Do You Bleed Writing?

23 Apr

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

Isn’t that quote beautiful?  To create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all….WOW!  That, my friends, is as good as writing gets.  If that happens to me once a month I am feeling on top of the world.  Every once in awhile I will write a sentence that leaves me with goose bumps.  Those are the times that feed me until the next time comes along.


I was taught a long time ago to proofread a minimum of three times, and to do each proofreading differently.  Once I have finished a piece, I walk away from it for awhile.  When I return, I give it a reading.  Then I have Bev read it.  Then I read it out loud to Bev.  If I haven’t caught my mistakes by then there is no hope for me as a writer. LOL


From Writer’s Digest comes a site of daily writing prompts.  You can find this very helpful site here.

This is a perfect site for those who sometimes struggle with writer’s block, or just need some inspiration to get the mental cogs turning.


I highly recommend “The Cultural Creatives” by Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson.  This fascinating book draws upon thirteen years of survey research, and it discusses a new culture rising in the United States, a culture based on caring deeply about ecology and saving the planet; on relationships, peace, and social justice; on self-actualization, spirituality, and self-expression.

As writers you might find this helpful as you consider who your target audience is, and how demographics have changed drastically over the years.


A new feature starting today, this section will highlight a writer who I have personally read, one who has excellent writing skills and an inner voice that shouts loudly through their writing.

Today’s writer of the day is Linda Crist.   You can find her writings about life and social change here on her HubPages site


FanStory has a non-fiction writing contest with a June 16th deadline.  Might be worth a look at it offers a $100 first place prize.  You can find it here.


Here is another picture from my personal collection.  I am blessed to live in such a beautiful state. It allows me to take great pictures each and every day.

July drive in Olympia 033

So what do you see here? What does it remind you of? Does it bring any thoughts of days gone past to mind? Does it generate any thoughts about a possible short story?


Oh yes, you can bet on it.  I’m really enjoying this blog and I hope you are as well.  Again, if you have any suggestions feel free to include them in a comment, and as always, if there is anything I can help you with, get in touch with me at


8 Responses to “Do You Bleed Writing?”

  1. Janine Huldie April 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I love the new blog Bill and am now following through e-mail!! 🙂

    • Billybuc April 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Thanks Janine! It’s good to have you with us and I always appreciate hearing from you.

  2. Clear-eyed Sky April 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Lots of things going on in one day! That tip is a good one. I find it next to impossible to read something right after I write it. In my mind, I’m reading words with no meaning. If I walk away and come back later to read it, it’s like I don’t even recognize the piece as something I wrote–like it’s something brand new. Weird.

    • Billybuc April 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Not so weird and I understand. When I finish a piece I walk away from it and don’t see it for six or seven hours and then my reaction is the same as yours. 🙂

      Thanks for the visit, Lizzy…love your email name. 🙂

  3. Shauna April 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Bill, I love your Writer of the Day addition to this blog. You are so unselfish and so kind. I could say more, but you know how I feel about you!

    I also subscribe to the Writer’s Digest. They offer some helpful information, not all of which require a payment in return.

    I’m collecting your writing prompts. Now that I’m back in the saddle, so to speak, I don’t have the time I’ve had for the last two weeks. Your prompts excite the writer in me and get my creative juices flowing! You will see articles featuring your prompts as I have time to devote.

    Love Ya Buddy!

    • Bill Holland April 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      Sha, it excites me to know that people are finding value in this stuff. Hooray I say! 🙂 As for you, keep those juices flowing and thank you for your kind words and unwavering support. Love you too!

  4. Melanie Chisnall April 24, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    That picture reminds me of the forest we walked in last year this time when we were on holiday. It reminds me of what I’m working toward, especially on the tough days…..doing what I love and being in a financial position to go out and explore new places in nature and take trips with the one I love. To me, that is the ultimate goal. Loved the blog today as always. Thanks Bill!

    • Bill Holland April 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Hey Mel, great response to the picture. I love using pictures for prompts. I usually can find a topic in just about any picture. As for your dream…that is one I would chase to the ends of the earth. 🙂

      Thank you Mel!

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