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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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, August 24, 2017

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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.


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.

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A great afternoon to all my faithful family and friends (yah that means you).

So, how is your novel going? I know many of you may not have begun writing, but you want to. There's a remedy for that?

Grab a pen/pencil and some pads of lined paper and just put down the first thing that comes to your mind. (well, OK. You can do this with a computer instead, ha ha). But that's how I started. I think I had nearly 50 pages handwritten before I finally acquired a computer (just fyi, that was more than 30 years ago).

The point is, write something every day. Once you begin, your subconscious will urge you to keep going. Even if you only write for 10 minutes a day, that's OK. At lest your doing it. Now, keep going for as long each day as you can. Have you heard of the term BIC? It means, "butt in chair." You have to get your BIC and just begin and keep going. Soon it will become a passion. It is with me, anyway. Keep in mind, it ain't gonna get writ, if you don't write it.

So, now for the news: This week I finally paid a promotion site to run a media blitz for "BRIDGETOWN HIGH." It will be held the first week in September. I'm excited to see if she will be able to recoup my money for me. If so, I may keep hiring promo agencies to do my marketing. We'll see.
Then, the irony. Another lady from another promo service offered her promo services for free. I think she's trying to get publicity for her promo business. In spite of her services being free, she's been very helpful and she already showed me what her media  blitz is going to look like. Her blitz will be held the first week in October.

Needless to say, I'm super excited about both promos. Good or bad experience, I'll keep you posted.

So, until next week, keep working on your novel and take a minute to read mine, if you haven't already https://www.amazon.com/dp/1680583093/, and it would be great if you would write a review to help Amazon and Goodreads rate my novel at a level it is worth. The higher my ranking the more likely my book is to sell, and you can say you were a part of it.

Thanks to all of you for your support.
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