Most fiction writers dread hearing a reader, agent or editor say that the carefully constructed character in your novel is someone they just “couldn’t connect with.” Ouch! Even worse, someone says your characters are flat, cardboard or stereotypical in some way. Double ouch! Writing Tip for Today: You know everything about your character, but does […]
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Anytime I teach fiction writing, I inevitably end up talking about scene writing. Even in my own fiction, I’ve crafted what I thought (at the time) was gorgeous prose. Then as I gave a reading of my story, I found myself skipping the narrative–however beautiful–to read from scenes. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take a […]
Keep your character’s feet to the flames! One of my writing mentors used to say. Writers often hear that tension and/or conflict is a key to good writing. But how? Writing Tip for Today: Tension/conflict hooks readers faster than almost anything. What are some easy ways to add tension to your fiction? Desperation Helps Your […]
If you belong to a writer’s critique group for long, you’re bound to receive a critique that either upsets you, inflates you or plain confuses you. Maybe you receive conflicting advice from two or more writers whom you respect. Maybe everyone enthuses that you’re the greatest. Or you may suspect the feedback a member delivers […]
I thought I was immune to writer’s block. Most of the time, I juggled a dozen different writing projects without missing a beat. Then, my husband’s serious illness created a mountain of chaos in my world. Six months have passed since hubby’s heart attack and ensuing end stage renal disease. For a while, the hospital was […]
A reader asks how many different POVs are allowable in today’s fiction? While there aren’t hard and fast rules, I do have some guidelines to offer. Writing Tip for Today: How many POVs can fiction handle before the story breaks down? All POVs Point to Main Character My first consideration in a multiple POV story […]
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.