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Beta Readers: What Should Writers Look For?

Feb 6, 2018 | One Comment
Beta Readers: What Should Writers Look For?

  Writers hear a lot about “Beta Readers” these days. A Beta Reader is someone (ideally NOT related to you!) who agrees to read through your revised and polished manuscript and then offer feedback. But writing is a curious pastime—it can be very subjective. Do you know what to look for when gathering your Beta […]

Your Writing’s Driver

Jan 30, 2018 | 2 Comments
Your Writing’s Driver

I recently got an alert on my computer: Warning—your driver is out of date. It got me thinking about what drives my writing. Passion, to be sure, and in fiction, characters who just can’t stop doing what they’re doing. What about your work? Who’s driving your stories? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s examine other “drivers” […]

Market Your Writing Right

Jan 23, 2018 | 2 Comments
Market Your Writing Right

  With traditional publishing changing so quickly, many writers turn to independent or self-publishing to get their work out there. OK, it’s “out there.” Now what? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss a few easy ways to market your work: But It’s on Amazon I do a lot of coaching, and many who have self-pubbed […]

Writing Deep POV

Jan 16, 2018 | 2 Comments
Writing Deep POV

  Writers of fiction hear the term “Deep POV” bandied about on writing sites and in critique groups. Brave writers will whisper, “Psst. What’s deep POV anyway?” Some say it’s leaving out obvious sensory info. Others point to lack of dialogue tags and close-up camera shots. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s demystify Deep POV and […]

Is Your Writing Project Book Worthy?

Jan 9, 2018 | 2 Comments
Is Your Writing Project Book Worthy?

Recently a literary agent (not mine) commented on an essay I wrote that is part of a book proposal. “This isn’t a book,” she said, “but a magazine article.” I disagree and so does my literary agent, but the comment reminded me of a dilemma many writers face: how to tell if your idea is […]

Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas!

Dec 18, 2017 | No Comments
Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas!

For a fun change of pace, today I’m presenting a short “Craft Talk” about symbols and metaphors in fiction on Wordcrafters (Wordcraftersineugene.org)  “Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas.” Check it out! And enter to win a copy of my book, Five Editors Tackle the Twelve Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing! it’s a great reseource with before and […]

LINDA S. CLARE

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.

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A SKY WITHOUT STARS

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.

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