Barbara Pattee

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The Challenge

The creative writing instructor challenged the class to write a 100-word story. Too easy I thought as I completed the assignment. On my own, I challenged myself further to write a story using 100 single syllable words. Still easy for me because I’ve always enjoyed writing short stories. How could I make the challenge even …

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Choose Carefully

“You have a choice each and every single day. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be excited. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy.” – Amber Housley Happy New Year! It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. Choose carefully. Resolve to lose weight because you want …

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Begin Anew

“I don’t think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it.” – Richard L. Evans “If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0.” – Author Unknown Check your 2017 to-do list. Were you able to clean out your over crowded closet? Did you drop the weight you wanted to lose? Did …

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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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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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