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Your Responsibilities as a Writer

Updated on May 30, 2014

A Personal Opinion to Begin With

I have no patience with half-efforts. When I was a teacher my students knew this. Give me your best or give me nothing at all. That was my teaching mantra, and it is my writing mantra today.

Why such a hard-ass, Bill?

Because we have been given a gift….the gift of life….the most precious gift imaginable, and I think it is an incredible waste to not drain every last ounce of living from that gift.

We are, in a very real sense, what we believe. If we believe that sub-standard effort is all right, then our lives will be a testimony to that belief. If, however, we believe in excellence, then that, too, will be our testimony and our legacy.

Few of us are ever going to see fame and fortune. Few of us will strike it rich, drive fancy cars, and have publishers signing us to multi-book deals. Few of us will be internationally acclaimed. If we are to believe Thoreau, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

I do not want that for you.

You are writer….hear you roar!

Just as we have all been given the gift of life, all writers have been given the gift of words. It is not a gift to be taken lightly. Not everyone can do what we do, and I say that with total conviction and confidence. There is no ego in that statement. It is a simple truth that not everyone can be a writer, just as not everyone can be a painter, sculptor, or musician. I cannot draw a stick figure, but I can damn well write, and that gift carries with it some responsibilities that I take very seriously.

These people need the writers of the world
These people need the writers of the world | Source

Responsibility to Society

During this past weekend there was another mass killing, this one taking place near the University of California Santa Barbara. More death, more sadness, and more questions about the insanity of our society….a common occurrence in today’s world. We are all touched by it. How could we not be? Innocents struck down in their youth, lifetimes of promise ended much too soon, and as sure as the sun rises in the east, there will be more.

History is littered with sadness, examples of man’s inhumanity toward man. It is a constant in our lives, as sure a thing as taxes and death. What can we do? How do we stop the madness? Where can we turn for a respite from it all?

We can turn, and always have turned in the past, to the writers.

We pick up a book, and for the few days it takes to read that work, reality is suspended, and we are transported into the fictional cocoon created for our enjoyment. We form a bond with the author. He/she promises to entertain us, to uplift us, and to inspire us, and if they have done their job, then life’s harsh edges take on a softer, rounded form, and for that we are so very grateful.

As writers, it is our responsibility to entertain, to inform, and to provide tranquility. It is a responsibility I take seriously, and you should as well.

Somewhere in the world right now, there is a little girl living a sad and hopeless life, born to poverty and condemned to the same. Her sadness is, at times, overwhelming, and reality is something for her to dread daily. The only comfort she can find is in her books. There she can escape. There she can soar as the eagle, swim as the dolphin, and experience all that will never be hers. She walks a mile to the secondhand store and there, for a dollar, she can buy a new, old novel to read. She hides under the covers at night, flashlight in hand, and anxiously awaits each new adventure.

That little girl is your responsibility if you are a writer.

If we are to believe Thoreau, millions upon millions of people go to the grave with the song still in them, but for the time they spend reading a book, a few notes of that song are sung and thoroughly enjoyed. Their inadequacies are forgotten. Their missed opportunities are shoved into the closets of their minds, and they can just relax and live, through the printed words, lives they dream about.

Quite the responsibility we have as writers, don’t you think?

For centuries, that responsibility has been passed down, from Shakespeare to Blake, from Bronte to King, until finally it arrives at your doorstep. What are you going to do with it? Will you treat it with disdain and indifference, or will you pick it up, gently embrace it, and give it the attention and love it deserves?

I have a responsibility to myself to be the best I can be.
I have a responsibility to myself to be the best I can be. | Source

Responsibility to Yourself

You get one shot.

Seventy, eighty years if you are average; less if you are not. Comparatively speaking, you are a blink in the eye of history.

What will you do with your limited time?

Will you become the best writer you can possibly be, or will you treat your talent as though it were a useless prize from a Cracker Jack box?

Do you have any idea how many people wish they could write as well as you? Do you?

This writer cannot play the electric guitar. I wish I could. I have loved lead guitarists since I heard my first rock band during the 60s. Say the name Jimmie Hendrix and I quiver. Tease me with a little Eric Clapton and I drool and beg for more.

But I will never be a guitarist of that ability. It is not in the cards, and I am fine listening to their music, and living vicariously through their notes.

And I suspect….no, I know….the same is true of many people who have no writing ability. They read the words of Harper Lee and they are enraptured, or they read your words and they are captivated.

I have been given a gift…..you have been given a gift….and I say to you now that it is a sin to waste that gift.

