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Writing Outside the Box: Find Your Uniqueness

Updated on November 5, 2014

Something Borrowed

Let me share with all of you a comment I recently received on one of my other articles. This comment is from writer friend Will Starr, a wonderful writer who specializes in short stories, and in particular western short stories:

“My first love is the western story, but there's almost no market for that genre any longer, so I'm submitting work to sci-fi magazines. So far, no accepted work, but no rejections either. But no matter what happens, work on improving your skills, and keep on submitting. As you say, one success can open the door, and your submissions will be probably flagged after that and fast-tracked.”

Will give some good advice, to keep writing, to keep improving your skills, but it is the first part of his comment that I want to concentrate on today.

When I first read Will’s comment, I instantly thought of a television series that lasted all of one year but then became a cult classic. The series was called “Firefly,” and it was a sci-fi for sure, but it had a western theme. I’m not the biggest fan of sci fi, but I instantly fell in love with that television series because of its uniqueness. The acting was very good, there was humor throughout, and there was that angle…a western theme in a sci fi. How very cool!

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Something Blue

Show off your own style and uniqueness to stand out. That's the advice I'd give to people getting started online now.

Conor Maynard

So I was experiencing a high after reading Will’s comment, because I was reminded that giving up was not an option, but I was also reminded that uniqueness can succeed. Then I wondered to myself, because it’s just me and the chickens here today, why more writers don’t seek that unique style that could propel them to stardom.

So I went to my writer’s community, HubPages, in search of uniqueness.

Sigh!

There were a lot of recipes to read. Definitely a lot of travel articles, and how-to craft articles, and the top ten of this and the top ten of that, but uniqueness? It was in short supply that day, and quite frankly, every single day.

And would you like to know why that is?

Because it takes work to be unique in writing, or any of the Arts, of for that matter, just in life in general, and it not only takes work, but it also takes a willingness to suffer the slings and arrows of those who do not understand or cannot accept uniqueness.

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I Get It…i Really Do

Most writers are on HP to make some supplemental income, and they can make that income by pouring out recipes and craft articles, and I understand, and I have nothing against that. Go for it, I say, and may the Force be with you.

But…..

The possibilities for an even greater payout are there, if you would only make the effort to be unique.

And that is what I don’t understand….why those who need supplemental income aren’t busting their butts to go for the gold.

I was thinking back the other day to the days when dime novels and pulp fiction were popular. Those particular genres burst onto the writing scene in the late 1880s, and by the 1940s, writers like John D. MacDonald and Upton Sinclair were pouring out 8,000 words per day on short novellas that were read by millions. During that time, they were developing their unique style of writing, and eventually that style, and voice, led to fame.

If it could happen then, it can happen today. My goodness, the advent of ebooks has opened up unlimited possibilities for short story and novella writers. Write a 100-page novella, sell it for ninety-nine cents, and move on the next one…but in order for those novellas to become popular, a writer must develop a unique voice and a unique approach.

I happen to think that Will Starr is an exceptional writer. His stories remind me of Louis L’Amour; he is that talented. And there are others on HubPages who are equally talented, and I would love to see them achieve the success that their talent deserves.

Find your uniqueness!

One of My Favorite Books of All-time

About twenty years ago I was into self-help books. I stumbled across a book by an author with a rather strange name….Og Mandino…and a book of his called “The Greatest Miracle in the World.”

I’m telling you, folks, it was a revelation for this writer.

There was nothing special about Mandino’s message. Heck, you can find that same message in the Bible, or any other self-help book you pick up…but…he told a story of a character, The Ragpicker, that was so unique that it was impossible to put the book down.

During his lifetime, Mandino sold fifty million books.

Find your uniqueness!

I can easily list twenty other authors who have found similar success following that simple principle…find your uniqueness!

Do you feel you are unique as a writer?

See results

The Search for Viral

That’s what all online writers dream of, right? Going viral! One day you write an article and in a week that article has been read by hundreds of thousands, and suddenly you can pay your mortgage that month….we all have that dream, don’t we?

