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Writing: Should Fiction Persuade?

Dec 6, 2022 | 2 Comments
Writing: Should Fiction Persuade?

Many fiction writers I’ve known have told me that they intend their novels to educate or persuade readers of something. But is this a wise path? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss some pros and cons of persuasive or educational fiction. Writing from the Pulpit The fiction writers I mentioned above mostly wrote out of […]

Writing Your Character’s Why

Nov 29, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Your Character’s Why

Apologies for missing last week’s post—but it gave me time to think about how, when we write fiction, our character’s “why” must be clear to our readers’ emotions. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few tips for understanding your character’s why: Who Is This? They say all fictional characters have at least some of […]

Writing: Zoom in on Specifics

Nov 15, 2022 | No Comments
Writing: Zoom in on Specifics

In query letters and synopses, outlines and sample pitches, a virus spreads. Abstract, generalized words and phrases that tell readers almost nothing. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss a few ways to get specifics into your writing. Man v. A Man E.B. White famously said, “Don’t write about man. Write about a man. Great advice. […]

Finding Beta Readers, Part II

Nov 8, 2022 | No Comments
Finding Beta Readers, Part II

Last post, we talked about beta readers, people who preview your manuscript. Let’s continue the conversation—who to ask, when to ask and what to expect from a beta reader. Writing Tip for Today: Who makes a good beta reader? When should you find one? And what should you expect? Readers v. Writers Some authors use […]

Beta Readers for Your Writing

Nov 1, 2022 | 2 Comments
Beta Readers for Your Writing

We hear a lot about beta readers these days—those whom we seek out to test our writing’s effectiveness. Here are three tips for finding good beta readers. Writing Tip for Today: How can we locate beta readers and what should we expect? Ready for Primetime Before you approach a potential beta reader for your work, […]

Polishing Your Writing

Oct 25, 2022 | 3 Comments
Polishing Your Writing

As writers, we understand how multiple revisions can polish a so-so piece and make it shine. But how we approach our polishing may be as important as how many revisions we undertake. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at a rewriting strategy for polishing your prose. Hearing Is Believing I tend to write a first […]

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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