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Writing Animated Characters

Sep 10, 2019 | 6 Comments
Writing Animated Characters

It’s nearly Fall! The pumpkins are busy plumping, cats are knocking stuff over and our fictional characters could use a little more sparkle—NaNoWriMo is almost here. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ideas for pumping some 3-D spice into your fictional characters: The Unique Character Most writers will admit, if they’re honest, that their […]

When Is a POV Error a Problem?

Aug 28, 2019 | 2 Comments
When Is a POV Error a Problem?

Ask any veteran writer about POV (Point of View) and the advice is almost always the same: Don’t head-hop, change POV only at chapter or scene breaks, tell the most compelling character’s version of events. Most of the time, this is solid advice, meant to keep readers from becoming confused. But there’s always an exception. […]

How Deep POV Elicits Emotions

Aug 20, 2019 | No Comments
How Deep POV Elicits Emotions

My friend C.S. Lakin, over at LiveWriteThrive, has just unveiled her latest writing course: Handling character emotions. Conveying emotion is so important! You can check it out here. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at how using Deep POV can help you convey emotion in your fiction. Writing Tip for Today: How can Deep POV help […]

Writing Your Story’s Set-up

Aug 13, 2019 | 2 Comments
Writing Your Story’s Set-up

To write a story, you just plunge in and go, right? I favor this don’t-edit-while-you-draft method. But in revision, how you set-up your story is crucial to readers. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss the important elements of story set-ups: Timing is Everything Set-ups differ from your story’s setting. The where and when of your […]

Writers Beware: Micro-managing

Aug 6, 2019 | 13 Comments
Writers Beware: Micro-managing

Since it’s August, I thought it might be good to trot out some easily avoided fiction mistakes I see in student work. Micro-management is what I call the tendency to over-regulate how readers experience a scene or description. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three simple fixes for eliminating micro-management from your writing: My Right […]

Pitch Your Writing: Tips

Jul 30, 2019 | No Comments
Pitch Your Writing: Tips

It’s writing conference season, and many writers I know will put egos on the line to pitch their books. But is your novel “done” enough to warrant this leap of faith? Writing Tip for Today: Although writers are often anxious to get their writing into an editor or agent’s hands, we sometimes jump the gun. […]

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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