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Banish Those Writing Demons

Apr 18, 2017 | 6 Comments
Banish Those Writing Demons

  I’ve just returned from a long writers conference in the beautiful redwoods of Northern California. I made some great connections, but I noted the disappointment many writers felt as their book “baby” was dismantled or outright rejected. I saw more than one writer who stared in disbelief at the incredible pile of work they […]

What Do You Take to a Writer’s Conference?

Mar 29, 2017 | No Comments
What Do You Take to a Writer’s Conference?

In the first part of April, I’ll be at a California Writer’s Conference. Of course, I’m excited to see old friends and meet new ones. But I’ll also be networking. Before I go, I must decide what I’ll be taking with me. Writing Tip for Today: How much and what kind of manuscripts should I […]

Writing Short or Going Long?

Mar 14, 2017 | 2 Comments
Writing Short or Going Long?

Many of my novel writing students take years to produce their polished draft. Others rush the manuscript to self-publishing. Both of these kinds of students face the same problem: How do I get my name known? Writing Tip for Today: How can newer writers gain an audience and build their reputation? Avoid Selling: Engage Isn’t […]

Make Writing Dreams Come True

Feb 28, 2017 | 2 Comments
Make Writing Dreams Come True

I get a lot of newsletters and pitches in my in-box that claim writers can achieve their dreams if only they believe they can. I almost always chuckle. Is that like saying that Florence Foster Jenkins (the real life wanna-be opera singer played by Meryl Streep) could sing like a nightingale all because she thought […]

Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

Feb 21, 2017 | No Comments
Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

A good critique can open your mind to creative solutions and set your writer-self on fire. But not-so-helpful feedback can stall your project or even discourage you from writing at all. Writing Tip for Today: I don’t believe in “writer’s block,” but I know how it feels to be stalled or so discouraged you start […]

How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

Feb 16, 2017 | 2 Comments
How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

The last two posts have discussed some of the ways writers benefit from good critique, as well as things to watch out for. Today, let’s go through what a good critique session might look like. For the purpose of this post I’m imagining a group of serious writers who seek traditional or self-publication. Writing Tip […]

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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