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 […]
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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 […]
Screenwriters often use a technique called pinch points to help the audience experience for themselves the antagonistic force of the story. Novelists use the same idea, but many novel writers aren’t exactly sure what pinch points are or how to use them. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s demystify pinch points for novel writers. What […]
Good writing satisfies a reader’s ear—that is, it feels like a conversation between reader and writer. While writing doesn’t have to please the reader’s ear, it’s important to satisfy that ear. We can do this in several ways. Writing Tip for Today: How can your writing satisfy the reader’s ear? Aim for Conversation The conversation […]
Many novel writers become confused by terms such as concept, theme or premise. It’s all about storytelling, but which story parts match those terms? For this post, let’s demystify the word “premise.” Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for creating your novel’s premise: Premise Definition It sounds complicated, but in essence your […]
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.