Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: Fiction Writing

Good writing doesn’t exist before the 1950s?


I’m reading this writing craft-book.  Pretty good book.  It ventures into some non-traditional territory and I’m learning things from it. Only one problem… The writer only uses literary book examples that were published before the 1950s, plus his writing, of course. As if nothing good was published after 1950 (except his writing). When I was …

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Research when something doesn’t exist


This was an interesting question that came over one of the writing lists I’m on. I write fantasy and science, so some of the elements don’t actually exist, or isn’t possible for me to see it. How to do research then? What I do is take other similar things and make the connection from that. …

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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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Cheerleaders of the Writing Group Think


A lot of writers don’t think. That’s partially because writing has a huge learning curve and the internet teaches us that everything can be faster. So everyone looks for shortcuts, for the things to make it easier. Sometimes it isn’t going to be easier. I’m still trying to get setting into my stories (a problem …

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Writing Novels and Schedules


This one comes from a Daily Post prompt: What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it? My next deadline, which isn’t really a pressing one, is to write and finish Murder on Morro Strand, a mystery.  …

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When Fiction Writers Blog


When I first started blogging, I was somewhat late into it.  I was cowriting then, but wrote most of the blogs then.  Everything we saw online said “You have to be an expert” and “you have to have a platform.”  I was a fiction writer.  Exactly what was I supposed to do with it? I …

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How I get my story ideas


At Capclave, Bud Sparhawk said that he’d been asked “Where do you get ideas?” on a past panel.  He jokingly said that he paid a guy $5 a week and was sent a postcard with an idea on it.  Three writers came up afterward to ask him for the idea guy address! From the outside, …

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Rule X: eXperiment with new writing techniques


Linda’s Rules of Writing We’re onto the letter X in Linda’s Rules of Writing for the A to Z Challenge, and on eXperimenting in writing. One of the big things about the Writing Rulz Police is that the first thing they tend to say is, “Most people do this badly” — whatever the “this” happens …

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Rule W: Write what you know and write only the stories you can write


Linda’s Rules of Writing We’re onto the letter W in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, with the infamous “Write what you know.” I think “write what you know” is one of the most interpreted pieces of writing advice out there.  Writers take it too literally, as a member of one …

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Rule S: don’t beat a dead Story


Linda’s Rules of Writing We’re onto the letter S in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, and don’t beat a dead Story. My first novel was a dead story that I kept trying to fix.  It was called “Remember No Evil” and was a thriller.  I’d get about to the first …

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