Here’s a letter from Patrick dated 24 January 1975, shortly after we’d resumed corresponding.
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”
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.
The eight points which Watts lists are, in order:
- The quest
- Critical choice
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)”
Here’s a post card from 21 May 1987 that I sent to Gretchen, Patrick and Stephanie. At this point Gretchen (obviously) was living on Mallorca.
A two-page letter from me to Patrick written in June 1982 shortly after I moved to California. These are scanned so it might be easier to click on the images to get a larger view. Continue reading “How Goes the Fair Island and Life Upon It?”
Here’s a letter from Patrick to JP dated 25 March 1980, but not actually sent until 3 November 1980.