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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?

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.

The Psychological Potholes
April 10, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

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 you to a few of them.  Not all.  Everyone has

The Life Changing Power of Profound Awe (A Writers Perspective)
December 12, 2016 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Any parent will tell you that when their baby arrived was such a moment of profound awe it changed them for life.   Some of us experience that moment in a museum or overlooking the Grand Canyon but there is no denial that you are fundamentally altered by the experience. Christopher Bergland wrote the article ‘Wow!

Online Procrastination, Networking, or Self-Sabotage?
October 3, 2016 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

I’ve come to believe that, in the case of writers, we may be subconsciously using social media as an excuse for not paying attention to our writing. We call it making a ‘platform’ and ‘networking’ with other writers. We drown ourselves in ‘research’ before even getting our first draft laid out. Some of us may

We Need a Great Female Villain
September 19, 2016 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

 We need a really great female villain.  An unrepentant evil, psychologically unhinged without reference to hormones, doesn’t need a man to create chaos, villain.  And I want to read about her NOW!   I want someone to break the stereotypes and create a normal person pushed to abnormal behavior. Female villains are often washed down versions of

Self-Publishing: The Last Word (until next time)
August 15, 2016 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

In my previous article, I pointed out areas that new writers might want to be aware. I found a few more.  I went to Lulu.com and Createspace.com to look over their processes.  And I put my name, phone number, and email on a site for information from that site….and here cometh the phone calls and emails. 

Compromised Identity by Jodie Bailey
July 23, 2016 Book Reviews Nancy E Miller

Under surveillance Staff Sergeant Jessica Dylan confronts a female soldier in the act of stealing her laptop—and almost pays with her life. But a blue-eyed mystery man rushes to her aid just in time, and Jessica learns the handsome army staff sergeant has been investigating her. Sean Turner believes a ring of cyberterrorists who’ve been

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