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Writing Better Scenes: Three Tips

Aug 16, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Better Scenes: Three Tips

From fiction writing to memoir to essay, scenes anchor our readers in time and space. Yet our scenes can be even more effective if they also do these three things. Writing Tip for Today: What are three ways to make scenes more effective? Create the World Your scene’s goal is always to create a world […]

Writing: Those Evil, Weasel Words

Aug 9, 2022 | 2 Comments

As I’ve said many times, I never edit myself as I write. I want to get those ideas down. But then, I need to fix it up. Those evil, weasel words must go. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for editing out words that don’t pull their weight: Vague Swamp Weasel words can […]

Writing: Keep Your Tone Steady

Aug 2, 2022 | No Comments
Writing: Keep Your Tone Steady

While some writers long to develop a writing voice, far more of us struggle to keep our voice even on the page. Much of it comes down to tone. What do I mean? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about ways to keep your writing tone even and steady throughout your work: Gems in the […]

Writing Without Explanations: RUE

Jul 26, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Without Explanations: RUE

In any scene, your goal must be to immerse readers totally and keep them walking around in your “fictional dream.” Explanations often sink those lofty intentions. Writing Tip for Today: Here are tips on how to keep readers immersed without relying on explanations: Need to Know When we craft scenes, we often worry that readers […]

Writing: How Trauma Informs

Jul 12, 2022 | No Comments
Writing: How Trauma Informs

I got horrible news today from a family friend. Apparently, her teenage son was cycling and was somehow hit by a passing car. He didn’t survive. I’m praying and ready to help the family, but also in shock today. Writing Tip for Today: For writers, trauma is life-altering. But processing trauma can also give our […]

Writing Memoir: Omit the Boring Stuff

Jul 5, 2022 | No Comments
Writing Memoir: Omit the Boring Stuff

If you’re writing a memoir, you’ll need a combination of strong writing and strong storytelling. Writing Tip for Today: What are some elements of effective memoir? Who’s It For? So many writers have great life stories to tell. And so many non-writers have great stories too. But as you write your great life story, it’s […]

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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