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She’s Back! Using Back Story in Fiction Writing

Oct 20, 2014 | 4 Comments
She’s Back! Using Back Story in Fiction Writing

After a couple of tension-filled weeks, I’m back in the writing tips saddle. Of course, coming back makes me think about that perennial writer’s bugaboo–writing back story. Writing Tip for Today: Every fiction writer uses back story at one time or another. How can you write effective back story without falling into the quicksand of […]

A Short Hiatus

Oct 6, 2014 | No Comments
A Short Hiatus

Hello all you faithful writers, At Linda Clare’s Writer’s Tips, I strive to provide “writing tips you can actually use” on a weekly basis. Helping you improve your writing skills is my top priority. But now and then, life happens while you’re making other plans. This is one of those times. I’ll be away from […]

3 Ways Community Improves Your Writing

Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments
3 Ways Community Improves Your Writing

The common perception of a novelist is that of isolation–writing portrayed as a lonely endeavor accomplished in a garret. The Sean Connery movie “Finding Forrester” acted out this stereotype. Yet more often, community not only provides a practical solution to the problems novelists encounter, it gives an emotional boost. Writing Tip for Today: From large organizations to […]

Writing Scenes v. Narration: Know the Difference

Sep 24, 2014 | 4 Comments
Writing Scenes v. Narration: Know the Difference

New novel writers often ask me to clarify what constitutes a scene. Some guess scenes have dialog. Others venture that a scene is full of action. How do you know when what you’ve written is a scene or if it’s narration? Writing Tip for Today: Scene writing is oftentimes preferred over lengthy narration for one […]

3 Tests Your Novel Must Pass

Sep 22, 2014 | No Comments
3 Tests Your Novel Must Pass

You’ve lived an interesting life–maybe so interesting that people say it would make a great novel. But hold on–are you sure you ought to be the star of your story? Writing Tip for Today: Many first-time novelists mistakenly believe that their autobiography can double as a novel. Here are three tests that any good novel […]

Get Ready for ‘Wri-mo: 3 EZ Tips

Sep 17, 2014 | 2 Comments
Get Ready for ‘Wri-mo: 3 EZ Tips

I’m getting a lot of readers who are revving up for ‘Wri-mo–as in NaNoWriMo, the November marathon of novel writing. I can’t think of a better way to get unstuck, go for broke and write-your-living-brains-out. Writing Tip for Today: In a previous post we talked about some ways to prepare for the 50,000 word challenge […]

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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