Steve Adams

Writing Coach, Editor, and Writer

My name is Steve Adams. I’m a writing coach, editor, and award-winning author.

As a writing coach I’ve worked with published, award-winning novelists, short-fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; unpublished but dedicated and experienced writers; and those new to the game who have always believed they had something to say, but didn’t know quite how or where to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

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Just got back from my writers’ residency where I studied with the brilliant Ethan Canin. I learned a lot, made new writer friends, and feel regrounded in my sense of myself as a writer. If you can manage a residency I recommend it. It’s like time is compressed in these places, and much growth can take place in only a week or two.

Feel

"I’ve had a sign over my typewriter for over 25 years now, which reads “Don’t think!” You must never think at the typewriter—you must feel. Your intellect is always buried in that feeling anyway."

— Ray Bradbury

Expectations

"If you can manage to keep expecting of yourself nothing more than that you'll spend a couple of hours a day or more if it's possible, but the two hours anyway--if you can teach yourself to allow only this kind of expectation into realm of effort where you live, you will get a lot more done, and the discouragements will tend to be less debilitating, since all you expected was time with it. It's when you let those OTHER expectations in that you head toward the silence of having given up."

— Richard Bausch

Read

"Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window."

— William Faulkner

Talent

“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”

— James Baldwin