Persistence and Writing

1 Jul

003Happy Monday my friends and welcome back to Artistry With Words.

Today’s topic:  well, not so much a topic as a pep talk.

There will be days, and you know this to be true, when doubts creep in.  This is a lonely profession, and it is natural at times to feel like you are making no headway at all.  The rejection slips come; your latest article is hardly read by anyone; even your dog thinks you have no talent. J Those are the days when you have to read the quote by Mr. Washington below and keep moving forward.

There are no free passes in writing.  You have to continue to pay your dues and reach for the stars.

I’m here with you.  You are never alone as long as I’m drawing a breath.


Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washington

Any questions?


Washington City Paper hires a ton of work from freelancers like you.  Makes no difference whether you live there; they are looking for work from published and unpublished writers all the time.  Check them out here if interested.


The Reuben Rose Poetry Contest has a deadline of September 30th and the entry fee is only six bucks. Check it out here and give it some thought.  Who knows when fame will hit you smack between the eyes?


GRIT Magazine hires people to do guest blogging for them.  You can find them here.

No, you won’t get paid, but you will get a byline and will become one of their preferred writers, which means you will be seriously considered for future paying gigs.  Good deal if you are looking to build your platform…..and hey, they just hired me so anything is possible, right?


Speaking of building your platform, my thought and tip of the day have to do with getting your name out there.  There are times when you need to trade pay for a byline.  Getting published is huge as you go about this business of writing.  If you can do a blog for free in a magazine, and get a byline, then do it.

That byline makes you a published author and that will eventually open other doors for you.



See it…..absorb it….what does it do for your senses?  Open up your imagination.  There is a story in this picture.


I’ll give you a break today and keep it short, mainly because we are having some ungodly heat today and I need to get busy before it becomes too warm to write. Not all of us have air-conditioning you know. J

Have a great day of writing and as always, if you need anything just holler.  You can reach me via email at


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

16 Responses to “Persistence and Writing”

  1. Janine Huldie July 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I haven’t stopped yet this morning, but just wanted to stop back in and say hi again to you!! Enjoy your Monday my friend!! 🙂

    • Billybuc July 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      You are a doll, Janine! Thank you and I hope the rest of your day is enjoyable.

  2. ruchira July 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I agree Bill. It’s not about the money all the time. gotta reach out to such gateways for being recognized in what you LOVE to do 🙂

    Happy Monday and hang in there. It’s in 90’s in sunny CA and too hot to concentrate!

    • Billybuc July 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      Ruchira, it’s in the 90’s here and believe me, I’m dying a slow death. LOL Thank you my friend.

  3. Clear-eyed Sky July 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Dying of the heat, eh? If only you could see the look I’m giving you right now. LOL

    Let the fan blow directly on you tonight and you’ll sleep like a baby. Not like my baby, of course, because she is a terrible sleeper.

    • Billybuc July 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Your sarcasm is duly noted, Lizzy. LOL

      I tried the fan last night; it failed miserably. 🙂

  4. pictimilitude July 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I gotta tell ya: it was the loneliness, in part, that prompted me to go back to teaching. That and somehow it got into my blood and when I’m not doing it, I feel like I NEED to be. However, even if I am doing the Master’s, I always intend on doing writing and art…somehow those have etched their way into my genome, too. LOL. I’m one gnarly dudette, imprinted with Espanol, writing and art onto my DNA. Now…how to balance it all out….;)

    • Billybuc July 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      Cyndi, at your age I could have never left teaching. I understand completely, and you will always have writing and art to fall back on during tough times or when teaching is finally over. 🙂

  5. Audrey Howitt July 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Thank you Bill–for your own persistence –checking out the poetry contest–

    • Billybuc July 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      I’m glad, Audrey. You are such a fine poet….I want you to win some contests. 🙂

  6. suziehq July 2, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Hi Bill,
    I did free work as a Make Up Artist starting off in photographic and film work in order to get a portfolio of work and establish important connections. You are dead right, sometimes you have to forego the cash to build a presence.
    Cheers for another great reminder!
    I checked out the Washington paper too!!

    • Billybuc July 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Suzie, for some reason in today’s world, people have forgotten this lesson….you have to build your portfolio in order to be taken seriously in any endeavor. Thanks for verifying that with your experience.

  7. i'mkarn July 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Good morning sir Bill! Sorry for being lax in visiting, but – i have
    i am loving on this blog of yours and learning tons, but i must admit to being one of…’them’…
    if i don’t feel like writing – i don’t..
    i know i’m a bad, bad girl and prolly need a good spanking..HAHA
    kidding of, COOOOurse! don’t want me to tell you where that prompt takes me…
    at 21,000 and writing..

    • Billybuc July 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Leslie, don’t be so fast to tell me you were kidding about the spanking. Remember, I’ve read a lot of your hubs. LOL

      I’m happy when you show up and understanding when you don’t…no pressure from me. I’m just here to help when writers need it. Your friendship is enough to keep me happy. 🙂

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