But how do you do it? Is it by accident that some articles go viral while most languish in the junk heap of the online world? Is it by accident that some people regularly make thousands of dollars per month while most make fifty? I think not!

So, what do you have to do in order to pay your mortgage monthly? What does that look like for a writer of recipes? Travel articles? Craft articles? Heck, short story writers?

I don’t know!

I can hear the groans from here.

I don’t know. I only know that if you don’t find that uniqueness, you will forever be pounding out words for no one to read, and quite frankly, that doesn’t sound very fulfilling to me.

It seems to me that the key is to write your recipe articles in a way that has never been done before. The same for travel articles and all the other niches out there. Short story writers….develop a unique character…develop a unique style of writing…develop a unique genre by combining a couple established genres, like was done in Firefly….the key word in all those suggestions was “unique.”

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And the Whining Continues

Don’t deny it. I can hear it. It’s too hard…why should I bother…it’s too much work….I have no idea how to even get started….what if I’m wasting my time…and on and on we go, the perpetual whine of the mediocre, brought to you in Dolby Sound.

So skip it! Write for HubPages, make your fifty bucks a month, and have a good life. I’ve given it my best shot. I’ve tried to shine the light of reason in your direction and you ain’t buying, so great! Have a good life and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

But, for those of you who actually want more out of this writing path, I have only three words for you….

Find your uniqueness!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I believe anything worth having requires hard work. It's just the way I was raised. Yes, most definitely, finding uniqueness in writing takes work and time, something many writers fail to grasp. I'm a mystery reader too, and I hear ya.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Can't this be said of everyday life too, be unique! I'm a mystery reader and I pick up paperbacks for 50 cents at every yard sale I pass. I can't tell you how many of them start sounding the same to me. Of course it's easier said than done to find one's uniqueness.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It does indeed, Deb. Thank you and have a great week of writing.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your advice is correct. Enough said. Mundane equals boredom.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...that's great, Suzzy! It's always interesting to hear what is doing well for other writers. Some articles that I wrote in 30 minutes without much thought have done very well, so you just never know.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you billybuc. Talking about recipes one of my recipes has my highest views 10,000 all by itself. I agree with you. It has to be unique and it is. It is a lazy , fast way to make cabbage rolls. So unique is the key for sure. Maybe lazy and frugal is my unigue.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well welcome back, Suzzy. I'm sorry for your loss and happy to have you back.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you billybuc I like that it naturally morphs itself. Right now I am getting back into the saddle from a personal loss and dramatic family issue. I am back though and happy to be here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzycue, for sure, writing and writing often will help us all to find our uniqueness. I think it comes with time and effort....it just naturally morphs into the writer we were meant to become. :) Thanks for visiting.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi billybuc. I like how you always lay it on the line. Sure be unique, harder than it seems, I think not but don't you have to also write enough to see what your unique is, something I need to try harder at.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Dianna, and I thank you on this chilly Saturday.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      The video opened with one of the most popular sayings on life I love. Ferris had it all together, didn't he? I am striving for that unique voice, Bill. THanks for the pep talk today.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And that's the key, Laura. Keep trying and practicing your craft. It will come in time.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SCErica, I already wrote to you about this, but bottom line is I think it takes a long time to develop voice....and I don't think it's a matter of trying harder to improve. I just think it's a matter of continuing to hone your craft.

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I strive to try to recreate what is in my head. I'm going to keep trying until I get there.

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      Erica Jackson 2 years ago from Summerville, South Carolina

      Billybuc this is really great. I agree that uniqueness is essential to being super successful in the writing business. However, I'm not sure if I have my own, unique voice when I write. It troubles me sometimes despite others telling me that I am a talented writer. Is it possible that I'm just too hard on myself, or do you think my gut feeling means I need to try harder to improve myself?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you wisdom25. Much-appreciated my friend. Blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you askformore. If this helps another writer then I am very happy.

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      Maurice Wisdom Bishop 2 years ago from San Tan Valley

      Billybuc I agree with you 100%. This article was very informative and beneficial for all writers. You definitely had me engage and I took some notes of it myself. Thank you for sharing. Much Love and Respect to you!

