For novelists, pace, or rate of revelation is one of the more advanced writing skills. Knowing how fast or slow to reveal story information, managing time and choosing the right scenes to dramatize can either pace a novel brilliantly or doom it to an excruciating reader experience. Writing Tip for Today: What are some […]
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After you finish writing your first draft, editing it can seem scary and overwhelming. For the final stages, hiring a professional editor can be a wise decision. But before you search out an editor, revise as much as you can. No matter where you are in your writing life, you can learn to self-edit your […]
Take your writing to the next level! Transform your writing! Write a bestseller! We all want to be better writers. In nearly twenty years of helping writers, I’ve offered workshops that promised that next level to my students. After yesterday’s total solar eclipse, some writing coach will no doubt promote a course or workshop […]
Whether you’ve been working on your novel for years or you dashed it off during NaNoWriMo, revision has to be the next step after the cooling off period. But where do you start? Today, let’s look at how to begin novel revision. It won’t feel as scary if you have a plan. Writing Tip for […]
It’s still summertime, a little on the warm side here in the Northwest, so I’m moving a bit slower than usual. But writers still need tips! NanoWriMo (National November Writing Month) will be here before you know it. Writing Tip for Today: Here’s a list of short and sweet tips to help improve your drafted […]
Where I live in Oregon, a heat wave is on the way. It’s supposed to reach one hundred and eight (108!) this week, similar to the temperatures of many of my childhood summers, growing up in Phoenix, Arizona. Air conditioning is everywhere in AZ, but not in Oregon. What’s a writer without AC supposed to […]
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.