Barbara Pattee

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  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

Author's posts

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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Apr 06

Living Life

“Life outside your craft is just as important as practicing it, if not more.” Smart Blogger When my date, Roger, saw my map with magnets of the twelve states I visited, he said, “We’ll have to fill in the rest.” This man is a keeper, I thought. He likes to travel as much as I …

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Mar 06

This Is Us

  “Do the one thing they always tell writers not to do. Watch T.V.”  From 99 Ways to Get Inspired to Write by Smart Blogger You may discover interesting plot ideas in television shows; however, some programs may teach you about good quality writing. Watching the television show, “This Is Us,” may help you learn …

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Feb 06

Begin Anew

“Whether you believe you can or you can’t – you’re right.” Henry Ford We’re one month into working on our New Year’s resolutions. How many have you kept? What? You’ve given up already, not going to try again until next year? I know that the first of January marks a new beginning for many of …

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