Barbara Pattee

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Organizing Your Work

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck What should you do with the dozens of writing ideas you have acquired from reading blogs and books on writing? If you’re a typical writer, you keep notebooks, 3 X 5 …

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Let Your Passion Fly Free

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou “Don’t die with your music still inside. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.” Wayne Dyer You’ve always wanted to write the “next best seller,” yet you haven’t completed one manuscript. I know, I know. …

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More Than Black and White

“If you see the world in black and white, you’re missing important grey matter.” –Jack Fyock The most compelling stories involve characters who are flawed morally, physically, socially, or even mentally. For example in the novel, Deserves to Die by Lisa Jackson, a twice divorced, single pregnant detective must solve the murder of a woman …

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Write Something

“You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Jodi Picoult Creative writing is not the same as making a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. Once you put an ingredient in the pot, you can’t remove that item. The flavor changes with …

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Finding Fiction in Real Life

“There are more bizarre stories in reality than any of us could imagine.” – J. Garth If I wrote a story about an elephant buried at a shopping mall in the United States, no one would believe the plot was plausible. And yet it’s true. In 1972, Little Jennie, an aging elephant with a traveling …

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