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    Zany Characters to End the Month

    Z is for zany, and Z is the last post in the A to Z Blog Challenge 2013!  Reaching the end entitles the blogger to feel a bit zany, a bit like a clown ready to turn cartwheels, wear brightly colored costumes, and dance around in circles! But before we call it the end, let’s take a look at the word “zany” and how it’s use in character development.  It is possible that clowning around isn’t the only thing a zany can do! zany | adjective 1.  ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish. zany | noun 2.  one who plays the clown or fool in order to amuse others. 3.  a…

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    We Yearn for Different Things

    Few emotions or feelings begin with the letter “Y,” but because it is day 25 of the A to Z Blog Challenge, I made myself find one.  Yearn is one that we don’t hear often, so a good one to talk about today.Yearn is to long for, lust after, desire, and more.  So, why don’t we hear about it more?  The word “yearn” is likely too old-fashioned for most writers and considering its first known use is predates the 12th century, the word is getting on up in years. So, precisely what do your characters yearn for?  And how do you show that yearning? yearn | intransitive verb 1: to…

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    Unduly Fearful, or Xenophobic

    Do you have fears? Unreasonable fears? Some do — hypochondriacs, acrophobics, claustrophobics and xenophobics. I can relate to acrophobia and claustrophobia, because I suffer from both. Often these fears are related to physiological imbalances rather than psychological issues. xenophobe | noun one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin. — xenophobic | adjective — xenophobically | adverb * * * Our minds do not have to imagine or think too much on the possible areas where xenophobes might be found in our society.  Too often it seems someone is wanting someone else out of their community, their religion, their politics, their country. Once upon…

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    W Is for Whimsical

    “Just start with something whimsical. An outlandish situation or character and just go from there. For example ‘One day a long time ago, the Princess of Everybody and Everything came to Kansas City to visit her uncle.” ~ Priscilla Howe, Storyteller whimsical | adjective 1. given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious; a pixyish, whimsical fellow.2. of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions: Her writing showed whimsical notions of human behavior.3. erratic, unpredictable: He was too whimsical with regard to his work. * * * Priscilla Howe is a storyteller.  A former librarian turned storyteller to all ages from the youngest to the oldest of us, Howe has traveled…