The common perception of a novelist is that of isolation–writing portrayed as a lonely endeavor accomplished in a garret. The Sean Connery movie “Finding Forrester” acted out this stereotype. Yet more often, community not only provides a practical solution to the problems novelists encounter, it gives an emotional boost. Writing Tip for Today: From large organizations to […]
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New novel writers often ask me to clarify what constitutes a scene. Some guess scenes have dialog. Others venture that a scene is full of action. How do you know when what you’ve written is a scene or if it’s narration? Writing Tip for Today: Scene writing is oftentimes preferred over lengthy narration for one […]
You’ve lived an interesting life–maybe so interesting that people say it would make a great novel. But hold on–are you sure you ought to be the star of your story? Writing Tip for Today: Many first-time novelists mistakenly believe that their autobiography can double as a novel. Here are three tests that any good novel […]
I’m getting a lot of readers who are revving up for ‘Wri-mo–as in NaNoWriMo, the November marathon of novel writing. I can’t think of a better way to get unstuck, go for broke and write-your-living-brains-out. Writing Tip for Today: In a previous post we talked about some ways to prepare for the 50,000 word challenge […]
Revision. To some writers, rewriting is a chore. To others a fabulous opportunity. You can either think of revision as an awful chore or you can dive in with the expectation of wonderful discovery. Let’s examine how and why your writing will improve if you approach revision with open arms. Writing Tip for Today: No […]
Whenever one of my students asks me how to improve their writing most easily and effectively, I always say the same thing: Improve your scene writing skills. Last post we talked about a few simple ways to improve those skills. Ready for a few more? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at a few more […]
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.