One of my writing mentors was always suggesting that my book ideas might really be articles. I was always indignant until I discovered how to be flexible. Today, let’s talk about some ways we can all be more flexible in our writing with the Russian Dolls method. Writing Tip for Today: If you’ve been working […]
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Lately I’ve been posting on emotions in writing, and with good reason. Everything we write must come from a deep place of authenticity or else our readers will see past surface or phony stuff and stop reading. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about emotional resonance in our writing. Don’t Chew the Scenery Emotional […]
For the last few posts we’ve been discussing characters, their emotions and how they play into the overall story as well as the reader’s reactions. A reader today asks, “But how can I write those emotions?” Writing Tip for Today: Talking about the underpinnings of story is good, but as you write your scenes, you’ll […]
Student writers often tell me that their novel has more than one main character. While most really mean that they are writing more than one Point of View, some really do have characters battling for the readers’ sympathies. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some reasons every story needs one main character: Multiple POV v. […]
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.
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.