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Let’s Talk About Prologues . . .

Posted January 10th, 2014 by 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 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 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 […]


Be Fearless By Patricia Kay

Posted December 31st, 2013 by 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 […]