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Giving Up as a Writer is not an Option

Updated on June 20, 2014

Find Inspiration from Those Who Came Before Us

I just finished reading Creole Belle by James Lee Burke, my favorite mystery writer. I have mentioned him before. He is a marvelous writer in every sense of the word. His depiction of scenes is poetic. His rhythm is flawless. His characters are unique and captivating.

Let me share a passage from this book and then we’ll get to the main purpose of this article.

“I’ve acquired little wisdom with age. For me, the answers to the great mysteries seem more remote than ever. Emotionally, I cannot accept that a handful of evil men, none of whomever fought in a war, some of whom never served in the military, can send thousands of their fellow countrymen to their deaths or bring about the deaths or maiming of hundreds of thousands of civilians and be lauded for their deeds. I don’t know why the innocent suffer. Nor can I comprehend the addiction that laid waste to my life but still burns like a hot coal buried under the ash, biding its time until an infusion of fresh oxygen blows it alight. I do not understand why my Higher Power saved me from the fate I designed for myself, while others of far greater virtue and character have been allowed to fall by the wayside. I suspect there are answers to all of these questions, but I have found none of them.”

Exceptional writing!

Now I mention this because I want you to understand just how good this writer is before I make my point.

James Lee Burke is the author of thirty-one novels, and two collections of short stories. He has twice been awarded the Edgar Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year, and in 2009 the Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master. Three of his novels (Heaven’s Prisoners, Two for Texas, and In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead) have been made into motion pictures.

In other words, this writer has game.

And yet…..

His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie, written in the early 1980s, was rejected 111 times during a four-year period. When it was finally published in 1986 it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

You just never know.

You can’t give up!

My second novel...and now I begin number three
My second novel...and now I begin number three | Source

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The Timing Was Perfect for This Writer

As many of you know, I recently finished my second novel, Resurrecting Tobias. I self-published it as an ebook and in paperback, and then the inevitable deflation occurred. I had spent seven months with that story, and when I typed “The End” I was left with emptiness and yes, apprehension.

What now, I asked myself. What if it doesn’t sell? What if I can’t find an agent or publisher? My dream has always been to have one of my novels published in the traditional way, and to see my books on the bookshelves of major bookstores. What if it doesn’t happen?

James Lee Burke answered my questions.

What do I do now?

I write!

There has been a major shift in book publishing during the past ten years. Any writer who is not aware of that is sorely in need of some education.

I have mixed feelings about it all. On the one hand, I like the fact that any writer can self-publish and realize their dream. However, I think there are false expectations that are attached to the ebook craze. Simply self-publishing does not guarantee success in sales, and I think a great many writers get discouraged when they self-publish and absolutely nothing happens.

So let’s talk about that discouragement, and to further the discussion I’m going to call on my old friend, John D. MacDonald, for assistance.

The Travis Mcgee Series

In 1962 John D. MacDonald was named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, and in 1980 he won a National Book Award. He wrote and published sixty-six novels, the most famous of which were the Travis McGee series.

MacDonald began writing shortly after the end of World War Two, and during his first five months of writing he earned a grand total of…..are you ready….twenty-five dollars.

He did not find a publisher for a novel until 1950, a full five years after he began writing.

Can you say persistence?

I could continue with other examples of excellent writers who had to toil in obscurity until their moment arrived, but I think you see the point.

Writers do not give up!

No excuses...sit down and write
No excuses...sit down and write | Source

Why Should You Keep Writing?

I have a couple reasons why you should continue writing books despite low sales. Let’s begin with a marketing reason and then we’ll discuss passion.

Writers build a writing platform. We add to our body of work, and that body of work is our product. We are in the business of writing, and our product is our writing.

Every short story that you write is another brick in your platform. Every book that you write adds to your structure. When the magic moment arrives and you are “discovered,” and people want to see more of your work, you will be ready for them because you did not give up. When an agent or publisher falls in love with your current book, and they ask you if you have anything else for them to read, you’ll be able to answer in the affirmative.

Adding to your platform announces to the world that you are a serious writer, and in marketing, image is everything.

But there is a more important reason why you should continue to write even though your sales are practically non-existent.

