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Writing Requires Patience

Updated on July 22, 2014

Words to Live By

How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success.

Elbert Hubbard

Instant gratification! We live in a world that almost demands it. We have 150 cable channels so that we can become instantly gratified. We have fast food restaurants so that our hunger is instantly sated. We have quicky weddings in Vegas and we have drive-through grocery shopping.

As we are stumbling our way through kindergarten we continue to collect our gold stars, and as the years roll on the gold stars becomes stock options and bonuses, rebates and special discounts, all designed to give us some instant gratification and keep us moving forward, good little worker bees providing for society.

But what of the writer? How do the writers of the world find instant gratification? Where is the pat on the head for the writer who has labored twelve months in obscurity over their non-fiction book? Where is the monetary reward for the article writer who is not read?

As the days become weeks and the weeks, months, and still there is no recognition, where does the writer turn for the motivation needed to carry on the fight?

For the writers of the world, this one’s for you.

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But My Views Are Down!

How many times have I received an email from another writer bemoaning the fact that their views are down on the writer’s site HubPages? If I had a dollar for every time that has happened I could finally retire. J

The reality of writing is that there will be good days and bad. There will be times when your articles will be read by one and all, and there will be times when it appears that nobody in this world of seven billion is interested in what you have written.

Be patient! Work harder!

The Great Pyramid of Giza took between ten and twenty years to construct. As a writer, I am constructing my own great pyramid. I am doing it word by word, sentence by sentence, article by article. I am building my reputation as a writer and it is a slow and at times agonizing process, but it is one I am dedicated to and determined to complete.

But I Can’t Find a Publisher!

J.D. Salinger was born in 1919. He began writing in high school, at the age of sixteen. In 1951 his novel “Catcher In The Rye” was published. Sixteen years of perfecting his craft finally led to success. Sixteen years!

I have written before of Steinbeck, Harper Lee and Hemingway. All struggled with their writing and all found it practically impossible to find a publisher who was willing to take a chance on their books. Today they are recognized as greats, but that recognition did not happen overnight. For years they labored and for years they received no gratification, instant or otherwise.

They all realized that writing is a difficult undertaking on the best of days, and on the worst of days it is a profound lesson in humility.

They also realized something that all of you need to come to grips with: there are no guarantees in the writing business. The stars of the universe must align perfectly in order for monetary success to be found. The gods of language must smile down upon you and your work, and the heavens must open their gates and allow you to walk among the immortals…..and….that may never happen.

So Why Do We Bother at All?

As writers today we live in interesting times. The internet has made it possible for mediocre writers to earn a living and gain a byline, but still there are millions of talented writers who never see the brass ring of success let alone grab it. Publishing houses are cutting back on acceptance of work by new writers. The printed book has been pushed aside by the ebook, and the old rules of publication no longer ring true. I feel safe in stating that it is much harder to be published in the traditional way today than it was fifty years ago, and it will be harder still next year.

With such a glut of writers the pay scale for articles is lower. Supply and Demand, that economic albatross we all live with, has driven the price down for written works, and hundreds of thousands of online writers have created an online marketplace where competition is fierce and it is quite possible to drown in a sea of overabundance.

So why do we bother at all?

There Is No One Answer Fits All

I can only write my thoughts. I can only tell you what is in my mind and heart with regards to writing.

I may or may not be unique in my understanding that I may never find monetary success. I have seen the figures and I know the odds, and quite frankly they are daunting and discouraging. Perhaps a wiser man would walk away from the computer and retire to his garden to find peace and serenity.

Evidently I am not a wiser man, for day in and day out I am here, sitting in front of my Gateway, building my own personal pyramid. I pay no attention to the number of views I receive because I have my sights set on larger goals. I pay no attention to the number of rejection slips I receive other than to consider them a learning tool as I place one more stone on the great structure of my dreams.

I am not immune to the siren song of fame and fortune, and I would certainly not turn down a hefty advance payment on my next book, but my passion for writing is not based on possible monetary gain.

Ray Bradbury on writing

The Immortality of Words

A few months ago I realized an important truth. I was thinking of Harper Lee, the brilliant author of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and the fact that she never wrote another book after publishing her classic in 1960. For the past fifty-three years her masterpiece has lived on, read by millions each year, a legacy that will survive forever.

And I realized that the same is true for me.

