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Pacing Your Prose

Dec 6, 2016 | No Comments
Pacing Your Prose

For many writers, one of the last writing skills areas to blossom has to be the rate at which a scene unfolds. Go on too long and readers become frustrated or bored, Cut a scene too short and the depth of emotional range shown by the characters often suffers. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take […]

Writing the Ultimate Nano Novel

Nov 16, 2016 | No Comments
Writing the Ultimate Nano Novel

Every year, by the middle of November, you can almost hear the anguished cries of writers furiously at work on their NaNoWriMo novels. The middle of any novel draft is a risky place for even the most seasoned or plot-wise writer. If you’re speeding toward the November 30th deadline, the dreaded mid-novel sag can hit […]

Find the Perfect Novel Title

Nov 8, 2016 | 3 Comments
Find the Perfect Novel Title

Writers have told me more than once that I’m “good” with titles. I guess that means I can come up with titles that are both catchy and meaningful. Last post we discussed taking cues from our marketing friends, in order to become better writers. Finding the best title for your work is another way the […]

How Marketing Improves Writing

Oct 18, 2016 | 5 Comments
How Marketing Improves Writing

  Many writers and authors I know cringe at the word “marketing.” If all they had to do was write, they complain, life would be so much easier. We writers generally dislike the whole idea of selling our stuff. So how can marketing make writing better? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ways to […]

Writing Unforgettable Characters

Oct 12, 2016 | No Comments
Writing Unforgettable Characters

Writers often talk about the importance of a likable main character. Readers must care about a character before they’ll sign on for the story’s journey.  Yet we can all point to characters who aren’t exactly likable yet they are unforgettable. What’s the right tone to aim for in a Main Character? Writing Tip for Today: […]

Writing Your Scenes Right

Oct 4, 2016 | 2 Comments
Writing Your Scenes Right

Write scenes! I seem to repeat this mantra often. Scenes are usually the most efficient way to deliver action and emotion to readers. So you draft scenes, maybe even a novel-length bunch of them. Some of these scenes are awesome, some need work. At some point, you’ll want to revise your scenes to make sure […]

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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