The Inner Critic Advantage By Andrea Patten–Reviewed

Those of us creatives should be able to sympathize, so innately, with anyone dealing with a loud mouth, self-depraving internal dialogue. Us, as writers, who are so obsessed with spinning dramatic and justifying narratives on paper, can often times paint the bleakest internal narratives for ourselves–for our own personal stories.

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Either you get it, or you don’t.

These aren’t stories…these are happenings–a series of disconnected happenings befalling upon an innocent, often times undeveloped, character’s head, without their consent, unjustly, just…because.

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The Other Guy

The thought was very simple—more of a nagging question than anything else: who’s the other guy in this quote? You know, the dude you shouldn’t stare in the eyes of. The guy who has such an insanely dominating presence that you should fear to linger too long on his baby-blues. Who is this man that can throw you off balance with just a gaze? Who is this man who can draw you in, entrap you, and splinter your concentration by just being? Who’s that guy?

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Being Selfish–Mothers of World Building

“I don’t want to be selfish,” is what one aspiring writer told me earlier today when I asked 40dad7f7checkmatewhy they hadn’t looked at their manuscript in over six-months. She said that she, with all her heart, wanted to write but life just kept getting in the way. I asked her why she didn’t square away an hour here or there, in the early morning, or right before bed, and her only reply, set on refrain, was that to set aside that time for her craft–for herself–would be just too selfish.

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The King is Dead!

The ordinary world is filled with ordinary happenings, where crimes go unpunished, where the good guys are incompetent, and the bad guys aren’t even sexy! (They are kind of creepy, actually.) Ordinary is just a series of stuff that happens, with no rhyme or reason–no justice or purpose–just like everyday life. A journal, or chronological account, it might make, but not a story.

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Justice in Fantasy: #2 Thieves

Many times in fantasy we romanticize the thief as the suave, fast-talking, cut-purse, but in a real psychological sense there is a very fine, gray line between the cut-purse and the cut-throat. They are quite often the same person. Within the archetype of the thief lies one of the few instances where I wish writers were grittier–more realistic with the character’s motivations.

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