Last week’s post drew a lot of reactions—in these politically charged times, writers are seeing that truth is more important than ever. When we write something that pierces the heart, that makes readers cry, that alters the landscape of who they are at a fundamental level, we have written truth. Writing Tip for Today: Here […]
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Writers of all stripes must write the truth. Even in fiction, where we make up characters, events and outcomes, truth is important. Except when it’s not. What’s the difference? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for writing truthfully in all your work: Fake News Facts If you are writing memoir, creative nonfiction […]
We’ve all seen those domino constructions where, after tipping the first piece ever-so-slightly, all the rest fall in a beautiful cascade of rhythmic motion. The “domino effect” means any actions that cascade in that same way. Have you ever thought of your novel (or any writing for that matter) in terms of dominoes? Writing Tip […]
We writers all want to hook our readers. Whether it’s the opening line of an essay or article (often called “the hook”) or the opening chapter of a novel, writing that engages readers, or makes them “care” is a combination of essential qualities that any writer can learn to use. Writing Tip for Today: What […]
Last post we talked about how writing short articles based upon a longer book-length project can help writers build credits and grow an audience while finishing the book version. Now, let’s talk about how the Russian Nesting Dolls concept applies to fiction, specifically novel writers. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ideas for […]
Last post, we talked about the “Russian Nesting Dolls” strategy of publishing shorter pieces while you finish a longer book-length project. The following applies mostly to nonfiction, but you may be able to shorten fictional scenes to use as anecdotes in an article or essay. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s go through the steps […]
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.