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      askformore lm 2 years ago

      Thank you for the inspiration. Thumbs up!

      Your hub will help a lot of readers to find "their" right way. It helped me!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      you are welcome, Dip Mtra...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Have a great day Bidd WAxx!

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      Dip Mtra 2 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks for this.

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      Barb Schindel 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      You are welcome

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bidd Waxx, welcome to HP and to my site, and thank you for your kind remarks. If I can be of any help, feel free to reach out and ask questions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I always appreciate your loyalty and kind words.

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      Barb Schindel 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      You were very informative. A few things just stood right out, as though you were speaking directly to me. Thank you for being a mentor to me at this moment. I will follow you to read your works. Have a great evening.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this on-the-mark advice Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, I am so happy to hear that. Thank you and best wishes to you.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Og Mandino's book changed my life as well, around the time you've read it but I had been into writing only recently. I am only acknowledging I am one after I read one of your articles. Am taking on the road, not in long strides now but with greater determination.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. The responses to challenges have been amazing, and yet I'm not surprised. We have some seriously talented writers here at HP.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita! I always appreciate you stopping by.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      It is so wonderful that we are all already so unique and when we learn to tap into that uniqueness in a creative way whether in writing or whatever medium, it is a beautiful thing indeed! I feel as Lori and Kim have expressed here, that HP provides us with an avenue in which we are able to express our uniqueness in a wonderful community who appreciates us, being we write from the heart on topics about which we are passionate.

      Thanks up there, dear Frank! You're the best, and I love your uniqueness very much too.

      We all have a voice, and let us be heard in our own unique way and reason! I have so loved reading all of the responses to all of the challenges issued here of late ...all so very unique. I hope to get some writing in this weekend at last!

      Blessings and peace always, dear Bill.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Excellent advice. Much needed in these changing times. Great Hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim. As you know, I love HP, and it's because of people like you...and like you, I look back on my previous work with a judgmental eye....not sure if that's a good thing or not. :)

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Ironically, I never saw the show, "Firefly." Maybe, I can find the show on the net.

      And I hear what you are saying regarding going for the gold, but I truly do gain much wealth even if it is not in the form of money by writing.

      HP has given me a place to share that writing and feel as though I am a member of a community of writers.

      And while on occasion I feel as if I have written something halfway decent, most of the time I look back at what I have written and can only see ways in which I could improve the piece.

      Nonetheless, I will keep trying and with practice perhaps I will discover I have found my own unique style.

      As always, excellent hub dear friend.

      V/H/P

      Happy Friday,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I am humbled by your claim that I have changed your life. Thank you for that. I am very gratified.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I loved "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by Mandino. It changed my life. One day, I hope to say, like you, "I used to be into self-help books." Bill, you have changed my life. I will work on my uniqueness!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bradmaster, I'll be laughing the rest of the morning at your description of writing outside the box. Too funny my friend. Thanks for the laugh.

      bill

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      bradmaster from orange county ca 2 years ago

      billybuc

      Who are these hp writers that are so successful to extrude $50 a month? lol

      It seems to me that writing outside the box is more like putting you somewhere between the Sun and the Moon. It is so bright out there that you won't be noticed making viral another dimension that cannot be seen with some kinds of out of the box methods.

      Thanks for the venue on writing.

      bradmasterOC

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, apologies are never necessary. You are busy with travelling and family. :) I'm just happy whenever you show up. Superspeed suits you well my friend. Thank you!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Yes, we all have our unique qualities but we have to prove it. It's not easy but it's certainly fun! It must be really frustrating when you're trying to make a living at writing though.

      Sorry for my delay on this one - huge internet problems at the moment so I'm typing at superspeed before it disappears again!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, finding that unique voice often takes time...oodles of time...I have no magic wand or I'd wave it in your direction. Good luck in your search, and the fact that you haven't had a payout really annoys me. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Uniqueness is the crux! I have seen it. I have read it. I don't have it but would love to. Every now and then, I try to find a unique, different, more crowd appealing voice but I haven't found the one that is both unique and still ME! I also haven't found a $50 payout! Oh, woe is me! Thank you, Bill for your great advice!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Agusfanani, I think we know uniqueness when readers tell us it is unique. Using our own judgment about our own work is not reliable.

