Linda Maye Adams

Tag Archives: Five Senses

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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Stopping to smell the office supplies


I’m a geek when it comes to stationary supplies.  Target and K-Mart are just getting their school supplies in, so I’m plotting a reconnaissance mission for some on sale writing supplies like composition books and pens. But when I was kid, we had actual stationary stores where you bought supplies like this.  I always loved …

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Week 3 of a Story-A-Week


Week 3’s Story: Contemporary Fantasy Goals: Finish an unfinished story:  I picked one I had started last year and hadn’t finished, for the purpose of not leaving unfinished work. Sense of motion:  I just randomly picked this as an element to play with in the story.  A lot of times, something I see that week influences me, …

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The Lonely Sounds of War


One question everyone always asked me when I got back from Desert Storm was “What was it like?”  It’s a tough question to answer, because there’s so much of it, and it’s hard to convey the sense of it in words.  But The Daily Post had a prompt about doing lists, and since I was practicing writing …

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The Sounds of Arlington National Cemetery


Arlington National Cemetery is likely to be the setting of at least one scene in my next book Hunger.  So a trip was in order to experience the cemetery.  I’d been before, but it was during summer and crowded with tourists.  This time it was late November. The most memorable thing: the sounds.  I went …

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The Memories of Smell


The sense of smell is easy to neglect when writing any kind of scene.  I’m always forgetting to include it myself, and I have to make an effort to check for it. But consider the following: When I was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Desert Storm, we had a long and exhausting flight.  After …

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4 Tips to Building Setting: Guest Blog for Sue Santore


Today, I’m dropping in for a guest post on Sue Santore’s blog.  A sneak peak: In a movie or a TV show, the camera pans across the scene in an establishing shot and the viewer gets an instant impression of the setting.  The opening sequences in Hawaii Five-0‘ show beautiful beaches, surfers taking on the waves, …

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Action, Adventure, Earthquake: What Does One Sound Like?


When I was kid, we’d go to the Griffith Park Observatory, which is an exhibit of all things science.  Moon rocks, electricity, and, of course, earthquakes.  There was a seismograph on display, showing all the earthquakes that had occurred in the last day.  Of course, all the kids were jumping up and down in front of …

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