To find that reason, you need to look inside yourselves. Why did you start writing in the first place?

A very small percentage of you will answer that you write to make money. That is all well and good, but I doubt if you can sustain your writing career with that motivation.

Most writers will say that they write because they have a passion for writing. There is a hunger deep within them that urges them on daily to write. It is that hunger that must be fed, and to not feed it will leave a true writer feeling empty and restless.

Writers write!

End of story.

It is a lonely road at time, but a writer must travel it.
It is a lonely road at time, but a writer must travel it. | Source

Instant Gratification Is for the Unenlightened

You can quote me on that.

I think back to the 1960s and a group called “Every Mother’s Son.” In 1967 this group was formed, and they were signed by MGM as an alternative to the hippie craze. A self-titled album was produced and introduced, and a song from that album, “Come On Down To My Boat,” hit #6 on the charts.

In one year the band had disbanded, never to be heard from again.

Now I have no doubt that there was some talent in that band, and I’m fairly certain that, had they not given up, they could have continued to feed their souls and record music, but…..

They gave up.

Let me ask you another question.

Would you rather be Every Mother’s Son, and burn out quickly like a comet on steroids, or would you like to be James Lee Burke and have your words read forever?

The choice is yours.

I know how I choose, and if you’ll excuse me now, I have a new book to write.

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

      KL, I'm glad, because I hate to think that a good writer would quit. I'm going through a slow phase with my novel too, but I know I'll work my way out of it. Carry on my friend and thank you.

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for this. I was having a bad day today -- feeling stuck on my novel, frustrated that I can't seem to finish it, and contemplating if a life of digging ditches would be better...then I clicked on Hubpages and saw this just when I needed it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I don't think there is quit in you, and that's one reason I admire you. Thank you for being here so much today.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Well I may take a break now and then, but now that I have been bitten by the writing bug I won't give up. I may expand my efforts to other venues, but to give up would mean defeat and I do not like being defeated. Great reminder for everyone!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I do believe Churchill knew what he was talking about.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      In order to achieve a goal, one must NEVER give up. Give it up and it is gone forever.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to be of assistance, Frank. Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      encouraging hub from every side of my writing table billy... thank you :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I do this because I love it....I have a hunger to improve, and writing continues to feed that hunger.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will, I love it. Thank you. Think of the thousands who will read your stories long after you are gone. I find that amazing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mell, I left my eraser back in grade school....my life will stand for something and my legacy will be hundreds of thousands of words that will live on...and so will yours.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, rdsparrowriter, and God bless you as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals....and you said a mouthful there.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I don't know how you do it? How do you stay motivated day after day? The last month or so I have just been so busy that I am stuck on the same article I started weeks ago. Maybe this is the kick in the pants that I need. I really admire your persistence and I know it will pay off big time someday. Have a great week.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      It has never occurred to me to give up as a writer. It's what I do. It's what we all do.

      Good Hub, Billy!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Those are very inspirational words, and a real kick in the butt. At least the struggle gives us a higher purpose in life, and it's better than going home and just erasing our identity and our place in the grand cosmic scheme behind the television set. Great hub!

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your new book!! The first word I noticed was 'Inspiration' and this hub is very inspiring and useful :) You are a very wise teacher :) God bless you!

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Writing is in your blood and in your soul. As a writer there is no way to give up something that is so much a part of you. Very inspirational piece.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you can, torrilynn. I'm glad you feel that way. Thank you and best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you are a writer through and through. Keep on keeping on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Alicia, and I appreciate your loyalty.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I think that one should never give up as a writer. You can always grab inspiration or knowledge from reading a book or from everyday life. Thanks for the read. Voted up.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      There's no way I'm stopping writing. You inspire, Bill!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the inspiration, Bill. I appreciate your encouragement, as always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No you aren't, Linda. There isn't an ounce of quit in you, and that is just one reason why you are so respected at HP.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Due to lack of time and my family coming first, I've considered giving up many times, but I try my best to squeeze in even just 5 minutes a day. Writing is my drug, I crave it, in addition I'm not a quitter :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Wayne. I think all writers can relate, and we all need words of encouragement. This is a tough gig we have chosen, but the rewards far outnumber the aggravations.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Bill, if not for it being impersonal, I think I would just keep the word 'inspiring' on my desktop so I could copy and paste to the comment box every time I read your articles.

