The words “high concept” are tossed about on the Internet seas with increasing frequency, but even some seasoned writers scratch their heads. High concept sounds exciting—and really desirable—until some novel writers are asked to define it. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss exactly what High Concept means to novelists and why we should employ one […]
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As I recovered from my surgery, I’ve had a chance to do a good bit of reading. Today I’d like to explore reasons why your story premise and not the writing itself, may not be working for your novel. By “not working,” I mean mainly unpublishable, but this can also mean unreadable or at the […]
Whether you’re revising a draft or just trying to clean up a mess of a nanowrimo effort, the Three Legs of Fiction can help you turn a wobbly effort into a sturdy stool of a story. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three important concepts to identify in your novel: The First Leg In any […]
I’m so humbled that more and more writers are subscribing to, liking and retweeting my “writing tips you can actually use.” I love helping writers and every mention, like or retweet helps me back. My Big News: On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, I’m undergoing some major surgery, so I won’t post new tips for a few weeks […]
In my debut novel, The Fence My Father Built, my antagonist, Linc Jackson, chewed on a toothpick. An editor told me this trait made the antagonist a cliché. Over the next few revisions, I worked hard to make Linc more believable. I hope I succeeded. Writing Tip for Today: Many of us put more effort […]
You write your novel’s first draft until you reach the end. After letting it rest, you come back to this hot mess of a story, ready to rewrite, revise, rewrite again. What do you look for in your novel’s first ten pages? Writing Tip for Today: Of course you will be revising scenes, smoothing out […]
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.