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Rewriting: How to Reimagine a Scene for More Impact

Jul 20, 2021 | No Comments
Rewriting: How to Reimagine a Scene for More Impact

Diving into a rewrite has often panicked me. All those great suggestions in critique group make no sense as I stare at my document. I’ve needed to learn ways to reimagine the scene to improve its impact. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few ideas for re-imagining a scene: In Media Res In media […]

Rewriting: How to Make Sense of Your Hot Mess

Jul 13, 2021 | 4 Comments

Of course, your rewrite will be a snap—you don’t have a hot mess of a draft. Right? For the rest of us, rewrites can feel overwhelming. Where do you begin? Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few tips for beginning a rewrite of your novel or memoir: Stand Back Storyboard Last post I mentioned […]

Next Steps for Rewriting Your Novel

Jul 6, 2021 | 2 Comments

Any writer who has completed at least one draft of a novel should celebrate. You have done something that few who aspire to publish have done. But what are the next steps? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about next steps in rewriting: Organize Your Manuscript   If you’ve received feedback from an editor or […]

Writing the Somehow: Pacing and Characters’ Changes

Jun 29, 2021 | No Comments

It’s a story’s pivotal moment—the one where everything changes for your character. One moment, this protagonist thinks all is lost, then somehow finds inner strength to meet the biggest challenge. But how do you write this? The key word is in the somehow. Writing Tip for Today: Stories are more satisfying and believable if character […]

Roleplay and Scene Writing

Jun 22, 2021 | No Comments

One of my students struggled with some proposed changes to her novel. We meet weekly, and I asked her to reimagine and write a pivotal scene. When we next met, her work was outstanding—and she’d used roleplaying to make it believable and exciting. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some ideas for using roleplay […]

Writing 3-D Protagonists

Jun 8, 2021 | No Comments
Writing 3-D Protagonists

Do you have work that has languished in a drawer or been rejected?  I have at least three novels that are sitting around. Instead of immediately self-publishing or throwing the pages into the fire, it could be time to take a second look at the protagonist. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ways to […]


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

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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