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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
New writers can sometimes feel as if they aren’t making progress fast enough. The necessary skills aren’t likely to appear overnight–there’s that whole “10,000 hours of practice” thing. Yet there are simple and quick ways to improve your sentences. We’ll discuss three of them today and save a second set of three for next week’s […]
Kind of a tongue-twister title, but today’s tips are all about tension. Whether you write fiction, memoir or creative nonfiction, tension is a vital part of your story. Even more importantly, in order to keep readers hooked, every scene must build tension–down to the sentence level. Writing Tip for Today: How can you keep tension […]
Most fiction writers dread hearing a reader, agent or editor say that the carefully constructed character in your novel is someone they just “couldn’t connect with.” Ouch! Even worse, someone says your characters are flat, cardboard or stereotypical in some way. Double ouch! Writing Tip for Today: You know everything about your character, but does […]
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.