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Writing Character Gestures

Mar 31, 2020 | 6 Comments
Writing Character Gestures

When we write scenes, we must liven them with the body language and nonverbal cues we use when we interact emotionally. Those cues and reactions can get stale awfully fast. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ways to avoid falling into tropes and clichés when describing emotions: No Sighs Around my house, when we’re […]

The Stay-at-Home Writer

Mar 24, 2020 | 5 Comments
The Stay-at-Home Writer

In Oregon and many other states, governors are issuing Stay-at-Home orders. What does this mean for writers? Writing Tip for Today: What are some publishing changes writers will need to navigate during coronavirus crisis? Publishing Problems Traditional print publishing has never been known for speed, but now it will slow down even more. Yes, agents […]

Corona-crisis Journaling

Mar 18, 2020 | 2 Comments
Corona-crisis Journaling

Too Upset to Write? Journal Instead. As coronavirus ravages our country and the world, many are comparing it to 9/11. During that crisis in 2001, I couldn’t write for weeks. It seemed inconsequential to write about ordinary life when so many were hurting. Now, during the pandemic, I think I should have tried harder. Writing […]

Writing Your Life: Go Deep

Mar 3, 2020 | 2 Comments
Writing Your Life: Go Deep

I love reading a good memoir. It’s one of my favorite ways to escape reality. I love writing memoir and teaching it too. These days, it seems as if everyone is writing about their personal experience. Writing Tip for Today: What are readers looking for in personal stories or memoir? Answer the Why With the […]

Writing Rules: Made to be Broken?

Feb 25, 2020 | 2 Comments
Writing Rules: Made to be Broken?

We who keep writing even when it’s still not profitable run a gauntlet of writing rules. Those writing rules reign like grouchy royalty over our every endeavor. But can you break the rules and still succeed? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take a look at rules that can be occasionally broken without penalty: Which Rule? […]

Flexible Writing: Russian Dolls

Feb 18, 2020 | 4 Comments
Flexible Writing: Russian Dolls

One of my writing mentors was always suggesting that my book ideas might really be articles. I was always indignant until I discovered how to be flexible. Today, let’s talk about some ways we can all be more flexible in our writing with the Russian Dolls method. Writing Tip for Today: If you’ve been working […]

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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