Author | Francis X. Fitzpatrick

I am a dreamer and a risk taker. I left a successful sales career almost two decades ago to move to LA to pursue a career in screenwriting. After returning from the West Coast, I became a secondary English teacher for a dozen years. I retired from teaching three years ago to dedicate myself to writing full-time. In addition to my creative pursuits, I try to be the best person I can be and to treat others the way I would like them to treat me. Finally, I would like the inscription on my tombstone to read “He Tried.” I only hope that the engraving won’t be completed for a good number of years.

In regards to my approach to writing, I am definitely an outliner. In fact, I wrote my thesis paper for my MFA on a craft book titled Story Structure by Larry Brooks and which has become my writing bible. I am a morning person and write from 8:00 a.m. till noon every weekday. After I complete a first draft, I then go back and revise it based upon feedback from other writers, my mentors, and beta readers. I devote my afternoons to reading and trying to analyze what good writers do so that I can, hopefully, emulate and incorporate their strategy, craft, and success into my own creative endeavors.

I have been working on my first novel, A Bold & Brazen Article (working title), for the last fifteen years. I began this journey by taking writing classes and seminars at various community colleges and night schools, which then evolved into graduate level writing courses. I used the many diverse craft courses in my MA/MFA Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University to revise my novel. The feedback that I received from my peers and teachers/mentors was invaluable in taking my book to another level, while also changing its structure and plot for what I hope will be better reading experience.

Author | Francis X. Fitzpatrick