writing. :) Thanks for visiting me this fine Wednesday and I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I have the greatest cheering squad a writer could ask for. Thank you and never fear, I will just write. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      No it isn't for wimps. There are days when the thought of sitting at the computer and coming up with zilch is more than I can bear. Those are the days when I force something onto the screen only to delete it later. Then there are the days when thoughts can't wait to make their way to the keyboard. It's funny how those times can push you further than the bad time can drag you down.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Right on, Bill, and keep on keeping on. Your pal, whonu.

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 4 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello Billy:

      Your Hub is simply but still beautifully written. Despair not for as sure as the sun rises in the east, you will rise too with bright salutation and great expectation.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you are making a difference in this world with your writing. You're just not being properly compensated for you efforts. Such is the life of the writer, painter, artist, musician, etc.. These definitely are not professions for wimps. As you have effectively conveyed to us, you have to be creative and efficient and persistent and strong. I know that there is a pot of gold out there somewhere with your name on it. But I also know that that is not necessarily important to you. You do what you do because you love it and you are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to life the life you have chosen. I say good for you. Keep on doing what you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, you speak the truth my friend. I have days when I write five hubs in a day...then there are days like today when nothing is there....and there is no point in fighting it. :) Thanks for sharing your experience, one common to many I'm sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, whonu, and the same to you buddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A. Villarasa, thank you for your kind words. You have made me smile today and I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! We all need a boost now and then and you have just given me mine for the day. I appreciate you, Bill, and I know many others do as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I understand. I read a novel recently that was pure rubbish. I was left shaking my head in wonder that this gentleman had found a publisher willing to sink money into it. That was all the inspiration I needed to keep writing that week.

      As for your wife...I can't imagine how hard this would be if I did not have my very supportive wife. She is my biggest chearleader and supporter, constantly urging me on and telling me it is all worth it...which I know, of course, but it's nice to have someone in your corner.

      Carry on my friend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      My "oasis of calm in a sea of turbulence" is what you are and certainly no wimp, that's for damn sure! Your writing and honesty means so much to this writer as it does to the 100's of others you touch, inspire and motivate by just being you. Never give up, I know you won't because I and other's will be cheering you on all the way to that publisher!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Suzie, that was so sweet. Thank you! I'll share this with Bev and she will immediately get teary-eyed. She is as big a sentimentalist as I am. Suzie, there is no give up in me, so no worries, you are stuck with me for quite some time. Don't you give up either. I believe in your niche and it will be successful one day....now, do you have a blog????

      hugs from Olympia

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Could you just write us an article about how to Whine. I always feel guilty about it and need some help. Perhaps there is a better technique. I will have the cheese already to go with the whine. And please do not try and make me feel better, I am wallowing in self pity just fine.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very inspiring Bill! Sorry I've been gone for several weeks, but I am not as brave as you and many others....Writing is only a hobby and a dream for me, so I had to put it aside during these extremely busy weeks at work. But, I see the light at the end of the tunnel and even if I haven't found time for writing--at least I can begin reading again! And you, of course, are the first person that I need to catch up with. You are no wimp and I'm guessing it won't even take 7 years for you to be recognized for the great writer that you are. God Bless!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, save me a seat at that table....we all need some cheese and whine occasionally....oh, wait, I'm an alcoholic...well darn it, now what can I have? LOL

      Thanks my friend. Have a great evening.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, it is always nice to see you. Thank you for the nice words. All things being equal, if it took Steinbeck seven years, it should take me about fourteen. :) I hope the long days at work come to a close for you soon, and thanks for using some of your rare spare time to read my stuff. I appreciate it greatly.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I never thought about that. Recovering alcoholics cannot whine. That is true on so many levels it is almost insightful. And big old fat guys like me may not have cheese.

      I guess we are just going to have to billyBUC up and carry on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I guess we are, Eric, but there are worst fates in life. :)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I can identify with this one for sure. :-) Thanks for sharing!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I don't know about you but I am having a great time learning life's lessons and how to be a better contributor to our friends lives. Thanks buddy for a sit on your back yard watching pallet vegetables grow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Lurana. Thanks and take care.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, life is good.....you know, I haven't done one of those pallet vertical gardens yet...been too busy with chickens. LOL

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, God bless us all. When I read the title, I thought, oh no, I am going to have to beef up to write. hahaha, and then I click on it and there was the guy lifting weights! Good one. Seriously though, this is a hard-hitting reality and thanks for sharing your heart here as always.

