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? […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.