The joys and hard work of writing often seem stuck in a bottleneck as writers try to find an audience. For self-published or indie authors, finding readers is especially daunting. Every writer wants to know how he or she can build loyal followers into a readership. Writing Tip for Today: Although there are countless articles, […]
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You invent a great character and you give her a worthy goal. She has tough obstacles to overcome in order to obtain this goal and also takes a couple of subplot side trips just to keep things interesting. Yet even with all of these ducks in a row, writers can and often do go off […]
Both experienced and new writers often struggle with how to know when a piece or project is ready to submit or “shop.” Revisions could potentially go on—and on and on. So how can you tell if your work is ready to submit to an editor agent or a contest? Writing Tip for Today: Although a […]
New writers—and some not-so-new—are often eager to get a story idea out there as quickly as possible. I can be so enthusiastic about my own work that I practically knock myself down submitting stuff that’s hot off the press. But then I remember the sage advice to let my draft rest before I hit […]
Over the years, I’ve taught novel writing students whose stories were deliberately hopeless or who featured a sociopathic protagonist. One actual story was about a man who after learning he had only months to live, set about to torture and kill every person who had wronged him. In light of the recent rash of killings, […]
Often, the characters we create to tell our stories seem to be average people—just like you and me. Maybe the story opens with this person sitting looking out a window. But is this Average Annie the sort of person who makes readers care? Writing Tip for Today: In order to elicit sympathy, our protagonists must […]
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.