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How to Start in the Middle

Dec 8, 2014 | One Comment
How to Start in the Middle

When you start writing scenes for your novel, you’re liable to hear the advice, “Start in the middle of the action.” The fancy term is in media res–borrowed no doubt from some lawyer. Just kidding–in Latin it means “start in the middle of things.” But whatever you call it, starting in the middle of the […]

How to Fix Your Messy Nanowrimo Draft

Dec 1, 2014 | 4 Comments
How to Fix Your Messy Nanowrimo Draft

  You wrote the 50,000 words for Nanowrimo 2014 and got the tee-shirt. Hooray! But now you’re staring at a hot mess. Do you trash the whole novel or do you try to make sense of it? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips to help you begin to fix the first chaotic draft: […]

NanoWriMo Tips by the Numbers

Nov 17, 2014 | 2 Comments
NanoWriMo Tips by the Numbers

A little more than halfway through November, enthusiasm for Nanowrimo starts to fade. If you’re still writing that 50,000 word novel,congratulate yourself.  Your first draft must be complete by December first. What are some benchmarks for the Nanowrimo process? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take a look at where your novel, begun November first, should be […]

Writing Believable Fiction

Nov 10, 2014 | No Comments
Writing Believable Fiction

Ever read a novel and think, “I don’t buy that?” As a writer you must not only create a world for the reader but also be sure that world and its characters and events ring true. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways writers can make their fiction more believable to readers? Clarity An […]

How NanoWriMo Hones Your Fiction Skills

Oct 27, 2014 | 4 Comments
How NanoWriMo Hones Your Fiction Skills

Only a few more days until November, when the 2014 NanoWriMo begins! Maybe you’ve done this before, or maybe you’re thinking about it for the first time. After a recent Writer’s Digest article about nano-ing all year-round, you may even be a little overwhelmed at the prospect. But NanoWriMo can improve your writing! Writing Tip […]

She’s Back! Using Back Story in Fiction Writing

Oct 20, 2014 | 5 Comments
She’s Back! Using Back Story in Fiction Writing

After a couple of tension-filled weeks, I’m back in the writing tips saddle. Of course, coming back makes me think about that perennial writer’s bugaboo–writing back story. Writing Tip for Today: Every fiction writer uses back story at one time or another. How can you write effective back story without falling into the quicksand of […]

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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