Patrick Witz has from his youth always been fascinated with science, strange discoveries, technology, earth and other worldly places presented in National Geographic and Popular Mechanics. He is a steadfast believer that knowledge and imagination are a powerful combination and readily admits he will forever be a student of the arts, be it creative writing, photograph, or any other artistic interest or endeavor.
In his writing, Patrick likes to blend genres and his eclectic nature leads him into a labyrinth of fictional paths. Patrick’s writing goal is to bring his written words to life in reader’s minds… therein to strum reader’s emotional cords; sculpt intriguing characters; create captivating relatable dialogue; and word-paint intricate colorful settings. One can say Patrick’s diversity is the spice of his writing – sometimes sweet, every now and again bitter, often mixed with a sprinkle of humor, a pinch of peculiar flavor, and finished off with an emotional or unsuspecting twist.
Patrick Writing: http://www.PlacerGoldWritersInk.com
Patrick Art/Photography: http://www.patrick-witz.artistwebsites.com
Describe your desk
A two to three foot horseshoe shaped pile of paper around my computer screen. A clean desk is confirmation of a sick mind. A messy desk is confirmation of commitment to a task/goal regardless of distraction from ants eating crumbs, spiders eating ants, fuzzy gray coffee mugs, blinking message lights on the answering machine from collection companies regarding buried unopened bills, or the fact that I can't find my car keys... oh wait, found them... now wondering how they ended up on a picture hook, hmmm... what happen to that picture? Whatever, back to writing my story...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
To answer that question, YES, vividly; I will never forget it. Over 20 years ago, I started writing a humorous annual Witz Family Holiday Newsletter and received some unsolicited but very helpful advice. One of wife’s grand old aunts mailed my holiday letter back to me… each sentence had every kind of English 101 corrections...spelling, punctuation, grammar… ALL WRITTEN IN RED INK! I was not only embarrassed and upset for months, my whimsical artsy heart had been ripped out, I was demoralized, devastated. However, when I pulled that corrected letter out eleven months later, I relived that moment of envelop opening... until I re-read the letter. She was 110% correct, it was first-draft unedited awful! My anger morphed into embarrassment and my ego was muted. THAT’S when I took my writing seriously. From that date forward, I never again sent out any of my writing anywhere to anyone without exhaustive editing and polishing.
5-Star rated Through Button Eyes is a unique multi-genre collection of short stories that will thrill, intrigue & entertain. The 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA) awarded it as an Anthology Division medalist. These diverse stories range from... tender coming-of-age to Sci-Fi adventure; romantic moments to brutal murder; magical fantasy to family tragedy...and a humorous odd zombie.