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(You Can) Write Better Dialogue

Oct 15, 2019 | No Comments
(You Can) Write Better Dialogue

For some writers, an ear for good dialogue seems to come naturally. For the rest of us, lots of practice and some writing tips can make all the difference. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three ways to start writing better dialogue today: Rule of Three When I taught fiction writing at a local community […]

Readers Must Sympathize with Characters

Oct 8, 2019 | 2 Comments
Readers Must Sympathize with Characters

Recent feedback from a writer concerning a novel that I’m drafting said, “One character is more interesting than the other.” Since I’m writing a rotating Point of View, both are protagonists. The comment told me that one character was not sympathetic enough. Writing Tip for Today: How can we make our characters more sympathetic? Likable, […]

Writing Help for Slow Openings

Oct 1, 2019 | No Comments
Writing Help for Slow Openings

Each time I draft a novel, I wrestle with my set-up in the opening. Does the opening give enough info and heart to compel the reader? How much do readers really need to know before they commit to the story? Writing Tip for Today: A novel’s first pages need a delicate balance of action and […]

Writing Your Story’s Fictional Body

Sep 24, 2019 | No Comments
Writing Your Story’s Fictional Body

A writer I know has a helpful book titled “Plot Skeleton,” wherein the author divides up the different parts of a fictional story by percentages and—body parts. Hint: If you get to the knees without a good climax, you’re in trouble! But the Plot Skeleton got me thinking about fiction structure, so let’s run with […]

Writing that Connects

Sep 17, 2019 | 6 Comments
Writing that Connects

When I started my writing journey, someone asked me what my purpose was. I said, “To connect with readers,” and it’s still true today. You might have a different purpose for writing, but any writer will be better off if she connects with her readers. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways to better […]

Writing Animated Characters

Sep 10, 2019 | 6 Comments
Writing Animated Characters

It’s nearly Fall! The pumpkins are busy plumping, cats are knocking stuff over and our fictional characters could use a little more sparkle—NaNoWriMo is almost here. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ideas for pumping some 3-D spice into your fictional characters: The Unique Character Most writers will admit, if they’re honest, that their […]

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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