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Writing Multiple POVs

Jul 7, 2020 | No Comments
Writing Multiple POVs

So many novels today are told in more than one point of view or POV. While adding voices to the protagonist’s story seems simple, writing effective multiple POV stories takes skill and purpose. Writing Tip for Today: What are some things to consider in writing a multiple POV story or novel? Purpose The most important […]

Critique Skills for Writers

Jun 30, 2020 | No Comments
Critique Skills for Writers

Last post we talked about feedback and when to accept or reject suggestions for editing. As one commenter pointed out, feedback gets easier to discern when you have a solid critique group. Writing Tip for Today: What should writers focus on when giving or receiving feedback in a critique group? When you listen to a […]

Writing with Thick Skin: When to Accept or Reject Feedback

Jun 23, 2020 | No Comments
Writing with Thick Skin: When to Accept or Reject Feedback

Writers everywhere hear the sage advice to grow “thick skin.” If you can’t abide rejection, others tearing apart your work or hearing that your baby is ugly, find another occupation. Yet as you grow into your writing life, it’s also important to learn when to take feedback to heart and when to kick it to […]

Scene Writing: More than Looking

Jun 16, 2020 | No Comments
Scene Writing: More than Looking

The look across a crowded room. That look your mom gives when you’re naughty. The puppy dog eyes of a pleading look. In scene writing, writers are faced with so many looks. But repeating the “L” word too often may irritate readers. Writing Tip for Today: How can writers capture a full scenic experience without […]

Writing Through Life’s Surprises

Jun 9, 2020 | No Comments
Writing Through Life’s Surprises

To all my readers: I apologize for not posting these last few weeks. Life has thrown some not-so-great health-related surprises at me lately. As I fight to get back to my writing life, I thought of a few ways to keep on keeping on during these life hiccups. Writing Tip for Today: What are some […]

Scene Writing: How to End a Scene

May 19, 2020 | 2 Comments
Scene Writing: How to End a Scene

You’ve set up your scene and built tension as it progresses. But as you write, it dawns on you that you aren’t sure where to end the scene. Sound familiar? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some things to consider when a scene’s ending isn’t clear: Scenes as Micro-stories Scene ending trouble often crops up […]

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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