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Changes: Writing Story Characters Who Grow

Jan 14, 2020 | 2 Comments
Changes: Writing Story Characters Who Grow

Most of us novelists are keen to uncover story secrets, to better connect with our readers. Right now I’m reading Story Genius by Lisa Cron, and it’s opening my eyes to a better sense of how I could achieve that elusive magic. Writing tip for Today: How can we write characters who change and grow? […]

Writing Characters: Why Emotion Matters

Jan 7, 2020 | No Comments
Writing Characters: Why Emotion Matters

It’s a new year, but as I coach some fiction writers, I still see many of the same problems as in years past. One of the barriers to readers experiencing your fiction in the most complete way is by giving details about a character rather than painting that character in emotional strokes. Writing Tip for […]

Writing Ideas that Sing

Dec 17, 2019 | No Comments
Writing Ideas that Sing

Writers are often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” While some of us have perhaps too many ideas (see my folder of unfinished novels), others need help. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few ways to cultivate new ideas for your writing: Memory Lane One of my easiest ways to shape a new […]

Writing Rhythm: Pace

Dec 10, 2019 | No Comments
Writing Rhythm: Pace

We’ve discussed how writers develop voice and platform. But what about the unique rhythm or pace which writers must also develop? Writing Tip for Today: What are some elements of effective story pacing? What’s Pace, Anyway? Your story’s pace refers to several ways that readers experience the story. On a global level, pace can mean […]

Grow Your Writer’s Platform

Dec 3, 2019 | 6 Comments
Grow Your Writer’s Platform

As I anticipate the release of Prayers for Parents of Prodigals (my seventh book), I’m keenly aware of the need for a growing readership. Platform is a word that scares many writers, but it really boils down to who you know. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways to increase your readership and grow […]

Writing a Voice

Nov 20, 2019 | No Comments
Writing a Voice

As writers practice, we begin developing a voice. But what exactly is voice? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss what goes into a writing voice and how to cultivate one. The Singular You Most would agree that a distinct writer’s voice puts you and what makes you you distinctly on the page. In order to […]

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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