Linda Maye Adams

Tag Archives: Writing Novels

Adventures Around the Web Nov 11-17, 2017

Your Story Lives in the Details It sounds simple.  Add details.  Be specific.  It’s not.  It’s an incredibly hard skill to learn, especially when writers a cultured to treat description as boring. Leadership lessons from a female Apache pilot An officer talks about resiliency and failure, plus being a woman in a male-dominated place. Most …

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Pantsing 101: What the heck is pantsing a book?

NanoWrite is coming up in just another month, and with it will be the debate: Outliner or Pantser? I’m not sure why there’s a debate.  You write whatever way works best for you.  Period.  It shouldn’t matter. Yet, if I search the internet for pantser, I get a lot of outliners scratching their heads and …

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Keeping Track of What’s in the Novel

This topic’s prompted by a comment over at Dean Wesley Smith’s blog, where he is currently running a series on Writing into the Dark (not outlining).  In the comments, we got to discussing character questionnaires and interviewing characters. I don’t use either technique. I’ve looked at questionnaires and not been impressed, and character interviewing just …

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Sometimes Good Things Are Not Easy

I’m going to take a leap of faith and publish three indie books next year.  One will be Sisters-At-Arms: The Story of a Woman Soldier in Desert Storm (which will be the Desert Storm blog posts you’ve been reading).  The second is Red God, a contemporary fantasy set in an alternate world of Hawaii.  I’m …

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Exorcising Writing How-to Advice

Last week, I wrote about leaving the writing message boards because my writing was getting polluted by a lot of the nonsense advice being passed around.  But I’d also started pulling back from general writing advice from how-to books even before that (some writers were absolutely horrified at this.  Writing advice is a huge safety …

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