      I know I wimped out on your contest. Sorry.

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Amazing writing for sure. Writing definitely isn't for the faint of heart. It indeed appears that being able to be recognized through writing is almost like finding a needle in a haystack. I've been fortunate that I've been contacted twice via Hubpages by two different companies that expressed interest in me writing for their sites, and although it never came to fruition, I'm still grateful that someone thought enough of me to even consider me. I really hope that you gain the recognition you are looking for and clearly deserve. Your writing abilities are top notch, and your ambition is a model for most of us to follow. Great hub! Voted up, rated awesome.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Well, I went ahead and republished it after reading this to support all non-wimps everywhere. LOL

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Naw, Faith, I wouldn't let you wimp out, so no worries. :)

      Thank you dear lady and may tomorrow be a wonderful day for you.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Faith!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Ann Rice was on Coast to Coast. She was talking about what it takes to be a writer in today's world.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great write as always Bill. As much as I agree that writing takes hard work and you just have to keep up with it over on this side of the world we are at poverty level and I'm beginning to wonder how we are going to pull it all together. I know that I may eventually publish some poetry e-books but as far as anything else I doubt it. Not that I wouldn't try it's just that right now money is the first priority and guess what? I have no idea how to make it online or offline. Anyway thanks for another reality check. Love your hubs they do inspire and passing this on.

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Great article once again. Being a writer is the ability to change someones life even if it is just for a moment. Words are powerful as they can hurt or love. Writers bring the imagination to life. Thanks Bill!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Bill you may not be rich and famous but to us in Hubville you have reached your goal and you ARE famous. You are a success in your writing and in your inspiration to all of us. Your dedication (and Bev's) is an example to look up to! You have (and continue) to sacrifice much to follow your dream. You certainly put your money where your mouth is! And, as I have said time and time again you are generous enough to share your insights with us to help us along our way!

      God bless and have a sunny day.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Bill!

      My 2-1/2 hour walk yesterday began a series of events that kept me so very busy. That said, I had the luxury this morning to read and savor this very beautiful essay. Wow! What a powerful tribute to that woman in South Africa, and what an amazing and empathetic rallying call to writers everywhere! Good for you for sticking with your dream! Good for Bev for believing in you!

      My wife asked me late last night as I was struggling to put the finishing touches on my first-of-the-month walking update hub, "How much did you list [on eBay] today?" I told her the truth...two sets of fly fishing hooks, and that was it! She didn't say anything, but I felt so bad to have let her down. At the same time, I felt good about having spent the time on the craft I'm passionate about. This is not to reflect poorly on either my wife or me, but it just adds yet another vignette of what committed writers are involved in. Some days, it feels like I am at war with myself as I agonize over the turn of a phrase. But when I nurture my garden of words, I end up with something that is akin to the memorable paragraph of yours above, the one that begins with, "You do not need to tell me that times are tough today..." Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, my friend! You certainly inspire me with those words! Well, back to the eBay and writing grindstones, Bill! Have a wonderful Thursday! Aloha!

      Joe

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Too true! I used to actually make decent, for me, money writing content for others. Now I can't even remember the last time I wrote a piece of content! Instead, I'm merrily making 1/10 the money for 10 times the effort. It probably doesn't make sense to others, but I wouldn't change it because I have firm belief that one day, several years from now, it will all be worth it. The most amazing part, for me, about this past year+ of writing for myself is being able to show my man how meaningful it is to me. He's a math and science type person who doesn't like history (!) and would rather run than read. He was clearly really, really skeptical to begin with, but humored me. Now he's excited for me and even willing to participate! It's really nice to see my passion and enthusiasm wear off on his stoic, numbers-oriented self.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      This is my favourite of all your hubs, I thought it really was awesome.

      I do hope you get your much deserved publishing deal soon and a nice holiday.

      But while you are waiting, you have already reached your goal in inspiring many others, you have already reached success with your wish to share your wisdom, you are a pleasure to follow.

      Your love for your family and your craft is crystal clear and your advanced writing skills are unquestionable.

