We writers are such an odd bunch—we make a thousand excuses for not getting our BICs (Butts in Chairs), but if we can’t get to the keyboard—due to illness, a calamity in the family or other trauma—we suddenly become very creative. At least I do. It’s reverse psychology of the irritating kind, but I’ve tried […]
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One of the basic questions I like to ask fiction writers is, “What genre is your work?” By that, I mean, where in the bookstore or on the shelf could readers locate your book? If you take more than a half-second to answer, maybe you should take time to classify your book as closely as […]
While I’m away teaching at a conference, you might review the elements of writing back story in your fiction. Writing Tip for Today: Back story, or FLASHBACK, can lift your fiction–or sink it. Here are some tips: WHERE THE ACTION IS The question I get often is how readers can possibly sympathize with the Main […]
Many, if not all, writers begin their fiction with a character. In a writer’s mind, this character is a living, breathing person—seems so easy. But is she unforgettable? Bringing that character to life on the page takes extra effort. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three tips to help you write an unforgettable character: Unforgettable […]
Point of View or POV, is one fiction area where many writers get confused. But getting viewpoint right doesn’t have to be a problem. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s review basic POVs and what they mean to writers and to readers: I, You, He, She, Us? The “I” voice, or First Person, has gained […]
The key to a compelling character relies on a balance between the character’s outer life (what happens to her) and inner life (what happens in her). Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some easy ways to create a winning inner life for your character: Light the Fire One of the most common mistakes […]
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.