One hundred years from now, someone will read my words written today. They will be doing a Google search and come across some article I wrote about H.O.W., and my legacy will live on.

One hundred years from now, someone will find one of my novels on a bookshelf in Louisiana, and my legacy will live on.

One hundred years from now, someone will come across a phrase I coined, PIPO (positive in/positive out), and my legacy will live on.

And I find that remarkable and oh so encouraging.

What I write today will last forever. My work is my immortality, and how many out there can say those words?

Writing, for me, is a higher calling. It has taken the place of teaching for me, and I embrace it with the same enthusiasm and determination that I once took into the classroom with me. Where once I tried to instill minds with wonder, I now try to build sentences that will inspire and call to action. Where once I attempted to educate, I now try to motivate.

I cannot be deterred when my numbers are down. I cannot be detoured when publishers or agents or editors are not enamored with my writing. No matter what happens in my literary future, my words will live on.

So I am patient, and you should be too.

Are you a patient writer?

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What Do You Want?

It comes down to that. If you want a pittance of passive income, then start writing and the pennies will start flowing in shortly. If you want more than a pittance then perfect your craft and improve your product.

If you want fame and fortune and recognition, keep working hard, be patient, but also be realistic. That three-headed creature of literary greatness does not visit every writer.

If, however, you seek to establish your legacy….if you hope to leave a part of yourself in the world long after you are gone….you need not be patient. You have already achieved your goal.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Fame and fortune would be nice, but I do agree I want to leave a legacy. I would be so happy that years from now someone googles something and reads my article. That thought puts such a smile on my face. So I thank you for that reminder, because I think we all have moments and days where we question what we are doing as writers, but it is so true to want to leave a part of yourself behind in your writing. Wonderful words of wisdom here for sure and have voted and shared as always!!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Bill: Truer words have never been spoken! Patience is the key especially in writing. Your examples of Salinger, Steinbeck etc are all so good. It takes time, practice and rewrites to achieve anything in writing. You and I know that as teachers, but students are always in a rush and the instant gratification world we live in doesn't bode well for a writing career. You are so eloquent in your words. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      "Writing Requires Patience"... awwww, what a bummer. Billybuc, how about a hub entitled "Writing a Hub in 3 Seconds Flat"? LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, your legacy lives on, and your daughters will one day read your writings with pride and a tear in their eyes.

      Thank you my young friend, for everything you do at HP.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, for sure, teachers understand this rule very well. Thank you for your kind words....I'm just using the gifts I've been given my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I might have a hard time writing that hub...but I know some who could do it. LOL Thank you and have a great day.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Very true and inspiring hub, Billy! I think, true writers write because they love it.... It's our passion more than work.... The ones who see it as work are the ones who leave it, because there is no quick money in it! And, as you said, it requires patience. Really enjoyed your piece here, as always. And thanks for the inspiration. Always looking forward to your articles :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Very inspiring , while being realistic and practical...

      I guess this piece reminds me a lot of you, Bill.

      Hard work and patience, sprinkled with much passion...seems like a winning combination. Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Actually, I know how to write a hub in 3 seconds flat. Just stop the clock. But how do I write a hub with one sentence? I know you can do it. You have a gift for words. Isn't that why a novel is so thick?

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Marcoujor, don't just vote up. There's also an "Awesome" button there!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Yes, Bill, we live in the age of instant gratification, and self publishing is one answer to that, but by no means a key to success. You're right on all points. Persistence is part of the writer's craft.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Billybuc. I hear you. Let's keep working, but be patient concerning the reward. I need that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, you stated it quite well...if the passion isn't there then the willingness to stick it out won't be there....the both go hand in hand.

      Thank you for the kind words...I'll try never to let you down.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Maria, that was sweet of you. Thank you my dear friend, and blessings to you always.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I'm not sure my gift is that all-encompassing. :) I tried to write a limerick and failed miserably.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go again, Walter, cheerleading from afar. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Russ, and you know very well about persistence and hard work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, all we can do is work hard and do what we can do...the rest is up to the gods. :) Thank you!

