Writing NaNo Novels: Flash Dialogue Last post, we discussed how to assemble a few flash cards to give you direction in writing your NaNoWriMo novel. Today, let’s take the “flash” concept and apply it to writing your NaNo novel’s dialogue. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some easy ways that FLASH DIALOGUE can generate […]
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Anti-outline-writers often feel frustrated when it comes to pre-planning a novel, but it’s possible to write your NaNoWriMo novel as a pantster with a little help. As we head into NaNoWriMo season, writers everywhere hear a lot about plot points, beats and storyboards. How about Flash Cards? Writing Tip for Today: Here’s a simple method […]
Writing Subplots that Sing Novels that include at least one subplot tend to be more nuanced and reflect better real life. A mystery often features an ongoing love interest. A love story might include a murder subplot. A fantasy saga might juggle several subplots. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take a look at some […]
Use It or Lose It? Handling Feedback In a good critique group, writers handle feedback with better results when they “use it or lose it.” These writers adopt the suggestions that make sense for the work and let the rest fall to the wayside. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss the feedback a writer might […]
Re-Writing Your Scene Part III In the last posts, we talked about assessing your scene’s purpose and how it will play if it is put into action. Now, let’s talk about re-writing your paragraphs and sentences to make the scene sparkle. Writing Tip for Today: What are some revision techniques for polishing a drafted scene? […]
Re-Writing Your Scene Last post we discussed rewriting the “Big Picture” aspects of a scene. If the big questions aren’t answered—the why, conflict and tension of the scene—the little stuff isn’t important. Except that the little things matter too. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at other elements of scene rewriting. Unpack the Action As […]
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.