Barbara Pattee

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Nov 04

Plotter or Pantser

“Secret Sauce: If you’re not spending most of your time figuring out how your characters act or acted, you’re probably wasting your time.” Annalisa Parent, featured speaker, at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2017. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Or are you a crazy combination of the two? Some writers prefer to know …

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Oct 06

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2017 Part 2

Do you remember why you wanted to become a writer? Lisa Scottoline, the awesome, informative, and funny keynote speaker at the conference, revealed her reason. As a pregnant trial attorney and soon-to-be divorcee, she wanted to stay home with her baby. Taking an extraordinary gamble, Scottoline left her firm and began to write legal thrillers …

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Sep 06

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2017 Part 1

Creative energy filled the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2017 held in New York City from Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20. I attended the conference hoping to receive lessons and helpful hints that could facilitate my writing.  The conference fulfilled my expectations. During the registration, I selected buttons that represented the genres in which …

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Aug 06

Writing Contests

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title, a list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” — Jane Yolen Add writing contests to the list of ways to exercise your writing muscle. You may …

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Jul 06

Game On!

“Let him know how smart you are,” my father said before I went on a date with my boyfriend. I heard my father’s words and questioned his advice. I recalled when one of my teenage boyfriends taught me to play Backgammon. As a long-time board game player, I quickly caught on to the winning strategy. …

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