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Writing Three-D Scenes

Nov 5, 2019 | 4 Comments
Writing Three-D Scenes

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 […]

Writing High Stakes Stories

Oct 29, 2019 | 2 Comments
Writing High Stakes Stories

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 […]

Have Writer, Will Podcast?

Oct 22, 2019 | 2 Comments
Have Writer, Will Podcast?

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 […]

(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 […]

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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