A lot has been written about character development in fiction, from character stats to plumbing the character’s psychological depths. Donald Maass, in Writing 21st Century Fiction, says it best: “The characters which resonate most widely today don’t merely reflect our times; they reflect ourselves.” Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some ways in which […]
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In my novel-writing classes, I ask students to bring in a novel they’ve read and enjoyed. If I don’t add, “Please bring one in that’s less than a decade old,” they often bring in literary classics. A lot of Steinbeck, Hemingway, and dear Jane Austen finds the spotlight. When I ask students to read the […]
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 […]
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? […]
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.