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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