So excited! Tomorrow I’ll be teaching some workshops for a writing conference called Between Two Worlds for high-schoolers in the Salem, Oregon area. One, a class on fiction, focuses on creating three-dimensional scenes. Writing Tip for Today: How can we craft 3-D scenes? The Heart of Character Begin by creating a strong POV character. Give […]
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In writing fiction, we talk a lot about making sure your character wants something. Like, really really wants it. Yet the key to writing effective fiction is to dig deep into that “want.” Writing Tip for Today: How can writers create compelling stories with high stakes? Big Wants Many times, new writers begin with a […]
As I gear up for the release of my next book, Prayers for Parents of Prodigals in January 2020, I’m learning that things have changed a lot since my last book in 2015. Podcasts are all the rage now, and writers like me must decide if starting my own is the right move. Writing Tip […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.