Tips From The Masters of Writing

8 May

003Happy Wednesday to all of you.  This is Hump Day of course, but it occurs to me that, for a writer, there is no Hump Day.  We write….for most of us, writing is a seven day a week job of love. No, it is not necessary to write every day of the week, but we somehow always have something to say that needs to be written, even on days we think we are going to take off.

My next article is never far from completion.  Bev and I can be out for a country drive and I’ll see something and start writing the article in my head while driving.  As soon as I get home I head for the computer and begin.

I don’t know about you but I love writing.  I’m only sorry I started so late in life.  Now I write with reckless abandon, as one who realizes that his days are numbered and I only have so much time left to send my words out for eternity.


I’m going to share several random tips today from some of the greats.  Hopefully you will find something in these quotes/tips that will inspire you.

I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties.


Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.


C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. “~Ray Bradbury

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”~William Wordsworth


There will be days when self-doubt creeps into your thinking.  Banish it!  There will be days when you receive no positive feedback and you feel like you are wasting your life being a writer.  Ignore it!

There are no guarantees in writing.  The long hours and endless days are never wasted.  We are writing for eternity.  What we write today will be read 100 years from now, and may be the source of inspiration for some other fledgling writer.  Remember always that what you do is important.


The American Fiction Prize has a submission date of June 15th and a fee of $15.  Submissions must be under 10,000 words and the first place prize is $1000.


I have done a lot of business with Vista Print for marketing of my novel.  Their prices are reasonable on such things as business cards and advertising items.  Give them a look if you are in the market for some inexpensive marketing tools.



What say you? Where does your mind go as you look at this picture?  Any memories recalled?


My work calls me. I have another idea for an article, and I have an editing job to work on, and on and on we go….the life of a writer.  God I love it!


10 Responses to “Tips From The Masters of Writing”

  1. Janine Huldie May 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I am so with you on never truly stopping writing. Just when i think I am done something else creeps up into the back of my mind. And I am off and running again. Hope you are having a great day and thanks as always for just being you!!! 🙂

    • Bill Holland May 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      Janine, it’s good to know I’m not the only one. LOL Thank you my friend and yes, i am having a great morning so far. 🙂

  2. Rasma R May 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Haven’t been on too many boats or ships but that last pic after your inspirational piece here made me think of the fishermen in Maine pulling in lobsters and it just made me long for the open water and got me hungry for lobster. Nothing like Maine lobsters.

    • Billybuc May 8, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Rasma, thanks for stopping by. I love picture prompts because they bring up images of days gone by and memories we may have forgotten. Well done, Rasma. You have the eye and imagination of a writer for sure.

  3. Ruchira May 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I agree with you, bill
    The passion is gotta be ignited at all times…no matter what!

    That pix reminds me a house boat, which I have never been to…it’s like being at home but still far away from our actual home 😉

    Happy Wednesday

    • Bill Holland May 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      Ruchira, I love houseboats and have always wanted to live on one. Maybe some day during my second life. 🙂

  4. Hawaiian Odysseus May 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Bill, that quotation from Ray Bradbury was a homerun. The picture prompt reminded me of two places–the Lake Union waterfront with my wife and adult kids and someplace my family of origin and I went crabbing at in the Newport, OR, area. I love your thought of the day. The best compliment I could give you is that whenever I open up one of your creations, I come away from the experience having genuinely learned something new. I’m a quick study, and I’m able to readily absorb new lessons. Today, I learned how a blog post differs from a Hub article. Fascinating stuff, my friend!


    • Bill Holland May 9, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      Hey, Joe, good to see you. About five days ago I gave you a shout out in one of these blogs….if I wasn’t so tired I’d look for it. LOL

      Blogs are fun in that there are no rules….which is the type of writing I was born to do.

      Thanks for stopping by my friend. Have a great evening.



  5. Melanie Chisnall May 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I have to tell you, the days when I don’t connect with anyone on blogs, or social media, or have any sort of good feedback are the absolute worst. I don’t know how writers in the old days used to keep going. I guess it’s easier for us these days, and I’m so grateful for that!

    • Bill Holland May 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      Mel, I can’t imagine how they did it. Talk about dedication….no feedback from anyone…dedicate years to a book for the sole purpose of writing….it is so much easier these days. We always have support if we want it.

      Hey, this is late for you. 🙂 I hope you had a lovely Fall day, and thank you.

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