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Hi Gang,

I have to apologize that I haven't had time to write this blog or to write my novel (The Bridge Beckons) either. I have added a few sentences to my novel, but can't get over some brick walls. In January I'm going to retire and I have plans to do some writing every day. That will help a lot, I think.

My first novel (the one I published 2 years ago) took me almost 30 years to write and re-re-re-re-write, so this novel may take more time.

I have two more novels I also want to work on. Nobody said we HAVE to write, we just do it because it's fun, a hobby if you will. So if you are finding it difficult to find time for your hobby, hang in there. Once you sit down, butt in chair (BIC), you'll find it addicting and you won't want to stop. But you have to get BIC first.

In the meantime, I'd love to have your email address so I can send you announcements of upcoming events like the sale of my next book, a blog tour / media blitz that never got off the ground (ha ha ha),  my next blog entry, and so forth.

By the way, my novel is still on sale through Amazon. Just search for my name (Paul W. West) or the name of my book (Bridgetown High).


Happy Thanksgiving. I'll try to write you, my wonderful readers, before Christmas.

About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Come join me on my journey as a writer at www.paulwwest.com where I share some writing tips I’ve learned over the years. Also, you can find my novel “Bridgetown High,” set in Crockett, California at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1680583093/ref=cm_sw_su_dp. It’s an intriguing look into the minds of teenagers during the 1960s. Enjoy and pass this on to all your friends.
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Hi to all my friends, followers and family.


I hate to do this, but I need to let you know that this is likely to be my last post for a while. I'm finding it difficult to write these blog posts every week and still find time for actual writing.



Based on the actual number of comments I've gotten from all of you in my audience over the past couple of years, it doesn't appear there are very many people actually reading these posts anyway.

I will probably be back in a few months. I just need some space right now to put into practice what I've been teaching here.


It's been fun, but for now I need to do actual writing, and decide whether I want to continue with my Bridgetown High sequel called The Bridge Beckons, or resume work on another book I've wanted to finish. Some of you might remember me talking about GERTA!


In the meantime, keep going with your own writing and if you need help with something, please feel free to contact me at paulwwest@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from you, and I'll be happy to answer any questions, or help you with any issues you may have as best I can.


Bye for now,
Paul W. West, Author
Bridgetown High


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Hi Guys and Dolls (sounds like the title of a play, ha ha)

How's your writing going? Anything I can  help with? Don't be shy. I'd love to help. That's why I write this blog.

As a published writer, I still have my struggles too. But I feel that in three-and-a-half months, if nothing goes wrong, I should be able to retire. Once that happens, I should be able to do more writing.


Right now it's tough trying to get in the mood during my 1-hour lunch breaks 3 or 4 days a week. With that consideration, and my struggle to overcome my huge writer's block, my writing ain't goin' as well as I'd like.

See, like I said, we published writers have trouble writing as well.

Here's my problem right now. I have 7 main characters, each with their own individual problems, subplots if you will, and I can't decide how to tie them all together. Based on the word count, I'm probably less than half way through the book, so I have room to do with my characters what I want (or more likely let them do what they want) .

I've found, however, that I do my best writing when I'm bored, ha ha. Can you feature that? But it works, and may work for you, because that's when I let my thoughts wander -- or you can call it daydreaming, and daydreams are where my fiction comes from. It's difficult when I have to rush to put something down on paper, or the computer. I don't have time to do the necessary daydreaming, and that's what is keeping me from writing my best.

So, that's about it for now, and until next week, my best wishes to you for your writing. If any of you have any experiences like mine, I'd love to read about them on my Fan Page on Facebook, or as a comment at the end of this post. If you have any questions you'd like me to answer about writing and publishing, or where I grew up, I'll try to answer as best I can.

In the meantime, I'd love to have your email address so I can send you announcements of upcoming events like the blog tour / media blitz I am scheduling for the first or second week in October. I will possibly reduce the price of my electronic version of my novel  (BRIDGETOWN HIGH), so if you haven't got a copy yet, now would be a great time to buy one. You can also contact me at paulwwest@yaoo.com.
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Hi, to all my faithful friends and followers.

After inundating you all with "how to writing" information I thought maybe today I'd try a different tack. I realize most of you don't have any idea who I am. I know some of you do and well, maybe you've read my bio. That does give you some idea of who I am and where I'm coming from, but I thought for today I'd give you more specifics.


