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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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Worldbuilding- It’s Not Just For Fantasy
May 11, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

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 a nice little town on the coast of South Carolina. 
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Worldbuilding: For Specific Genres
May 8, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

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 to know enough to create an accurate scenario in their
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Diversity in Publishing and Marketing
May 6, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

  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 world. With Crystal Unicorns, I started with self-publishing and a
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Worldbuilding: An Intro
May 1, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

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 we all create the world around our characters. This is
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