Meet Patrick

I’m Patrick Ross, a professional writer for more than 25 years who has returned to the path of an art-committed life. I have an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and am a writing instructor with The Loft Literary Center and The Writer’s Center. I’m also a senior communications official in a U.S. federal agency.

Photo credit: Marisa Ross

I’ve been a short-order cook, a nonprofit CEO, a veterinary assistant, a reporter, a theater usher, a magazine editor, an art-gallery laborer, a think tank senior fellow, a college admissions interviewer, a federal agency executive, a freelance writer and copyeditor, a radio news announcer, a tour-bus coordinator, a Senate staffer, a classical singer, a D.C. news bureau chief, a would-be professional darts player, and a telemarketer. I apologize for that last one.

Get useful resources on creativity and writing on Twitter @PatrickRwrites.

Feel free to learn about me professionally at my web site, connect with me on LinkedIn, or email me.

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ADDENDUM: I was thrilled to have been named a Top 10 Blog for Writing. I’d like here to acknowledge the individuals who nominated me, and reprint their nominations.

  • <Jon M (@thindifference): Patrick provides solid advice to writers but, more importantly, inspiration. His writing style is heartfelt and real, and his challenges are expressed honestly and helpfully. Great site, great person.
  • Carole Jane Treggett (@cjtreggett): Not only does this award-winning journalist and gifted creative writer consistently provide quality posts on a consistent basis, but he’s inspired/ fostered a truly genuine and supportive community of writers and creatives. Patrick is very generous with his focus and attention on fellow creatives as he is pursuing his own creative career, always encouraging fellow writers and artists to follow their chosen paths, developing authentic relationships.
  • Sue Mitchell (@Sue_Mitchell): I love his blog because he is both an expert in writing and a perpetual learner. When I read the posts there, I feel like he is both teaching me and learning along with me. He is very accessible to his readers and regularly engages us in thought-provoking conversations about writing topics I’m not seeing discussed elsewhere.
  • Anne Da Vigo (Coffee and Ink): Patrick writes the blog while juggling a job, and masters degree studies in creative non-fiction. What I appreciate about his blog is that he is so willing to be open and honest about his path as he works toward his goal of a creative life. Some days he seems overwhelmed; on others he is elated about his progress. He provides wonderful links on a variety of writerly topics.

50 Responses to “Meet Patrick”

  1. I saw you commented on a post on my writing group website, so I followed your link to this site. As a writer and artist who never really left the art-committed life, I congratulate you on your new endeavor. Happy travels!

  2. Thank you, Necee! Yes, I discovered your blog recently and have it in my RSS. It looks like you have a really great writer network there, congrats.

  3. I always wanted to commit to an art-centered life but didn’t until mid-life. Although that first attempt didn’t work, I recommitted 15 years later, took quite a tumble to restructure a life going in the wrong direction, and have finally achieved it. It was worth it. Now I aim to encourage others to commit early on. Congratulations!

    • I’m committing at mid-life as well, not allowing myself to regret doing it earlier. I’m so glad you survived your stumble and are in the right place. I’m fortunate to have a wife and children who are supportive, but I’m realizing there are many challenges, some expected, some not so. Thanks for your encouragement!

  4. Hi Patrick,

    Good to see you!

    Sam

  5. I have enjoyed journeying around you site. i shall look forward to coming back for more.

  6. Wow… it must be nice to be so loved. And I love your road trip idea and even as I type am thinking of doing a Canadian version thereof… or even a Mexican version, where I am right now. Congrats on your Top 10 recognition.

    • Thank you, PJ. I view the love as gratitude for my effort to bring something to my readers, but it’s really a conversation, because while I may start a discussion it’s the commenters who bring it to life. I’d love to read about a trip across Canada or Mexico, countries I’ve visited but would love to know more about, the land and the people.

  7. Patrick,

    Just wanted to let you know that I gave you a shout out in my latest post. I’ve passed on the Sunshine Blogger award to you, and there is NO pressure to pass it along. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog!

    http://lisahayesblog.com/2012/04/23/i-got-your-sunshine-here/

    Lisa

  8. I stopped by because I so enjoy the title of your blog. It is indeed a road, and a special one at that. Artists experience the world so differently than left-brainers – and yet are expected, for the most part, to be in the left-brain world nonetheless. I love finding others who are clued into this, and doing what they can to be in the world but not of it! Best to you – julianna

  9. One day this blog was featured on one of my Creativity FB groups and provided the impetus for me to start my own blog. Months later I am still thrashing about learning about \’sticky notes\’ and what not but can truthfully say If it wasn\’t for \”The Artist\’s Road\” I would not be blogging at all.
    The whole experience is massively satisfying and to connect with like-minded people is the icing on the cake. Thank you Patrick!
    Candace

  10. Oh yes, I had to come back in via the WP account to invite you to http://www.plainvanilladesign.com/
    Like I said earlier, I am a blogging babe in the woods.
    Candace

  11. Patrick,

    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award on my blog, Story & History, http://mthupp.wordpress.com. Your blog has enriched my writing and my life, and I wanted you to know how important your posts are to me.

    I hope you will pass along the award to other bloggers, as outlined in my November 28 post, http://mthupp.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/nominated-for-one-lovely-blog-award/ .

    Thank you.

    Theresa Hupp

    • Wow, Theresa, thank you so much! It really means a lot to me that you chose to do this, and that the blog speaks to you the way it does.

      I do not as a rule pass on these chain blog awards, but I am always touched to receive them. Please don’ t take my decision not to award others as in any way a reflecton on you.

  12. Hi Patrick,
    Inspiring story. Thanks for visiting and liking my article – and for creating the article I referenced in the first place.
    It’s great to see a creative person with such calm determination and professionalism.
    Best wishes,
    Amaya

  13. Hi Patrick – congrats on being “Freshly Pressed.” Looks like you have filled many shoes in your life and now have come to the place of committing to your art. Seems like some of us have to reach midlife first to make that decision…. if not now, when? I went through the same process recently, even quit my job to dedicate myself to art & creativity (and organic gardening – you gotta eat, right?).

  14. Hello Patrick,
    After reading a snippet of your life and the shoes you use to dance in, I look forward to reading your work to keep me focused on my own writing. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  15. I enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the Sunshine Award (http://ruminationville.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/thank-you-very-much-charlotte/).

    - Ruminationville

  16. Hi Patrick

    I am going to be retiring in two weeks and have always intended to write in my next life. Well the time is at hand. I am enjoying your blog very much and have therefore awarded you the Most Inspiring Blogger Award. Check out my latest post here http://luluandthemoon.wordpress.com to learn more about your award.

    Cheers!
    Leslie

    • Congratulations on your impending retirement and on the next exciting chapter of your life! I’m thrilled for you. And I much appreciate the award as well. Thank you.

  17. Hey! What’s your email address? :)

  18. Hi Patrick, you have a really interesting blog. I love the way you write. I´ll visit you from now on.

  19. I have nominated you for an award – one to add to the list! Feel free to share the appreciation of well-written blogs and interesting topics through acceptance by going here:

    http://catlumb.com/2013/08/20/awards-round-up-check-out-these-blogs/

    No pressure. This is just my way of thanking you for sharing your thoughts.
    Take Care, Cat x

  20. A man who thinks the way I do! Count me in as a “follower!”

  21. I just found your blog (yes, the fresh pressed thing does work) and I am looking forward to reading m ore of your words! I’ve been an artist for years (without going the MFA route, I already had a couple of degrees and didn’t feel like adding to them) and I am always looking for more wisdom to add to my growing stockpile.

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