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      Angela Martinez 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great words Chief :) so true and very inspiring for those writing for the love of it, and those wanting to earn from it or...useful for both. Wish i can find the time and patience again to put my thoughts into words one day again. ^^

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Angela, actually I have a method that doesn't require patience. What you only need to do is to transfer your car seat to the front of your computer and put on your safety belt. Just remember not to unhook your safety belt until you've finished what you'd set out to do. It works every time!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I checked out your cheerleader and he is just as UABI...fancy that (LOL)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Reading this made me think of how writing is a metaphor for life: we tend to think we haven't been successful if we haven't made a certain amount of money or achieved certain goals. In reality, it's like that awesome quotation from Emerson that ends ". . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" Just keep giving and you'll already be a success. Thank you, Billy!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      As always, Bill, your writing is at the forefront of inspiration! Some of the great artists were never "discovered" until long after their passage from this existence to the Greater Sequel. We fortunate ones who already know you and surf the exhilarating wave of your writing are already making a lot of noise from the bleachers as you dramatically prepare for the pitch that follows the full count. Watching and cheering you on as you deliver...time and time again! Aloha, and have a great hump day, my friend!

      Joe

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting hub Billybuc. I think that writing can kind of creep up on you. I started writing and now it is part of my life. To my own surprise, I wrote the sentence 'if someone offered me £1 million to never write again I wouldn't take it' in an article a couple of weeks ago. It so took me aback that I had to really think about it before I continued writing. But I finally concluded that I couldn't imagine never writing again and that no amount of money would ever compensate for never being able to write another book, story or article

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      CMHypno, if someone offers you £1 million to never write again, do let me know. I'll grab the offer on your behalf, LOL.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, yes, that great virtue, "patience" is truly necessary to possess when in the field of writing, and really all areas of our lives.

      Excellent write here, Bill!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hawaiianodysseus, you wrote it so well and so poetically so. It describes how I feel, yet I couldn't express it in words. I especially like the part where you said, "We fortunate ones who already know you and surf the exhilarating wave of your writing are already making a lot of noise from the bleachers as you dramatically prepare for the pitch that follows the full count."

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I have always had two observations with regard to writing: A. It is an itch that needs scratching...that release comes from the writing and then that writing "is what it is" and nothing more but in some ways, it is the manner by which we carved our initials into the oak tree that will live for hundreds of years. For that writer for which that is not enough, the maybe the desire and need does not stem from writing but some other aspect of the personality. B. "Wanting to" is not enough. Just because I want to be a good writer is who adored and read does not make it so. Writing, like any other pursuit of life, is a function of many things including talent, but luck, timing, all play a big part. Garth Brooks did not become a mega-success as a musical artist because he was the best musician who ever showed up in Nashville. He was good enough, he was entertaining, and he also was in the right place at the right time when the opportunity train came smoking by. Still, we may want and we may try but we are guaranteed nothing for the effort. For the person truly moved by the urge to write...that is more than enough. Good write! ~WB

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Wayne Brown, well said... you should turn your comment into a hub. But too late, LOL. I posted your comments in Facebook because I'm trying to encourage a group of Malaysians in Australia to come to HubPages, but without any success so far. And of course, I attached this hub as well. Hope the word "patience" will not scare all of them away, LOL. That's why I told Billybuc that he should have written "How To Write a Hub in 3 Seconds Flat"!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angela my dear, so nice to see you. You are such a busy lady with all of your activities, and helping others...I hope one day you can find that time you need. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, you are an interesting man. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, too funny....he is that for sure. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, great quote and you are right on...one life....change one person's outlook....that is a gift that keeps on giving.

      Who are you who are so wise, young one? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, you continue to do wonders for my ego. LOL Seriously, thank you my friend. I'm just giving back, buddy, and hoping that it becomes an epidemic. :) Have a great day on this rainy Wednesday, and enjoy that walk.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CM, I love that attitude....a million bucks, huh? I'm thinking about it.....nope, I'm with you. :)

