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Writing: The Shape of Essay

Feb 20, 2024 | One Comment
Writing: The Shape of Essay

  Recently, a student sent me a piece meant to outline the thesis of a book. But whoa, Nelly! Essays and nonfiction chapters must have a shape. Writing Tip for Today: Can your essay or nonfiction stand up to the shape challenge? Journalism Rules One of the basic rules of journalism is the three-point rule […]

Writing Big Events in Life: Wisdom Rules

Feb 13, 2024 | 2 Comments
Writing Big Events in Life: Wisdom Rules

Writing about big events in your life—whether traumatic or just amazing can be powerful—if you allow enough time to pass first. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for writing about consequential life events: Five Year Rule A famous writer once told me not to write about significant life events—especially traumatic ones—for five years. […]

Writing: Improving Your Craft

Feb 6, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: Improving Your Craft

Whether you’ve been writing all your life or you’ve just begun, you always have the opportunity to improve your craft. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some markers you can aspire to on your way to being the best writer you can be: Humble Pie When I had initial success at age seventeen, I was […]

Writing: Confuse ‘Em and Lose ‘Em

Jan 30, 2024 | One Comment
Writing: Confuse ‘Em and Lose ‘Em

  Your novel is a world you’ve created, and every detail resides in your head. Yet if you can’t translate those details to your readers, they’re likely to get confused. Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few tips to keep confusion out of your writing: Be Sensory When your character acts in your novel, […]

Writing: Outsmart the Scammers

Jan 23, 2024 | 2 Comments
Writing: Outsmart the Scammers

A few days ago, I received an email that looked very official. It gushed about how some folks at a production studio were dying to have me write a script for my book, Thank God for Cats. But upon closer scrutiny, I knew it was a fake. Writing Tip for Today: Scammers are out there, […]

Writing: Spinning Fiction into How-to Articles

Jan 16, 2024 | No Comments
Writing: Spinning Fiction into How-to Articles

If you’re working on a novel or any sort of fiction, how can you get your name “out there” for readers to discover? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some ways to take your fiction and turn it into helps for your potential readers. Look for Thru-Lines No matter what genre you write in, novel […]

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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