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Writing Composite Characters

Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments
Writing Composite Characters

While all your fictional or memoir characters may  seem perfectly clear to you, readers may struggle and get confused if asked to remember too many characters too fast. One solution is to create composite characters. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss composite characters for fiction and memoir. Write Representatives, not Crowds Composite Characters are exactly […]

Avoid the Back Story Swamp!

Jun 22, 2016 | 2 Comments
Avoid the Back Story Swamp!

Years ago, I sent the first pages of my second novel to a semi-famous novelist acquaintance for advice. She wrote back that those pages contained something like forty-four back story references. She kindly suggested I revise. I’d become stuck in the Back Story Swamp. Writing Tip for Today: Back Story or Flashback, is one of […]

Scene Writing: Staying in Scene

Jun 15, 2016 | No Comments
Scene Writing: Staying in Scene

New fiction writers often are admonished to write in scenes.  Some start out in scene well enough, but then something goes haywire and the result is an unfortunate mashup of scene (showing) and narrative (telling). Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss some easy ways to start and remain in a scene. Where’s the Dialogue? One […]

How to Write Story Pinch Points

Jun 8, 2016 | No Comments
How to Write Story Pinch Points

  Screenwriters often use a technique called pinch points to help the audience experience for themselves the antagonistic force of the story. Novelists use the same idea, but many novel writers aren’t exactly sure what pinch points are or how to use them. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s demystify pinch points for novel writers. What […]

Write to Satisfy the Reader’s Ear

May 30, 2016 | One Comment
Write to Satisfy the Reader’s Ear

Good writing satisfies a reader’s ear—that is, it feels like a conversation between reader and writer. While writing doesn’t have to please the reader’s ear, it’s important to satisfy that ear. We can do this in several ways. Writing Tip for Today: How can your writing satisfy the reader’s ear? Aim for Conversation The conversation […]

Know Your Novel’s Premise

May 19, 2016 | No Comments
Know Your Novel’s Premise

  Many novel writers become confused by terms such as concept, theme or premise.  It’s all about storytelling, but which story parts match those terms? For this post, let’s demystify the word “premise.” Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for creating your novel’s premise: Premise Definition It sounds complicated, but in essence your […]

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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