We hear it over and over: to engage readers, stories must contain conflict. But this prescription is deceptive. Not all conflict is created equal. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ideas for story conflict that captures and keeps readers: Don’t Just Blow Stuff Up New writers often mistake story conflict for any sort […]
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The very hardest bit about learning to write is in being able to successfully translate your story vision to enough readers. You want them to see what you see, feel what you feel with enough accuracy that the readers are engaged to the same degree you were when the story vision occurred to you. […]
Like a lot of writers, I’m cringing as I look back on 2016’s resolutions: In addition to getting a big fat book contract with a big fat advance, I wanted to finish a writing book and self-publish it. Did those things happen? The optimist in me says, “Not yet, but you just wait.” In other […]
To many new writers (as well as some more experienced) novel writing feels like a mystery. You read novels you admire and the story just flows. But if you learn some basic milestones that almost every novel contains, the mystery unfolds. Writing Tip for Today: According to Larry Brooks, each “Milestone” should comprise from twelve […]
The way any given scene ends and how the following scene begins is one of fiction’s most important elements to keep readers reading. Yet there is more to good technique than simply leaving white space between scenes. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways to connect separate scenes in a way that engages […]
For many writers, one of the last writing skills areas to blossom has to be the rate at which a scene unfolds. Go on too long and readers become frustrated or bored, Cut a scene too short and the depth of emotional range shown by the characters often suffers. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take […]
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.