Last Thursday, a new term began at the community college where I teach writing. A few hours before my class, I got the news of the mass killing at Umpqua CC in Roseburg, Oregon–a mere hour’s drive from where I live. The Writing Instructor faced his class before being gunned down with about eight of his students. […]
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You’ve invented a wonderful protagonist, a person who is real to you in every way. But then, you try to put that reality onto the page, and suddenly, readers can’t see the person you imagined. How do you write a believable, sympathetic character that readers will follow? Writing Tip for Today: If your characters (especially […]
Last week we discussed the essential elements of good scenes. This time, let’s talk about writing that’s not doing its job. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at ways to identify and weed out dead weight in your writing. Crummy First Drafts Any discussion of editing needs the reminder that when you draft (that is […]
In well-crafted scenes (as opposed to narration, description or exposition), readers are irresistibly transported to the fictional world where they can live vicariously through the character. But how can you write irresistible scenes that readers can’t refuse? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some easy ways to craft better scenes: Predetermine Scene Purpose Even the […]
If you’ve gone to a writers conference recently, you’ve heard that you need an editor. Even after you’ve revised and polished your manuscript, you’re told, hire an editor to go over it. Most freelance editors charge for their work, but the quality of editing tends to vary widely. Writing Tip for Today: What should you […]
If you’re a writer like me, you don’t always anticipate every angle of your story as you draft. Last post we talked about scene cards or story boarding as a way to see your whole story. What do you do when you spot plot holes in your fiction? Writing Tip for Today: Plot holes often […]
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.