Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: Pantser

2017: The Year of Craft


In 2016, I published 22 ebooks (might have a couple more before the end of the year).  That’s an astounding number, and I want it to be higher next year.  The only way to make money as a writer is produce a lot of writing (as opposed to writing one book and have it become …

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Books on Sale for November


November is Veteran’s Day, so I’m offering my Desert Storm memoir at a sale price of .99.   On August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Within twenty-four hours, he controlled the entire country. Five days later, the United States was deploying soldiers and had named the military operation Desert Shield. This would be the …

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This and that for last week of September


This week … Lots of rain for Washington, DC.  Alexandria’s King Street flooded, as usual.  The street ends right at the Potomac.  In the 1700’s, it was a big, important port for shipping of tobacco.  The city built out then, so the street goes in a deep slope at that point, down to the river.  …

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Why outlining doesn’t work for everyone


It took me a long time to figure out that most writing craft advice that I find in books and online assumes that you’re outlining.  It’s so common that even people who don’t outline don’t realize they’re being told to use outlining techniques. So much so that one of them periodically creeps into my writing …

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Bouncing around in the story


When I write, I like to move around in the story and pull everything together as I go along.  Dean Wesley Smith calls it cycling.  What it isn’t: Revision.  I’m not tweaking words or sentences (though I fix those darn typos).  I’m also not throwing out scenes because I don’t like them or I think …

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One of the things I like about never outlining my stories


’ve been working on a science fiction novel called The Crying Planet.   It’s set in the near future, where space travel is possible, and earth has created a command for its fleet of space cruisers. I also did not outline it.  I don’t have any idea how it will end either. I got the idea …

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Bicycling in and out of the story


I’ve found it curious that anything that works really well for a pantser (person who doesn’t outline) is often deemed by the writing community as a “Do not” and a “Really Bad Idea.” Like moving around in the story as you writing and making changes.  It’s called cycling. It’s not editing or revising as you …

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Organizing vs. Organizing


I just saw another one of those posts where an outliner writer tried to describe a pantser (person who doesn’t outline), and ended up making it sound like the pantser was terribly disorganized because they didn’t outline. It’s nothing new actually, but it hit me differently this time. It was on organizing itself, where there’s …

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Not leaving it for the revision


I’m on a Facebook page where everyone’s focus—especially now with NANO—is to simply get the first draft out of the way so they can get to the revision. It’s like the first draft is so distasteful, it’s like, “Let’s just gulp this down and get it out of the way. Everything can be fixed on …

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Writing Process is not the Same Thing as Writing Craft


When I was trying to figure out what was wrong with my writing, I took a lot of writing workshops. There are several places you can go and find a ton of courses on every imaginable writing subject. I tried screening them where I could. You know, checking to see if the writer had more …

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