Steve Adams

Writing Coach and Writer

My name is Steve Adams. I’m a writing coach and a writer.

As a writing coach I’ve worked with published, award-winning novelists, short-fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; unpublished but dedicated and experienced writers; and those new to the game who have always believed they had something to say, but didn’t know quite how or where to begin.

My many years of writing and analyzing a broad range of forms (fiction, essay, playwriting, screenwriting, poetry) give me structural insight into manuscript evaluation, and my study of, and in-depth exposure to, music, acting, dance, theater arts, and visual arts affords me a varying set of perspectives from which to approach the process of writing and the disciplines that support art. I find coaching writers a form of work almost as rewarding as writing itself.

Regrets

“What little I’ve accomplished has been by the most laborious and uphill work, and I wish now I’d never relaxed or looked back—but said at the end of The Great Gatsby: I’ve found my line—from now on this comes first. This is my immediate duty—without this I am nothing.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald (in a letter written to his daughter)

These words were written to his daughter at a time when Fitzgerald was considered washed up. Desperately in debt, he was living in Hollywood, trying and failing to write screenplays he could sell, and trying and failing as well to complete his final novel—The Last Tycoon—before his heart gave out.

This passage haunts me as much as anything I’ve ever read. For years I’ve kept these words taped to my computer to help me remember what’s at stake.