Over the weekend I taught several workshops at Wordcrafters a fabulous writing conference held in Eugene, Oregon. With keynoters Kevin O’Brien, Nancy Holder and Gail Tsukiyama, a few of my classes had small but enthusiastic participants. One was a basic class on Point of View (POV). I thought I’d reprise some of the class here. Writing […]
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Fiction writers create characters who are as real as their next-door neighbors–to the writers. The challenge comes with inventing characters who are more than real–they’re unforgettable. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways to make your fictional characters more memorable? Larger than Life The most unforgettable characters often feel larger-than-life to readers. A writer […]
I’ve blogged about most every aspect of fiction and nonfiction, from the big picture to the nits. Today’s subject jumps out at me in almost every student’s manuscript:convoluted sentences that stiffen the language and zoom out the camera. Writing Tip for Today: How can you write clearer, more accessible sentences in your fiction or nonfiction? […]
YA (Young Adult) fiction is all the rage these days. While I confess to being a YA lover for a long time, there seems to be a bit of confusion as to how to define this genre. Writing Tip for Today: What is YA and how do you know if your story fits the genre? […]
Fiction writers tend to struggle in writing a character’s thoughts.Sometimes it’s a matter of understanding Point of View (POV). Other times, how to express one character’s thoughts is what stumps writers. Either way, inner thought is a valuable tool to deepen character and pull readers into the story. By adhering to some “rules,” readers can […]
Every new fiction writer hears the warning: NO BACK STORY in the FIRST CHAPTER! And then the fretting begins: How will readers understand my character without back story? Won’t they demand to know everything before they commit to the story? Writing Tip for Today: The answer to these back story questions is yes and no. […]
LINDA S. CLARE
Linda has always been a daydreamer, artist and storyteller. In addition to doting on grandbabies, collecting too many cats, gardening and walking on the beach, she loves to write and to help writers develop their skills.
A SKY WITHOUT STARS
Frankie Chasing Bear is caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she also thinks he will need to learn the white man’s ways to succeed. After the untimely death of her husband, Frankie joins the U.S. Government’s Relocation Program and moves to Arizona. There she begins sewing a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn, and prayed into it.