In self-editing, the most difficult area to master is what fiction writers call “the Big Picture.” Why? The overall story and how it unfolds is the most important part of your efforts to readers–if it breaks down at any point, readers may stop reading. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at a few simple ways […]
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You’ve written your really bad,*%$# first draft without regard to its quality–just like Anne Lamott advises. You set it aside for at least a day, and now you’re staring at your screen at the hot mess you created. What next? Writing Tip for Today: Here are three easy ways to become a better self-editor: Pass the […]
Have you ever been in public when you disagreed with someone? Maybe that person (looking at you, Mom!) said, “Don’t make a scene!” Yet in fiction writing, scene making is not only a good idea, it’s usually the only way for a story to succeed. Writing Tip for Today: Why is scene writing so important […]
I’ve read bestselling novels where the story felt as though it should end but instead the novel went on for many more pages. Although a lot of attention is paid to that all-important opening, let’s talk about the elements of good story endings. Writing Tip for Today: What are some things to consider when your […]
New writers often talk about their work in terms of how their work “flows.” But what does this really mean? And if the work doesn’t flow, how do you fix it? Writing Tip for Today: What are some possible fixes for prose that doesn’t flow? Rhythm When I think of flow in writing, I think […]
One of my weakest writing areas has been the middle of the novel. This “needs improvement” area is shared by many novelists and would-be novelists–I’m not alone. The middle (also known as ACT II) is the novel’s largest section, so we should revise it to sweep readers along effortlessly. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss […]
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.