Monday, August 13, 2007

Welcome to the new Cottage of Blog.

Welcome everyone to the new (and hopefully) improved Cottage of Blog, where you can pour yourself a cup of coffee and help yourself to a blueberry muffin. Let's talk writing.

What kind of a writer are you? What's your genre and why did you pick it?

So, what kind of a writer are you? Are you a seat of the pantzer? Or, are you the organizational type? When I started writing back in the days where I didn't even know what a point of view was, I didn't want my creativity boxed in by outlines. Hmm. As I grew up in the craft, I started to understand that for me to keep my head on straight, I had to create characterizations and outlines. I hold character-type auditions where I pick out people (usually actors) who look like the image I'm trying to portray. Does it work? For the most part. I love to write character journals where they expound on their "trial by fire" journeys. Do I always use this method? No. Do I always write the journals at that precise moment? No. But, I have found that this hones in my character's attributes. I don't get their eye colors wrong in chapter 25 and I don't have them wavering in their attitudes (unless it's a growth move).

What kind of writer are you?

I write romantic suspense and mystery. Why? Maybe because it's what I read and love to read. It's what takes me on a vacation, even if just for a little while. Besides, I can't seem to stop one of my characters chasing another character for some reason or other.

Subjects? You'll usually find horses or dogs roaming in my stories somewhere. And I love psychological drama.

What are your favorite topics to write about?

Please share. I'll be waiting.


Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Welcome back to blogging! I'm so glad the cottage is back, serving coffee and muffins. Yum. :-)

What kind of writer am I? Mythomorphic. I like to take mythology and change it into something new.

Patricia A. Guthrie said...

wow. I love that term. Mythomorphic.

annie kelleher said...

hey pat... this is great... i loved your blog and was inspired to do one myself!!!

Aurora Collins said...

I would say that I am a prolific writer. I write a number of genre, as well as style, including poetry, essays, and short stories.

I love your site by the way! :-)

Aurora Collins

Patricia A. Guthrie said...

Thank you everyone. I hope it will be the beginning of a long journey into the writing sphere.

If you want to give me the links to your website, I'll be glad to add it. a little free publicity can't hurt!

Eldheni said...

made it! Finally...from the previous cottage to this one.
Welcome back Pat

Lynn Romaine said...

Hi Pat - I'm also RS writer with my own blog but no one visits it (please drop over at
I just finished my 4th ecosuspense book last night and now editing my 3rd for the umpteenth time. I have two books out in print for two years, but romantic ecosuspense. Great idea to send to the lists for bloggers - and ask questions. I have one: How does one get visitors to one's blog site?

Patricia A. Guthrie said...

Judi, looking forward to seeing your blogsite. Will mosey over there in a few.

I think one way of getting and keeping fellow bloggers is to:
have them up on your linksite,
respond to their comments, go to theirs, (I know it isn't possible to go to all everyday because you'd never get any work done.)

Those are the main ways that I know and that doesn't guarantee partiicpation. If you find any ways I'd appreciate hearing about them--and anyone else reading this post.

but, go onto the lists and tell everyone you have a site up, because if you don't--nobody can
come onto your site if they don't know you're there.

Let me know how it goes for you.

sonja said...

Hi Pat,
So glad the link is working now! I've worked on 2 time travels, but when I'm done with these I'll work on straight historical until I feel confident enough to work on contemporary. I've read more historicals but am discovering I like contemporaries very much.

Margaret said...

Hi, Pat,

So glad I finally made it through to the blog. What great information is here. I'll be back when I can spend more time, but in the meantime, it's a great place!