Linda Maye Adams

Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Battlefield of Details


There’s been a discussion on a message board about if you would research the weather for a particular day in history at a particular location for your story.  Not because there was a major historical storm in that time frame, but just for “accuracy” or for that one reader who would fact check it.  Since …

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Hishorn Sculpture Garden


A trip to the Hishorn Sculpture Garden today, with a stop at the African Art Museum.  Did you know in Mali they made ladders out of logs?  Cool, and very practical.  The only downside was lunch, where I order a Greek sandwich made up feta and vegetables.  Guess they were a little short of vegetables.  …

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Writing With the Jellyfish


Have you ever been to the aquarium and seen the jellyfish?  I went to the National Aquarium, and they had a tank full of ethereal jellyfish.  I could have stood there for hours and watched them.  They don’t swim, or move — they go with the flow of the currents.  That’s the way it feels …

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Graphics Organizers for Novels


A graphics organizer is a concept that has apparently started filtere into school to help kids learn.  It presents information in a graphics format.  An outline of a paper might be displayed as the layers of a hamburger.  These are two of the organizers I’ve come up with to help me writing stories:  http://www.scribd.com/linda_adams_32 One …

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The Importance of Story Beginnings


“A bad beginning makes a bad ending.” — Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC) From The Lazy Project Manager.

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Writing Routine


Wordplay has a blog entry on her Writing Routine.  This is what mine is for my revision: 1.  I usually write about the same time every day, though I can graze.  I may pop in and different time when available and do a little.  I often get up and move around because that helps me …

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Composite of Experiences


When I was growing up, we went regularly  to the Griffth Park Observatory, and there’s this tunnel along the way.  If you’ve watched TV shows from the 1980s and before, you’ve seen the tunnel.  It was used any time they used a tunnel, and the round shape is very distinctive.  We always asked my father …

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Magic 100


I’m five pages away from hitting a major milestone — 100 pages!  Woo-hoo!

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7 Tips to Pitching at a Writer’s Conference


Usually everyone worries about how to pitch their story at the conference, but they don’t think about other aspects that may hurt their chances.

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Inciting Incident by Another Name


Hear the phrase inciting incident and you’re probably thinking something big and splashy.  The first image that comes to my mind is a movie opening with a big action sequence. James Scott Bell has a post over at The Kill Zone on it that addresses some of the confusion about what exactly it is, with …

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