All posts by Nancy E Miller

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

Diversity and Writing: The Intro

I’m not sure how one writes about diversity without irritating someone.  So this is my disclaimer: If I offend, leave a professional comment and I shall endeavor to be more aware in the future.  That’s the best I can do.  Diversity is all about inclusion or

The Psychological Potholes

Some of the biggest obstacles for authors are all in their head. Psychologically speaking, of course. You are going along just fine on the Writing Road, then BAM!  One of your tires hits a pothole and jars you into rethinking your path. Let me introduce

What Keeps Us From Writing?

  In this month, we examine the obstacles that keeps us from writing and/or achieving our goals.  Most of the trip-ups seem to fall in one of four P’s: Personal, Psychological, Professional, and Publishing. I’m going to start with Personal…probably because it is the most

Editing Romantic Suspense

The general editing rules apply for all fiction genres, but they all have certain expectations specific to them.  Romantic Suspense is no different. If you write Romantic Suspense, make sure you find an editor who is familiar with the genre.  I did not check that

The Gifts of Editing

What if you could look back on your life and edit it?  Would you remove a bad relationship? Would you gain a new respect and appreciation for how it has all turned out? Would looking back allow you to make better decisions in the future?

How Do You Edit?

  Each writer has his/her own process of creation. That includes, and I cringe at the word, editing. Nope, there is no way around it.  It is one of the necessary evils (like marketing) that we writers must endure. I’m probably speaking just for myself.

Editing Marks: Real and Imagined

This month’s topic is editing.  So to start off we will review the standard editing/proofreading marks as well as a few not-so-standard/humorous.  So what is the difference between editing and proofreading?  Content editing is going beyond the basic reading for technical errors.  It gets into the

Instagram Tips for Authors

  This month’s focus is editing but I just have to get at least one more marketing piece in before I jump over to the new topic:  Instagram. Now this medium is new to me so I am learning along with you. BookMarketingTools.com has an interesting

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