Do not wait until tomorrow to improve your writing.

Do it now!

Do not wait until tomorrow to submit your work to a publisher.

Do it now!

Do not wait until tomorrow to begin work on that novel that has been chewing a hole in your gut for years.

Do it now!

Do not go to the grave with the song still in you.

May you all enjoy the beauty of writing. Best wishes on your journey
May you all enjoy the beauty of writing. Best wishes on your journey | Source

Final Thoughts

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII


There you have it.

Release the emergency brake and get busy. You have work to do. You have a unique voice that needs to be heard. You have a gift that needs to be shared. I don’t give a damn what obstacles you face in the present, or what defeats you have suffered in the past. Today is your day. You are a writer, unique among the millions of writers in the world, and that uniqueness must be experienced by the world of readers.

Do not let them down.

Do not let yourselves down.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, if you ever write a life-changing recipe, you will make the Writer's Hall of Fame. Good luck with that. LOL

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      OK, now I am inspired to write something life changing, unfortunately my recipes don't quite fit the bill. But who knows, maybe one day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Deb, and I agree totally. Thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Writing will take you to the moon and back, then it will transport your readers to the ends of the earth.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mathira, it's nice to have you back.Thank you so much for visiting me.

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, I needed that! I found it very inspiring and emotional also. You give lots of energy while reading your post. I had some personal work and missed many of your posts. Keeping myself updated from today!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Cecile. Your comment made me smile.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      You are so right billybuc. If we don't use out talent and keep procrastinating we will never get to that state of perfection. You always manage to inspire me billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, you do it well, and I'm sure you have helped many people by sharing your experiences. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      How inspirational and motivating!

      I agree with you that as writers we have responsibilities to fulfill. I always try to share my those experiences, which have benefited me and can be useful to others.

      Thanks for sharing another wonderful and inspiring hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I think you do a huge service to others by writing your health articles. Writing technical information in a manner that others can understand it is not easy, but you do it well. Carry on my friend, and thanks for stopping by this morning.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I think you illustrated your point quite well. We never know how much time we have on this earth, so procrastinating is such a waste. I have read books all my life and many as a child. Good literature is a responsibility to be taken seriously.

      I write a lot about health and that isn't exciting, nor does it tweak the imagination, but I have had countless people thank me who were dealing with a particular disease. Many doctors have a tendency to talk over their heads, so I put it in language they understand.

      I know if I want to write fiction I'd better accept that push and get started again! Thanks for a very useful hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I figured that example would resonate with many. Thank you so much. I feel strongly about this topic.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      That is a thought-provoking statement about the little girl reading the book and I am reminded of when I was a child and reading amazing books and being taken away to fascinating new lands with much adventure, especially during those hard times in life we all go through. That statement alone brought back a lot of memories for me, and the importance of our writing to transport others to our written worlds or receiving a blessing by reading something we have written.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tipoague, thank you so much, and I'm happy that the little girl finally wrote, and wrote well. One day you will publish, and won't that be a wonderful thing?

      Yes, I have thought about making an ebook out of these articles....one day, hopefully soon. Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I love it when I write something that all writers can relate to. Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Torrs, I am so happy to hear you feel that way too. Spread your wings my friend, and write! Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't know that I want to write a song or even be a famous writer but I am ready to spread my wings and do just what I want to; write what I love to write. I really get you!

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      What an inspiration and very true. I have been the little girl hiding under the covers, flashlight in hand, reading till the migraine starts because the book was too good to put down. I use to want to be a writer when I was in grade school but couldn't take criticism well for various reasons, so I never tried to be one. I always thought I wouldn't be good enough because that is what I was always told. Then one day, while reading a rather easy-to-figure out mystery, I thought to myself...I can do better than this. Then I did. That adventure led me to HP and other writing websites, where I try to write as time allows. I know I could do more and hopefully soon it will work out. In the meantime I enjoy still enjoy reading and interacting with other fellow writers. Even though those books I have written aren't published yet, I still haven't given up. I know in time all things will work out when the time is right.

