Browsing Archive: January, 2012

The Art Of Murder

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Death is the answer to life, the final summons for the jury-duty of the afterlife. One truth of fiction is the average novel has more death than a battle between clashing ethnic clans in Sub-Saharan Africa. Writers are obsessed with it.

The beauty of doing it creatively is most deaths you create will have as much forethought put into them as only serial killers can execute.

Meet your writing soul mate!


 There are a few keys to stick to when murdering a character. Remember that murder is most oft...

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Top 4 Pitfalls Of Being A Published Author

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 
There are only a few differences between an aspiring writer and a published author, be it through a vanity publisher or under contract. It's mostly disillusionment, twenty pounds lost due to stress, and a haunted look in an author's eyes that clearly says they want to watch the world burn.

It's come to my attention I need to hang out with more writers and artists. I love my friends and family, but most are of the yuppie persuasion. Why can't I get a real job? Why do I take my "hobby" so seriou...
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Damn You, Ray Bradbury

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
I have many heroes, and one is Ray Bradbury. Oh, I immensely enjoy his horror writing, but one thing the man is a genius at is taking short stories and re-writing them, mashing a series together into a novel, rewriting quick-fixes. And it's always brilliant.

Now my editor friend suggested for a romance novel I, instead of the one I was writing which is..."alternative," as she put it, I should re-write a traditional erotic story of 1 man, 1 woman. Okay, no big deal, right?

So she suggested Auto ...

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Research: A Lost Art

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
When I was a child, born in 1980, I dreamed about the Millennium, and as a result I was fascinated with people alive at the turn of the previous century. How curious it must have been to have been born before the American West was settled, and live to see the blacksmith be replaced by the mechanic as the automobile came about. Stranger still to have been alive before women got the vote, or before penicillin. I wondered what I would see in the next century.

Some of it is pretty cool. Computers,...
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New COMM Paperback & When the Banshee Sings

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
First up, the 2nd edition paperback of Case of the Missing Millionaire is now available on Amazon.com and ships anywhere! Click on this link to buy. It's $8.99 and available now.

Moving along, one of the hardest things for most writers is to finish a story. I'm not bragging when I say it's easier for me, I am many things but "sentimental" has never once been used to describe me. Still when I finish one I feel sad, morose, and mopey, and the only thing to cheer me up is to plan a sequel, even w...
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Plagiarism: The Modern Twist

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Today I w as on the Literotica discussion board with fellow authors there, checking on things after posting a new story (Wolf Tales I: The Claiming) and found a thread about a serious plagiarism problem facing erotica authors. I snockered at how quickly professional writers who craft novels and smith-words devolve into name calling that would embarrass a ten year old, but one writer did contribute a good link: Amazon's Plagiarism Problem.

 Both writers and readers need to be particularly on gu...
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Writing With ADHD

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
The one surprising question I never get when telling people I have ADHD (going on 30 years since I was diagnosed) is how it affects me when writing. The short answer: I need to do 50+ things at once, but they need to have a theme and help me focus. So when writing I ignore the phone, limit browsing the web, and watch movies on my laptop while I write. Movies are better than music because they have both the audio & visual component, and tell a story.

Here is a list of the movies I most commonly...
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COMM New Paperback Edition Coming

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : Books 
It's been a busy day in publishing for me. After recovering from the holidays and a toothache, now battling a chest cold, I did get 2 bright spots in my day. My publishing contract for the erotic romance novel came today and my lawyer is reviewing it this weekend. It's a 2 book deal, though they do have the option to cancel the second book order if they desire (fairly standard).

I also finished finalizing my creatspace account and so a new BETTER print version of Case of the Missing Millionair...
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Happy New Year & Kindle Lending

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, January 1, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Happy New Year, one and all. All right, in all pragmatic fairness, no one can ensure 365-6 continuous days of happiness, so um, Survive the New Year?

First off, my first novel Case of the Missing Millionaire for Kindle is now available through Kindle Select for 90 days. This means if you're a Kindle user and have Amazon Prime (I do and if you don't, Prime is soooo worth it. For something like $75 a year all your 2-day shipping on Prime products is free and your overnight is only $3.99. I proba...
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