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Character Personalities

Character Personalities by Elijah Shoemaker When I started writing my first novel, coincidentally the novel that I am working on at present, I began with your basic brainstorming/mind-mapping/prewriting methods. It was extremely haphazard, since I honestly had next to no … Continue reading

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How Much Is Too Much in Writing Fiction?

How Much Is Too Much in Writing Fiction? by Cody Wagner In my novel, The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren, our protagonist goes off to a pray-away-the-gay boarding school. The homophobia at Sanctuary Preparatory Academy is completely over … Continue reading

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A Leap of Faith

A Leap of Faith by C. K. Thomas A dove has made her nest under the eve of our back porch, a situation I’m sure Jan Karon would find delightful. I read Karon’s books to enjoy and learn from her … Continue reading

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Dialogue Basics

Dialogue Basics by Patrick Hodges If there is one thing I’ve learned a lot about over the last year – as a writer, a reader, and an editor – it’s how NOT to write dialogue. And believe me, I have … Continue reading

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Am I a Writer… or an Emcee?

Am I a Writer… or an Emcee? by Mary Ellen Stepanich I attended the annual Southwest Writers Conference in November – I attend every year because it’s nearby and not too costly. I suppose I’m trying to become a writer. … Continue reading

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Circles of Influence

Circles of Influence by Joshua Hoyt In my role as a school counselor, when I work with people, I try to help them understand the things that are in their control and those that are outside their control. I start … Continue reading

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It’s a Duesy! It’s a Doozy! It’s a Daisy!

It’s a Duesy! It’s a Doozy! It’s a Daisy! by C. K. Thomas However you spell it and whatever it might be, you can be sure if it’s a Duesy, a Doozy, or a Daisy, then it’s just grand. Golly … Continue reading

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