Each Fall, I get ready to welcome a new crop of novel writers to my class. This year, I thought I’d start things off by offering some simple ways to kick your fiction up a notch. Writing Tip for Today: New writers often make a few common mistakes that if corrected, can propel their writing […]
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Now that you have key scenes strung in order on your story clothesline, you’ll add the connecting scenes to fill in the gaps between these points along the story’s timeline. But how many and what sort of scenes will you need? The answer dictates the story’s pace. Writing Tip for Today: Pace in a story […]
Last post, we talked about constructing an imaginary clothesline (or a real one, if you wish) on which to hang the events of your story. The clothesline, you’ll recall, functions as the story’s backbone or structural support. Writing Tip for Today: Once you’ve strung your story’s clothesline or story goal, you’ll need to write scenes […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.