When is Change Necessary?

21 Aug

003Happy Thursday to you all.  Let’s get started and then we can be one step closer to the weekend.  Oh, hey, in case I forget to say it at the end….you are all appreciated greatly.


Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.

Henry Cloud
Isn’t that a great quote? Can you get what my thoughts are for the day?


Summer is being shoved aside by fall, and that is the perfect metaphor for a writer’s life.  Some things work.  Some things we try fall flat and fail miserably.  Oh well.  The trick is to recognize when we should change our approach to this writing game.  We are constantly adjusting, not only our writing craft, but also our approach to that craft.

Starting next week, I will only be posting three articles per week.  For over two years I have posted five or more per week, but it is time to change. I need to spend more time on my novels, and I can’t do that if I continue to pound away at articles.

I am not being forced to make this change.  It just feels necessary and right.  And that decision is one we all have to make as we sit down to write.  What feels right? What feels wrong?  Should I make a change and when should I make it?

I hope the answers to those questions come to you and that the transition is a painless one for you.


Sit down and review your writing plan.  Are you currently on task with regards to that plan?  Do you need to make a change? What kind of change would be beneficial to you?  There is no reason to beat a dead horse, so if what you are doing isn’t working, then maybe you need to change your approach.


Say hello to a dear friend of mine from England…Ann is her name and on HubPages she calls herself Annart.  You can find this very intelligent and talented woman here.


That site is right here. I’m going to start devoting more time to this blog.  I want to keep it to twice a week, but I want to expand it so that it will be more useful for you.  Give me suggestions of what you would like to see on this blog, and if I can I will incorporate that into it.  Thank you.


But I will see you next Tuesday with an expanded format.  Remember, if you would like to guest blog here, just drop me a line at holland1145@yahoo.com and we’ll work it out.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

18 Responses to “When is Change Necessary?”

  1. Mari Edvalson August 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Change is a good thing. I’m excited that you will be continuing your articles!

    • Billybuc August 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      Thank you Mari….I used to fight change. Now I see it as growth.

      • susanzutautas August 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

        I went for a change and started writing on Squidoo with full intentions of keeping up with HP. HP got put on the back burner and now the two sites are merging. Or I should say that HP bought Squidoo. So I’m now back at HP full time along with my blogs. I’m so happy to be back at HP. The change maybe wasn’t the best choice I’ve ever made but maybe a nice little break did me well.

      • Billybuc August 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

        Susan, thanks for explaining what happened…I, for one, am very happy that you are back at HP full-time. Thanks for being here.

  2. Janine Huldie August 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Bill, I think this is a great decision and you know I totally get it and couldn’t keep up with 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Just was too much and needed to be able to more then article writing, too. So, I give you tons of credit for all you do daily, but also happy you are cutting back a bit and refocusing to make things work better for you. Hats off to you ad thank you for just being you – always!! Happy Thursday once again now 🙂

    • Billybuc August 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      Janine, thank you for your support. If anyone would understand it would be you. I greatly appreciate you, Janine.

  3. Shauna L Bowling August 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Bill, I think your change is a good one for you. It didn’t take you long to achieve your dream as a novelist. Dedication, setting priorities, and stick-to-itivness has gotten you there.

    I’ve been fortunate this week to have change come to me. I had just purchased a course on how to double your freelance earnings. This was Tuesday. No sooner had I downloaded the program (which I’ve yet to look at and now don’t have the time) that I was sent a short assignment writing meta descriptions. Later that day I heard from an author in need of an editor who was referred to me. Then I heard back from CopyPress who had sent me a couple of (paid) test assignments for Rocky Top Log Furniture. They also have a DIY reality show on DIY Channel and American Country Channel, called Logheads. They loved my copy and now I have 29 product descriptions to write for their website. Whoo hoo!

    On top of that, the author has accepted my rates and I’m in the process of drawing up the contract.

    These times they are a changin’! Finally!!

    • Billybuc August 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      Great news, Sha. That’s how it happens. You put in your time, lay the groundwork, and eventually the work comes to you. I love it. Congrats my friend.

  4. Audrey Howitt August 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Funny, I woke up this morning feeling energized by the idea of change, and here you are talking about it. I think change can be invigorating–so that is my wish for you today!

    • Billybuc August 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Thank you, Audrey, and I have always found change exciting and refreshing…so let’s do it!

  5. Ruchira Khanna August 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    I agree gotta bring changes to incorporate other imp things.

    Happy Thursday, Bill

  6. Peter August 22, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Hi Bill, sorry I have not commented here for awhile but I have been rather busy.

    I came across this website which I think some will find interesting, it’s called Future Learning. They run free short courses on various subjects and have just introduce one on creative writing. Though it is UK based it is open to everyone and those running the course are universities and other institutions from around the world.

    It is distant learning so you will not be in class but they do encourage you to communicate with your fellow students.

    Start Writing Fiction runs over eight weeks but just three hours a week and starts on the 27th October.


    Hope this is of use.


    • Billybuc August 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      Thank you Peter. I appreciate you sharing that with us. I hope all is well with you now. Blessings always.

  7. Dee August 25, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    We will miss your presence on sites, Bill, but understand your need to concentrate on your novel. Your energy is amazing. I am still working on changing my work schedule to accomodate for my writing. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Billybuc August 25, 2014 at 2:19 am #

      Dianna, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll just post on HP three times a week instead of five. A little shift in priorities. Thanks for the kind words.

  8. Melanie Chisnall August 26, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    I hear you, Bill. I did the exact same thing this weekend – reviewed my writing process and realised I wasn’t spending enough time on my upcoming eBook. So that’s priority this week and next – until it’s finished. Otherwise I’ll just keep putting it off for “When I have time,” and you know how that goes!!! There are so many blog posts I want to write and other articles, but just got to focus on what’s important and go from there. Three times a week is still a lot! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

    • Billybuc August 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Good evening Mel and thank you! I keep thinking I can get it all done, but the reality is I can’t, and I need to accept that and deal with it. Sigh!

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