      Thanks for your wonderful tips and advice. Have you ever thought about publishing your writing hubs into a book? I know I would purchase one. Thanks again.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Such an inspiring read! I appreciate the encouragement that you spoke. It's true that we have responsibilities as writers and we have a wonderful opportunity to share our talents with the world. I don't want mine to go to waste!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenn-Anne, thank you so much for your kind words. You are a loyal, positive, and good colleague.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How sad it would be, Vellur, if we were to leave words not written when we die. Let's do what we can in the time we have left. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HappyMike, you speak some serious truths here, and I thank you for them. Carry on my friend, and best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The fuel for your engine....Audrey, not bad at all. :) Thank you my dear, and bravo to you for being so diligent to get up early each morning to work on that book. The dedication will pay off in the long run.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I always enjoy your wonderful comments. Perhaps because I always agree with them? :) Or perhaps because they always speak the truth. :) Bot I think. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend, and blessings always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Linda, and one I subscribe to. :) Thank you!

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Poignant, pertinent and inspirational, as always. Thanks Billybuc!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, writers have a responsibility to spread the word, educate, entertain and spread happiness with our writings! You are so right we must not go to the grave with a song still within us. Great write.

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      HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

      Being a writer does not mean you need to have all it takes. Being a writer means you making efforts to inform, educate and care for people around you. Just as a religion I think being a writer is a way of living.

      Just as a flower, thought needs to grow. Just as a sick person, thought needs to be healed. That is why I cannot do it now :-)

      Your articles are always way ahead to my thinking and so practical. Thank you Billy for being my teacher.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill, my friend, my teacher, my hero. I've read this twice and bookmarking it to read again and again. Your words are the fuel for my engine. (Hey, that's not bad.) :)

      I've been working hard on writing the second chapter for my book. I get up 2 hours earlier each day and get right to it. Some days it just seems to flow so well - and then other days...

      Thank you for caring enough about us to write this awesome hub. Sending you happy days ahead. ~ Audrey

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      When you are right,you are right every time. This is just it: we are responsible to ourselves what we have to give as well to the Life-Giver with the total package in it. Your great encouragements and excellent advices won't be in vain.

      ( It comes a surprise to you when after frothy or so years someone quotes to you from your own book a 'stuff' you like to hear and go back to read for yourself just make sure , was it me indeed?!)

      Voting up, awesome , ( yes and amen ).

      Blessings upon you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Do it now ... That's a great mantra for writers :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, I completely agree with you that good writing is timeless. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, vkwok. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love your philosophy my friend. Live life in fifth gear and never shift into reverse. :) Enjoy your weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you'll be crying again. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is so true that life is short! We will each leave a little ripple in the pool of life behind us when it is our turn to leave...some ripples larger than others. Good writing is timeless and can be a gift to those left behind.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this article on the responsibilities that we writers must uphold.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I feel your sense of urgency and I share it. We have only so much time here and there is so much to do. I want no regrets when my time comes. Be it writing, traveling, spending time with family, I want no regrets. Thanks for inspiring and encouraging us. Have a great weekend.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Bill, I have about 25 pages left to read in the book, can't wait to see how it concludes. God bless, and thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I am always left incredulous after reading your comments. You are so positive and uplifting. Thank you. I read that book last month and it is, for sure, a tear jerker. Loved it and can't wait for the movie. As for reading my chapters, I do believe that will happen...it is on my short to do list, so I'm pretty sure in June I'll get it done. Thank you for the offer to pay, but I've got it covered.

      I appreciate you more than you know.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy Buc: thanks for the 'whipping' - Voted up, useful and awesome!

      You are so correct...with all you shared above...

      I LOVE, 'you are a writer hear you roar!'

      Years ago I attended a writing workshop and the instructor said something I will never forget, 'writers are entrepreneurs...if you don't know what to write, READ!...also read about writing!'

      It is important that we, as writers, read what others have shared. I am just finishing up "The Fault In Our Stars"...the movie comes out June 6th. John Green wrote this book in the first person, my favorite...I have burst into tears several times...the mark of an excellent writer if he/she can make me weep...A box of tissues will accompany me to the theatre.

      I love your 'do it now!' I think I told you that while I am working on my book I sent 2 stories to "The Moonlighter" a small publication in our area, and they printed them both in March! This keeps me encouraged that yes, I CAN write, and it keeps the adrenalin going... I just submitted two more...this month.

      THANK YOU for your continuing push and encouragement - I know I have told you that I consider you a mentor and teacher.

      I hope when my book is done you will consider reading a few chapters...I will pay you...I told you that in one of my comments but I think it landed in the black hole.

      God bless you always. Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, that is as lovely a comment as I have read in a very long time. I have nothing to add to it, other than to say that many of the greats kept a young boy company on many a lonely night....and for that I owe them my best. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and Beautifully said.

