Rusty Strait

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Writers Corner: Motivation

Brad from Rancho Cucamonga asks me to explain motivation. That may appear to be a dumb question, but it isn't. I've been asked that question a number of times.

Where do I start my story?

I am often asked, "Where is the best place to start my manuscript?" Good question. There are as many answers to this one as there are questions. What, for instance, is the nature of your story? Are you working on a biography, or is your story fiction? Is it romantic, or about someone with a major disadvantage who is struggling to reach goals in life?

Governmental Research

I received a rather unusual request this week from Barbara in Palm Springs. “I am writing about a government agency. How do I research that? I’ve been running into blank walls.”

Character is important

How you define your characters in a book is crucial to the flow of your story. Dialect often defines characters more than mere descriptions. If your protagonist is from the deep south, don’t expect him or her to speak with a Boston accent. Perhaps he or she is from New York, where the manner of dialogue is crisp and fast.

The Ramona Bowl resumes their Pancake Breakfast

Dan Ferguson and his wife Susan from the Ramona play | Courtesy Photos of Golden Era Productions

Breaking

Hemet High AG program fosters student leadership

Hemet High School graduate and Agriculture teacher Katie Fernandes and six of her students were guest presenters at the recent California Retired Teachers Association Division 33 luncheon on April 9th at the Seven Hills Members Club in Hemet.

Plane Crash Victim ID’d As RivCo Man

SAN BERNARDINO, CA — A Riverside County man was identified as the victim of a small plane crash on Saturday evening, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department announced.

Will Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, fierce Newsom critic, run for governor in 2026?

While most eyes are trained on this year's General Election, a handful of lawmakers and political figures in California have a different race on their minds: the state's gubernatorial contest in 2026.