      Mr Holland you are a very rich man already :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Propspect, thank you so much for the kind words and best wishes. Keep writing and keep loving it and good things will happen to you. Best of luck to you in this highly competitive world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martin! I saw another interview by her and she is interesting for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I'm sorry to hear that and I know about the money issue all too well. You need to do what you need to do; the writing will always be there for you if circumstances change. Thank you and best wishes to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sarra, you said it beautifully...bring the imagination to life. What a great gig this is. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it's the old kismet thing....keep doing good and good will come to you....I have always believed that....besides, helping others just feels good, doesn't it? :) Thank you my dear friend. I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aloha Joe, and believe me, I understand.

      If we could only find balance in our lives, right? A little time for ebay, a little time for writing, a lot of time for family and friends. Therein lies the struggle for me and it is a daily struggle.

      I hope the walk was a good one. The weather is beautiful and life is good my friend.

      Thank you and peace to you today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nathasha, what a great comment. Thank you for sharing that experience....1/10 the money for 10 times the effort. So very true, but also 100 times the satisfaction. :) Keep following that dream my young friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, that brought a smile to my face and I thank you. I am a rich man. I have a fire in me that will not be extinguished....I just have to learn to be more patient with myself. :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      They really should install an "inspiring," button on here! Oh Bill, you put into words what so many of us are feeling. This wiritng game really isn't for the faint of heart. I am one of the many who cobbles together part-time jobs to pay the bills and steals moments here and there to write and feed my soul. I dream of being as courageous as you are and just taking the leap to see where writing will take me, but with three mouths to feed and a mortgage, now is not my time. Your writing is like a beacon of hope to me. Don't ever stop, one day the world will discover what a treasure you are.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Bill,

      This was a superb piece and I congratulate you for not giving up on your dreams. You are a wonderful writer and I have no doubt that your writing will be published. The other day when I was at Barnes and Noble, I picked up some writing magazines that have writing contests in them with prizes running anywhere from $25 to $5,000. Have you heard of those/considered entering any? Most come with the bonus of also having your work published. Also, crazy as this may sound, I have entered a lot of sweepstakes in the past few years and won some fun things...like gift cards of $100 just before Christmas, and to grocery stores, etc. Keep your eyes open for contests to restaurants and who knows, you may win a prime rib dinner for both you and Bev!!! I applaud you for your determination to follow your dream!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, you are such a good person. Thank you for always leaving such an encouraging comment. No, now is not your time. You have to feed those kids and take care of responsibilities....but....you have many more years ahead of you, and the fire inside you will not die.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh goodness, Karen, yes, I would love to enter contest. Right now my plate is full...I have other fish to fry, like a book I'm currently working on and my attempt to get syndicated. I have to figure out how to make the day last longer. :) Thanks for the suggestions and the kind words my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Keep us motivated, Bill! Another great article my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will try, Wayne...I will try. Thank you! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Bill for expressing what I think many writers feel, at least in the beginning stages of the career. I honestly think writers have one of the hardest careers out there. We do it because we do not envision another way to live - for me I need to write poetry on my blog and also learn and discover so I write articles. I cannot imagine not writing every day. You keep on your path and be true to yourself - many hugs! I am going to check out your artistry blog too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Christy! Thanks for stopping by and for looking at my blog. I agree with you completely....this is my life, and I can't imagine not creating with my words.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is hard work. But it is forever rewarding even if only to the soul, at least for me.

      But what fun it is to find just the right word, just the right combination of words to make a point, to share what we feel with others.

      If I can come up with one really greatly expressed sentence, I feel that I have accomplished something for that day. It is that challenge of coming back day after day, pounding away, trying to find more of those ideas to share with others and to do it well.

      Reading and responding to your writings, Bill, greatly helps me to stay focused and to remember that there is a community of writers who are all trying to put their words thoughtfully into a cohesive vehicle of words that will make a difference, perhaps, in the life of maybe one other person.

      Thank you for saying this so well.

      Angels and hugs are on the way ....:) ps

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      Lisa Kroulik 4 years ago from Minnesota

      It sure isn't. I know I have it easier than most with a husband with a good job who supports what I do, whether it's feast or famine. I would never survive in a regular office job anymore.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nybride, your last point is a great one. I can't imagine having a regular job ever again. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't start writing sooner, but better late than never, right?

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Lisa Kroulik 4 years ago from Minnesota

      One of my great regrets as well. I was 43 when I started pursuing this full-time two years ago.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nybride...so young! LOL I understand completely.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you are reading my mind. I read my hubs to Bev first, and I always tell her that I'm looking for one good line...one great phrase. If I can do one I can do two...that's a great day when there are two. After that I have to rely on my voice to carry the rest of the piece. :)

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I'm writing on this subject and it will be out Monday...I think you'll agree that it speaks to all of us.

