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Writing Short for Novel Writers

May 23, 2017 | 2 Comments
Writing Short for Novel Writers

  Last post we talked about how writing short articles based upon a longer book-length project can help writers build credits and grow an audience while finishing the book version. Now, let’s talk about how the Russian Nesting Dolls concept applies to fiction, specifically novel writers. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ideas for […]

How to Shorten Longer Writing

May 16, 2017 | No Comments
How to Shorten Longer Writing

  Last post, we talked about the “Russian Nesting Dolls” strategy of publishing shorter pieces while you finish a longer book-length project. The following applies mostly to nonfiction, but you may be able to shorten fictional scenes to use as anecdotes in an article or essay. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s go through the steps […]

Writing for Your Readers

May 9, 2017 | One Comment
Writing for Your Readers

Why do we write? Some say to tell stories, others want to inspire, educate or inform. My lifelong goal in writing has been to connect. Connect with my readers so they have a reason to feel that I understand them or that something I write resonates. Writing Tip for Today: What are some tips for […]

Writing Short While Going Long

May 1, 2017 | No Comments
Writing Short While Going Long

Writing a book-length project takes a lot of planning, effort and time. Especially that time thing. But while you’re slaving away, how can you get your writing (and your name) out there? Here are some easy solutions. Writing Tip for Today:  To maximize your writing’s exposure while you’re working on a book, I use the […]

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 […]

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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