Linda Maye Adams

Rule L: never stop Learning about writing


Linda’s Rules of Writing

An abstract silhouette of a man in profile, with a star shining in his head.

Knowledge is always waiting for us, if we’re willing to see it.

We’re onto the letter L in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, and never stop Learning about writing.

I have a friend who’s an actor, mostly retired now since he’s 86 and got started in the 1950s.  But I was surprised to hear that he still takes acting classes, despite all his experience.  There’s always something new to learn.

It’s the same way with writing.  The more I learn, the more I realize how little I actually know. And I’m finding that I always learn something new. If I look for it.  It’s one of the reasons I’m starting to take free online college courses.

What have you learned about your writing recently?


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  1. It’s so important to carry on learning about your craft. I know some people who think that they don’t need to study writing, but I guess that reflects in whatever they produce. I used to think that I had an excellent grasp of grammar, but throughout this A-Z challenge I’ve been reading blogs that have taught me about things I never knew before.

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    • Sorry, Rebeccah, looks like your post got stuck in the spam filter. I know what you mean about grammar. I took a class on editing, which primarily focused on grammar and punctuation. It was challenging!

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  2. I have learned that I need to get out to more workshops, conferences etc. To do so I may need to travel a ways because there isn’t much available to me locally.

    Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers, participant of A to Z Blogging Challenge
    Denise Reashore on Facebook

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    • Denise, another option is the online workshops. There’s quite a few of those available like at Margie Lawson’s Writers’ Academy http://www.margielawson.com/lawson-writers-academy-courses or Savvy Writers http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/workshoplist.php.

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      • Thank you for these links. Have you used them before?

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      • Thank you for these links. Have you used them before?

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      • For Margie Lawson, I just bought her Edits lecture. For Savvy, I’ve taken several and am planning on taking the Project Management one on April 15. Some have been good and some get a “Meh.” But I’m also an organic writer, and if the class uses outlining techniques as part of the class, it’s always going to get a “Meh.” Sometimes I still get something out of them anyway, so I take a chance if it looks like something that will help.

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      • Great! Thank you.

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  3. I’m always learning something new while I write. I’ve been writing articles for about 6 years and there always seems to be something new to learn.

    Dark Thoughts Blog

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  4. It’s so true… I’ve found no matter what direction I turn to learn something new that I find out how little I know. I hope I’ll always have this drive to learn throughout my life. For me it’s what makes it worth living.

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    • I think it keeps life fun (though sometimes not!).

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  5. DL Hammons

    I’m a member of the A-Z team just checking in. Glad to see that everything is going smoothly for you during the Challenge! 🙂

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    • Thanks for stopping by, DL!

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  6. This a-to-z exercise has been hugely valuable to me. I find that when I’m surfing blogs of folks I don’t know, if they write dense essays, I probably won’t stick around for it. But if it’s a short, pithy page, I’ll read the whole thing, and if anything about it grabbed me — topic, writing style, content — I’ll go back again and again.

    I guess it depends on the readership you hope to cultivate how you structure and format your content. Thanks for these soundbites.

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    • Online writing is quite a bit different than other types of writing. The challenge is getting the same information into the shorter variation.

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  7. I am a massive fan of checklists. I use them throughout the writing process. I have one for chapters (I tick off the first draft to last edits of each chapter completed) I have a checklist for clues (If I want the reader to be able to guess something subtly then I make a checklist for all the things they ought to know and then filter them into the novel.) I could go on and on…

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    • Sorry, I got carried away… this is about your next post!

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