Barbara Pattee

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Name: Barbara Pattee
Date registered: February 6, 2014

Latest posts

  1. Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2017 Part 1 — September 6, 2017
  2. Writing Contests — August 6, 2017
  3. Game On! — July 6, 2017
  4. Freedom! What Freedom? — June 7, 2017
  5. What’s Your Number? — May 6, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. The Trip of a Lifetime: Australia and New Zealand Part 2 — 14 comments
  2. Have No Fear — 14 comments
  3. All Love Is Created Equal — 12 comments
  4. Happy Anniversary, M & M’s® — 12 comments
  5. More Than Black and White — 11 comments

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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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Jun 07

Freedom! What Freedom?

“Barbara, your assignment is to write a 250-word essay entitled What Freedom Means to Me, my English teacher said. “I’m submitting your work to a local writing contest.” “Yes, ma’am,” I said, not questioning why she selected that subject or why none of my classmates were given the same assignment. She told me nothing about …

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May 06

What’s Your Number?

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike say a brain surgeon.” – Robert Cormier Grab your thesaurus! You need a stronger word to convey the anger your protagonist feels. When reading your completed manuscript, look for apathetic words that don’t show the desire, despair, …

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