Author: Nancy E Miller

The Art of the Query Letter
August 7, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

It’s been a long time since I wrote a query letter so I found I was a bit rusty.  There are hundreds of sites offering advice so I checked out a few then did my best to distill down the information.   Query letter template  Incorporate the book name three times in query.  Three is
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Using Psychology to Research a Character: Testing
July 24, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Want to know your spirit animal? There’s a test for that. In fact, there is a test for just about anything you want to know. Most of us know the ones on Facebook are just for entertainment but some are valid tools used in psychology to help people better understand themselves. But what about personalities?
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Research: Old and New
July 10, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

 In a world of technology, it is easy to rely on computer searches for our research needs. Being from the old school, I find this amazing and not only a great time saver but also a wider variety of resources. Libraries are my passion. Stepping inside surrounds me with a vibe that stimulates my creativity.
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Amazing Sites for Research
July 3, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

I was researching a column on writer’s block and stumbled over a fantastic resource for mental health issues. That is just how it happens sometimes. One search will give not only what you want but put you on the path of your next story. Here’s a few I’ve found: Mental Health Daily: I found the
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Weaving Different Types of Antagonists
June 26, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

By the time I got to this last column, I was running short on ideas. Our fearless leader suggested I go with how I deal with antagonists in my novels. In films, actors and actresses will often say that playing the bad guy is way more fun than the other roles. There is just so
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Working Your Characters With An Ancient System
June 19, 2017 Writing,Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

 Sometimes it isn’t the newest tool in the box that does the best job. It might take a tool your grandfather passed down to you to make sense of the situation. Such is the Enneagram. The graphic is representative of an ancient symbol and system of thought. David Wisehart explains in his book, “How to
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Follow Your Character Around
June 12, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

After our house burned down came the horrendous job making a list of everything we lost. While I am sure most people just put the big stuff, I visualized the rooms down to pulling out drawers and opening cabinets. The frustrated agent said it took two women six weeks to type it all in and
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What’s Your Character’s Character?
June 5, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

 In the days of olde, when I was a young lass, I played Dungeons and Dragons. One of the first things you did when working up your character was to pick what type of person he/she was. I’m not talking about half-elf or dwarf. I mean his/her basic make-up.  Its moral code. The three main
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The World as a Character
May 22, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

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 a great example of the world as a character. Set
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Worldbuilding: Creating a Specific Mood
May 15, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

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 temperature and changed color.  I remember mine usually being black.
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