      In grateful memory, a few of the writers who helped me through childhood (many a night by flashlight under the covers): "Mother Goose", Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, Helen Bannerman, Joel Chandler Harris, Jack London, Albert Payson Terhune, Franklin W. Dixon, Rex Stout, Sherwood Anderson, Edna Ferber, Fyodor Dostoevsky. There were more. Then high school, college, and after brought many more. And my reading continues. Ah, what a responsibility, to chase through the years the impossible dream of writing with the finesse, the delicate touch, of P. G. Wodehouse, the unflinching integrity of Chester Himes, the cosmic mind of Walt Whitman, the mastery of motif of Marcel Proust, the condensed wisdom of Emily Dickinson, the .... One could go on naming the greats from the eons and the nations. Yes, I must write my ever better best and offer my results, such as they are, to readers. You, and my forewriters, ask no more than that of me, and no less.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you agree, Dora, but then I knew that you would. :) Thank you my friend. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I agree wholeheartedly. It is ingratitude to not use a gift, and we might as well use all of it. Thanks for underscoring the serious responsibility of writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Nell!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      You too billy! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I love the way you put that...lead your life authentically. Beautifully stated. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Nell! I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but it felt good to get it off my chest. :) Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      You're right, Bill. We writers must march to the beat of a different drum. The deeper I grow as a writer, the more I determine that I am going to live my life authentically.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I totally agree with you bill, so many people wish they could write, or as you said play the guitar, and when they can do it they just don't put the effort into it, I love the way you always inspire me to do better, wonderful stuff, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Ruby, I'll be listening to the radio in breathless anticipation. In the meantime, thank you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, I think it is only natural to forget these things. I'm just your human reminder, like an alarm clock that keeps on ticking. :) Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Audrey. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Bill, i can now retire. My goal has been met. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      If i didn't feel inspired before i read this, i do now. You are such a remarkable teacher. Please i don't want to die before i write a song for Billy Joel and it's the number one hit of all times! Hee...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that is my hope, that one day there will be a groundswell of concerned human beings who refuse to allow the status quo to be acceptable. Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicely stated, Heidi, but that comes as no surprise. Thank you for sharing and have a fabulous weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, whonu...thanks for stopping by.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Responsibility is a powerful thing and reminds me of the Spiderman movie quote about responsibility that my son repeats! You put it into perspective here with this message and a good nudge - writers can really make a difference ...and also life is short- two things I think many of us do forget.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Always thought provoking! You said it so clearly here Bill! Thank you for bringing light to sometimes dark moments!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      OK. You finally did it! I actually clicked on AWESOME! THANKS! ;-)

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Well said, Bill. I agree with you wholeheartedly. If enough of us pick up our pens, we really could be mighty warriors who make a difference in one, if not a massive number of lives.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Like you, I marvel at the talents of some incredible musicians, writers and artists. But I also marvel at the "art" of a mechanic who can fix my garage door and make it work wonderfully. Or the vendor whose stellar on-time every-time performance helps me make my customers happy. It's all art and we're all obligated to share our art with the world. But I'm also obligated to share your art with those that can benefit from it. So voted up and shared! Happy Weekend!

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      I like the pope's message and yours, as well, my friend. Thank s for the boost. whonu

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Anna! Hopefully I lit a fire under a few writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Greg! This is obviously something I feel strongly about. Have a wonderful weekend buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Get with it, breakfastpop...the day is a'wastin!

      Enjoy your weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...MizB, you and I would get along famously over lunch. I am being mild in what I write here....what is inside my head is not quite so mellow. :) I'm just trying to light a fire and get the best out of people...is that asking too much?

      Thank you my wise friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I'll always speak my mind, even when I'm full of it. LOL Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, no! :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Great writing Bill. The little girl reference moved me. You made her pain and then her flight to fantasy and joy really tangible. Powerful stuff and useful.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Oh so well written Bill. Way to go in inspiring me again as you are so good at doing that.

      I often think about the smile or enjoyment that just one story may bring a person and that keeps it going. Yes, we have been given this talent not for ourselves, but as a gift to humanity.

      Thank you my friend.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I'm sorry , I really don't have to time to comment, I have a lot of work to do!!! Have a great weekend.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      You know what I love about your hubs, Bill? They enable me to get on my soapbox when I don’t have time to write a whole hub for myself. Is that being lazy? So here goes.

