Archive for July, 2012

Characters are People too

I said before that picking the right ideas was the single most important thing that would make or break your story, and that was true. If your story doesn’t flow well or isn’t believable, it’s toast, no matter what you do. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things that can wreck your story almost as easily. One of those is character development.  Believable characters can draw your readers in and make them interested to find out what happens next.  Unbelievable characters can send your readers to find a different book. Read the rest of this entry »


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Read The Timekeeper’s Son Sample

I’m happy to say that I’ve uploaded the first couple chapters from The Timekeeper’s Son.  I will be publishing it in September, but here is your chance to check it out the beginning of the story before it comes out.  I hope you love it.  I know I do, but I’m probably a little biased…

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The Suck Draft

I’ve debated a lot about where to go next.  I think there is more to say about idea generation and I know there is more to do before you get to the rough draft, but I thought I might jump forward a little bit for a minute and do something different.  After all, the suck draft, ahem, the rough draft is where everything happens.  It’s where all those idea seeds you’ve been nurturing get to grow into beautiful plants.  It is what you have to start before you can actually say you’re writing a book or even a story. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Snick

There is a whole world of possibilities in front of you.  You can take the story anywhere you want.  You can put any obstacle in their way, or you can give them the key that unlocks untold mysteries.  Each element is an idea – where to go, what to do, how your characters react, all of it.  And picking the right ideas will almost certainly make or break your story more than any other thing you do.  It is more important than character development or writing style.  It is more important than your descriptions, and it is more important than the words you select.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Watering the Idea Seed

In my last post, I likened story ideas to seeds.  They start out as miniscule things with no real substance.  They have to be watered and nurtured so they can grow into great, flowering plants.  But what do I mean by that, really?  Basically, I’m saying that you have to spend time with them.  You have to pay attention to them.  There’s one thing I can guarantee about ideas: nothing will ever come of them if you don’t think about them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome. I’m so glad you’re here.

Welcome to my blog.  I’m Mike E. Miller, author of The Timekeeper’s Son, if you haven’t heard.  This blog is all about me.  Ok, maybe not all about me, but I will spend some time talking about my books and my writing career.  Plus, I’m going to add some content about writing. 

I don’t know that I’d call myself an expert, but I’m hoping that my experiences can help out some aspiring authors.  It took me a long time to get to the point where I was ready to take the plunge and write my first book.  Now that I’m in the process of publishing it, maybe someone else can learn from my mistakes, er, experience.

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Catching Ideas

So, where do ideas come from anyway?  I used to wonder where the great, big stories came from.  You know the ones I mean: stories like Starwars, The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, or whatever.  I had this weird idea that these folks were creative geniuses that had all these ideas rolling around in their heads, fully formed.  Now, I’m not saying that they aren’t creative geniuses.  I’m just saying that there is a lot more to it than that.  I have no doubt that those ideas took a whole heck of a lot of work before they even started to resemble the finished products.  Never mind the actual stories.  Ideas have a long way to go before they become stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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