      Keep up the good work my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Hackslap. I think videos with the author in them are very powerful and add a nice, personal touch. Good luck.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Vellur. We keep writing, keep improving, and then wait to be discovered. :) Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Flourish. I no longer write on weekends, and by Monday I am overflowing with ideas. I don't think that's an accident.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rozalyn, yes, it is online...go to my website at www.williamdhollandauthor.com and you'll find the link...and thank you in advance.

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great hub billy! .. looking at your profile its proof that one should never give up writing..I agree too that the power of using videos these days is underestimated and its something I now will try doing in a few of my hubs moving forward

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, giving up on writing is not a good option. We must keep writing and yes the hunger to write muse be constantly fed as you have so well put it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Take breaks if you need to, but never give up!

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      Rozalyn Winters 3 years ago

      Is the book online now and available for purchase? I'd like to buy one. :-) You need some PR and marketing so people know about it and know where to get it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand, Nell. I wish I made just a little bit more money from writing. It would relieve a bit of the anxiety, and make things easier for Bev. Oh well, I only know one thing to do, and that's keep writing and keep working within the system. Thanks for your thoughts and best wishes to you.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I wish I had your 'get up and go' billy! lol! I wrote one ebook, and that's all so far, mind you with me its because of lack of funds, literally, I know, that's no excuse, but these days it really is hard work to write a book and live from day to day financially, long story, but I hope that when I get a job, I will have more money, I will feel better, and my writing will start to flow again, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Sis! Hooray! As soon as the books come in I'll sign one and send it your way. Thank you again. Have a simply marvelous weekend.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      sneaking down the hallway to poke my head in and tell you I just returned from running errands for the last 2 hours......and one of them was dropping an envelope in the mail to you! Will be awaiting the arrival of Tobias.

      BTW....nothing new..nothing surprising...."Great Hub." UP+++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Ann, always good to hear from you. I have my share of gardening to do this weekend. The weeds are threatening to take over the garden, but I am determined. :)

      Thank you always for your support and friendship, and have a brilliant weekend. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I swear, Lea, I need you as my publicist. LOL The sky is the limit with you singing the praises of my book. Thank you dear lady. Maybe it will happen, but even if it doesn't, I am proud of this book.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always my pleasure, Jamie. Thank you!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Impossible to give up writing; if you've got the bug, you've got the bug. You're right, though, that expecting instant success is not a sensible approach. You've only got to look at the amount of books around, let alone those online, to realise that the competition's quite vast!

      Wise words from a determined, realistic writer who deserves all the success he can get.

      I don't believe the weekend has come around again already. My current garden project is well on track so I'm pleased though.

      Have a great weekend, bill. Ann

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy buc: LOVE the quote from James Lee Burke. Great hub, voted up, useful and awesome. For those of us who write, it is in our blood. Don't worry about Resurrecting Tobias! I KNOW that I KNOW it will be picked up. Just the cover alone would attract customers at Barnes & Noble. Your time has come. Wait and see. I always say, 'If God wants it, nothing can stop it!" I know you put your heart, soul and mind into this novel and I know you dedicated it to God. People need to read the heart of Tobias. The chapter about your big mistake (I don't want to give anything away) was riveting in itself. This book would make a phenomenal movie. I'm counting on it!

      And thank you for your continuous encouragement to those of us who were born with a pen in our hands. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Writer Write!!!! I just like those two words together. Thank you Bill for another great inspirational hub. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Inky, thanks for weighing in on this. I never read Inside OUT, but I will check it out.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lovebuglena, there is no doubt that guarantees do not exist in traditional publishing....I would only add that not only marketing is important, but writing with quality is equally important. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Bill, and I'm glad you didn't quit. I love your series.

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      Jo B 3 years ago from USA

      I have to say, all your articles are very inspiring, you made some very good points in here and I especially loved the, "Would you rather be Every Mother’s Son, and burn out quickly like a comet on steroids, or would you like to be James Lee Burke and have your words read forever?"