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, you are becoming predictable. LOL I knew you were going to say that, mainly because I thought it myself.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc... I see you running all over the place. You must be very tired. I'll give you a break.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Patience is a virtue I'm trying to reaquaint myself with. In losing touch with patience, I've become confused and have too much rolling around in my head at once. Slowing down and setting a focus one step at a time is what I'm finding myself having to work on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you hit it right on...in all areas of our lives. Patience and acceptance....I'm constantly working on it.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, thank you...sincerely!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, great comment....my favorite part...carving out initials in the oak tree. That, my friend, is an example of good writing. As for the rest of your comment, it may not be enough, but for a true writer, the joy is in the act. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I love that you are trying to encourage young writers to join HP...keep up the encouragement. The world needs more writers, artists and musicians.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Walter. I am one busy little rascal today, but I never ignore a comment.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc... it's 12.12 am here and I'm off to bed. I'm going to dream of the $2 million when both you and CM get the offer... don't forget to call me by reverse charge. $2 million is RM6 million here plus some loose change. Will have to spend a whole day tomorrow planning what to do with the money. The weight of the interest on that alone will kill me, if I don't spend it fast enough!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are a bit scattered of late, and I understand that completely. Stop and smell some roses somewhere. Write down your goals and then develop a plan to meet those goals...short term, long term, whatever. It's time to organize and prioritize my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, sleep well my friend. The check is in the mail. LOL

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Bill, HP is one place where you needn't worry about being read. We marvel here at your ability to produce time after time the very inspirational work that you do. This one has relevance to all of us on HP. I need to submit a sheaf or two of poems to some journals, and this article will help me get it done.

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      Jean Valerie Kotzur nee Stoneman 4 years ago from Germany

      A short story to back up your beautiful hub: My grandmother, who lived through two world wars and the big recession, reprimanded me once for being too impatient. Something did not happen quick enough, I was impatient and complained about it to her. She just laughed at me and said, 'If something is worth having it is also worth working towards, however long it takes.' I asked her if she had ever experienced this herself. She said, 'Oh yes, the family live all around me and never a day goes by without one of you calls in to see if I have everything I need. Hard work and patience always pay off in life.' Let's hope that your patience and hard work reap rewards in your lifetime too. It is always a pleasure reading your work.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Very inspiring and true words! What I remember most about the days when I was a full-time freelancer (is that a contradictory term?) is the many hours it took just finding the outlets for my writing, or negotiating with the editors. And the money does not come in quickly!

      Excellent points! You have my vote here!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Interesting and great advice for perspiring writers (or is that aspiring?). I guess I'm lazy since I don't seek fame and fortune from my writing. When I was in journalism school, we were urged to submit, submit, submit, but I never really did. I've been writing in the background since I was 19 years old, and I guess I still am. God only knows how much of my work is out there, the money is in my pocket but my name isn't on it. I've seen my byline in the newspaper where I worked as a copy editor a few times and even got some fan mail on some feature articles I've done, but I find it really satisfying to work in the background. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.

      Seriously, it’s kind of teaching, too, because I teach bill drafters better ways of writing without their realizing what I am doing. I love it, but I promise myself that someday when I retire I will get serious about my writing. When I do, I’ll go back and read this hub again and remember your words because they are really great.

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      As much as I like the sound of, "Legacy," I gotta be honest. I sure could use a paycheck lol. Perhaps, someday I will have both =/

      Thanks for my daily shot of positivity, Bill! You have yourself a good day.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You're so right, Bill. Thanks for the advice. I've written it down and will work on it. I'm going for a walk with some friends tonight. That should help.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Inspiring hub! I like the quote, "Good things come to those who wait." Great things have happened in our life but were also a few years in the making! :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It's encouraging to hear about the great writers who spent years perfecting their craft before they had works published. Writing sure does require patience!

      It is cool to think about our writing being seen years after we're gone.

      As usual, you have given us a very motivating article. Your voice will be helping writers out for many years to come! I'm glad I'm here now, to listen to you.

      Have a wonderful Wednesday! I have a long weekend, starting tomorrow, so I hope to have plenty of time to be productive (and relax).

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, great advice as always - I'm chilled out about HP now, just in it for the experience!

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Your hub makes me ask myself why I am doing this. First and foremost, I write for me, to help myself. If, by some chance, I can help someone else in the process, so be it. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going in spite of the odds!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, I hope you do that soon. You are a fine writer and your time is coming. Who knows when fame and fortune will strike. :) Thanks, as always, for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silkekarina, it sounds to me as though your grandmother was a very wise woman. Thank you for sharing that reflection and thanks for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marcy! Freelancing is not an easy job and anyone who says it is is smoking some stuff I'd like to get my hands on. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you are too funny. I smiled all the way through your comment...sheez, I hope you meant to be funny. LOL

      Thanks for that reflection and I know a lot of writers who never submit....and I think that's great because it means that they writer for the pure joy of writing. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I am not above that same wish. Just a little extra money to make things a bit easier....sheez, is that asking so much????

