Let’s get to know each other (updated 10–13–2021)

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I’m a full-time freelancer who gave up a high-octane corporate career to become my own boss. As an organizational communications consultant, business writer/editor, and writing instructor, my business has weathered the ups and downs of the economy and is still going strong.

My tenure on Medium is a little over…


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We never stop working on it

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I have an autoimmune disease with multiple symptoms including debilitating fatigue. It can creep up on me slowly increasing in intensity until I give in and take some time off. Sometimes it just crashes down on me like one of Magritte’s boulders dropping to earth with me under it. That…


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Writers want to be read. The more readers we have, the greater our audience, influence, and reach, so it becomes easier to market our services and products. The challenge is getting people to become readers of our writing.

Our introduction is the first thing readers see. Just like our profile…

Patricia Haddock

Professional writer, editor, coach for personal and professional development. Writer for Mind Cafe, Illumination, Synergy, & more. Find her at www.phaddock.com.

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