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Watch Movies Like a Writer

Jul 18, 2017 | No Comments
Watch Movies Like a Writer

In my classes I often use well-known movies to illustrate writing techniques, as do many writing coaches. Being a visual society, we are apt to more easily grasp writing skills if we can picture them unfolding on the screen. If you watch movies as a writer, I guarantee you’ll never approach films or your work […]

Advanced Dialogue Techniques

Jul 11, 2017 | No Comments
Advanced Dialogue Techniques

Summertime, and the writing is easy, right? I took a week off but I’m back with more ways to improve your dialogue. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some advanced dialogue techniques you can try: Gender Bender One of the most difficult dialogue techniques to master has to be writing the opposite gender. I think […]

Writing Wow Dialogue

Jun 27, 2017 | 4 Comments
Writing Wow Dialogue

You’ve invented a great character. You’ve given that character grit, a great goal and stiff opposition, wowing your readers. But when the character opens her mouth, does her dialogue measure up? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some easy fixes to take dialogue from weak to wow: Weave It He said. She said. It’s an […]

Writing Truth Part II

Jun 21, 2017 | One Comment
Writing Truth Part II

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 […]

Writing the Truth

Jun 13, 2017 | 4 Comments
Writing the Truth

  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 […]

Writing Story Dominoes

Jun 6, 2017 | No Comments
Writing Story Dominoes

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 […]

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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