Finding Focus

Recently, I was chastised for taking too big of a bite for my blog. My writing coach let me in on a little secret. It is hard (or even impossible) for one writer to cover ALL facets of writing. He urged me to find a niche and concentrate on that.


Effective today, August 24, 2020, I’m changing the tagline of my blog from ‘Let’s talk about writing’ to ‘Writing the Short Story.’


For my future posts, I’ll concentrate on the facets of the short story. After all, it only makes sense. I curate at least one Anthology of short stories every year. I believe the short story is an essential step in becoming the best writer you can be.


We will talk about:

    • grammar and editing as it applies to the short story
    • elements of the short story
    • strengthening your MC within the parameters of the short story
    • Anything I come across to share with you about how you can write and publish your short stories.

On that note, I would like to invite short story writers, of all levels, to submit their stories for inclusion in:

the 2020 Indie Author Short Story Anthology


Please see for additional details.

Join the Facebook group:


The deadline for submission is

October 1, 2020,

and the entrance fee per story is $25 to help with the printing and shipping costs.


I’m looking forward to seeing your short story~


Until next time,

 ~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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