      Thank you, sir!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you jill. I wish I could make "how" easy for you, but I haven't figured that one out yet. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, you are right on in your thinking. This is a subjective game, and finding the right publisher or agent is just a lottery. I know you'll find them eventually. Good luck and thank you.

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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for another inspiring hub you've shared with us. I've a passion to write articles about using wasted materials into useful things but I am not sure if it is my uniqueness. Do we consider it uniqueness after we know it gets positive responses from readers ?

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      jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

      This is definitely great advice! Thanks very much! I just wish the "how" is easy. But we just have to keep on trying!

      Rated up and useful!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love this article Bill, one of your best. I really do think I have found my uniqueness :) Now I have to just get it noticed (and appreciated). Some publishers I have found have a case of tunnel vision and are only looking for one particular style or type of writing and wouldn't know uniqueness if they were hit over the head with it. I'm sure there are others that are specifically looking for that special unique style that matches my writing..just have to find them :) Thanks for writing this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, I don't think you have anything to worry about. LOL Thanks my friend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      My bugs and I are getting together to decide if we are unique enough! Thanks for the inspiration. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, long live the unusual people of the world. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Zainab! Thank you for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I love that your first statement is that you are unique. Yes you are my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol. I'm glad to hear that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Alicia. I'm always happy when my suggestions are helpful.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Being an unusual person helps.

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      Musu Bangura 2 years ago from Nation's Capital

      We all need our behinds lit up every now and then. I'm taking this advice and running with it! Thanks Bill!!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am unique as a writer and know that my work is special to me. I enjoyed reading this hub.

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      Success In Life 2 years ago from U.S.

      Great advice and very helpful information to succeed!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the advice in this hub, Bill! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Sylvia. I'm so glad to hear that. Best wishes on that new focus.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      iris, I had no idea, but thanks for the information. How interesting that is....anyway, live and learn my friend. :) Thank you!

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      Sylvia Leong 2 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      Excellent advice! And so true. I've found my new focus, thanks to you!

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Amen! And I'm glad you brought up Will's questions again because after I read about it the first time in your Mailbag series I had an idea. I will follow up with him too, but you may like to tuck this info away for yourself. Germans love stories about the American west. It's an interesting cultural phenomenon (are there any German readers out there that could shed more light on this?). Cormac McCarthy's westerns sell very well there. I wonder if Will has tried to sell his stories to publishers outside of the U.S..

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, sleep well. I certainly don't want to be the cause of sleeplessness. :) Thank you my loyal follower.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ruby, and you gave great examples that I agree with completely.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Just before I read this, I was speaking on the phone with another hubber about the fact that readers know what they want to read from whom. Adding this dimension of uniqueness you share in this article gives me something to dream about tonight. Hoping to stop dreaming and start putting into practice all these great ideas.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree. When I go to will's story I know it's going to be a short western story with an unexpected twist at the end. The same with Cam and Frank, that's the kind of reading I love. Great article Bill...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Bill, now you've opened a can of worms. How do you actually do it? I don't have a definitive answer for that. I think it is trial and error and a whole lot of willingness. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, maybe they should. :) You are a fountain of knowledge my friend. Thank you again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a process, Sheila, and the fact that you hit even occasionally is progress. Keep on keeping on my friend.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Spot on. Right. Correct. Distinctive. Unique. For sure.

      But how to actually do it, that is still the question. Been thinking about that a lot recently, you really highlighted it. Just finished reading Jane Smiley's newest novel, "Some Luck," minutes ago. Her "book club" starter questions at the end... trying to push the envelop of our thinking, just as you are. What will come of it? Only time will tell. Thanks! ;-)

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Erratum: the Sherlock Holmes stories are narrated by Watson, not Holmes. Watson has a practice and doubles as Holmes' chronicler in his 'spare time' - NHS doctors always moan about never having time for themselves, maybe they should invest in time machines to go back to Watson's days?

