Linda Maye Adams

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What’s the deal with character questionnaires?


Character worksheets or questions or interviews are pretty commonly recommended to develop characters.  They’ve always had me scratching my head.  I’ve never really understand the purpose—and this is an actual example from one of them—of identifying the time a character drinks tea every morning. Or even that logic that I’ve heard that doesn’t make sense …

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Respecting the characters


I was watching a fourth season episode of NCIS, and it struck me how Michael Weatherly’s departure from the series last month fit right in with the entire arc of the series. They respected the character, and the viewers. Then there’s Criminal Minds, which had the departure of Shemar Moore, who played Derrick Morgan.  Also …

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New TV Season–Good, Bad, or Meh?


The new TV season is about to start in the next few weeks. I remember how I used to grab the next copy of the TV Guide when it arrived in the mail on Thursday and rush through to my favorite shows to see what the episode was about. Now I don’t even subscribe to …

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Visualizing the Setting


A couple of writers and I were talking on a list serve about describing setting — in this case, having trouble getting it into the story. Right up my alley. One of the writers said she didn’t get a visual image of the setting, so she had a hard time even remembering to get it …

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How do people think this is good storytelling?!


For my 10 Stories in 10 Weeks, I’ve been submitting the stories to a new market to complete the week.  All of my stories have women characters.  Not necessarily a woman protagonist — Story #4 has a male protagonist, but a woman character figures prominently in the solution of the story. I know magazines are …

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How Many Women Characters Are in Your Book?


March is Women’s History Month, though I actually don’t like these types of events.  They exist because history and even present doesn’t always recognize people outside of a select group.  I remember one time, when I was in the military I was talking to one of of the NCOs.  He was African-American, and he lamented …

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When All Your Characters Are Seated Around the Dinner Table


Sometimes the strangest things will trigger a trip to Muse Land.  I go to a critique group called the Cat Vacuuming Society once a week.  We were talking about another story and a dinner party was mentioned.  I started thinking about all my characters attending a dinner party.  What would their reactions be if they …

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Does Gender Influence How a Character in a Novel is Portrayed?


I’m wandering on over Unleaded Fuel for Writers to with a post on how gender affects characters.    Here’s a preview: Sometimes finding books with good women characters is really hard.  I’ve spent a lot of time in the bookstore scanning the shelves for stories that I wanted to read.  For a while, I even read …

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The Idiocy of Women Characters


One of the most frustrating things for me as a reader is that it’s tough finding books with women characters who are competent.  We get ones who are smart-mouthed and can’t go a day without insulting ten people; or seem to be smart and then blunder into trouble for the sake of the plot; and …

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Is Character Change Always Necessary?


The first time I posted a query for critique for Miasma, the first question I got asked was, “What’s your character arc?  How does your character change?” Hmm. I didn’t have a character arc.  While the circumstances changed, the characters did not change. “How can they not change?” the critiquer protested. That I had to …

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