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Writing Fix: Sagging Middles

Jul 21, 2015 | 4 Comments
Writing Fix: Sagging Middles

One of my weakest writing areas has been the middle of the novel. This “needs improvement” area is shared by many novelists and would-be novelists–I’m not alone. The middle (also known as ACT II) is the novel’s largest section, so we should revise it to sweep readers along effortlessly. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss […]

Writing Fixes: The Weak Opening

Jul 14, 2015 | 2 Comments
Writing Fixes: The Weak Opening

Everyone in the literary world is talking about the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, her sophomore novel that continues the story of Pulitzer prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. When the opening chapter was released a few days ago, reactions were mixed. I read it and was once again struck by my little […]

Writing Fix: Reinvent Your Story

Jul 7, 2015 | 8 Comments
Writing Fix: Reinvent Your Story

Last post, we talked about ways to get your struggling story off life support. Now that it’s breathing again, let’s look at ways your fiction can re-energize and shine. Writing Tip for Today: How can struggling fiction be re-imagined so that it appeals to readers? Here are some things to consider: Interesting People in Trouble […]

Writing Fixes: Story on Life Support

Jul 1, 2015 | 5 Comments
Writing Fixes: Story on Life Support

Writers can be stuck in Revision Land for many drafts, each improving but never quite correcting structural problems. It’s disappointing to throw so much energy into a story or novel, only to deduce the structural problems may be beyond repair. Writing Tip for Today: What’s a writer to do when, after several revisions, a story […]

Writing Tighter Sentences Part III

Jun 23, 2015 | 5 Comments
Writing Tighter Sentences Part III

In Parts I & II, we discussed everything from watching those pesky “ing” constructions to taming modifiers. Never fear, I’ve a few more ways to write tighter sentences. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three more easy ways to tighten your sentences and make them more readable: Avoid Formal Words When I edit, I often […]

Writing Tighter Sentences Part II

Jun 15, 2015 | 8 Comments
Writing Tighter Sentences Part II

Last post we looked a few easy ways to tighten your prose. A reader commented that she learned this valuable skill writing poetry. Economy of words is paramount in poetry, it’s true. But your writing will thank you when you extend that idea to whatever you write. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three more […]

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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