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Is Your Fiction a Story?

Oct 17, 2017 | 2 Comments
Is Your Fiction a Story?

  With NaNoWriMo coming up in November, it’s a good time to brainstorm story ideas. But is the fiction you hope to write really a story? Writing Tip for Today: Here are three ways to tell if the novel you’re writing is a solid story: Arc or Episodic? Some novel writers are not quite sure […]

Writing Irresistible Fiction

Oct 10, 2017 | One Comment
Writing Irresistible Fiction

  Today’s writing arena is very crowded. Everyone, it seems, wants to write and publish their fiction. One of the fiction writer’s most pressing questions these days has to be, “How can I make my story stand out?” Writing Tip for Today: Practice, determination and skill-building are important–but they’re not everything. Here are three more […]

Writing: How to Pace a Scene

Sep 26, 2017 | 2 Comments
Writing: How to Pace a Scene

  Last time, we focused on the importance of pacing in a novel. Today, let’s examine ways to pace an individual scene as you draft your fiction. Writing Tip for Today: What are some writing techniques to pace a scene? Magic Threes One of the easiest ways to pace a scene is to think in […]

Writing the Right Pace

Sep 19, 2017 | 2 Comments
Writing the Right Pace

  For novelists, pace, or rate of revelation is one of the more advanced writing skills. Knowing how fast or slow to reveal story information, managing time and choosing the right scenes to dramatize can either pace a novel brilliantly or doom it to an excruciating reader experience. Writing Tip for Today: What are some […]

Self-Editing for Writers

Sep 5, 2017 | No Comments
Self-Editing for Writers

After you finish writing your first draft, editing it can seem scary and overwhelming. For the final stages, hiring a professional editor can be a wise decision. But before you search out an editor, revise as much as you can. No matter where you are in your writing life, you can learn to self-edit your […]

Eclipsing Your Writing

Aug 22, 2017 | No Comments
Eclipsing Your Writing

  Take your writing to the next level! Transform your writing! Write a bestseller! We all want to be better writers. In nearly twenty years of helping writers, I’ve offered workshops that promised that next level to my students. After yesterday’s total solar eclipse, some writing coach will no doubt promote a course or workshop […]

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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