In the opening lines of a fictional scene, writers are often tempted to get down the setting’s every detail, because isn’t detail what makes scenes come alive? Well, yes and no. Writing Tip for Today: While it’s true that you need to fully imagine a scene and its setting, here are some ways you can […]
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I’ve been editing a student manuscript. This particular writer is getting a bit confused over attributions–those little “dialogue tags” which help readers know who is speaking. And in the writing world at large, the debate over these tags rages on. Writing Tip for Today: Is it still OK to add a “said” here and there […]
My hometown of Phoenix, Arizona is experiencing a deluge of crazy storms. Five inches of rain in one day? Flash floods are causing all sorts of problems. Which got me thinking about settings in fiction and how to use them more effectively. Writing Tip for Today: What are three easy ways to make better use […]
If you’re a writer, you’ve been rejected. Rejection is the not-so-sunny side of the writer’s dashing adventure, and it always seems to crop up on the heels of some kind of success, real or imagined. There is no magic formula for avoiding what sometimes feels like a mean-spirited, personal snub. But there are ways to […]
I’ve written books for more than a decade and have taught writing for longer still. Yet here I am, just now joining the 21st century with this cool new website and soon, even more new stuff, like a newsletter, freebie writing instruction pdfs and even updated author photos. Writing Tip for Today: If you think […]
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.