      Blessings and a hug my friend

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Writing is for those that need to be heard, and for those that want to hear it. Never give up. Send those letters, make your name remembered, and above all, show that you are going to be there until hell freezes over.

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      Briana Faye 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for this wonderfully honest hub. Writing is most definitely not for the faint of heart. I am one of those that tries to work full-time and write when I get home... not an easy task when you are exhausted from the long day. Your words are inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it Deb, and you can bet I'll be showing that for a few more years to come, good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Briana, it is not easy and bless you for hanging in there despite the difficulties. Hopefully one day it will be easier for you my friend.

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      Sim Idem 4 years ago from Peru

      Great post. We're in the same boat. The breakthrough is coming soon!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      itsfreetothink, thank you and I wish you well on your writing journey.

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      Lovely lovely Bill, I have never related so much to anything I've read on HubPages as much as I relate to this hub. First off, I KNOW it will happen for you. 1.You're talent speaks volumes....2.You're not only a writer with a dream.... you have so much to give (you're a teacher-you're a motivational speaker). 3. You work so hard at your craft... I can see that not only from what you write but also how you encourage others (like me for one who doesn't give back to hp as much as it gives me).

      Your hub here is speaking our lives (hubby and me). We're both aspiring writers and I'm not even sure I'm good enough, I know he is. I'm struggling to build a website as a platform for my book (s) and also build my community and social networking with other writers on the Internet. We both work part time and like you wonder what it would be like to have a vacation. We see others eating ice cream bought from an ice-cream van when when its sunny but we buy from Lidl and wait till we get home. We don't have coffee in Costa but we do buy real coffee from Lidl and make it at home. We are sacrificing tiny little things in life to save the pennies. But our lives are so much more enriched now we have given up the mundane 9 to 5. I just wish we didn't have to work at all and could focus everything into this. Thank you for writing this Bill, I am going to keep it to look back on from time to time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, what a wonderful comment. I'm blushing and smiling at the same time, so thank you for that.

      Bravo to you and your husband for following that dream. If I can ever be of any help please ask me.....have you given any thought to a blog to supplement the social networking?

      Keep working and keep sacrificing my friend. Who knows when we will hit the pot of gold?

      bill

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible thought of hub here and writing is hard work and should be taken seriously.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks DDE! I hope you are having a nice weekend.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I could not agree with you more, Bill. It takes even more than talent to become a successful writer. It takes incredible self-confidence (believing that you have what it takes no matter what others may say). BTW, you DO have that talent!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj...belief in yourself....that is huge my friend.

      Thank you for that compliment. It means a lot to me.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Love your quote, bill

      Yup, with the pennies earned..sure no educated person would love to stick around for long. It takes courage to live your dream :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, it does indeed my friend, and we are living it. :) Thank you!

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      James E Cressler 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      "John Steinbeck worked his craft for seven years before he was finally published in a magazine. Seven years!"....that makes it a little easier for me to accept how tough it is to get started, and I'm fortunate in that I've a retirement income. Thanks

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jcressler, it's a tough gig my friend. We have to keep believing in ourselves and keep moving forward. Just imagine how sweet the victories will be after all of this hard work. :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - I have been slow in responding to hubs for one of the very reasons you list here - overtime. I wanted to remind you of what an awesome portfolio you have already built in just two years! Be proud of how far you have come in such a short amount of time! You have accomplished something most of us still strive to accomplish - you are a published author. I had the pleasure of reading one of your novels and was absorbed immediately, read it in one evening and was disappointed when I turned the last page.

      I don't have to tell you how fortunate you are for having such a supportive partner as Bev. Keep reaching for those goals and you will continue to knock them out of the park.

      Great article which instills the "yes I can" attitude.

      My Dad always said "Nothing worth having in this life comes easily.

      and you, my friend are worth a million.......xoxo Beckie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, what a lovely thing for you to write...thank you very much. I am a hard worker for sure, as are you, and I believe in the work ethic I was given by my parents. If I gain any fame from writing I know I'll have earned it.

      I appreciate you very much my friend. No matter how busy you are, you always make time to give me positive feedback and some warm fuzzies. :)

      love,

      billy

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