Category: Barbara Pattee

Apr 06

Happy Anniversary, M & M’s®

There was complete silence in my classroom. All eyes were on me. The look of disappointment on the faces of the students was heartbreaking. “I’m sorry, children,” I said. “The principal is in charge.” The week before a planned party, our principal made an unexpected announcement over the PA system. “There will be no Christmas …

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Feb 06

Story Starters, Part 3

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”–Graham Greene Have you ever found yourself with the wrong friends? A fur hunter in the 1800s was severely …

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Oct 06


“Writing: Somewhere between torture and fun.” – The Write Practice “I just sit at my typewriter and curse a bit.” — P.G. Wodehouse Frustration My current project, an historical novel, started as a short story written during a creative writing class. The sudden death of an important, but minor, character propelled the scenes to a …

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Sep 06


This week, I helped clean out and organize the family garage and thought about my 2015 resolutions. I have two lists – one for chores and the second is “My 2015 Non-Commitments for My Writing Growth.” The first three items were submitted to Deadwood Writers. 1) Enter the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. I did …

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Jul 06

Shut the Noise

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” Samuel Johnson Do you edit as you write? Do you struggle with every word, sentence, paragraph, character, and scene before you decide that your writing is not yet perfect? Do you hit the delete button more often than the save button? Do …

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