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Writing POV: Mastering Viewpoint

Jul 17, 2018 | No Comments
Writing POV: Mastering Viewpoint

This week’s post is a preview for the workshop I’ll be teaching next week on writing Characters and POV. I find that writers either understand Point of View (POV) innately, or they struggle. With a few pointers, I hope every writer will master POV, also called Viewpoint. Writing Tip for Today: Here’s a refresher on […]

Scene Writing Tension: Boundaries

Jul 10, 2018 | No Comments
Scene Writing Tension: Boundaries

In scene writing, the tension is often centered between two characters and their boundaries. One wants something, and readers don’t know whether she’ll obtain it. By degrees, the other character either withholds or invades the first character’s boundaries, which leads to increasing tension. Writing Tip for Today: How can you write scenes with mounting tension […]

Writing Down the Beats

Jul 3, 2018 | 2 Comments
Writing Down the Beats

Many writing sites offer instructions for producing BEAT SHEETS—and fiction writers everywhere need to understand the concept, whether you’re a plotter, a pantster or somewhere in-between. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss writing “beats” for novels, short stories and sentences. Spreadsheet Beats A “beat” in fiction used to be called a plot point. The term […]

Writing Unforgettable Characters

Jun 26, 2018 | 2 Comments
Writing Unforgettable Characters

Writing unforgettable characters is much more than simply giving a character a unique habit or speech tag. To be truly memorable, a character should be unique both inside and out. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some ways to make characters unforgettable. Guard Against Stereotypes In writing sentences, we’re cautioned against using clichés, but […]

Writing Descriptions that Wow

Jun 19, 2018 | 4 Comments
Writing Descriptions that Wow

Description in writing has to be one of the hardest parts to get just right. Give readers too little description, and they are unable to experience the story world. Write too much description, and readers get lost in all the details. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take a look at ways a writer can balance […]

Writing Your Character’s Inner World

Jun 5, 2018 | No Comments
Writing Your Character’s Inner World

When you write your character to life, you delve into what that character wants (more than anything!). But to really animate your character, readers must understand what makes that person tick. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about ways to more fully imagine your character’s inner life: Back Story Need to Know We’re all the […]

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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