Let’s Talk About Prologues . . .
Posted January 10th, 2014 by Patricia Kay in Writing Tips
In every class I’ve taught over the years someone raises the question of editors “hating” prologues. This usually pops up when I’ve suggested they begin their book with a prologue. I don’t know why this perception of “no prologues” exists because honestly, I’ve written for five different publishers over the past 20+ years, had seven different […]
How much is too much?
Posted January 10th, 2014 by Patricia Kay in Blog, Pat Tales
I have a problem that only seems to be getting worse. There’s too much food available to me. Some people live in areas where they have to drive half an hour or longer to get to a supermarket. I live within fifteen minutes of about ten different food shopping meccas and specialty grocers. Sprouts, Fresh Market, […]
So you were rejected . . .
Posted January 7th, 2014 by Patricia Kay in Blog, This Writing Life
Not long ago a student of mine received a rejection from an editor that included the statement that the project lacked conflict. The student was confused because she felt she had strong conflict, and lots of it. And from what she told me, it seemed she might be right. Of course, I can’t know that […]
When I get up in the morning, I can be happy . . .
Posted December 31st, 2013 by Patricia Kay in Blog, Pat Tales
“When I get up in the morning, I can be happy . . . or I can be sad. I choose to be happy.” ~ Unknown This quotation is one of my favorites because it sums up the way I feel about life. So many people spend their days in misery. You can tell they’re […]
Be Fearless By Patricia Kay
Posted December 31st, 2013 by Patricia Kay in Writing Tips
“You can’t be afraid to deal with your demons. You’ve got to go there to be able to write.” — Lucinda Williams Most writers have heard the oft-quoted line from Natalie Goldberg’s WRITING DOWN THE BONES about writing being a matter of just opening a vein and bleeding all over the page. I firmly believe […]
Patricia Kay’s DOs and DON’Ts for Writers (With Lessons on Etiquette Included)
Posted December 30th, 2013 by Patricia Kay in Writing Tips
Do keep writing. Don’t take anyone’s word for it that you can’t write. A very good friend of mine (who went on to sell five books and win a RITA) was told early on in her writing career (by a very good writing teacher who almost never discouraged anyone) that she would never make it […]