Patrick Talks About His Unfinished Stories

This conversation of 23 March 2017 with Patrick is about some of his unfinished stories. The transcription is below.

Patrick: Some stories are not finished yet and it says “to be continued,” and the very last one is obvious, it’s right in the middle of the story. But there are many of them that are the way they’re gonna stay. So you got a pretty fair collection of what I’ve been doing. The West Virginia section is what I’ve pulled out today, and it won’t be 120 pages like the other one. It’ll be more like 50 or 60 pages. I could combine it all into one book, so part one is West Virginia, part 2 is the Florida stuff, Part 3 is the stuff from when I was on the road in Turkey, and then the last one will be Bohemians of the Traumentura. So it’s like a book that is a collection of volumes. Continue reading “Patrick Talks About His Unfinished Stories”

Writing Stories – the 8 Point Arc (by Watts)

Notes that Patrick had made about a writing technique, from a file dated 30 Aug 2014, referencing the book Writing a Novel by Watts. Some of Patrick’s examples come from his own unfinished book, Dr. Weightnovel.


Artwork by Phil, for the unfinished book

The eight points which Watts lists are, in order:

  • Stasis
  • Trigger
  • The quest
  • Surprise
  • Critical choice
  • Climax
  • Reversal
  • Resolution

He explains that every classic plot passes through these stages and that he doesn’t tend to use them to plan a story, but instead uses the points during the writing process. Continue reading “Writing Stories – the 8 Point Arc (by Watts)”