      I also think that the Inside OUT Writers was awesome and such a great idea!

      Thank you, as always, for such an interesting, well written, inspiring piece.

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      Lena Kovadlo 3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      In your hub you said "self-publishing does not guarantee success in sales..." I think neither does traditional publishing. It's not how you publish that makes a difference but how you market the book.

      I agree with you that a writer must never give up. Perseverance pays off in the end.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenn, I understand completely. The need and/or lure of money is a temptation and often a necessity...what are we to do? We want to write but we can't afford continual failure, because failure doesn't pay the bills. I know....believe me.

      Thanks for your thoughts. I'm pretty sure you speak for a great many writers.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I've thought I might quit, a couple of times. But, no. Doesn't work. Now, I just take a hiatus if I get stalled, and soon, it all comes flowing back... Thanks, again, for the reminders! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, your support means a great deal to me. No my friend, I will not give up. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I will do that, I promise. About three months ago I started taking weekends off and it has really helped me. Thanks for the suggestion and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HappyMike, I love your description...your own little world in your head...yes indeed, you are a writer. :) Thank you!

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I guess you may be right. But I wonder how ofter it does indeed come to fruition and make all the years of effort worthwhile. I published two books and I have given thought to the idea of spending more time writing books to keep that process going.

      But by doing that I would not be doing other things that do make money. I'd rather dedicate my time to what I know works for sure. But that's just me. I understand what you're saying and I'm not against it. With patience and determination, if a writer is discovered it can indeed make it all worth it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You will never give up and you won't if i know Billybuc the writer. Like you say, " It's in your blood. " Cheering you on my friend...

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Happy Friday Bill! As always, your hub is inspirational and I love the examples you give. Keep on writing! But remember to take the weekend off to recharge (and to celebrate your victories).

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      HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

      I love writing. Every single day I dream of writing a book. I have my own little world in my head and I do love thinking about impossible things to happen. Still being to hard to myself I feel blocked a lot. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful thoughts my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree completely DDE!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I'll let you know when I see a pothole so you can avoid it. No problem...that's what friends do. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Persistence, Torrs....you have to settle in for the long run. There are very few overnight successes in writing. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      There is no reason to give up as long as you are full of hope and patience time will to hand automatically

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      So it's not an easy road; but the writer's life depends on traveling that very road. Thank you, Bill walking ahead and calling back to let us now that we can survive. I'm behind you.

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      Laura Smith 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I needed to hear this. I've been so discouraged with my ebook sales and trying to figure out how this industry works, especially in the middle grade fiction genre. I guess I really haven't been doing it long enough to give up yet. That's what this Hub has made me realize.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      So inspiring! It's true that we are going to go through ups and downs as writers, but we do it because we love it. We may not be super successful at first, but with persistence, we can make it through those down times!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Take no prisoners! LOL Love it, Mari!

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Never give up, never surrender!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Miz B....I actually liked that song when it came out....a fact I will forever wonder about. LOL Storytellers are needed in this society...it is one of the everlasting gifts given to society, and we serve a wonderful purpose.

      Thank you for your great thoughts as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I think you speak for most writers. This is self-expression at its best, and we face rejections and negative comments and we keep writing....because that is how we speak to this big, impersonal world. Carry on my friend, and take some of my hugs with you on your journey.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, I have nothing to add to that great description. Now I must go write...must,

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debra, good for you for writing that book for someone else. I have no doubt he will appreciate it greatly. Good or bad, we must write...that's what we do. Thanks for your thoughts and kind words.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I was a storyteller as a child, a talent that I inherited from my father. Writing has been in my blood since I discovered how to put my stories on paper. I have found that HP is not a good place to publish one’s short stories, so I have quit publishing my short stories here. I plan to publish the best ones as a collection someday.

      I think that writers will write no matter what. I do wish, however, that some would get some training because their imaginations far outweigh their grammar and punctuation skills. There are some good hints in writing classes, too, such as teaching people to overcome the sins of repetition and trite phrases. People learn how to really use a dictionary and thesaurus.

