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Why Stories Need Redemption

Jul 26, 2016 | No Comments
Why Stories Need Redemption

Over the years, I’ve taught novel writing students whose stories were deliberately hopeless or who featured a sociopathic protagonist. One actual story was about a man who after learning he had only months to live, set about to torture and kill every person who had wronged him. In light of the recent rash of killings, […]

Writing Worthy Protagonists

Jul 19, 2016 | 2 Comments
Writing Worthy Protagonists

Often, the characters we create to tell our stories seem to be average people—just like you and me. Maybe the story opens with this person sitting looking out a window. But is this Average Annie the sort of person who makes readers care? Writing Tip for Today:  In order to elicit sympathy, our protagonists must […]

Painting Verb Pictures

Jul 11, 2016 | 2 Comments
Painting Verb Pictures

Recently I read Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer-prize winning All the Light We Cannot See. Magnificent novel! One of the most awesome aspects of Doerr’s writing is his ability to paint verb pictures. Writing Tip for Today: I often urge writers to use strong verbs in their fiction. A verb picture is worth even more in these […]

Writing Composite Characters

Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments
Writing Composite Characters

While all your fictional or memoir characters may  seem perfectly clear to you, readers may struggle and get confused if asked to remember too many characters too fast. One solution is to create composite characters. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss composite characters for fiction and memoir. Write Representatives, not Crowds Composite Characters are exactly […]

Avoid the Back Story Swamp!

Jun 22, 2016 | 2 Comments
Avoid the Back Story Swamp!

Years ago, I sent the first pages of my second novel to a semi-famous novelist acquaintance for advice. She wrote back that those pages contained something like forty-four back story references. She kindly suggested I revise. I’d become stuck in the Back Story Swamp. Writing Tip for Today: Back Story or Flashback, is one of […]

Scene Writing: Staying in Scene

Jun 15, 2016 | No Comments
Scene Writing: Staying in Scene

New fiction writers often are admonished to write in scenes.  Some start out in scene well enough, but then something goes haywire and the result is an unfortunate mashup of scene (showing) and narrative (telling). Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss some easy ways to start and remain in a scene. Where’s the Dialogue? One […]

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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