Linda Maye Adams

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Quote about Time Management


I think I’ve read about a zillion books on time management.  Partially due to work, because work is sometimes like getting bludgeoned with everything all at once. I found this quote on Cal Newport’s blog, and it really fits: At some point, however, you have to put a stake in the ground and say: I …

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Productivity, Word Count, and Fiction Writing


It’s hard to believe, but it’s been about seven years since I broke up with my cowriter.  We had a manuscript in submission and had even received a request for a full from an agent.  Things had already waded into the deep end at that point, and there were frequent sinkholes abound. One was finishing …

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The Horrors of Buying a Planner


I dread this time of the year because I have to get a new planner, or a planner like thing.  I didn’t really use one at all until about 2007 (seriously), because I really didn’t need it.  But I was having surgery and managed to schedule two of the required appointments at the same time. …

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State of the Writer: Changing Habits


I’ve been about 3 weeks now into some of the small changes to my habits, in preparation to help me eventually write full time.  There were two I’ve been primarily working on, since they have been the most painful ones: Tracking word count When most writers talk about tracking word count, they have a daily …

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A Right-Brained Experiment with Getting Things Done


In my time management travels, I dabbled a bit with Getting Things Done.  I suppose I had to, because it’s a system that a lot of people talked about.  I’ve been trying to get a handle on my time management because I would like to write full time as a fiction writer, and it’s best …

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Doing Short Stories, Novel, and Blog All At Once, Oh, my!


One of my goals during the 10 Weeks of 10 Stories was to not drop other ongoing projects to meet my personal deadlines for the short stories.  In the past I would take the time from the novel writing to do the short story.  I often waited until I was close to the theme deadline, …

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Rule P: make writing a Priority


Linda’s Rules of Writing We’re onto the letter P in Linda’s Rules of Writing for the A to Z Challenge, and on the importance of priorities. I used to wait for inspiration to come, and then I’d write.  What invariably happened was I didn’t do much writing. In fact, it wasn’t until I had a …

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Rule D – Discipline yourself to write


Linda’s Rules of Writing We’re onto the letter D in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, Discipline yourself to write. I could give you link after link after like “Butt chair” or “write every day.” But honestly, a book doesn’t get written unless you discipline yourself to actually sit down and …

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Top 10 Blog Posts for May


In case you missed any, here are the top 10 posts for May. 1. Moleskine Hacks for Fiction Writers:  I never go anywhere without my Moleskine to take notes. 2. Is There a Strong Woman Character or Are We Being Fooled?:  We have tons of books with women protagonists.  But do we have strong women …

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Moleskine Hacks for Fiction Writers


Have you run into a situation where using technology made more work instead of simplifying it? That’s one of the reasons I started using Moleskine notebooks.  You’ve probably seen them in Barnes and Noble, or even Target.  Rows of simple notebooks in different colors, itching to be picked up.  There’s an artistic feel to them, …

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