Linda Maye Adams

Category Archives: Writing

Perfectionism and Reading Fiction


I’ve taken a few writing workshops lately that teach craft by having me read books to figure out how the writer did something cool.  It’s been a fun and interesting experience.  Writers always get told to read fiction to learn from other writers.  Normally, no one ever explains this, other than treating it like we …

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Respecting the Writing, Respecting Yourself


It’s hard to believe that about 2010, I was thinking I was never going to be able to write a novel.  My process of writing because a source of great frustration. The more I revised something, the more broken it got.  It went from a two car accident to a spaceship crashes and destroys an …

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2018 Writing Goals


I wish I were like this snowman.  But it’s unseasonably cold in Washington, DC.  We got snow yesterday, the second of the year, and the temperature outside right now is 20 degrees.  Tomorrow, with windchill will go into -10.  There is something seriously wrong with that number for this Southern California woman. I’ve been in reflection …

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2017 Writing Year in Review


I started out the year saying that it was going to be a year of craft. Then I broke my foot in February and was pretty much offline until May.  I didn’t realize how exhausting a broken bone could be.  So most of the Year of Craft came after May.  I started out the thing …

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Time Traveling to the Past


The Desert Storm Memorial was looking for photos from in theater (which means in Saudi Arabia in my case) for a pair of videos they’re doing.  I was digging around and found some from after the war. In January 1991, the mail clerk passed me a flyer she’d received advertising a Desert Storm Writing Contest.  …

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The Odyssey to Where I’m At Guest Post


I have a guest post over at the Odyssey website (and you’d never believe how hard it is for me to spell Odyssey. It’s a word that does not make sense and cannot be visualized!).  It’s my own experience taking one of their workshops.  It was quite eye opening to look at where I was …

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Adventures Around the Web Nov 11-17, 2017


Your Story Lives in the Details It sounds simple.  Add details.  Be specific.  It’s not.  It’s an incredibly hard skill to learn, especially when writers a cultured to treat description as boring. Leadership lessons from a female Apache pilot An officer talks about resiliency and failure, plus being a woman in a male-dominated place. Most …

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Adventures Around The Web November 4-10, 2017


It was unnaturally warm in Philadelphia last week. For Veteran’s Day, we’re getting cold and blustery. Down into the 20s.  The fall colors are finally coming in, but largely pretty washed out.  Not the vibrant ones that are so pretty. 10 Ways Posture Affects Productivity (and How to Improve Both) Writing can be pretty sedentary, so …

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Adventures Around the Web Oct 28-Nov 3, 2017


I seem to have a writing with depth theme going on here.  Depth is one of those very advanced writing skills that’s incredibly hard to understand.  And the scary part is that it sounds simple to do, and it isn’t.  It took me three years to understand how to do it. Clearing the Lens (Writing with …

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Adventures Around the Web Octber 21-26


This week, the colder temperatures marched in, and then bounced around.  Pretty typical for DC, but it’s hard when your sinuses are going, “I’m not happy”… Lulu the dog flunked out of CIA bomb-sniffer school because she just didn’t care Spy dog fails classes at CIA!  Lots of very cute dog pictures for Friday.  Labs …

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