Author page: Patricia Charpentier

Should I copyright my writing?

Should I copyright my writing?

I’m asked all the time about copyrighting. What is a copyright? How do you spell copyright? Should I copyright my writing? Should I register my copyright? Am I protected if I don’t copyright my work? How do I copyright my story? How much does it cost to copyright my book? How long does a copyright last? Okay, let’s see what…

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Writing contests…help or hindrance?

Writing contests…help or hindrance?

Becky McGregor is a Writing Your Life class member who has had great success writing and publishing her work. Last year, the Florida Writers Association accepted two of her stories for its 2011 anthology, Let’s Talk. Becky wrote a piece titled “Eight Wheels” in our spring 2012 class session, which will be published in this year’s FWA anthology. Last week,…

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Creating a writing community

Creating a writing community

Social media guru and Writing Your Life class member Penney Fox did a presentation on blogging last week to the Orlando chapter of the Florida Writers Association. She brought the house down and gave great information about how we can use blogging to promote ourselves as authors and sell more books. What struck me was the number of times she…

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Reasons to write

Reasons to write

At the First Saturday Writing Workshop a couple of days ago, I was reminded of the importance of writing our life stories in such a vivid way . I gave a prompt to write about one of the most unusual things the participants had ever seen in the sky. I expected big sightings—the aurora borealis, a sky full of hot…

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Hook ‘em…

Hook ‘em…

Hook ’em … Your first sentence or two can make or break the story. It can entice your reader to keep going or convince him to go take a nap, so it’s important to put time and effort into constructing a great opening. But, and this is a big but, work on your opening after you’ve written the story. Don’t…

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Writing and cruising

Writing and cruising

Picture this…crystal blue water, view of the horizon in every direction, azure skies with puffy white clouds, exotic destinations, scrumptious food, first class entertainment, fascinating people, time for adventure and relaxation, and a chance to learn more about writing your personal and family history. Now, pen yourself into this scene. The first ever Writing Your Life cruise is taking shape,…

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To comma or not to comma…

To comma or not to comma…

I’ve never seen so much confusion, debate and misconception centered on one little item—the comma. Writing guides continue to produce pages and pages of text focused on how the comma should and should not be used. The problem is that outside the comma’s basic usage, none of the experts agree, so how do we as writers decipher how best to…

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