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Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

Feb 21, 2017 | No Comments
Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

A good critique can open your mind to creative solutions and set your writer-self on fire. But not-so-helpful feedback can stall your project or even discourage you from writing at all. Writing Tip for Today: I don’t believe in “writer’s block,” but I know how it feels to be stalled or so discouraged you start […]

How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

Feb 16, 2017 | 2 Comments
How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

The last two posts have discussed some of the ways writers benefit from good critique, as well as things to watch out for. Today, let’s go through what a good critique session might look like. For the purpose of this post I’m imagining a group of serious writers who seek traditional or self-publication. Writing Tip […]

Good Writing or Good Reading?

Feb 9, 2017 | One Comment
Good Writing or Good Reading?

After the last two posts about critique groups (needing one and finding one), I want to stress a couple of important points, especially for writers new to the craft or those still chasing publication. Writing Tip for Today: What’s the difference between excellent writing and excellent reading? Nothing and Everything First, excellent reading is almost […]

A Good Writing Critique Is Hard to Find

Jan 31, 2017 | No Comments
A Good Writing Critique Is Hard to Find

Since last week’s post on critique groups I’ve heard from writers who are frustrated in trying to find a good working group. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss a few more ideas surrounding finding and joining a critique group. Meeting Decorum How the meeting is run has to be one of the important components of […]

Find Your Perfect Critique Group

Jan 24, 2017 | 4 Comments
Find Your Perfect Critique Group

  Got a critique group? Over the past twenty-five years, I’ve been a member of half a dozen different groups–it’s not always easy to find a good one. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ideas for finding and joining your perfect critique group: Start Where You Are Critique groups come in many flavors and […]

Shaping Story Conflict

Jan 17, 2017 | No Comments
Shaping Story Conflict

  We hear it over and over: to engage readers, stories must contain conflict. But this prescription is deceptive. Not all conflict is created equal. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ideas for story conflict that captures and keeps readers: Don’t Just Blow Stuff Up New writers often mistake story conflict for any sort […]

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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