What’s Working and What Isn’t?

11 Nov

003Happy Whatever Day It Is!

Reminds me of the old song by Chicago…”Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?”

Did you know that group started out as the Chicago Transit Authority?  Does anybody care? J

So here we are with another installment of a blog that may or may not be doing any good.  How’s that for a sales job?

Truth is, that’s the truth.  I don’t know the value of this blog.  I can track views of course, but translating those views into income????  Into a quantifiable measurement of my growth as a writer???? Good luck with that.

And that just happens to be the topic for today.


I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.

George S. Patton


Yes, I love that quote, even though I’m not a huge fan of Patton.


What is important to your business plan as a writer?  Is this blog important? Are the articles I write on HubPages important?  Is the time I spend writing for customers important?  Are the articles I read about writing important?

I am the only one who can answer those questions, and if I come across something I am doing and I don’t feel it has value, then I need to discard it.

Let me put it another way: if things I am doing do not keep me on a path towards my goal as a writer, then they are not worth doing.


Do you have a plan for your writing business?  If not, get with it.  If you are writing for income, then you are a business, and a business needs a plan…and a mission statement…and those two things are your guiding star in all decisions you make regarding your business.  I can’t emphasize this enough.


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A visual prompt….for those of you who are, well, visual learners.


One word…..Jack!

I’m going to do an article next week using this one-word prompt.  Call it a writing exercise. I hope you enjoy it.


The holidays are coming.  Don’t use them as a convenient excuse for not writing.


I’m tired so that’s it.   I started at seven this morning and it is now four…time to call it a day.

Have a great week. I’ll try to return Thursday.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

10 Responses to “What’s Working and What Isn’t?”

  1. Janine Huldie November 11, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Happy to see you tonight and will say a bit of a rough day here but just doing my best as we all are. Thanks always Bill for the great advice. Have a great night now 😉

    • Billybuc November 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

      Janine, I hope tomorrow brings a better day for you. Thanks for taking the time this evening to say hello.

  2. Audrey Howitt November 12, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Just saying hello as well–Nano is coming along–2400 words today and I am bushwacked

    • Billybuc November 12, 2014 at 1:09 am #

      Audrey, I appreciate you stopping by…and 2400 words is great for any writer. Well done!

  3. phoenix2327 November 12, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Thanks for the prompts. I’m gonna see if they can inspire some mini-sagas for an upcoming competition. I’ve written four so far and had to ditch three of them as because they were either dull or 50 words just didn’t do the subject matter justice. I hate days like that. Oh well, life is like that sometimes, right?

    • Billybuc November 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Zulma, I think more days are like that than not…but we keep plowing ahead, and progress does come eventually. Carry on my friend and thanks for stopping by.

  4. klsilver November 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    smiled thru the entire post, Bill. Adorable actually. \i’m not a big patton fan either..have a good hump dayxx

    • Billybuc November 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

      Thank you Sis! Hump Day is just beginning and it’s damn cold here…as I’m sure it is where you are. Stay warm and productive.

  5. ruchira November 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I agree with your perception, Bill

    We as a writer gotta think the outcome of our time we spend on the keyboard, tapping into the letters with emotions. That could be churned into $$ or the amount of awareness we can spread around.

    I try both via my novels and get some $$ out of it while my blogs helps spread awareness (i think)

    happy hump day!

    • Billybuc November 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      Happy Hump Day to you, Ruchira, and thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom.

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