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Writing: Using Symbols and Metaphors

Jul 9, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: Using Symbols and Metaphors

    Readers process your written scenes on several levels. Make the most of the deeper layers of symbol and metaphor. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few tips for layering your scenes with symbols and metaphor: Setting is Character Your fictional setting can influence the reader’s perception of a story. You may have […]

Writing: Delete Unneeded Words

Jul 2, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: Delete Unneeded Words

When writing, remember to delete unneeded words. Writing Tip for Today: Inserting unnecessary words in your writing puts too much distance between your meaning and the readers. Here are some tips: To and Fro Prepositional phrases are like lemmings—they pop up a lot but can run your writing over a cliff. Most unnecessary prepositional phrases […]

Writing: How to Write in Summer

Jun 25, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: How to Write in Summer

So many things arise during the summer months: warm (or blazing hot!) weather, vacations, conferences, kids out of school. All these things can interfere with your writing routine. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss some strategies for writing in the summer season. Be Flexible When summer hits, many writers lose productivity. Whether it’s a writing […]

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 […]

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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