In writing fiction, your character’s strengths and weaknesses determine the story’s trajectory, conflict and emotion. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ways to identify and then utilize your character’s strengths and weaknesses: Your Character’s Story Place any character into the point-of-view role and you’ll likely have different versions of a story. Your main character’s […]
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You’re chugging along with a story, novel or memoir, when Bam! Your writing is stuck. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few tips for getting your writing unstuck: Review Your Character Whenever I feel stuck in writing, I look to my Main Character first. I evaluate my character’s goal to see if it’s worthy […]
Presently, I’m working on a book proposal, and one of the biggest advantages I can give it is to carefully proofread the copy. Writing Tip for Today: We hear a lot of talk about hiring editors for our work. Here are three easy tips to self-proof your own writing: Let It Rest I have a […]
Ah, August. Vacays, grandchildren, camps and conferences can all take a big bite out of your writing routine. How can you keep writing through the chaos? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for keeping calm during chaotic times: Don’t Fight It I’ve been reading up on a topic I’m writing about and I […]
Whether you’re writing fiction or memoir, your characters must do the heavy lifting for your readers. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways to make your characters “truer?” Light Up the World You invent characters or in the case of memoir, you reimagine them. Inside your head these characters are fully formed. The hard […]
From fiction writing to memoir to essay, scenes anchor our readers in time and space. Yet our scenes can be even more effective if they also do these three things. Writing Tip for Today: What are three ways to make scenes more effective? Create the World Your scene’s goal is always to create a world […]
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.