      Evidently it is. LOL

      Thanks buddy and you have a great day as well.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Sha! Relax and organize and hit the ground running tomorrow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, this is a marathon job and not a sprint....I keep telling myself that every single day. :)

      Thank you and it's nice to see you again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Kathryn!

      Rain here and more rain....not a lovely day at all here in Olympia, but a great day to write. :)

      I look forward to some great things from you with all that time off.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I love it....me too! I have much bigger fish to fry than HP.

      Thanks and good luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I love your answer....that's as good a reason as any to write.....so good luck to you in Bismark and may all of you writing days bring you joy.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      When I was younger, my dream was to make a living as a published writer. Nowadays, I do not have that expectation. Writing serves as therapy for me. Your dedication to the craft has made you a prolific writer. You are truly an inspiration. I really enjoyed your article.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you is all I will say :-) I agree with everything that you have said here. Have a good day Bill!

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      I write for the sheer joy of writing. No one around me will even read my works. It has only been in the last few months, since joining HP, that I have shared my poems, lyrics and short stories. (One exception was the tribute to relatives who lost their son to drugs.) I feel good when a piece of work is finished and I make the decision to publish

      on HP.

      Positive comments can make my day. But, the comments soon die down, so I cannot rely on others to make me feel good about my work. There will always be another poem or short story that needs

      to be told. And, by George, I am just the one to tell it.

      Great Hub, Bill. I have come to expect nothing less from you.

      You are the craftsman of perfection. And, I like to learn from the best!

      Thank you

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ocfireflies, writing should be therapy for a writer. I love that you write with no expectations, but only for the love of writing. Well done, and thank you for visiting me once again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dahlia! It is always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you are much too kind my friend, but thank you nonetheless. I love to write, and I hang with other people who love it as well. The joy of writing is in the writing....and every single time you post something to HP, it is out there in the world for others to share in your joy. Keep it up my friend!

      bill

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      I am concerned when my views are down. If only because this is one little stream of income. By no means will it or would it stop me from writing though. I can remember wanting and needing to write for as long as I can remember.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Most overnight success stories take years. sometimes one lucks out very quickly but we all know it takes a lot of time. I enjoy writing a lot but I have other things I also love to do....And having patience has never been one of my virtues..However I am going to ready this about 500 more times and then I will have patience.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Carol, is that all it takes for patience? LOL You've got it made then my friend.

      Bev is my patience barometer. She knows when she needs to intervene and bring me back to reality.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mylindaelliott, I am fortunate in that I am not on HP to make money. I make a little but it makes no difference to me, so I don't have to concern myself with views. I am just building my resume and body of work for bigger things. The added bonus is that I get to meet wonderful people like you while I do it. :) Thank you!

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I like the idea of someone a hundred years from now being able to discover your work in a search...and in a sense immortalising your writing...I had never thought of it like that before...thanks for more inspiring words Bill :-))

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Um, you had me at drive-thru grocery stores...Where can I find me one of those?! Patience, hard work, and lots of luck= success. You seem to be a VERY patient man and I appreciate the way you continue to remind us all how "overnight success" usually takes years!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you have to live on the west coast for those drive thru grocery stores. :) As for patient....it was an acquired attribute that took a long time to learn.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, I find great comfort knowing that my words will live on long after I am gone....as will your beautiful poetry.

      Thanks as always for the visit.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      It is so true that it is hard to get any results fast enough.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "There are no guarantees in the writing business"...funny how we know this yet look for guarantees. As my fellow hubbers have stated, YOU RULE IN HUBVILLE! Here your writing is eternal and I have a feeling it is elsewhere as well. Pouring yourself into your writing is what makes it so special and sharing your knowledge with us makes you special. Now if the rest of us can just get a little piece of that ;) Keep 'em comin!!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      So true Bill. I have always said the success here on HP's requires patience, perseverance and hard work and this applies to all forms of writing. To take a quote from my Italian friends, "Rome wasn't built in a day". I'm here for the long haul. Thanks for telling it like it is.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, that just makes it all the more sweet when we finally find success. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, there is more than enough to go around, and I am backing off from HP....not as many hubs...too much else to do....as for your kind words, thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love it....we'll grow old together. :) Oh, wait, I'm already old. LOL

      Thanks, buddy, and have a great Thursday.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill,

      Patience. More patience. Never-ending patience.

