Many writers and authors I know cringe at the word “marketing.” If all they had to do was write, they complain, life would be so much easier. We writers generally dislike the whole idea of selling our stuff. So how can marketing make writing better? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ways to […]
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Writers often talk about the importance of a likable main character. Readers must care about a character before they’ll sign on for the story’s journey. Yet we can all point to characters who aren’t exactly likable yet they are unforgettable. What’s the right tone to aim for in a Main Character? Writing Tip for Today: […]
Write scenes! I seem to repeat this mantra often. Scenes are usually the most efficient way to deliver action and emotion to readers. So you draft scenes, maybe even a novel-length bunch of them. Some of these scenes are awesome, some need work. At some point, you’ll want to revise your scenes to make sure […]
Readers do judge a book by its cover—and its title. A great book with a dud of a title can be overlooked, and a mediocre book with a grabby title will increase its chances of being bought and buzzed. Yet many writers struggle to find the perfect title for the work. Writing Tip for Today: […]
Each Fall, I get ready to welcome a new crop of novel writers to my class. This year, I thought I’d start things off by offering some simple ways to kick your fiction up a notch. Writing Tip for Today: New writers often make a few common mistakes that if corrected, can propel their writing […]
Now that you have key scenes strung in order on your story clothesline, you’ll add the connecting scenes to fill in the gaps between these points along the story’s timeline. But how many and what sort of scenes will you need? The answer dictates the story’s pace. Writing Tip for Today: Pace in a 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.