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I'm trying. With my HP articles, I think my uniqueness is hit and miss and it all depends on the angle of the viewpoint I take on each topic. Some seem to be unique and others don't quite cut it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Social. it's funny, because it's not a style I consciously developed. it just happened over time. Whatever it is, I'm glad I finally found it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay, wonderful! I hope that inspiration leads to something big, although, if you are paying the mortgage, I hate to think of you messing with that success. LOL That's a nice piece of change for sure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, what great advice. Thank you for that. I did not know the history behind the Holmes stories. Very interesting. Great stuff here, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I suspect you are not alone with that fear. I hope you work through it, because you truly are a very good writer. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I love this. As always, you give me more to think about. Thank you! You definitely have a unique style to your writing.

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Afterwards, your message made me think. I've been offering free beginner patterns on my site. Maybe I should work on a real masterpiece instead of working on all these small projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Arthur Conan Doyle had served as an army doctor in the Boer War at the end of the 19th-beginning 20th Century. He gave up medicine for writing, having been at St Bartholomew's ('Barts') Hospital, his first Sherlock Holmes story being 'A Study In Scarlet'. Holmes meets Dr Watson there, and the Sherlock Holmes stories are narrated by Holmes, who writes up his reports. The stories appeared initially in 'Strand Magazine' in short story format, the usual way of being launched onto the writers' market.

      You - whoever reads this - could use this type of 'dialogued narrative' to launch your own style. Doyle's prose style was very forward-looking for the time, not at all Victorian as Dickens' was.

      Another way of writing might be as G H Wells' time travel story, 'The Time Machine', picturing a scene outside his home over different periods from the pre-historic past to the distant future.

      These styles of writing were new for their time and have stood the test of time. Sherlock Holmes and the Time Machine concept of literature are as readable now as they were when they were published.

      Add a new twist to what is already there and see how it works, then 'turn the screw' and give it a surprise ending.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      You are right Bill we must write from the heart which then should make us all unique. Yet speaking from my own experience I have been led by fear at times and that is an automatic creativity killer. For me this aligns with another article of yours about finding your writer's voice. Both concepts are truly the foundation to any writer's payoff in the end. Thanks and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie, and thank you for your response to the mountaintop challenge.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Excellent message Bill! Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ologsinquito, there is no doubt that writing what interests you is the only way to keep one's sanity in this business....now, to find a unique way to do that....there's the quest.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it they wanted me in a good mood they called me Mr. Holland. LOL Thank you, sir, and in my book, you've already been given an "A."

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      yes you are, Heidi, and as such, your opinion is valued. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, I love that as your goal. We need more writers like you my friend.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I do think you have to write about what interests you, even if it's a product review type article. I'll confess that I do write these on other platforms, but on HP I try to only write informational articles, which I hope are helpful.

      Great article. Voted up and shared.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hello Mr. Holland,

      I'm assuming that's how your students referred to you. We're all your students sitting in on another lesson of importance. I was almost ready for the homework assignment. Maybe not officially, but I think we were given one. Let's shoot for an "A".

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Of course!

      The only thing I would add to the discussion is that, yes, be unique, but make sure that you connect with the unique audience that wants what you provide. Many writers and businesses are so unique that there is no market for what they do, then wonder why the cash isn't rolling in. Just speaking from experience.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Good reading again, Bill! To be honest I don't care how many read my articles. If I can make a paradigm switch in the hearts and minds of just a one person, it's already enough for me. Thanks, voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m abdullah javed, thank you, sir! Carry on and write the way only you can write.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, paying the mortgage is huge, and congratulations on that...seriously.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, it's all a journey my friend. You realize that and you are moving forward. That's all any of us can do.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      missirupp, I think most of us fall into that trap, and I understand it and why it happens...but...I'm glad you are returning to your roots. :) Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds good, Zulma. I'm having trouble with email today, but I'll take a look at it as soon as the problems disappear.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      We seldom think on these lines when writing or even pondering over a particular subject. Nicely said Bill Sir. Thank you!