Hi to all my family and friends. I hope you enjoyed some of the posts I put on Facebook this week.

Today, I want to explore a concept I remembered a couple of days ago. My wife and I were watching the movie of, "Little Women" based on a novel by Louisa May Alcott. In the story, Jo (Josephine) March is a writer, and wants to be an author, just like you.

Near the end of the novel, Jo goes to New York to take on a position of a teacher and nanny. While there she meets a German professor who is struggling to get a teaching job. They strike up a friendship and when Jo tries to sell her novel (Little Women), her manuscript is rejected. She feels hurt as many authors have felt. Then, she confides in her German professor (Mr. Behaer) who tells her that her novel isn't as good as she thinks. She needs to put her heart and soul into her writing, otherwise her writing is bland.

This isn't exactly how the conversation went down, but something like it.
So, it got me to considering my feelings about my novel, the motives, the loves, the jealousies, the hates, the heartbreaks, etc. I've been struggling with the sequel to Bridgetown High, and this may be the reason.

I told this to my daughter and she replied "... to help you feel the drive and passion for this book, you could ask yourself what do you want to say. Writing a book isn't just about telling a story, but it's also about using the space to speak your mind and offer your thoughts to the world."
God bless that sweet daughter of mine. She's absolutely right. I hope that piece of advice helps you too.
So, until next week,  keep writing, and as always, if you like this blog, please "Share" and "Like"it on Facebook , and "Retweet" it on Twitter. Then PLEASE, if you haven't already done so, take five minutes to write a short review of "Bridgetown High" and post it on my author page at Amazon and/or Goodreads.

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, January 05, 2017

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