      If you’ve ever been a copyeditor, especially at a newspaper, you know how half-ass the reporters write. One reporter went so far as to comment, “well, it’s their job to rewrite my stuff, isn’t it?” Many times I said “no” that it wasn’t. It was my job to smooth out the writing and correct minor mistakes and check facts, if necessary. If you wanted me to write your story for you, give me the hard copy and let me do it. It was like ripping up a dress. Ask anyone who sews and they will tell you that they had rather make a new garment than to rip out and alter the old one.

      Some inept writers’ egos are to big for them to be helped, but keep at it anyway. Voted up++

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Eric Clapton. That's who it was, right?

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks, Bill, for telling us like it is! We have a mission, and there is no time to waste! Go forward with faith! Now is the time!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MG, I agree completely, but we can do that by being the best writer possible.

      Thank you for stopping by my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, DJ, as a former teacher, I would love for your dream to become a reality. Thank you for your faith in me. That means a lot to me.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      bill

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Excellent hub on a topical subject. Yes a writer has a big reponsibilty, but he must also cater to a readers dream.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Very inspirational words, this morning. Your encouragements means

      a great deal to me and others.

      I envision you in front of a class of serious wan-a-be writers.

      They have come to absorb the positive vibrations of a successful

      writer and learn to create exhilarating writings from a motivational teacher.

      I am not dreaming. It is to be.

      Have a great weekend, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it is high time indeed. Thank you for your strong statement in support of this, and for sharing it.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Indeed, we have our responsibilities. It's high time that this value is attached to writers. It's what we should be appreciated for; sadly, many have yet to do this. Well said.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sipping tea right now, Ann. As you British say....brilliant! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I think it is such a waste. I hear from Hubbers daily who talk about the book they want to write, but they never write it. What are they waiting for????

      Thank you, and I love your passion for writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! I wanted it heavy. We have a gift....I see no reason for wasting it, or treating it casually or with disdain. We should do our best of stop writing! How's that for unequivocal?

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great to have tea (coffee) with you too! We are promised sunshine tomorrow! Ann

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very powerful Bill! I talk to a lot of people who tell me they want to write a book and then years later when I ask them if they wrote it, they still say no...but they still have a story to tell. I wish I could encourage them more, because I know if they sat down, they could let that story fly freely! For me, I can't imagine NOT writing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you are very kind. Since I have no experience or talent with art, I will take your word for it being easier than writing....although I do see your point. Anyway, I think those who have a talent have a responsibility to use it, no matter what it is. Your last point was an interesting one...you got lucky with the perfect topic for that time....although I am sure your book was a good one, really, getting published and having success is due to so many factors out of our control....it really is a crapshoot at time.

      Have a great weekend, Carol!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, this is pretty heavy stuff my friend! Reading was always an escape for me as a little girl, but not because I was abused - which I wasn't- but because it allowed me to be free to travel outside my world and explore others.

      Bringing up the little girl who only knows joy when she's reading, or at least can escape the misery of her life, lays a pretty heavy responsibility on writers. And I don't mind. It makes the professional all the more honorable and vital.

      You've certainly offered a new perspective to this writer. Wow!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I always enjoy reading your hubs--I may miss a few. I think being a good writer is far more difficult that being a good artist An artist takes a glance and look and a writer has to keep you captivated for a long period of time. I considered myself an OKAY writer but never felt the true passion that I feel for art. I enjoyed writing but not as a steady diet. I was lucky with a book as I have told you before...Found the perfect needed topic at a particular time. Anyway in my opinion you have a magical way with words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, John! You are too good a writer to keep a secret. :) Have a great and thoughtful weekend.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a kick up the butt for me Bill. The example you give if that little girl born to poverty really hits home. A lot of others have encouraged me to put a book together, I can't out it off much longer and keep procrastinating. Great encouraging hub once again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! It's lovely having tea and having you join me.

      I do believe this my friend. I don't think writing should be taken lightly. I hope others agree.

      The weekend for sure my dear. Enjoy yours. We are basking under summer blue skies.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. You are always welcome here. Happy Friday my friend.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      That example of the little girl brings it crashing home; what a responsibility! Any talent should be used to its fullest, fit to burst.

      We do have a huge responsibility, not only to write but to write with truth, with honesty and with integrity, to convey with flair any message we have.

      This is such an important hub, bill. I haven't heard much said about a writer's responsibilities but this says it all.

      Almost the start of the weekend; hope you enjoy yours. :) Ann

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved your thoughts on our responsibilities this Friday morning and couldn't agree more. Happy Friday now, Bill (we made it!).

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are fast this morning, DDE. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A writer must show responsibility in what they do and say great hub with lots to learn from and always a helpful note to remember.