The Unique You

17 Jan

003Football season is finally over for this boy.

I’m not a football fanatic.  I really just follow the Washington Huskies in college and the Seattle Seahawks in the pros. I don’t randomly watch two teams play just because they are playing football…I have far too much to do to waste my entire Saturday, or Sunday, just channel surfing in search of another game.

Anyway, both Washington and Seattle are done with their seasons, both having suffered rather embarrassing losses, so now I can turn my attention, in another month, to baseball and the Seattle Mariners.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

After the Seahawks lost their playoff game to Atlanta, I decided to read a couple sports articles about the game, looking for little tidbits or quotes that might be interesting.  I read four different articles by four different sports writers, and three were bland and one was outstanding.

This one guy, a writer for the Seattle Times, wrote about the game in such a way as to bring it to life, a game I had watched, mind you, but he managed to make it sound brand new, like I was watching it for the first time.

So, what was different in the one article that wasn’t in the other three?


“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” Orson Welles

And that quote really is the answer to my earlier question.

The one sports writer, the really good one, had a unique style.  His voice was unique, a wonderful blend of vocabulary and rhythm, and it made his article shine, while the others fell upon the junk heap of mediocrity.  All four wrote about the exact same game, but only one managed to make that game interesting.

Get the point?

You are the only you.  Take advantage of that fact.  Make it work for you!


I’m busy with a new project.  Oh sure, I’m still writing my novels, and I still do content for a select group of customers, but I decided to try something new, and that decision has me short on time this week . . . and so I’ll say goodbye for today.

Have a spectacularly unique day!


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

27 Responses to “The Unique You”

  1. Janine Huldie January 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Love that tip! But not going to lie I am not a football fan at all and more a baseball girl by far. So, I am gearing up for Spring Training now in all honesty. Happy Tuesday to you once again, Bill 🙂

    • Billybuc January 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      Baseball will always be my first sport love, Janine, so I’m right there with you. I hope your Tuesday is all you want it to be, my friend.

  2. Eric Dierker January 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Thanks guy, I needed that!!

    • Billybuc January 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

      Totally my pleasure, buddy, and thank you!

  3. 1authorcygnetbrown January 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    I agree! No one writes like you. . . or me! That’s the beauty of being creative–showing something from our own perspective is always a new way of seeing things. Be yourself and enjoy the process!

    • Billybuc January 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

      That’s a great line, Donna…”that’s the beauty of being creative”….true words, my friend!

  4. Jo Miller January 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    I like to say my two favorite sports are golf and football. I’ve never been on a golf course, but my husband likes those sports (actually others also). This gives me some much needed alone time, something I’ve always needed and one of the first things I told my husband about myself when we met.

    Eager to learn what your new project is. Have a wonderful, productive day.

    • Billybuc January 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

      I love that, Jo….and if you want to meet a kindred spirit, here I am. I need my alone time…I need quiet time…luckily my wife understands that and has no problem with it.

  5. Lawrence Hebb January 18, 2017 at 2:29 am #

    Really enjoyed this, so true about finding ‘your own style’
    Or as the saying goes “When God made you, he threw the mold away!” And I’m so glad he did that with all of us!
    Good luck with the new project.

    • Billybuc January 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      Lawrence, you and me both, my friend. How boring it would be if we didn’t have our differences.

      Thanks so much and Happy Wednesday to you.

  6. Dee January 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    It is a rare pleasure to read a good sports story. It would be an interesting challenge. Best wishes on your new adventure!

    • Billybuc January 18, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

      Thank you Dee! It’s always nice to hear from you. Best wishes to you, my friend.

  7. Sageleaf January 19, 2017 at 2:56 am #

    Make it work for me. Got it! 🙂 Love it, Big Bro! Hope you’re having a great week. And I love discovering awesome writing that makes things just come alive!

    • Billybuc January 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

      Thanks Lil Sis! You definitely let your LIFE work for you, and I love sitting back watching you. Hugs from Olympia!

  8. Greg Boudonck January 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    Great post Bill. I once had someone tell me I should write like so and so and I simply said, “Well then, who would write like me?” That shut them up.

    Have a great day and good tidings on your new project.

    • Billybuc January 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

      I love your response, Greg, and it is so true. Thanks for sharing that.

  9. Sarah Potter Writes January 21, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    I’m not really into sport, but I’ll blame it on me that you’ve had to write about it, as I didn’t write my guest post quickly enough 😉 Good luck with your project. I’m a tiny bit envious because I’m between projects and suffering from a bit of creative slippage just now. Must sort myself out and start working towards a new goal.

    • Billybuc January 22, 2017 at 1:42 am #

      Sarah, I have no doubt your creative juices will flow soon. As for sports…yes, I think I will blame it on you. LOL

  10. phoenix2327 January 23, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    That’s it. You’re just going to leave us guessing what you’re up to? Is it to do with your farm? Should I check out your other blog site?

    Have a good day, Bill, and good luck with whatever you’re up to.

    • Billybuc January 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Nah, nothing to do with the farm and yes, I’m going to leave you guessing, Zulma. LOL How that for a rotten response? 🙂 I hope you are well, my friend. Thank you!

      • phoenix2327 January 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

        As far as rotten responses go, it’s up there. lol

        My father-in-law died last Monday so none of us have felt like doing much of anything. Everyone’s back at work now so that should help.

        My oldest daughter has started training for a charity boxing event. She comes home from training so ravenous now I don’t dare stay still for too long lest she thinks I’m fair game.

        Thanks for listening, Bill. Enjoy you day.

      • Billybuc January 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

        Aw shoot, Zulma, I’m sorry for your loss. There are never words for something like that…just a cyber hug, I’m afraid.

        As for your daughter bravo to her. I saw that on Facebook and I was instantly impressed by her. Best wishes to her, and best wishes to you staying one step ahead of that ravenous young lady. :)_

  11. phoenix2327 January 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Thank you, Bill. Hugs are much appreciated.

  12. Melanie January 25, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    Bill, two things stood out for me this morning reading your post:
    “Be you”
    “Try something new”

    Thank you! It’s exactly my train of thought this week. 🙂 Have a great rest of the week my friend.

    • Billybuc January 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank you Mel…these are serious times, and we need serious people who are willing to make a difference. I think you are one of those people.

  13. Shauna L Bowling January 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    I’m not into sports at all. I completely skip the sports section in the Sunday paper. However, now I’m challenging myself to see if any of the sports writers for the Orlando Sentinel are crafty enough to capture my attention!

    • Billybuc January 30, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

      Sha, as you well know, good writing is good writing is good writing, and it can appear in a cookbook, a sports page, or a novel…and bad writing is bad writing is bad writing…..I like to draw attention to good writing, no matter where it is found. 🙂 Happy hunting, my friend.

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