Linda Maye Adams

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What does a character look like?


Whenever I’m reading a book, it’s hard for me to put a face to the character if the writer doesn’t describe anything.  I know there’s a crowd that says to leave it off, leave it up to the reader’s imagination or imagine herself. I don’t imagine myself in the character’s place.  If I don’t get a …

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Keeping track of characters


As I work on novels, it’s sometimes hard for me to remember all the character names, and in some cases, the spelling of them.  Especially early in the process while I’m developing the characters. So I just have a composition book, and on the first page it has a list of all the names.  Nothing …

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Not Fixing it on the Revision


One of the “rules” I’ve seen around is not to edit or revise as your write.  It leaves writers to race through the draft and deal with a more worse problem: I’ll fix it on the revision. Last week, I hit about 10K on my science fiction novel Sinhollow, and I realized I had a …

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Picking names for story characters


When I first started writing, I used to labor over finding just the “right” character name. What defined “right”? Not a clue. I’d geta baby name book — you know how hard it is buying one of those? Everyone thinks you’re having a baby, not a writer trying to find a name. I’d go through …

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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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Characterizing a Queen


I ran across a discussion recently (sorry, could not find it again) that mentioned how royalty is often presented in books.  The king or queen is often corrupt, arrogant, or haughty.  This was something I picked up on when I was reading fantasy books, and I wanted to steer clear of it.  I’m in Washington, …

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Competent Characters


A competent character is something I like to see when I read a book.  The character’s going to face some high stakes issues, and he can’t afford to be a pinball bouncing from crisis to crisis, not knowing what he’s doing.  Maybe this comes out of me being in the Army.  There, they train soldiers …

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Putting Characters in Perspective


When I did my second novel, I had four main characters, and I gave them all equal weight in the story.  They ended up jostling each other for dominance in the story.  I ended up going back to the beginning and picking the person who the story was going to focus on.  Every character has …

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5 Resources for Naming Your Characters


Baby Names.com: The site displays names in lists that are easy to scan, plus you can sort by orgin of name.  Handy if you’re writing fantasy, and you want to stay in the same name family for continuity.  The mouseover popups are a bit annoying though. Baby Name Box: This has a fairly extensive list …

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Invincible Characters in Urban Fantasy


Have you noticed the trend of invincible women characters in urban fantasy?  In the last book I read, the character was beaten up, thrown off a cliff, and fatally stabbed (some details changed to protect the guilty).  Yet, each time, no matter how bad the injuries, she survived because she had a miraculous–and very convenient–form …

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