      Bill, I must say in defense of the “one hit wonder,” Every Mother’s Son, that as a former broadcaster, I think they probably had good reason to break up. The song you mentioned was very good, but bubble gum rock, which they played, wasn’t really in style at the time. The band actually produced two albums and three more singles after their first hit. Now, 20 years later in the days of Hootie and the Blowfish, they might have stayed a No. 1 seller. In the 60s the music was so cutthroat that many performers found it more profitable to join a more successful band as some of these band members did. Breaking up didn’t mean that these guys gave up music, because individually they just went on to better opportunities. (Like I did when I became an editor who no longer sees her byline in print. We editors are the gods of print, you know. LOL) Good hub. Voted up++

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill

      No doubt your books will be read and reread. It is a whole new day in publishing as you say and false expectations can occur and the horror, no one buys the treasure we set forth for all the world.

      I kind of felt that way when I first began to write here on HubPages. What if nobody reads it? I have always been told I should be a 'writer' (whatever that means) and I have always 'written.'

      and what I found out as I wrote more here was that I really was not writing for others...I was writing because I have a NEED to self express. Sound crazy I guess....but that's just me. Maybe I will write about this very topic.....my need to self express.

      I write for me ...it is so cathartic when facing issues that seem insurmountable.

      And why do I read the writings of others? To fill myself with food for thought...ideas, debatable points, fascinating stories, and on and on.

      I know each time I come here to read, Bill, I will find something to carry away with me....thank you for that.

      Have a lovely Friday and know that many Angels are on the way to you ps

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      A write must write. The idea of never writing again is impossible for me to imagine. My daughter sent me a quote that I keep in front of me when I write. It's a quote from Mark Twain: " Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Voted up and everything!

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Great hub, as always. I do not know if my writing is good or not and I am not about to tell others if theirs is good or bad. I just read and then I write about some things that I think would be of interest to others. I tried to stop writing, but it is like a burning desire that you just can't get rid of. So here I am writing and writing. I am writing a book for someone on here about their experiences of being in prison. That is their work though and someday when he gets out I want o give him his book all typed up so that he can publish it himself.

      Don't stop writing if you got that writing bug!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherri, you speak for many i'm sure. No, it is not easy...every single day brings with it possible rejection, and yet we do it again and again and again....pretty remarkable, really.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trisha, thank you. If I am inspiring for you then I am happy. We all need to know that our work is valuable and worth the effort. Keep on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, not "I knew him when" but rather "I know him now and he is my dear friend"....much better I think. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and thank you of course.

      hugs

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No give up, Sha! For either of us.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Trisha Roberts 3 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      I loved this hub. Personally, I could never think of a day I could live without writing something. Whether it's a part of my drafts for my children book series or just some poems or articles or hubs. I know I have had some great to non great work but it's how I always learned. Bill you are such an inspiration and I always look forward to reading what you write because it always just hits home with me. Thank You.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tipoague, good for you. I love the feeling of knowing I need to write...that it is a part of who I am.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. This one is a mystery, and I've never written one before, so it's a challenge to say the least. :)

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      Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, I just love to read your words, no matter what you write. You have a way of just clearing all the clutter and getting down to what matters. And, you inspire, as I've always said. I'll never write a book. I don't have fiction flowing through my veins. But, I have enjoyed and loved many great authors who never made their millions and so I can appreciate the stamina it takes to keep writing when it seems so futile. Like you, I have loved the feel of a book in my hand and prefer to read that way. And yet, the loss of vision I've experienced is pushing me to e-books and audio books. With that in mind, I am thrilled that you published your book as an e-book for us old blind folks. And...I can't wait to read it. Keep writing my kindred soul and friend. You're going to be famous one day and I'll be even more proud to say..."I knew him when". Hugs!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Perseverance is the key. We have to keep on keepin' on if we ever expect to make it in the literary world. You are proof of the pudding and a true inspiration, Bill!

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      Tammy 3 years ago from USA

      Even in my moments where I took a break from writing, I still found I couldn't give it up. Another great lesson! Thanks!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Writer's definitely do write, because they can and want to and do believe you are totally a writer. Excited that you are already planning for your next book now. Happy Friday my friend!