Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

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How This Pantser Does Research


Research came up as a topic on Facebook, one of those things where the writers want to know how you keep your research notes.  I suppose I’m an oddity, because I don’t keep any research notes. To start with, I don’t plan out my stories at all.  I have no idea what will happen in …

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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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How I edit as I write without an outline


Land ho!  I just blew past my book’s halfway point.  Now I’m on the side where the story has the potential to suddenly start moving very fast (writing-wise).  Sometimes that gets it’s own momentum.  With luck, three more weeks, maybe less. I’m constantly moving around in the story, making changes.   Everyone tends to say, “Don’t …

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Pantser Process Stage 2: I have a setting for my story. Now what?


My next step is to identify some details I might be able to use. My list of what I look for is pretty basic: What kind of common plants and trees does the area have? What kind of animals does the area have? What kind of birds does the area have? What’s the weather like? …

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Furlough Friday: On the grading curve for fiction research


Not going anywhere today.  It’s been a record-breaking heat week — heat combined with humidity.  Last night when I walked out of the critique group at 9:30 p.m., it was 93, and the air felt like a hot, wet blanket.  This morning at 6:30, the heat and humidity are already moving in for a stay.  …

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How to find details for a story when you’re not good at them


I admit it.  I’m terrible with details.  I can look at a place, see all the details, come back, and not remember a single one of them.  They all merge with the big picture.  So all the things I see at the beach turns into beach, sand, and water, and I forget about a bunch …

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6 fun reasons to go to a library book sale


My county library had their semi-annual book sale this weekend. In the weeks before the sale, they start storing the books behind a fence in the parking lot, and it looks like it’s about to burst. If you haven’t been to one, it’s time to go. Reason #1: The books are cheap Paperbacks at .50 …

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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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When You Hate to Research


That’s me, by the way.  I don’t really enjoy research and am never going to get lost in it and forget to write a novel.  In fact, what Advanced Fiction Writing says is absolutely true: If you hate research, then [you] are probably not doing enough of it and your fiction writing is going to …

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The Frugal Novel Researcher


How many research horror stories do you have?  I’ve bought books that I’ve never used, made copies of magazines for scenes that ended up being jettisoned from the story, and had to research topics multiple times because of my bad note taking abilities.  Yet, as the sequestration looms on Washington, DC, I may be furloughed. …

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