      Ongoing patience and reading Bill's inspiring articles. The formula for perseverance. You will always be the teacher Bill, as will I. For us, writing is another form of teaching, especially when the words are as motivating as yours. And as for me, I have met success. It has a name. Perhaps you have met him to. Bill Holland.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      If patience is a virtue then I should be have my fitting done for my angel's wings. lol

      Here's my reason for continuing to write: It's fun. There are the highs when inspiration drives our pens onwards. There are the lows when the Muse leaves us bereft of ideas and all we can do is stare blankly at the screen. There are the moments when we look forward to the day our genius will be recognized. There the times when self-doubt creeps in and we despair of ever writing something worthwhile.

      And them comes the moment when that perfectly crafted passage flows onto the paper and re-affirms our belief in ourselves. It's all fun.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      What a beautiful hub. I'm not surprised that many are inspired by your writing.

      Patience. Let me see...I want it now. :)

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Billy and Walter - the only reason that we want lots of money is because we think its going to make us happier. So what's the point of £1 million if you can't do one of the primary things that makes you happy?

      Now an offer of £1 million to write every day is a different story! Bring it on and you can contact me through my profile lol!

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      Great hub and wisdom. I really admire that you do a hub each day. My goal is to be able to do (2) a week as I am occupied with writing and doing other things. I enjoy doing hubs here at HP and try to log in on a daily basis to read the work of others and to communicate with hubbers like yourself. It is comforting to know that years after I'm dead my writing will live on....that I will continue to speak and maybe change lives.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing does require patience but most writers are often in a hurry to see their work published, time and lots of hard work to see improvement, you made an example of just that.

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Billy you are so right. I am now 5.00 from my first payout. I am not one of the great writers here, but yesterday I got feedback on my Clara Harris Murder article by someone who actually KNEW the VICTIM! He said I was "scarily accurate in my insight. That he didn't know how I knew so many details. I did RESEARCH...What a great compliment said i was fair in my assessment and accurate. THAT is MY PAYOFF! To write something people WANT to read and actually have great writers like you Billy and Mary Kashmir, you all support me. You all write hubs helping others. I love this hub I got a lot of great information from it! Great Job Billybuc! Thankyou for your help here ! :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Rusti Mccollum, an Arthur Hailey in the making... research, research, and research!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, indeed you do have a fabulous legacy. It is encouraging to know that what we do now will be enjoyed by others for many years to come. And I agree with you that you need a lot of fortitude and patience to be a writer. People on the outside of our writing world think we're a lazy bunch, glaze over when you say you write for a living (well you might as well exaggerate just a bit) and probably think of us as a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings! But it is a really exhausting choice in life. And wow, you do need a LOT of patience! Great and motivational Hub, as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, what a lovely way to begin my day. Thank you dear lady. You are right....we are both teachers, doing so through a medium that we love. Ain't life great?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I could not agree more. If I were not having fun I'd look for another way to pass my time....but writing rocks, and as long as it does I'll keep on doing it. Thanks for a great comment that included the word "bereft"....now that's a real writer! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jpcmc, thank you for your kind words. Wish it and want it bad enough and you shall have it my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CM, for sure I would not turn down the money...it would make life easier for me and my family....but the desire to write does not come from the hopes of riches....it comes from the desire to write, and I know you understand that. Thanks for another visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, I find it amazing that my work will live on forever....kind of like giving birth to a child...our legacy lives on through our writing.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, there are no short cuts to success....I have yet to see a better substitute for hard work. Thank you for stating that so clearly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rusti, I understand completely....great feedback fuels the soul of a writer and makes us want to do it again, to find that magic formula that enables us to reach our readers and move them.

      Thank you for the kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, that's a great comparison, and good morning my friend....or for you, good night. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I don't think my friends or family could do what I do...it requires far too much self-discipline and determination. Some people need a 9-5 job that is structured....not us writers. We boldly go where few can go.

