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Like a storyteller

Updated on September 28, 2016

From me to you

The last few months have been an interesting and strange experience for me, one that I never really thought I'd be able to complete, but at the same time one where I passed a point of 'no return' and was enjoying the ride so much that I just had to see it through even though if I tell the truth I had absolutely no idea where I was going (metaphorically) and no idea how I was going to get there!

The last few months I set out to do something that I'd wanted to for years, but every time I got so far and things just 'fell by the wayside' as it were and the project never got finished, ever have that experience?

I've got to tell you I really hate to start things and not finish them! But one thing I hate more is getting half way through and finding the roadblocks that I just can't get round! No matter what I tried I just could not find a way round these roadblocks and they seemed pretty huge to me!

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Just what the heck?

I can hear the gears whirring in your minds, what the heck is Lawrence on about? what the heck is he talking about?

The truth is I've wanted to write a novel for years, I've tried a few times and got so far but then things would 'grind to halt' as I thought about all the rejection letters waiting for me when I sent my manuscript to the agents, I thought about all the other writers wanting to be the next 'Tom Clancy' or 'Geoffrey Archer' or any other author you could name and the project would slowly fade away as I concentrated on 'getting on with life' or so I thought.

But something inside just wouldn't let that thing lie down and die! Something inside kept bringing me back to the idea that I do want to write books, that I want to tell stories that people will listen to or better yet to read maybe even after I've departed this earth (no I'm not planning to go anywhere, but I hope you know what I mean) something just wouldn't let it go!

I started writing a few years ago primarily to see if I could generate a little income and learn more about the craft of writing, to see if I 'had what it takes' to be a writer! but this week I read something on a blog that really struck me that said 'Some people publish stuff, either in a self-published book or on the web and it might not be that good, but they call themselves writers'

I've decided I don't want to be a 'writer' like that! I want to go so much further than that! I want to keep working at this craft until I become not just a writer but a 'Storyteller' To me that's the ultimate, and it's something we can all achieve with passion!

How things changed

It was just after Christmas and I had a couple of days off before going back to work and for some strange reason I was thinking about a short story that I'd written for an assignment years ago and how good it felt to do the assignment, I'd lost the piece of work, but I remembered the rough feel of what the piece was about and for some strange reason I just decided that well enough was enough and it was time that story saw the light of day, so I started writing!

That's when I began to write the novel that I've just finished and serialized on Hubpages, now for the strange part, the bit that I was trying to remember about I didn't put in the hubs at all, but a similar piece is in the book (Sorry guys) as it's where 'Chambers' (the missing MI6 agent wakes up for the first time in his cell!) and from there I just sat down and started to write!

I think that's the point when a muse came and sat on my shoulder and started saying very loudly "At B$$$$y last!" if you get my drift! (and she's been talking nonstop ever since) we've even got Book 2 started but that's not going to be serialized for a while as I want to get into it before starting the process again.

Not sure what's going to happen?

Writing can seem lonely, but you're never alone as we're there for each other
Writing can seem lonely, but you're never alone as we're there for each other

Never give up on your dream

I suppose if I was to try and boil this hub down to one idea it would be this, "NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM!" I had for a long time! I used all the reasons under the sun (Hell I'm still working a 65 hour week!) but this time I wasn't letting go of the dream, I'd done that too many times before and it was starting to eat away at my soul (Yes this hub is probably a bit of a rant, and maybe it's making some feel uncomfortable, I'm a little bemused that I'm even writing this way, but someone might need to hear this!) but once I started and realized that the same things were going to crowd in again and try to stifle that dream the fight was on!! And I mean it was a fight!

For the last five months, my day has started at 4.30am! Now I'm not saying that for any special 'pat on the back' but to bring out the point that if you really want this then you'll find a way! You'll make it happen!

And it started with something I love doing. It started with me writing five or six hundred words of the novel, I might decide to change what I'd written during the day, but that would only take a few minutes at night as I'd spent the day thinking through either what I'd written or what I was going to write!

Never, no never, no never give up

— Winston Churchill

One novelist who helped along the way

It's like I've been bitten!

It really is! it's like I've been bitten by a bug and I just can't get rid of whatever has been put into my system, one of the writers here described publishing the first novel as exciting, what they didn't tell us is that I'd be 'bouncing off the walls' for a week!

Sure I'm not seeing spectacular success and the booksales are rather on the small side at the moment, but the fact is they're there! and the thrill of seeing that book out on both Kindle and in print is amazing!

What this hub is about

Truth is I probably wouldn't have written the book but for the help and encouragement that I got along the way from really gifted writers and storytellers here on Hubpages and I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you.

But another part of me wants to encourage those of us who've still got dreams that we've maybe been a bit 'scared' to really take on! Maybe 'scared' is too strong a word for it, but there are things in the way for various reasons, I want to encourage you not to give up on those dreams!

