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Write Who You Are

Posted by Greg Miller on August 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (1)

The summer of 1969 stands out, apart from the other 43 summers of my life that have since passed and etched impressions on my memory. Two stand out personally: Woodstock and the Apollo 11 moon landing. 1969 had some other memorable events: Ted Kennedy's presidential aspirations went off a bridge in Chappaquiddick, the Manson murders, British troops were sent to Ireland for a few days that turned into decades.

 Maybe everyone feels this way about the transition year from...

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Fellow Prisoners of Rock and Roll

Posted by Greg Miller on August 4, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Conditions were perfect for an outdoor evening concert at Ramapo College last night but the cherry on top was the B Street Band, the longest running Bruce Springsteen tribute band, bringing life to selections from Springsteen’s repertoire. Every so often, at day’s end, you characterize the past 24 hours as one of your better days.


Since I work four-day weeks—four long days—Thursday nights are my Friday nights. Kno...

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Write the Query Letter First

Posted by Greg Miller on July 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I have finally come to an epiphany about starting a novel. I am within a few words of finishing my third. I personally think the key is the query letter. The key, that is, if you want your novel published. Self-publishing is a whole other consideration.


My first novel was a whopping 121,000 words and I found it very difficult to boil all that down to the 250-275 words total that would be the limit for a query letter. My second novel was ...

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More on the Book Trailer for The Fastnacht League

Posted by Greg Miller on June 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This has been quite a week in my writing life. For reasons I'll save for later, this is a week that I may look back forever and say it marked a turning point.

I had an opportunity to show the book trailer to my local chamber of Commerce. My daughter and I had collaborated on a video mash up promoting Baltimore as a place to retire (Inner Harbor). We took two dogs of a video, and combined the best scenes, subs...

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Making the Book Trailer for the Fastnacht League

Posted by Greg Miller on June 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I am far from being an expert on the subject but, having just gone through the excruciating process of creating my first book trailer, I am sure any advice I pass along could be valuable.


There are a number of reasons why making a book trailer can be beneficial to your writing, even if you never post it on the net. One benefit is that it forces you to focus on the key elements of your writing. My trailer is for a fiction novel.

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Springsteen e-Book Update

Posted by Greg Miller on May 21, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 Setting deadlines, whether you meet them or not, is important. If you have no target how would you know if you hit, missed or came close? I find that I have to establish a plan and then strive towards it otherwise I meander and make little progress. I was pretty sure I had this eBook all figured out and it would be published by Memorial Day.

 Stuff happened; additional responsibilities and side entertainments encroached on my time, sometimes with my complete complicity. One i...

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eBook Update: Starkness on the Edge of Town

Posted by Greg Miller on April 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This past week I conducted two interviews for my eBook. I had forgotten how much fun interviews were and I also channeled my “retired” reporter and returned to the scene of that literary crime. I only say that because of early experiences with the rewrite editor at the Record, who seemed to delight in revising my sentences as I called them in.

The first interview was a huge Springsteen fan and had attended 57 concerts, adding a few more on this “Wrecking Ball” to...

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Progress Report on the eBook ?Following the Runaway American Dream: A personal journal of experiencing the Bruce Springsteen phenomenon?

Posted by Greg Miller on March 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I am about 75% finished on the first draft of the Springsteen eBook. The last major part is scheduling the interviews that I want to include. That’s becoming a bit of a logistics problem, getting my schedule to jibe with a few others. It’ll happened but it’ll be an interesting April. March is nearly gone and I’ve pretty much finished the guts of the book. After the interviews, the to do list includes: fact checking some critical incidents as to time and date (memory pl...

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When we last left those two guys

Posted by Greg Miller on March 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)



There are so many different methods of writing, doing what works for you trumps the best methods of any other writers. I admit I am fascinated listening to what established writers do to get inspired, to write, to persevere, and to blow off steam. I am fascinated but know most of these methods are not for me. I think when you start writing, knowing other possible methods is helpful but in the end you’ll discover and adopt your own best personal p...

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Sometimes people like what you write

Posted by Greg Miller on March 1, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Writing my new eBook turned from having immense fun to slowing to a slog. I think the reason was repetition. I was into a routine that got so automatic that somewhere along the way, my brain and all the muscle with any sort of memory left, realized I was settling into a routine. Subliminally, I hate a routine, and I am absolutely sure it has nothing to do with being a Gemini.

I had this chore, duty, semi-obligation to perform. At least that’s h...

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