Basic Guy


If you haven't read "Basic Guy" lately, I highly recommend it. He makes some great points - not to mention that I know him personally (he's my daughter's father-in-law, but don't tell him I told you that).

Also, for all you writers who read this blog (all 1 or 2 of you), Kristen Nelson has a great workshop on "Building The Pitch Paragraph" in your query letters.

I don't know how many times I've read the advice that proofreading is a lot better with a hard, paper copy than it is on the computer screen. I used to think, sure. Ha, ha. They just don't know what they're talking about. Maybe they don't know how to use the word processor. Like, what 's the dif.? Well, recently I've found out the dif. After all the critiquing I've gotten from my critique group, I began to realize they missed a lot. Not that they're bad writers, or anything like that. Some of the are published writers and I think their critiques are great. But not working from a hard, paper copy, only looking at my chapters on their computer screens, I realized they were missing a lot of stuff that needed fixing. So, I began printing out the chapters one at a time. As I went through them, I found even more stuff that needed fixing than I could see on the computer screen. I made comments and edits with a red pen and found the pages almost literally bleeding red. So, I highly recommend looking at your work on a paper copy before trying to submit it to agents or editors. You'll not be sorry - I promise.

And finally, now that everyone (all 1 of you) has weighed in on the question I posted a few days ago, I'll finally give you the answer to, who was the first person ever baptized?

The answer is -- Adam

He was the first person to have the fullness of the gospel. He held the Holy Priesthood of God. He had all the temple ordinances. In order to have all those things, he had to be baptized.

Okay, a new question that I would like to ask people who are not Latter Day Saints. My sister touched on it in her comment to my last post. The question is:

If Jesus said everyone MUST accept Him in order to be saved, what will happen to all the billions of people who never heard of Him? Does that automatically condemn them to hell?
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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, May 01, 2008

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