Many novel writers become confused by terms such as concept, theme or premise. It’s all about storytelling, but which story parts match those terms? For this post, let’s demystify the word “premise.” Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for creating your novel’s premise: Premise Definition It sounds complicated, but in essence your […]
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In recent years, the writing resource shelf has been inundated with guides that promise to help writers do everything from transform their story to create a bestselling novel. I have a big collection of these books myself. I’ve wondered what writing books really give us writers down in the trenches. Writing Tip for Today: What […]
Writers hear a lot about producing word count. The more the better, most writing resources admonish. It’s wonderful to be able to state, “I wrote 2000 words today” or “I’m up to 90k!” Yet so many new writers try to make their words count too soon. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s define the difference between […]
The words “high concept” are tossed about on the Internet seas with increasing frequency, but even some seasoned writers scratch their heads. High concept sounds exciting—and really desirable—until some novel writers are asked to define it. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss exactly what High Concept means to novelists and why we should employ one […]
As I recovered from my surgery, I’ve had a chance to do a good bit of reading. Today I’d like to explore reasons why your story premise and not the writing itself, may not be working for your novel. By “not working,” I mean mainly unpublishable, but this can also mean unreadable or at the […]
Whether you’re revising a draft or just trying to clean up a mess of a nanowrimo effort, the Three Legs of Fiction can help you turn a wobbly effort into a sturdy stool of a story. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three important concepts to identify in your novel: The First Leg In any […]
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.