      Thank you as always my friend and have a great day.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      You wrote this with good timing. So many at Hubpages have their traffic down right now and are moaning about it in the forums. Hopefully it helps many of them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Barbara.....I guess I understand the moaning but it sure doesn't help matters any.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Patience and perseverance is the key, not forgetting lady luck to breeze through! but then luck is of no use without hard work! Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, there is no doubt that luck plays a part in getting published, but if you don't have ability you may not find luck visiting you. :) Not you, per se, but any writer. Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Vellur, actually the title of this hub should be: "Writing Requires Patients". Why? Tell you another time... hahaha.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I think you are onto something. LOL

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Well Billy, you do speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! :D I guess what I can take from this most is that other writers must not only have patience in their own process, but patience as a reader as well. In those moments between articles/hubs, when I am not "producing" anything, I do experience moments of anxiety. I might be working on something or just thinking about writing something, but the rest of the world doesn't know it... all they know is there is nothing "new" to click on. Patience is key and something I must work on, something that I will definitely take from this hub and you!!! Fine work as always Billy!

      Cat

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Everything that you have said is TRUE. Read it all, seriously. We are all published. It is on line, but we are PUBLISHED. As long as people read what you write you have done what you have come for. People are reading "Life at Boomer Lake with Deb," including what I did last year. Teal Ridge Wetlands, including last year's version. Bonnie and Clyde and Dillinger's pieces are still going strong. I really do have what I want, including worldwide viewership of my pictures.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, being a writer is not easy, and you explained a couple reasons why it isn't. We live in this little bubble, and in that bubble with us are our anxieties, our fears, our doubts....sheez, it's amazing we aren't all on valium. :)

      Well stated as always my friend. Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow we talk about homelessness. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love it and you are right on. I don't think a lot of Hubbers understand what a cool thing we have going. I have friends in 100 countries...and I've never left the U.S.....what a trip it's been my friend, and it keeps getting better.

      Thanks for a great comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It would be wonderful if someone read one of my poems/stories a hundred years from now, never thought about that before..Another great hub Bill. Thank you..

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Funny Billy, people often recommend that I take medication :D

      Homelessness? I can't wait; I'll be there with bells on! I'm sure you'll get us all thinking... and screaming!

      Thanks,

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Cat! Have a great evening with or without medication. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, one hundred years from now someone who needs a touch of beauty will read one of your poems online and be filled with wonder...just like we all are. :)

      Thank you and have a fabulous weekend.

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      Elisha Jachetti 4 years ago

      Thank you got that! I think that those are very true words you have written that can be felt by any kind or type of artist out there in the world. No artists could have possibly decided to follow their hearts for monetary reasons, otherwise we would have all tried to be doctors.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elisha, I agree obviously. Those who are in the Arts had better plan on a long run....there are few instant successes in this business. Best of luck to you.

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Billy_ I love you because your hubs are insightful. I have used your advice and it has gone well. So, I take your hubs very seriously. You share your wisdom with those of us that are told there is a writer in us, but lacked the confidence to actually write. I was afraid people would be cruel. I finally got here and I wrote and it was actually to my utter amazement by the feedback on it, good! So, then I started looking for people who I could pick their brains. You, came to me. I'm so glad. I'll always be back to read your hubs. THANKYOU :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rusti, you are a sweetheart. Thank you for the kind words. If I have helped you in any way then I am a very happy human being. What greater purpose is there in life? Human beings reaching out to human beings. Talk about a high! :)

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      KABILIGI Clement 4 years ago from Kigali-Rwanda

      at least this is so encouraging. as long as your work will remain and will ever be yours, it will help you measure progress as well, and little by little, through learning from others, patience and diligence, things turn to the better.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Well, you get an A for writing to motivate . . . You continue to inspire and that is a gift to us all. Love the Ray Radbury's story and the lesson when he wrote for himself in "The Lady" it was the turning point. Even more inspiration for us! Bless you Billy, Kathi ♥

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cherry, I believe that to be true and I hope you do as well. Best of luck to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi, we never know when our moment will come, but it will never come if we don't keep writing and keep improving. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, how come you don't know when your moment will come. I thought there are only 2 possibilities: it's either sooner or later. So if it's not sooner, then it must be later.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poon, stop confusing life. LOL

      I hope you have a great weekend my friend...thanks for stopping by and giving me a free laugh.

