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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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Where Do Fictional Characters Come From?

Where Do Fictional Characters Come From? by Lesley Sudders There was a boy A very strange enchanted boy — “Nature Boy” by eden ahbez I recently stumbled on my old journals, out of sight for years in a storage box. … Continue reading

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Exploring Newspapers for Inspiration

Exploring Newspapers for Inspiration by C.K. Thomas For a couple of years way back in the 1980s, I worked indexing The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette for inclusion in a searchable database reporters could access from the computers on … Continue reading

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What do you do when reality intrudes on fiction?

What do you do when reality intrudes on fiction? by Steve Meissner The problem with writing about current events – especially Arizona politics – is that reality sometimes rears up and bites you in the butt. That just happened to … Continue reading

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Zone of Proximal Development

Zone of Proximal Development by Joshua Hoyt In creating well-rounded characters, we need to remember the wind beneath their wings. Our characters need the support of those around them or they will falter and eventually die. Think of your own … Continue reading

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Life Happens

Life Happens by Lori Beasley Bradley I have been working feverishly on Book 2 of my Soiled Dove Sagas. This story is told from the point of view of my secondary character, Roxie, introduced in Book 1, The Ruby Queen. … Continue reading

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What motivates your characters?

What motivates your characters? by Joshua Hoyt Motivation comes in two forms: intrinsic or extrinsic. We are all motivated by both forms on a daily basis. Intrinsic motivation is driven by the good feeling a person gets from just doing … Continue reading

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What a Person Says Isn’t Necessarily What He/She Thinks

What a Person Says Isn’t Necessarily What He/She Thinks Today’s post is based on a study conducted in 1934 by Richard LaPiere. He traveled with a Japanese couple around the US and took note of how people reacted to them. His … Continue reading

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Make Frog Noises

 Make Frog Noises by Patricia Grady Cox You will be reading this on New Year’s Eve, and I’ll be on my way to the Boot Drop on Whiskey Row in Prescott. It’s a night for looking back and looking forward. … Continue reading

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