Linda Maye Adams

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Visualizing the Setting


A couple of writers and I were talking on a list serve about describing setting — in this case, having trouble getting it into the story. Right up my alley. One of the writers said she didn’t get a visual image of the setting, so she had a hard time even remembering to get it …

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Details a Matter of Character


I wrote this post on having trouble with details over a year ago.  It was really hard for me for quite a long time getting even basic details into my stories.  In fact, I had to keep hitting at it with a battering ram.  Sometimes I have to hear something that seems obvious to everyone else …

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Week 2: Month of Setting


This is week 2 of my writing one setting a day for a month.  It’s nothing fancy, and in fact, the small bits are the ones I have the hardest time even remembering to get into the story.  This was a “furry” week, since I ran into a dog, a cat, a squirrel, and a …

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Week 1: A Month of Setting


This is my first week of just working on doing the details of descriptions by looking around the Washington, DC area.  I wanted to do real places because it’s very hard for me to get even the most ordinary of details into the story.  I’m finding as I do these, my head keeps going, “Why …

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to visit a ship graveyard?!


I was working on developing an idea for a story based on a title which included the word river.  So I needed a river and since the Potomac River runs through the area, I started searching on it to see what looked interesting. I was greatly surprised to find a ship graveyard at Mallows Bay in …

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My head’s full of setting and I can’t get up


I just took a Strengths workshop from Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  I had to write exercises and submit them, and the two writers analyzed them for strengths and weakness.  That’s as much as I can say about the workshop, since it’s a unique experience for each writer and nothing can prepare you …

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The Traffic Culture of #WashingtonDC


One of the thing that never makes it in books that are set in Washington, DC, is the traffic.  Anyone who lives here knows it’s not only a way of life — there’s a culture associated with it.  Residents know that it’s best to avoid downtown during Cherry Blossoms, White House Easter Egg Hunts, and …

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Temples and Worship in #Hawaii


One of the most fascinating things I discovered in researching Hawaii as a basis for my fictional country in Miasma is that there was a unique culture that developed there.  The Hawaiians loved being out of doors–no surprise, considering how beautiful the islands are.   The Hawaiians believed that gods were in everything around them, …

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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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Describing Clothes in a Novel


I attended a Civil War Fashion Show this morning, as part of research for my next book, Masks.  I know I’m going to need to come up with a second plot for the story, and since the modern day part of the story ties into the Civil War, I’m playing with the possibility of the …

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