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After the Writing Conference

Nov 14, 2017 | No Comments
After the Writing Conference

  I’ve just returned from a wonderful writer’s retreat in Newberg, Oregon. It’s always great to mentor other writers and to recharge my own batteries by hanging with writers and old friends. But I’m tired. Really tired. Writing Tip for Today: What can writers do in the aftermath of a retreat or conference? Recover First, […]

Writing a World

Nov 7, 2017 | 2 Comments
Writing a World

Fantasy and Sci-fi writers often point to world-building as their most important task in writing a fictional story. Writers and readers alike love the details, the imaginary places and the made-up rivalries. Yet if too much attention is placed on the world and not enough on the human aspects, even the best sword-clanging or laser-gun […]

Writing the Memoir

Nov 1, 2017 | No Comments
Writing the Memoir

Most of the time, I stick to writing tips about fiction. But since I’m giving a talk about memoir writing this week, it’s what’s on my mind. Writing about your life is popular but even if you don’t plan on doing any memoir writing, its techniques can be useful to fiction and nonfiction writers alike. […]

Three Fiction Essentials for Writers

Oct 24, 2017 | 2 Comments
Three Fiction Essentials for Writers

Fiction is a little like knitting: most people will ignore a certain number of mistakes, but the overall piece needs to hang together. In writing stories, readers will tolerate some imperfection, but some elements, if left undone, create story holes so big that readers will look elsewhere. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s examine three things […]

Is Your Fiction a Story?

Oct 17, 2017 | 2 Comments
Is Your Fiction a Story?

  With NaNoWriMo coming up in November, it’s a good time to brainstorm story ideas. But is the fiction you hope to write really a story? Writing Tip for Today: Here are three ways to tell if the novel you’re writing is a solid story: Arc or Episodic? Some novel writers are not quite sure […]

Writing Irresistible Fiction

Oct 10, 2017 | One Comment
Writing Irresistible Fiction

  Today’s writing arena is very crowded. Everyone, it seems, wants to write and publish their fiction. One of the fiction writer’s most pressing questions these days has to be, “How can I make my story stand out?” Writing Tip for Today: Practice, determination and skill-building are important–but they’re not everything. Here are three more […]

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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