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      Rampad Kumbhakar 4 years ago from Dhanbad,Jharkhand, India

      your writing inspired me. please keep on encouraging new writers like me.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      RP Kumbhakar, glad to hear that Billybuc's writing inspires you! He makes me perspire, just to think of the number of things to take care, while writing. It's like driving a car and you've to look left, right, front, and back!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      writing needs patience, even so for publishing. Writing and publishing is like growing a mango tree. You cannot harvest fruits in few months, or even in couple of years.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RP, I will do my best. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I have every confidence that you can handle all the duties. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, what a great simile for writing. Thank you for stating it so eloquently.

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hello billybuc.

      Very impressive . An eye opening lesson, coming from your experience is easy to accept, working hard, even harder . ( Not many good products in life come without hard work anyway ). As a higher calling writing comes in association with an impelling force often stronger the ourselves. We do write not asking question, 'why?' - that's why when confronted with delay - patience is welcomed . It's good to know that the journey of a writer continues in established legacy ( worth to live ) - knowing that there is someone who wants to receive and be enriched.

      Thank you billy for giving freely making me ' wiser', putting me ahead of myself.

      May God bless and protect you.

      Voting up, useful and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, always remember the legacy you are leaving behind. That legacy is you, and as such should be treated with the utmost care and respect.

      blessings to you my friend and thank you!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      A truer hub could not be written! I think most of us moan to relieve a little stress and see if there is anyone else in the boat with them. Knowing that it is not something we have done or have not done, is important. Patience is not something that comes easy to me, but I am learning. It is awesome to know that many years from now, someone will read one of my hubs and find it interesting or useful. Voting this up and awesome! :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, I have learned patience through Hubpages. lol And, I have decided to accept that I am a "from the heart" writer who will never get rich. For me, writing is all about having something to say and having a place to say it. Although I sometimes get frustrated with the low numbers, I am learning about myself and that is equally important. I may never publish a novel or become affiliated with a popular magazine but if I touch one heart or bring comfort to a troubled soul, then I am satisfied with my work. You have helped me fin this place and for that I will b eternally grateful. Hugs to you my special friend.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Lrc7815, never say never.

      "What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." -- Mark 9:23 (New Living Translation)

      (P/S: I'm answering on behalf of Billybuc, when he's busy. He'll give his official reply later, when he comes in.)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, writing is not for the feint of heart. This takes saying power my friend and I know you have it. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, there is nothing more to add to your comment...just reach one person....what a gift that is.

      Thank you, Kindred, and may you continue to touch people with your writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, you handled it beautifully. LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      SG, Billybuc is right when he said that "writing is not for the feint of heart. This takes saying power...". I think there's a misspell there. I think "fient of heart" should read as "fiend of heart". But I like it when he said "this takes saying power" because I keep saying that I would write a novel one day, but have never written a single word so far. Thanks, Billybuc, for the great encouragement. I've strong staying power to keep saying because I've a track record of saying it since the early 1980s.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, you are a picture of consistency my friend. I pity the fool who calls your bluff. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Well I have patience only because I honestly never thought/knew/had confidence that this would work out for me. Surprisingly it has and I have really enjoyed it. Now I find myself hoping for more, but then try to reign in my enthusiasm just a bit so I don't get impatient. Inspiring hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Glimmer! Like you, I was quite surprised when I first started making money....now I want more and I want it now. LOL It doesn't work that way, does it?

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      I like to "exercise patience" that way, too lol! Nice :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Darryl, and thank you for the following.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks, Billybuc. My models, for a long time, have been Henry David Thoreau and Vincent Van Gogh. Both died penniless and unknown. Both had works that went on, after their death, to change the world. Am I a failure? "Not yet!" I reply, and then I get back to writing.

      Thank you for this encouraging reminder on a month when my views are down in spite of me putting in more than ever.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SidKemp, Thoreau is one of my heroes....this is a tough gig on the best of days, and we have to be willing to forge ahead despite the lack of positive reinforcement.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      No matter how wise we may become, Bill, we are never completely weaned from the desire for instant gratification, in our writing or otherwise. So patience often must become a learned behavior. One of my favorite prayers is, 'Dear God, please give me patience . . . and give it to me now!'

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...drbj, I'm going to borrow that prayer. I love it!

      Thanks my friend....have a great weekend.

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      Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

      I have been looking for this article inside me, just I can't express it.

      Thanks for sharing and vote up.

      I like the quote of Elbert Hubbard. Thanks for bringing this up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I thank you for the visit.....best wishes with your writing....keep perfecting your craft my friend.

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