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Quick Fix: Big Picture Editing

Aug 24, 2015 | 2 Comments
Quick Fix: Big Picture Editing

In self-editing, the most difficult area to master is what fiction writers call “the Big Picture.” Why? The overall story and how it unfolds is the most important part of your efforts to readers–if it breaks down at any point, readers may stop reading. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at a few simple ways […]

Quick Fix: Tips for Self-editing

Aug 17, 2015 | 7 Comments
Quick Fix: Tips for Self-editing

You’ve written your really bad,*%$# first draft without regard to its quality–just like Anne Lamott advises. You set it aside for at least a day, and now you’re staring at your screen at the hot mess you created. What next? Writing Tip for Today: Here are three easy ways to become a better self-editor: Pass the […]

Why Scene Making is a Great Idea

Aug 11, 2015 | 2 Comments
Why Scene Making is a Great Idea

Have you ever been in public when you disagreed with someone? Maybe that person (looking at you, Mom!) said, “Don’t make a scene!” Yet in fiction writing, scene making is not only a good idea, it’s usually the only way for a story to succeed. Writing Tip for Today: Why is scene writing so important […]

Quick Writing Fix: Improving Story Endings

Aug 4, 2015 | 2 Comments
Quick Writing Fix: Improving Story Endings

I’ve read bestselling novels where the story felt as though it should end but instead the novel went on for many more pages. Although a lot of attention is paid to that all-important opening, let’s talk about the elements of good story endings. Writing Tip for Today: What are some things to consider when your […]

Quick Writing Fix: Improving the Flow

Jul 29, 2015 | 9 Comments
Quick Writing Fix: Improving the Flow

New writers often talk about their work in terms of how their work “flows.” But what does this really mean? And if the work doesn’t flow, how do you fix it? Writing Tip for Today: What are some possible fixes for prose that doesn’t flow? Rhythm When I think of flow in writing, I think […]

Writing Fix: Sagging Middles

Jul 21, 2015 | 6 Comments
Writing Fix: Sagging Middles

One of my weakest writing areas has been the middle of the novel. This “needs improvement” area is shared by many novelists and would-be novelists–I’m not alone. The middle (also known as ACT II) is the novel’s largest section, so we should revise it to sweep readers along effortlessly. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss […]

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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