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Fiction's Big-Picture Fundamentals:

Are you starting a new novel or story?
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This "learn by doing" course is for you if:

  • You want to understand how to create a story or novel that works before you invest hundreds of hours in writing, scrapping, and rewriting;
  • You’re ready to write with more confidence and less wheel-spinning;
  • You have a project in mind;
  • You’re ready to start the week of October 7, 2022.

Starts Oct. 7 and ends Nov. 5, 2022

This course single-handedly developed my writing ability and technique more than anything else I have done in recent years.

Chris Woodland


Pat is warm, friendly, enthusiastic, and incredibly knowledgeable. Just knowing there are other writers out there like you is so valuable.

Chris D



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In praise of binging

Binge writing, that is. Especially for a first draft, or for tricky sections where the ideas are slippery, and the only way to grasp them is to write like a demon until your subconscious is persuaded to loosen its grip on your deepest stuff. “Though proportion is the final secret, to espouse it at the


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Fiction Editing Demystified!

Fiction Editing: A Writer’s Roadmap is a fundamental guide for fiction writers at any stage, from first-time novelists to veterans in the art and craft of writing. Whether you’re seeking an agent / publisher or planning to launch your book yourself, it will give you essential tips for understanding if and when to hire an editor, what to expect, and how to get the most bang for your buck.

Reader Reviews

Readers are guided on a step by step journey in how to navigate getting their manuscript to its best form, noting from experience tips and cautions to make the road smoother. Dobie has created the perfect companion for writers and editors to-be!
Amazon Review
This is a fabulous guide! I love the clear, breezy style, the easy-to-follow organization, the step-by-step descriptions of editing processes; and most of all, how informative it is.
Amanda Goldrick-Jones, Ph.D.
Writer and Editor
Supremely engaging…Very informative, with an informal conversational style. This is a guide that will have great appeal for both writers and editors.
Maureen Phillips, M.A.
Writer and Editor
I read this book cover to cover. If you're not sure what steps to take once you've finished your manuscript, you should read this.
Amazon Review

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Hi, I’m Pat Dobie, an editor, book doctor, and coach working with writers all over the world who’ve gone on to get agents, achieve traditional publication, self-publish successfully, and win awards. 
Put another way, I help writers stop shooting themselves in the foot, harness their energy, & write a book that people want to buy.

I live and work in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, on the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Coast Salish peoples. 

You can find me  most weekdays at Lucid Edit, helping writers create great books.

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