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Writing Tension in Every Line

May 17, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Tension in Every Line

Writing tension into every line sounds simple. But when writers struggle with this idea, the results can sink their efforts. Writing Tip for Today: What is tension and what is its role in writing? Uneasy Suspense Tension is also called uneasy suspense. Most writers understand that the climax needs tension, but to be effective, tension […]

Are You the Right Person to Write this Book?

May 10, 2022 | No Comments

I’m working on a nonfiction book proposal. I’m passionate about the topic. But I keep worrying: Am I the right person to write the book? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some ways to determine if you are the right person to write your book: Proposal Pufferies Every good book proposal must answer the […]

Writing Memoir: Timelines

May 3, 2022 | 2 Comments

Memoir writing is one of the most common types of stories my students attempt. Hey, write what you know, right? Good memoirs demonstrate a command of the timeline. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss memoir timelines and which events should form them. Time Travel Most writers begin a memoir in chronological order. But by beginning […]

Writing Finishing Touches

Apr 26, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Finishing Touches

Writing involves multiple revisions. But how do you know if your finishing touches are enough? Writing Tip for Today: Here are three tips to help you decide when your piece is finished: Let it Sit and Read Aloud After you’ve drafted a piece, you’ll want to set it aside for a period of time. Work […]

Finding Your Writing Voice

Apr 19, 2022 | No Comments
Finding Your Writing Voice

Most writers strive for a unique writing voice. Voice refers to not what you write, but how you write it. Developing a unique style or voice takes practice and mastery of skills. Writing Tip for Today: What are some valuable skills for developing writer’s voice? Avoid Wordiness To find one’s writing voice, many writers mistakenly […]

Writing Ratios: Actions v. Info

Apr 12, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Ratios: Actions v. Info

As the late Gary Provost writes in the writing resource, Beyond Style, “Things shouldn’t just be in your stories; things should happen.” Yet writing must also contain information. How can you know how much information should accompany your happenings? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about how to write a good 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.

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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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