All posts by Nancy E Miller

The World as a Character

Sometimes you read a book or see a movie where the setting, be it a house or a climate, is integral to the story. Any other choice would change the feel of the book, losing impact and possibly the reader. Lost Horizon by James Hilton is

Worldbuilding: Creating a Specific Mood

Remember Mood Rings?  Back in the 70’s we were entranced with the thermal sensitive stone set in a simple gold or silver ring (most of which turned your finger green). According to the color chart, when worn on the finger, the stone reacted to body

Worldbuilding- It’s Not Just For Fantasy

Every time we sit down to write fiction, we are worldbuilding.  The term often brings the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre to mind but I know that in my genre, Romantic Suspense, I create worlds also. In my current book, SHARK BAIT, I created Belton Bay.  It’s

Worldbuilding: For Specific Genres

As I said this past week, all novelists are worldbuilders. It is our job to give the reader a comprehensive picture of the character and the influences which affect his/her environment. You don’t have to infodump and overwhelm the reader with detail. They just need

Diversity in Publishing and Marketing

  Many non-writing people think publishing is pretty much a linear process.  You submit the book; the publisher prints it.  Only authors understand the myriad of decisions one makes when taking your manuscript to print, marketing that print, and the image you present to the

Worldbuilding: An Intro

Think back. Your first worldbuilding came in the form of daydreams.  Places you would go, people you might meet, all from your imagination.  I later played Dungeons and Dragons, a game all about fantasy and worldbuilding.  As a wrangler of words I am aware that

Diversity in Character and Setting

One of the first pieces of advice writers get is write what you know….where’s the fun in that? If we don’t expand our horizons, research new things, then how are we to grow as writers and as humans? Still, if you are going to be

The Highest Hurdle: Publication

sent my first book, Crystal Unicorns, out to more than fifty agents and publishers before I stopped and reconsidered.  Several liked the book but were afraid of the premise, underage antagonist, episode of sexual assault and murder. It was nothing I had not seen in

Diversity in Plot and Structure

There is an extremely popular author with dozens of bestselling books that I had to take a break from reading. Why? Because, for all her professional knowledge about her field and her engaging style of writing, the books started all looking the same.  Same plot

Professional Obstacles for the Writer

So far we’ve covered Personal and Psychological obstacles authors face. This week we move on to the third P… Professional obstacles. How do I get noticed? Why do I keep getting rejected? Marketing? How do I do that? This takes so much time. Why bother trying

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