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Writing Your Character’s Thoughts

Feb 23, 2015 | 6 Comments
Writing Your Character’s Thoughts

Fiction writers tend to struggle in writing a character’s thoughts.Sometimes it’s a matter of understanding Point of View (POV). Other times, how to express one character’s thoughts is what stumps writers. Either way, inner thought is a valuable tool to deepen character and pull readers into the story. By adhering to some “rules,” readers can […]

The Truth About Writing Back Story

Feb 16, 2015 | 2 Comments
The Truth About Writing Back Story

Every new fiction writer hears the warning: NO BACK STORY in the FIRST CHAPTER! And then the fretting begins: How will readers understand my character without back story? Won’t they demand to know everything before they commit to the story? Writing Tip for Today: The answer to these back story questions is yes and no. […]

How to Find Your Perfect Writing Coach

Feb 9, 2015 | No Comments
How to Find Your Perfect Writing Coach

New writers often buy how-to-write books, take classes and join critique groups. But with the present day stampede to publish atmosphere, many also opt for hiring a personal writing coach. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some important things to consider if you want to hire a good coach or mentor: Writing Coaches Are NOT […]

DOH! Get the Fluff Out of Your Dialogue

Feb 2, 2015 | 2 Comments
DOH! Get the Fluff Out of Your Dialogue

Homer Simpson’s famous “Doh!” makes us laugh. Yet when novel writers try to write “natural-sounding” dialogue, they often add in stumbles such as Well, Uh, Er and maybe even Oh. Why is this not a good idea? Writing Tip for Today: Go ahead and draft dialogue with these conversation confounders–after all we don’t want to […]

Ban Psychics from Your Fiction

Jan 19, 2015 | No Comments
Ban Psychics from Your Fiction

Novelists are often reminded to know their main character–I mean REALLY know her. While this is great for understanding character motivation, it can lead to a writer sneaking in bits of info that clog the scene and can stop readers. Writing Tip for Today: What is the No Crystal Ball Rule? Foreknowledge is NOT Foreshadowing […]

How to Start in the Middle

Dec 8, 2014 | One Comment
How to Start in the Middle

When you start writing scenes for your novel, you’re liable to hear the advice, “Start in the middle of the action.” The fancy term is in media res–borrowed no doubt from some lawyer. Just kidding–in Latin it means “start in the middle of things.” But whatever you call it, starting in the middle of the […]

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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