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Writing Memoir Proposals

Jun 28, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Memoir Proposals

Writing a memoir proposal differs from other nonfiction proposals. If you’re trying to sell your memoir, you’ll need specific tools to attract an agent’s attention. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss the elements of an effective memoir proposal. The Beginning A memoir proposal differs from a nonfiction proposal. With nonfiction, you are showing what you […]

Writing Nonfiction Proposals: Part Two

Jun 21, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Nonfiction Proposals: Part Two

Summertime is often when writers attend conferences where editors and agents listen to pitches. What kind of nonfiction proposal should a writer have ready in case it’s requested? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss some of the sections every good nonfiction proposal should contain: Act I Your nonfiction book proposal should be as polished as […]

Writing Book Proposals

Jun 14, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Book Proposals

A lot of writers with nonfiction books ideas come to the table with topics too broad or, as we discussed previously, too “me” centered and not reader-centered. Writers who mainly desire therapy for some trauma, who are bent on educating readers or who just want the world to see how much they know may be […]

Writing Turning Points

Jun 7, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Turning Points

Plot points, turning points, complications—these terms describe writers’ tasks for upping tension, squeezing the character and keeping readers turning pages. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some basics of writing turning points in fiction or memoir. Point: Everything Changes In every story, an event or scene must show the reader a place in which […]

Plot Writing: Three Ways to Test Your Story

May 31, 2022 | No Comments
Plot Writing: Three Ways to Test Your Story

Your story’s plot is like the car readers drive around the scenes of your story. But if this road trip is too meandering or breaks down, your plot could need repair. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three simple tips for getting your plot up and running. What and So What? Without a solid goal, […]

Writing Conflict into Fiction

May 24, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Conflict into Fiction

Writing conflict into your fiction may sound as simple as adding tension. Yet conflict and tension are not the same thing. Writing Tip for Today: How do conflict and tension differ, and how can we write better conflict into our stories? Conflict v. Tension  Tension keeps readers wondering what will happens next. It’s that sense […]

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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