Category: Barbara Pattee

Finding Fiction in Real Life

“There are more bizarre stories in reality than any of us could imagine.” – J. Garth If I wrote a story about an elephant buried at a shopping mall in the United States, no one would believe the plot was plausible. And yet it’s true. In 1972, Little Jennie, an aging elephant with a traveling …

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What Do You Know?

“Write What You Know.” Original Author Unknown “Beware of advice—even this.” Carl Sandberg   Creative juices are flowing. Your protagonist takes a high-powered position in a renowned law firm to be closer to her love interest. The romance is simple for you to write, however you know almost nothing about a criminal law firm. To …

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Writers Always Write

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” — Eugene Ionesco As I was teeing up my golf ball one day, I noticed the name on the ball was Crystal. Aha, I thought. I know the perfect name for my character. She’ll be called Pearl. …

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Works-in-Progress

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” — Philip Roth Don’t feel guilty because you have too many works-in-progress with no end in sight. Take a look at your unfinished manuscripts and ask yourself why you can’t complete them. Afraid your work will be rejected by publishers? Consider the case of Marvin V. Arnett …

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Read, Read, Read

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~Stephen King I met a young man in a critique group who had an excellent premise for his novel. I asked him if he read anything in that genre. His unflinching reply, “Oh, …

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