Linda Maye Adams

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Snow, Power Outages, and Pantsing


We’ve had some very typical weather for Washington, though most of it is waaaaayyy early.  We don’t get frigid weather until January or February. It was in single digits on Thursday.  Saturday started the day with freezing rain.  The ground was pretty slick.  Maryland had a 67 car accident on the freeway (no, that is …

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Nano Day 14 & Pantsing 101


Unbelievably crazy day at work.  I was amazed I came home and didn’t just not want to deal with anything.  But I got some writing in anyway.  Did a little at lunchtime, too–I was thinking of grabbing more than that, but a friend joined me, and we had an interesting talk about the aftermath of the …

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Nano Day 13 & Pantsing 101


It was a gorgeous fall day. The winds died down, so I did a walk at a local historical park that I discovered last year. The leaves are coming down, but a lot of the trees still have them, so another week or two year, I think. Pantsing 101 I sort of wandered between the …

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Nano Day 12 and Pantsing 101


I’ve been somewhat off my game the last few days. I only got 2,000 words over the last few days for several reasons.  The first is DC weather.  This time of the year is always hard on the sinuses.  The winds kick up and knock the leaves off the trees, and all the dust flies …

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Nano Day 6 & Pantsing 101


I definitely didn’t feel like doing anything today.  I woke up, and did all the usual stuff.  Then I walked down to the farmer’s market to buy my vegetables—and they were still setting up.  Very strange. A couple of us were wandering around trying to figure out what was going on, and we finally realized …

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Nano Day 2 & Pantsing 101


I wasn’t sure what I would be able to get done today.  I woke up a Sinus Zombie—the weather’s all over the place right now, and it’s hard on everyone’s sinuses. We were rather warm today, tomorrow will have rain, and then we’ll probably drop to the normal November weather.  Leaves don’t have much color, and …

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Nanowrimo Day 1 & Pantsing 101


I decided to do Nano this year, for the first time, though informally.  I’m not registering on any of the sites or participating in the social parts of it.  Rather, I’m just using it as a goal to write a completed book in 30 days. The tool I’m using to write is Scrivener for Windows.  …

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Pantsing 101: 3 Things to Avoid


We had three secrets that would be helpful for the pantser writing a book without an outline, so we have to have 3 things to avoid. Avoid asking for permission This is common on writing message boards.  Writer comes on, posts a question, and it’s along the lines of “Am I allowed to do this?” …

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Pantsing 101: 3 Secrets that make pantsing easier


No one talks about it, but there are a lot of secrets that make pantsing a novel easier.  In fact, some of the secrets are dismissed by outliners (go figure) Turn off spell check That wavy red line identifying when you’ve spelled a word wrong or one it doesn’t recognize is quite disruptive.  In a …

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Pantsing 101: Story as a Direction


Not understanding story is one of the biggest reasons that a pantsed book can look terrible to a developmental editor or other writers or a publisher.  You throw everything in but the kitchen sink, including a 20-page scene that sounded cool, but fizzles out at some point. Not having a story is like being out …

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