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  • Patricia Hollett

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    Currently working on:

    Fallon -70,094 words
    Forest Born -67408 words
    Ice Whisperings -2997 words
    Garrett -9623words
    Northern Blood -11658 words
    Winter's Reign -787 words

    Completed

    Blood Harvest - 998 words
    Keeping Secrets - 1500 words
    Misunderstood -700 words
    Sarah's Amulet-A Necromancer Slave Story -6004 words
    The Cult -1998 words
    Unfortunate Blessings -454 words

    To Be Published

    Artistic Escape - flash (to be pub 2011)
    Happy Birthday Honey - flash (to be pub 2011)
    Making Choices - flash (to be pub 2011)
    Together Forever - flash (to be pub 2011)

    Published

    Allie's Clown - 1500 words (Published on Dark Valentine website March 2011)
    Valeria's Knight - 4807 words (Published in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine)
    The Angel Wars/Post-Apocalyptic Emails at the end of time-A collaboration with author Tammy Crosby (Published by PillHill Press in August 2011)
    Valeria's Knight - 4807 words (Published in Night to Dawn Magazine-September 2011)

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Where Do Your Ideas Come From?


Psst…yep I’m talking to you…it’s me…the right side of your brain calling to you-to create, to develop, to think, and write your ideas down. Write your stories. 

I’m that little voice in your head that comes up with all your brilliant and creative ideas. yep I’m hiding up there inside your brain. I’m that part of your brain that continually thinks and creates.

So, where do your ideas come from? Everyday life, situations, conversations, music, art, the weather, people, places, etc., are all places and things processed by your brain and recreated into something useful.

As a writer, we take these pieces that fill our minds, and put them on paper, finding those bits we’ve saved in the deepest recesses, and integrating them into our stories.

Everything you do, say or think can be used for a story…well almost anything. For example, last night I was ranting to two of my best writer friends about my ex and they suggested I write about it…oh yes! Making life hell for my ex would make a great story. Yes, of course the names would be changed to protect the innocent, but nonetheless, I could think of some creative ways to make his life a living hell or worse.

Or, there’s the time you spent at the beach last summer, good times, but what about that little girl who was sitting in the sand all alone with no one nearby? Did her parents forget her on the beach…maybe leave her behind? What will happen to her?

Or maybe, she’s just sitting there thinking that when she grows up she wants to be a surfer. That could make a great story with some interesting obstacles and twists. You can make up just about anything from any picture, vision or conversation.

Or you remember the time your best friend went missing overnight… and had no recollection of where he’d been. When he returned, he wasn’t the same person you remembered. His personality seemed different, and now he had an obsession with researching alien abductions.

How about that conversation you had with your sister about the blood work the doctor has just ordered her to have done? He suspects something sinister when he notices she has no pulse…   Don’t you remember your her telling you she had an encounter at the local bar with a tall dark man in the ladies room. She remembers him, but she can’t remember what he said or did to her. Then again, she still doesn’t know why she has a curious desire to drink blood suddenly.

Very little of this is true, but seriously, a story can come from anywhere, anytime, as long as you let yourself be open to the possibilities of your creative mind.

Yes, I write the sinister, the dark, the creepy, and the kind of stories that seem a bit twisted… but then we all have our secrets, don’t we?

Let those ideas flow, there are plenty of them all around you, just twist things up a little, and there you have a story to tell.

There are so many ways to get ideas. Dreams, brainstorming, just open your mind and set it free.

Have fun creating your writing masterpieces. 🙂

Realism in YA stories


Seriously, I have a thorn in my side about this topic. I’ve read quite a few YA novels and really?? Where is the realism? Teens in those books don’t swear, don’t drink, don’t have sex, don’t talk back to their parents and all their friends never say anything wrong to them. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about…the real world doesn’t work that way.

I have 2 teenage daughters and a son who just turned 21, and I’ve had plenty of their friends over and seen them in ‘action’. And I can honestly say that most YA books idealize teens and their habits and behaviours. It’s just not real. My kids aren’t bad, but they are normal and most of their friends are exactly the same. They all drink on occasion, they swear, they post nasty messages on Facebook when they’re pissed off, and they make no bones about saying what’s on their mind.

I want more realism in YA stories, and yes! I want to write it that way too, but there’s that imaginary line that stops us writers from crossing that line. Editors, publishers, agents, all don’t think it’s good to write this ‘stuff’ in to our stories and basically idealize young people so they look wholesome and good and never do anything wrong.

Oh, they make mistakes just like we all do. But, they learn from their mistakes. Their social lives are of the upmost importance to them, and they talk openly about sex and drugs and drinking. I’d have to say mine are pretty good about staying away from the drugs, but not ALL teens are like that.

Are we only appealing to an audience of teens who sit at home with no social interaction and read because they have ‘nothing better to do’? Shouldn’t we be writing with more down to earth and real life stuff so teens can identify with our characters? I’d say yes, but of course I don’t have the final say. I wish I did.

So, I’m working on my manuscript, and I’ve decided to break from the norm and make it more believable. No sparkling vamps, no perfect kids, just down to earth and real…lets see where it takes me. Yes, there’ll be some re-vamping of my work, but I’ll feel more true to my own writing by doing this.

This has been bugging me for some time. Of course I’m not going to take it over the top. There won’t be any crazy ass drug dealers or high school hookers in my story, but just the real stuff that happens to teens every day that we gloss over and don’t write in our stories because someone in their infinite wisdom thinks it won’t sell.

I’m writing for me, and writing what I love and what I love is realism. Maybe it’ll be an eye-opener and maybe it won’t, but lets see where it takes me.

Good luck with your stories fellow writers. Write for yourself. Its the only true way to self-satisfaction. 🙂

Rejection Letters


A second rejection under my belt made me want to turn and run. The first fleeting thoughts out of my brain were, ‘that makes two now-my writing sucks’.

Within five minutes of feeling this way, I did what I always do and have always done in my life, decide to approach it offensively instead of defensively. I found three other places to send this piece of writing to, and sent it out.

It took a little research to find places that might accept this piece since I had written it specifically for the Fem-Fangs submission. It’s a strange little story about a female vampire in the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. She is involved with Galahad and it doesn’t have a HEA ending, but I really liked the idea of this story.

Of course it helps that I’ve always had a fascination with Arthur and the knights of the round table since I was a kid and saw a movie called the ‘Sword and the Stone’.

I know rejection is part of the overall world of writing. But, it would feel so much better to hear ‘Yes, we’re taking your story’ and my heart would skip a beat. 🙂