Patrick E. McLean

is an author and copywriter. His most recent book is “The Merchant Adventurer”. He also has a nice portfolio.
Feel free to reach out to him.

Latest posts


David Mamet's Three Questions for Better Drama

In a now reasonably famous memo to the writing staff of “The Unit” David Mamet wrote: Drama is the quest of the hero to overcome those things which prevent him from achieving a specific, acute goal. Actually, I’m taking some license. He wrote it in ALL CAPS. In fact he... continue reading


Six Things You Can Learn About Writing from Homer

We like to think of the times we live in as new. We simply have to be the most advanced, most interesting people in the history of the world, right? When it comes to crafting stories, I’m not convinced. Here’s an excerpt from The Odyssey. It’s the climax of the book. Odysseus, having returned... continue reading


Thoughts on Writing Superheroes

My first thought is that I’m scarcely qualified to deal with this question. Especially not when there are guys like Brian Micheal Bendis, Paul Jenkins, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, J. Micheal Straczynski… I don’t even know how to pretend to order these guys, but they’re all brilliant and more versed... continue reading


The Sons of Literacy

A good friend of mine, Brandon Scharr, designed this logo and t-shirts for a fictitious “Reading Club.” To support him, I posted his design to a few places with the message “Here is the t-shirt for my new book club.” It was kind of a joke, but I got a... continue reading

About Patrick

I stole this from Orwell, but I'm not sure I can say it any better.

"So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information. It is no use trying to suppress that side of myself. The job is to reconcile my ingrained activities and dislikes with the essentially public, non-individual activities that this age forces on all of us."
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