Welcome to A Writer's Roadmap

I'm Pat Dobie, a professional editor, a writer and a writing teacher. As an editor I work with writers of literary and commercial fiction across genres and categories. I also edit non-fiction (self-help, how-to and memoir) as well as short stories, plays, and essay collections. I have an MFA in Writing from Pacific University and my own work has been shortlisted for awards by the Historical Novel Society and the International 3-Day Novel contest.

A Writer's Roadmap is a place for me to publish everything I've learned about writing and the writing life.

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Editing tools that just might change your writing life!

  • Wondering what a book map looks like? They've been called "witchcraft," but they're just a form of geekery that editors use to diagnose problems with plot, pacing, and structure.
  • Never used the invaluable tool called a style sheet? That's how editors keep track of important facts to ensure that your novel or series is correct and consistent.
  • Curious about editorial comments and manuscript markups? See them for yourself!
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Editing tools that just might change your writing life!

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