Author Archives: Terri Patrick

About Terri Patrick

Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

Balance your Passion and Career

We are approaching that time of year when we make resolutions and plans for the year ahead. If you want this to be the year you hit bestseller lists, consider some history.  Many first-time novelists expect to be an over-night … Continue reading

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Novel Writing Month Begins by Terri Patrick

Most Novembers, since I first heard of NaNoWriMo in 2001, have been my designated “whip that novel into shape” month. I never join the site or report my word count to anyone but myself. I prefer being within my writer … Continue reading

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My First Anniversary as a Novelist

Wow. My first novel was published one year ago, which means it’s only taken me forty years to fulfill my childhood career plans. I was young, I didn’t know about the law of abundance and the magic of dream boards. … Continue reading

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Setting It Write

World building is my second favorite thing about creating a contemporary novel. The first is getting to know my characters, everything from their astrological sign to their favorite sport in high school. The world building begins with designing their now-as-adults … Continue reading

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Conference Do’s and Dont’s

Terri Says: I’m totally steeped in allergies and grandbabies so no new content for this site. However, Here’s what was posted on the Author Marketing 101 blog about conferences.  As I am also Therese Patrick, and co-author for that site, … Continue reading

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Truths I’ve been told.

We’ve all heard rules about how to be novelists: “No head-hopping.” Nora Roberts is known for head-hopping around her cast of characters so if you do it you’re a copy cat. Then there are the non-rules that start circulating as … Continue reading

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Elemental Characters

I’ve attended many writer workshops on characterization through the years and I now use the basics of astrology to create my characters in my stories.  Michael Hauge’s Story Mastery defines the character arc as the Emotional Journey from Identity to … Continue reading

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Typing Tools

I recently learned that Tom Hanks loves typewriters, everything about them, and he has a collection. I will drool over typewriters used as historic displays in storefronts, I will pause in business supply stores and look at the latest version of … Continue reading

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What’s in a name…

For my last post here this year, I wanted to come up with something profound and inspiring. Instead I’ll reveal my secret thrill now that I’m finally a published author. Ed and I have been married for 33 years. He … Continue reading

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No Time for a Wedding

As romance novelists, we know the delight of a HEA at the end of a story and sometimes there’s a wedding in the works. Weddings celebrate a life of love followed by the wonder of newlywed bliss. Honeymoon’s are a … Continue reading

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