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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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Some of us are just afflicted with the writing bug--we have no choice! Patricia Rice http://patriciarice.com
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Good to know we get our acts together in the end! Outlining may be good for certain people, but not everyone, as we see.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2018 on Ask-A-Wench - On Process (or Not) at Word Wenches
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I hadn't thought about this "process" as working in expository writing, but I suppose it must. There is something about the hand focusing the brain as it writes, I think. So we organize our thoughts by writing, and once they're organized, we see where we went off track and need to pull it together and... sometimes, it never ends!
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2018 on Ask-A-Wench - On Process (or Not) at Word Wenches
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And it would be very difficult to decide whether this is a good or a bad thing! Although having Billy Joel's music running around inside my head makes me nutso occasionally. ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2018 on Ask-A-Wench - On Process (or Not) at Word Wenches
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You have a brilliant husband, and it sounds as if you may have what it takes to persevere. Im still not promising any prizes once you break through, but if self-satisfaction works for you, go for it! Patricia Rice http://patriciarice.com
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Glad I helped in whatever small insane way. :) Mostly, we're all in the same boat, pulling with the same oar. Some catch the current, some don't!
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Janice, that's very well said. I just finished a comfort food book, one I'd read before and admired heartily, despite all the flaws. (Really, is macaroni and cheese even nutritious?) I admire authors who can pull this off with regularity. And making people happy on a regular basis deserves the riches!
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Did you know there's some guy who retired and started writing westerns and now writes 33 books a year? I want to crawl in a hole and pull it over my head! So it may be that the perfectionists will never write because the book can never be perfect. And those who crank sausages get rich. And I'll never be either. ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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LOL on the tattoos of names! As my daughter keeps telling me, use the notepad on your phone! Yeah, right. And thank you for understanding how hard we work. As to the rich thing--I have this theory that rich people get rich by being driven for success even more than driven to write. That type doesn't acknowledge the little people even when they are one. ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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One really has to have a driving need to write to survive in this business. I went into it knowing,like Janice above, that I didn't mean to starve for my craft. So I got a degree in accounting. But I never stopped researching and writing because that's just what I have to do. These days, I recommend wannabe writers get a degree in marketing.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Linda, I so feel your pain! At least you went in knowing you'd enjoy writing and not expecting riches, so you weren't totally disillusioned. But as you've learned, it's much easier to sell a known quantity--give us Tide and more of it. I know there are readers out there who enjoy variety--I sell to them. But finding them is a lot of work and requires a village and a bank. That's what big publishing houses used to do. But they got lazy. I have no idea how this will all shake out, but I worry, I really do.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Stephanie! That's what we hope to do, although our reading styles are so eclectic, we don't know how often we connect with readers. It's good to know we're reaching you.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Excellent advice! I spent that first book just learning basic craft--how often do you mention a character's name? How does POV work? Is it "alright" or "all right"? I loved the story and tried sending it out and rightfully had everyone reject it and add a nice pat on the back and a try again. I don't think writers get that consideration anymore. You're expected to know all that right out of the chute.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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Do they still wear black and sit in cafes? (I'm not even trying the cigarettes) I think a lot of these wannabes are online, taking online writing courses, knowing all they need is a direction and they'll sell books and become rich. I wish I knew where they got that idea.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2018 on So You Want to be a Writer? at Word Wenches
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You are entirely correct!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. The book world has changed and writers must now change with it. It's a difficult adjustment, but the old ways are withering. They're still out there in scattered puddles, but we're edging back to the days when we could sit down with pen and paper and dream!
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To anyone out there who thinks writing a book is a ticket to fortune—I’ll tell you the secret formula. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Word Wenches
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You must send us the family tree, Anne! I'm so excited--we have an entire collection of historical romance novels right there on that tree. We can cross the veil and talk to Cecil and his lot, and send back ghostly novels into eternity just writing down ancestral stories!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2018 on An Incredible Discovery at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Lillian--Fitz really does try, doesn't he? ;)
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2018 on What We Are Reading at Word Wenches
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Thank you! It's so lovely to find readers who enjoy what we do.
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I love the Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense stories! They're addictive. I think it's lovely that so many romance readers also enjoy mysteries!
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Thank you! Were not looking for profound, just good readers! Patricia Rice http://patriciarice.com
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2018 on Eccentric Heroines: Interview Part I at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Sue! I started with Nancy Drew, too the gate way drug to mysteries!
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thanks for the recommendation! I'm off to take a look at Cleeland. I've already read Robb!
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Wow, what a fabulous list! I'm just now getting into the Aunt Dimity series. I love these books!
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Yes, exactly! We gulped Sayers down just to see how the romance worked out! A lot of mysteries do this, although some of the modern ones prefer to dump the heroes when they outlive their usefulness. I'm too much of a romantic for that.
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