from the blog:

Writing: Finding the Buried Lead

Jan 25, 2022 | No Comments
Writing: Finding the Buried Lead

If you’ve studied journalism, you know that a good article depends on catching readers’ attention in the first sentence. The same is true for narrative nonfiction, personal essays, memoir and yes, even scenes. Writing Tip for Today: When you revise, oftentimes your opening gets buried. Here are some tips for moving your lead to its […]

Scene Writing: Omit Throat Clearing

Jan 18, 2022 | 2 Comments
Scene Writing: Omit Throat Clearing

I work with several writing students whose scenes are always improving. Yet one of their more difficult challenges seems to be learning where to begin a scene. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s review a few tips for good scene openings. That Old Middle The first rule of scene writing is to open a scene in […]

Writing Details: Brilliant or Boring?

Jan 11, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Details: Brilliant or Boring?

Your fourth grade teacher probably urged you to include details in your writing. “Don’t write about a car,” she may have said, “but a red car, a ’67 Mustang. Be specific.” When do details enhance and when do they hinder? Writing Tip for Today: Writing details requires good judgment. Here are some suggestions for including […]

Writing Well: Foreshadow and Withhold

Jan 4, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Well: Foreshadow and Withhold

Writing resources often talk about foreshadowing and withholding. When we write fiction or memoir, what we tell our readers is as important as when we tell them. But how do you use these tools? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss foreshadowing and withholding in fiction or memoir. Plant for Later Foreshadowing is sometimes referred to […]

Writing: More than Chronicles

Dec 28, 2021 | No Comments
Writing: More than Chronicles

A wonderful writing student sent me her latest essay, which she hoped to submit to a publication. I read over the draft, and one thing stood out. While the story chronicled an event, it had no single point. Writing Tip for Today: Personal essays or memoirs must be about one thing. Here are some tips […]

Writing Clean: Check and Recheck Your Work

Dec 21, 2021 | 2 Comments
Writing Clean: Check and Recheck Your Work

Not long ago, a new reader checked out my Tip for the Week. When she found a typo, she vowed never to read my blog again. While this is sad, it also drives home the point: Check your work. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways we can be writing clean? Read and Reread […]

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.

read more


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.

buy the book