I'm not going to say "drop everything and get on with them". No, you'll know when the time is, it'll be when that voice inside you says "Come on! Get off your butt and let's make it happen!" but don't give up on those dreams! instead keep working towards them and at the right time things will either fall into place or you'll find a place to fit them in but KEEP PRESSING ON WITH THEM!

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A strange hub

Yes, I know it is, but it's something that's been on my heart for the last couple of weeks! maybe it's because my dreams rose from the ashes and I'm working towards the next dream (cutting my work hours down so I can write more) but all I know is I really wanted to share that with you, that you not give up on your dreams because life's too short to come to the end and not have fulfilled what you were sent here for!

Hope you didn't mind me sharing from the heart

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    • lawrence01 profile image

      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Thanks for the visit and the encouragement. Actually you found my 'Achilles heel' in missing those things in the proof reading.

      One of the great things about writing both here and using Amazon's CreateSpace account is that we can edit even after the work is published, that means we can keep on improving our craft and improve the work we've already completed.

      Only problem now is I've got about half a dozen projects 'on the go'

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Always a good idea to share from the heart. You'll find it's amazing how many others share your thoughts and experiences.

      Interesting how your novel-writing journey began and how it's continuing; well done.

      Just a small point: sometimes you write 'i' and sometimes 'I'. Please, please don't use text script when writing for a living - always capital I unless you're making a literary point. Hope you don't mind me mentioning this. It's the literacy teacher in me talking!

      I don't think this is a strange hub. It's an interest thought process about how you work.


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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Thank you, it's a large part because of the inspiring people here on HP!

      Now I've realized it can be done, and know how to do things slightly better next time there will be more to come.



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      William Kovacic 23 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I know there's always room for improvement in our craft, but, may I call you Mr. Story-teller. You really did a great job on your novel and have accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Hats off to you, Mr. Story-teller.

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      You should read the hub I finished this weekend!

      Thank you for the encouragement. There is a 'Book 2' in the works and quite a few others.

      I think one of the reasons I didn't get this done earlier was I didn't know about CreateSpace and Kindle, but now that I do there's no stopping me!

      Thank you for the encouragement.



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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to see that you finally got off your duff and did it. It's a good story, and had you told me about it three years ago, I would have told you to do it then. Keep on going, Lawrence, and don't fear anything, but fear itself.

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      I fully intend to! I knew you'd enjoy this read.



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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Phoenix 2327

      It's so good to read that the hub helped and encouraged you to make those changes! Well done 'bro' as we'd say here.

      Sometimes it can seem hard to make them, but the rewards in the end are worth it when you've got a 'book you're proud of!

      Let us know how things go


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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      A big thank you to you. I might add that the books' probably only going to last 'four lunch breaks' tops and a apologize to the good folks on you rounds whose mail is late as a result

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It was fun reading your thoughts....and I understand them completely. Carry on, my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are an inspiration. This hub couldn't have come at a better time. I've hit a roadblock in a story I am currently working on. I've been toying with a new approach for a couple of weeks now but that's as far as I've gotten. Reading this has convinced me to go ahead and write this new idea down. Even if it isn't perfect at least it will be down on paper and that has to be a step forward.

      Thank you for writing this and congratulations on your first novel. How exciting for you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      So pleased you found the hub motivational and it's encouraged you to at least consider 'pushing on' with your novel!

      It took Tolkien 18 years to write 'Lord of the Rings' so who knows what we can achieve!

      Thank you for your kind wishes.



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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Thank you for the visit and I'm sorry it's taken me this reply to reply. I've been a little amazed and humbled at the response I got from the hub.

      I can identify with a lot of what you said, I mean there are some dreams we have when younger that become physically 'challenging' as we age. (Sorry England but I'm never going to score that winning goal in a soccer world cup final now I've reached the mid fifth decade!)

      But there are those passions we can and should take hold of, and I think that's what writing the novel was about.

      Glad you enjoyed the hub, I hope it helps fuel your 'inner fire's



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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Thank you for the wishes, I'll take all that I can get. I have to admit that some parts of it do 'cause concern' as I didn't know what people's reaction was going to be, but there was a point when I came to the conclusion that while it would be nice for people to like the story I just had to write it anyway!

      I'm glad that you could identify with whetr i was at with not wanting it to end, but as I think about it I don't think it ever does, it just changes and develops.

      Glad you enjoyed the hubs and thank you for your support.


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      Mel Carriere 23 months ago from San Diego California

      If there are stories inside of you they have to come out. I bought your Kindle edition, and will read it at my leisure. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Thank you for the congratulations. And for the affirmation, I realized earlier that I hadn't put the link up for the Kindle version which I've just rectified (sorry about that folks but I thought it would come up automatically)

      I appreciate what you're saying about supporting Hubbers on this venture and I fully agree with you about it, part of what the hub was about was supporting and encouraging others to 'have a go' and realize their dreams.



