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James Duckett
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Writing a novel is a tough, complex thing. And then writing a novel people actually want to read is even tougher. But there are a few pitfalls you can avoid that will make writing the next best-selling novel that much easier.  So below is my list of nine…
Writing a novel is a tough, complex thing. And then writing a novel people actually want to read is even tougher. But there are a few pitfalls you can avoid that will make writing the next best-sel...
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My name is Christy Dorrity. My family means everything to me and I love being a wife to my amazing husband, and stay at home mom to five awesome kiddos. Reading, writing, cooking and Irish dancing make me happy. You will find a little of everything here.…
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If you want to be great at writing, you have to do more than just write. You have to develop an “eye” for it. If you aren’t developing an eye for it, you’re not progressing very far. You can’t become a better storyteller if you can’t see how to. Right?…
If you want to be great at writing, you have to do more than just write. You have to develop an "eye" for it. If you aren't developing an eye for it, you're not progressing very far. You can't beco...
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Christopher received his MA in communications and journalism from Utah State University. Right after graduation, he took the position of assistant editor for a major publishing house. He was also chapter president for The League of Utah Writers and a…
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I’ve recently started a weight-loss program provided by my day-job as a health benefit. The program, Naturally Slim, consists of a series of weekly video lessons that cover topics of nutrition, weight loss, exercise, stress reduction, and general mental…
I’ve recently started a weight-loss program provided by my day-job as a health benefit. The program, Naturally Slim, consists of a series of weekly video lessons that cover topics of nutrition, wei...
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Following up here on some ideas which came up during the Writers and Illustrators for Young Readers (WIFYR) Conference I attended last month. During a session on writing NON‑FICTON for young readers, I thought again of going that route for some of my…
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We all know we need to avoid cliches like the plague. We know we need to be original, just like everybody else. Doing it is harder than it sounds. There are opportunities to use unoriginal cliches literally in every line we write. Obviously we can’t be…
We all know we need to avoid cliches like the plague. We know we need to be original, just like everybody else. Doing it is harder than it sounds. There are opportunities to use unoriginal cliches ...
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Ever have one of those days when you find reasons to cry? All. Day. Long. I had one of those Saturday. At 4 a.m., I woke up thinking about being at the hospital the night my father died. My mother, who’d passed when I was only 27, died at the age of 63. A…
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I’ve heard from several authors that one of the best ways to learn to write is to study the writing of other authors, and that the best way to do that is to write out some of their writing. Copying, it’s said, will slow the progression of words down…
I’ve heard from several authors that one of the best ways to learn to write is to study the writing of other authors, and that the best way to do that is to write out some of their writing. Copying...
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A dear friend, and former writing student of mine, Barbara Wilson, runs a marvelous blog called “Uniting Caregivers”. She and her husband were in a horrific auto accident over 20 years ago. She felt a necessity to bring caregivers together in some way to…
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Mary Robinette Kowal once described writing as telepathy. Our job as writers is to communicate ideas from our mind to the minds of our readers through indirect means, sometimes even across oceans and years. However, no matter how good we might be as…
Mary Robinette Kowal once described writing as telepathy. Our job as writers is to communicate ideas from our mind to the minds of our readers through indirect means, sometimes even across oceans a...
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  One of my followers said to me: I’m working on a novel now, and I’ve got everything planned out- outline, characters, a playlist, etc. I just can’t find a first sentence. Do you have any tips for coming up with a good first sentence for a novel? So…
  One of my followers said to me: I'm working on a novel now, and I've got everything planned out- outline, characters, a playlist, etc. I just can't find a first sentence. Do you have any tip...
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Education
  • Pleasant Grove High School
    General, 1990 - 1993
  • LDS Business College
    Accounting, 1995 - 1996
  • Utah Valley State College
    Business Administration, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Business Administration/MIS Emphasis, 1999 - 2004
  • Vicenza American High School
    General, 1984 - 1990
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Other names
Jim Duckett, Duckett
Work
Occupation
Technology Services, Writer
Employment
  • City of St. George
    IT Director, 2007 - present
  • Intera NSC
    Senior App Developer, 2001 - 2012
  • GoldenTel
    IT Peon, 1999 - 2001
  • Video Monitoring Services
    Production Manager, 1998 - 1999
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St. George, UT
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Las Vegas, NV - Pleasant Grove, UT - Vicenza, Italy - Sierra Vista, AZ - Frankfurt, Germany - Pleasanton, CA
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One of my favorite places to eat in St. George. The environment is excellent and the servers have always been excellent to work with. And the food!!! Perfection on a plate! I also love the pewter glasses they serve their drinks in.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Simister Orthodontics has always treated me well. The best thing is that they don't nickle and dime you. They give you a price right up front and they don't charge any more. So there are no surprises. I wish all businesses worked with such integrity, especially since they have had to do more work than originally figured when I first came in.
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