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Writing Your Character’s World

May 22, 2018 | One Comment
Writing Your Character’s World

I taught a writing class last night at a local library, all about writing a character’s world. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a recap: Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss the kinds of things we need for writing your character’s world: Who Am I? Writing a fictional character is more than simply “you” […]

Scene Writing: Stay in the Moment

May 15, 2018 | No Comments
Scene Writing: Stay in the Moment

One of the most common ways I teach scene writing to writers is by pointing out examples where a scene suddenly jumps off the rails. Readers are experiencing a scene, in a particular place and time, when poof! The particular-ness vanishes. Writing Tip for Today: How can writers know if they are “staying in scene?” […]

Write Better Scenes with the Rule of Three

May 8, 2018 | 2 Comments
Write Better Scenes with the Rule of Three

  When I teach or coach writing, at some point I usually mention the Rule of Three. I didn’t invent this idea—threes are everywhere in our lives—but I do find it useful for teaching writers how to pace their scenes. Writing Tip for Today: How can writing to the Rule of Three improve your scene […]

SCENE IT! Write in Scenes

May 1, 2018 | 2 Comments
SCENE IT! Write in Scenes

I’m in the middle of helping to judge a writing contest. Of the fifteen or so entries, I’m coming away with one suggestion to almost every writer: Scene it. Writing Tip for Today: On a “Big Picture” level, one sure-fire way to improve fiction, nonfiction or memoir is to learn to write a good scene. […]

Novel Writing Test: Whose Story Is It?

Apr 24, 2018 | No Comments
Novel Writing Test: Whose Story Is It?

  One of the most common manuscript problems I see in my coaching practice is that new novel writers especially tend to try to tell every character’s story—and end up telling no one’s story well. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss some ways writers can choose the best character’s story to write: Most Determined Your […]

Writing Through Calamity

Apr 17, 2018 | 2 Comments
Writing Through Calamity

We writers are such an odd bunch—we make a thousand excuses for not getting our BICs (Butts in Chairs), but if we can’t get to the keyboard—due to illness, a calamity in the family or other trauma—we suddenly become very creative. At least I do. It’s reverse psychology of the irritating kind, but I’ve tried […]

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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