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A Creative Publishing Solution–Guest Post with Kris Faatz

Jan 24, 2023 | No Comments
A Creative Publishing Solution–Guest Post with Kris Faatz

Now for something different! My guest today is Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates). Her second novel, Fourteen Stones, is newly released, and her journey to publish this fantasy novel opened up new possibilities. Writing Tip for Today: Kris outlines the process she went through to publish her sophomore novel: Last week, my copies of my […]

Writing through the Slump

Jan 17, 2023 | No Comments
Writing through the Slump

During the holidays, I decided not to try to cram in daily writing alongside all the stuff we Americans do during the season. Now I’m discovering that I need a little nudge to get back into the writing routine. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few ideas for relighting your creative spark. Read Great […]

Writing Book Proposals: What to Do with Rejects

Jan 10, 2023 | No Comments
Writing Book Proposals: What to Do with Rejects

Most pro writers who write for traditional publishers have book proposals that aren’t finished manuscripts. Even self or hybrid authors can start a project, only to run out of steam. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss tips for what to do with stalled book proposals or unpublished work: Juggle Projects As you develop your skill […]

Writing: Building Good Habits

Jan 3, 2023 | No Comments
Writing: Building Good Habits

 At this time of year, people make resolutions. What about resolutions for your writing life? Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways to build good writing habits? Keep ‘Em Separated The most basic suggestion I give writers is to draft with wild abandon, and later on, edit with precise determination. New writers often get […]

Writing: What’s in a Character Name?

Dec 27, 2022 | 2 Comments
Writing: What’s in a Character Name?

I often see social media posts from writers, asking for suggestions on character names. Here are some tips. Writing Tip for Today: When you name your fictional characters, what should you take into consideration? Cast of Thousands Often, novel writers have large casts in their novels. While it’s tempting (and sometimes comforting) to name every […]

Writing Your Heart Out

Dec 20, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Your Heart Out

Writing is easy—just open a vein and let it bleed all over the page. And writing is very hard—to be a successful writer, you need a well-honed set of tools. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ways to take your writing life to the next level? Practice I’ve said a thousand times that good […]

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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