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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Kiss and Tales

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. I wouldn't call it 'living the dream' so much as refusing to let the dream 'die!'

      It's a sad thing to think of when we come to the closing years of our lives (I'm a long way from those by the way as I'll need to be at least a hundred to do all that I've got dreamed up!) and all we're left with is 'If only'

      I'm going to have enough of those so I don't want to add to them, and if this hub motivates some others to reach out and keep their list of 'if onlys' short then it's been worthwhile writing it!

      Thank you for the good wishes with the book, so far 'steady as she goes'



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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Keep it up! I think there's a time for all these things, but when the time is right He'll let you know!

      There's still going to be 'distractions' and things like that but God leaves them there to see how we'll handle them and show us that while we need to rely on him he put some 'good solid stuff' in us at the beginning!

      Thank you for your support.


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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Thank you so much for your support! part of this Hub was about 'bragging rights' but I think there was a huge part of me that wanted to 'give back' to some of the writers and 'Storytellers' here who kept me motivated in the writing!

      I'm glad I've been a small part in keeping you 'on track' to reach your goals as for me that's more what the hub was about, it was about keeping going and finding ways to make those dreams or visions happen.

      I'm a strong believer in that we're here for a purpose, but that doesn't mean that he takes all the 'boulders' of difficulty away, sometimes the Good Lord leaves them there just to see what we'll do with them, will we find a way 'round' them?

      Thank you again for your support and encouraging others.



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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Wow! I never thought this hub would 'strike a chord' with so many! I just knew it was 'bottling up inside' and I had to let it out before I exploded!

      I'm glad I could show you a glimpse of where the 'Scorpion' series originated as you were one of the main 'encouragers' when I was writing the hubs!

      No matter what's happening around you, Stoke the fires of your passion.



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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      This is a motivational rant. So, I hope nobody feels it boring. I am happy with your success and wish many more books get published. My novel was started 3 years ago and within 6 months or so, I put down 15,000 words. But after that, it got held up and still there awaiting some motivation from me.

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      Paladin_ 23 months ago from Michigan, USA

      A fascinating bit of self-reflection, Lawrence. I wish I had your inner fire!

      Sadly, for a great many of us, life and time bring us to that point that is most deadly to the dreams of youth -- we become content! We learn to make the best of things as they are (which, in any other circumstance, is a positive thing), but then adapt to life so easily and settle into such a comfortable groove that life becomes too "safe" to risk taking any unnecessary chances.

      For most of my youth, I dreamed of becoming a professional singer (it's the one thing I love to do more than anything), but never had enough faith in my talent to risk failing. Then, as I became more adept at writing, I fancied that I'd like to write a book some day (I still do).

      But here in my second half-century, there's simply no inner passion compelling me to strive for that goal. I'm not rich, but I'm making a sufficient living, and I have investments. There are things that motivate me (like religion and politics), but not to the point where I'm driven to pursue them with any sort of discipline (hence, my extremely slow Hub production). I'm just enjoying the ride.

      I'm happy to see you pursuing your dream with such vigor, and I wish you great success with your first novel!

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      Tamarajo 23 months ago

      Encouraging write. Inspiration to press on and through. Your thoughts challenges and resolution I can sincerely identify with Especially the part about wanting it to not end with you but to continue on.

      Best wishes for a successful writing venture!

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations, Lawrence, on finally realising your dream. You are a very talented writer and I will take Chris's lead and buy a copy of your book soon. I have a few other hubbers to support by purchasing their books as well. You are an inspiration to me as well. I have only published an eBook of poetry so far, but I have so many more that I would like to put into a print book eventually. It was great to read of you experience and your enthusiasm shows through in your writing.

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      Kiss andTales 23 months ago

      Wonderful Lawrence to hear you are living your dream may you have wonderful success in your new book.

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      Norine Williams 23 months ago

      I'm writing a book also (No I'm not, GOD is!) and HE continues stopping me by giving additional "revelations" to include! That's why I KNOW, it's GOD writing the book and not myself!

      HE has plans for everyone and when we think we're not motivated to complete, it's GOD, for it's not yet time!

      Cam: I'm in!


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      Chris Mills 23 months ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

      Lawrence, thank you for your "Rant." This will inspire many of us to keep on track and not give up. You've certainly inspired me. Congratulations on your book. I'm buying it now and encourage commenters that follow me to do the same. Let's show the same support that we would like for ourselves if we achieved this same goal.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful piece on the road you took. Quite inspiring. It was great fun that you took me through part of the process in the Scorpion series.

      I wish you best of success in reaching your dreams.


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