So much of the time, novel writing feels like groping your way in the dark. As you write, you’re not sure if any of it will “work.” I think it’s helpful to occasionally dip into left brain for analytical tactics to find your way. Writing Tip for Today: By breaking down your story into chunks, […]
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During November, many writers are busy pounding the keys, furiously banging out a new novel. We’re ten days into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and the challenge is to produce 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days or fewer. Getting from zero to fifty-thousand (words, that is) in thirty days is a challenge, but Grammarly.com wants […]
A few years ago, I started this blog to give practical easy-to-implement tips on every aspect of writing. Many of you have asked when I would publish a book containing my writing tips. Wonder no more! Writing Tip for Today: I’m super excited! I’ve teamed up with some of my editor/author buddies. We’ve each been […]
In my experience, writers either “get” dialogue instinctively or else they struggle. If you’re struggling, or you just want to make your dialogue smarter, read on. Writing Tip for Today: What are some easy ways to write better dialogue? You Are Not Your Characters One of the easiest ways to improve your dialogue is to […]
My writing students are, on the whole, obedient sorts who implement my suggestions. They hear the standard show, don’t tell, avoid passive language, don’t head-hop and a lot of other “rules.” Many writers insist that rules are made to be broken. So what about those pesky “LY” words? Writing Tip for Today: Is it ever […]
I’m forever advising my students to write their fiction in scenes. Most take the suggestion, and draft scenes for their stories. But once it’s drafted, what do you do to ensure the scene is working? Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few simple tricks to see if your scenes are effective: Block it […]
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.