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Writing: Revising Your Plot

Jun 18, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: Revising Your Plot

When you begin a story or novel, you have some ideas on how it unfolds. But as you revise, you discover threads that didn’t exist when you started. Writing Tip for Today: How can we amend a plotline or story arc if it has changed since it began? Plotter/Pantster We’ve all heard about plotters and […]

Writing: The Whens and Wheres of Scenes

Jun 11, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: The Whens and Wheres of Scenes

A basic element of every scene is to clue in readers to its time and place—the when and where. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few ideas for setting up your scenes: Be Plain Any time you change the time and/or place of a scene, you’re creating a new scene. Some writers leave an […]

Writing: The Why of Your Scene

Jun 4, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: The Why of Your Scene

I love fiction writing. But when I started out, I no more knew why I was writing a scene than why there is air. I learned that knowing the “why” of a scene makes all the difference. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for determining the “why” of your scene: Move Your Character […]

Writing: Make Every Word Count

May 28, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: Make Every Word Count

Writers often hear about successful authors who somehow make every word count. What does this mean for us? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some observations about how to make every word you write count: Paint Instant Pictures When you write, you must create mental imagery for readers. As I’ve said many times, you are […]

Writing: Revision Refresher

May 21, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: Revision Refresher

Writing is rewriting, they say. But new writers often don’t know where to start. Here’s a revision refresher. Writing Tip for Today: What is a good plan for revision? Start Loud If you don’t have a feedback or critique partner or group, put out some feelers online or in face-to-face groups. Join writer’s organizations to […]

Writing: Three Ways to Rewrite Your Work

May 14, 2024 | No Comments

Ah, rewriting. You know, that process we writers love the most. Not! Since writing is rewriting, we must simply roll up our sleeves and plunge into revision. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three ways to rewrite your drafts: Start Tall, Not Small I advise writers to start by thinking about the structure or bones […]

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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NEW RELEASE: THANK GOD FOR CATS!

Thank God for Cats!

Life can get lonely, but cat lovers know their four-pawed friends are always ready to console them, make them laugh, and lead them to empty food dishes. Cats are blessings from God, and  people of all ages form deep and lasting bonds with them.

Cats seem to know that God created us to love and be loved. They sense when we’re sick, anxious, or in need of some extra head bumps, showing us God’s way to faith, loyalty, hope, forgiveness, and love.

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