In case you haven't figured it out yet, I attended John Swett High School (Class of '65) in Crockett, California. This is the model for the school described in my novel BRIDGETOWN HIGH. I loved that school, and the kids who attended with me, as well as the teachers who were some of the greatest teachers I ever met. I suspect most of them have passed on to the Spirit World by now.

This school is where I earned letters in Track during my Junior and Senior years, and broke the school record in the 440 yard relays. I'm not sure that's ever been broken since then, but probably ha
s.

This is where I played French Horn in the Concert band, and the Alto Sax in the Marching Band. I know. Those are quite different instruments, but I couldn't march with a French Horn, or even the so-called "E-Flat," or "Peck Horn" the director wanted me to play in the marching band. That horn just wasn't cool, but everyone loved a sax player. Those were also the days of Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck, some cool and great musicians.

These were the days when I met and kissed my first girlfriend. More about that on another day? -- not -- too personal, but she knows who she is, and I think she may be following this blog.

So, that's about it for now. If any of you have any experiences like mine, I'd love to read about them on my Fan Page on Facebook, or as a comment at the end of this post. If you have any questions you'd like me to answer about writing and publishing, or where I grew up, I'll try to answer as best I can.

In the meantime, I'd love to have your email address so I can send you announcements of upcoming events like the blog tour / Media Blitz I am scheduling for the first or second week in October. I will possibly reduce the price of my e'novel (BRIDGETOWN HIGH), so if you haven't got a copy yet, now would be a great time to buy one.
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Hi to all my faithful followers, and family too.


How is your book going?

I apologize for not posting last week but I was out of town tending my twin grandsons. What a delight they are. They're 6 years old and smart as anything. They were like guides and knew everywhere we wanted to take them, and how to get there. I don't think we could have gotten lost if we wanted to.


So, I've been thinking of what writing lesson I could post that would help you with your writing. I know what it's like to be stuck, staring at a blank page on your computer screen. Been there, done that, no fun.

I got this bit of advice from Dean Koontz's book "How to Write Best Selling Fiction." he stated on page 239 and 240, "Do not worry about or be scared by that dreaded nemesis, the Writers' Block." He goes on to say, "... when you sit down to work, begin by retyping the last page or two that you finished the day before. Look for small ways to improve it.... This little trick will put you back into the mood you were in when you were working steadily and happily the previous day...."

But what if you haven't started writing yet, and I suspect some of you are in this category. I can't find it right now, but I'm sure Koontz said something like as well. He said we should play with some wording, some ideas that pop in your head, etc. Go head and put them into your computer. Keep doing that until something of a story develops. Write as much and as fast as you can. Don't stop to make correction, keep writing. Then, when you come to the end of your writing day, save it and leave it until the next day. Then, you can make all the corrections you need until as stated above, you come to where you left off and you're off and writing.

I hope this helps. It helps me, I know.

If you have any concerns about your writing, or any ideas you would like to share, drop me a note in the comments section below.

Until then, keep writing and I want to see your best-selling novel.

If you haven't yet, please get a copy of my novel, BRIDGETOWN HIGH where you can see how all my techniques I've written about in this blog have worked. And, if you feel so inclined, leave a review on both Amazon and Goodreads.

So, until next week, I wish you happy writing. It truly is addicting, the good kind.
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Hi, to all my faithful followers and friends (all the same).


Today's post won't be long. I just want to inform you of two exciting events coming up. No, it's not about a cover reveal for my next novel. Rather, it's about two almost as exciting events, at least I think so, and that is two upcoming blog tours/media blitz for my novel BRIDGETOWN HIGH. Also, my book is being sent out again for reader's review. I'm hoping these events will make my book more visible that will, hopefully, turn into sales. At least it should help my book to raise higher on Amazon's ranking. The first  tour will be done from September 14 thru 20, and the second will be the first week of October.


Another exciting thing is that YOU can help.

How?


If you sign up by sending me your email address you will be entered. Then, when the events are happening, the tour companies will send you an (for want of an better term) advertisement. Then, all you need to do is forward it to all your Facebook and Twitter "friends," or anyone else you can think of. That's it.


Just send your email address to paulwwest@yahoo.com.


Thanks in advance as I'm sure all of you will be willing to help.

And, in case you haven't yet, BRIDGETOWN HIGH is still available at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

Thanks, EVERYONE.
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