Browsing Archive: June, 2012

Writing 101: 3-B Screw Feng Shui, I Practice the Ancient Art of Ikea

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, June 28, 2012, In : Writing 101 

We're here at an often over-looked but crucial step in the writing process. It's the one thing all writers (myself included) and bad at: organizing. Yet people who are organized know how much time it saves, and that's what we need.



We never know when we'll run out of time


  
 

At each step I'm going to write out directions for digital and hard copy organization. Despite the digital age some of us do better with hard copy as we're kinesthetic learners and hard copy helps. Some of us also have smal...

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Writing 101: 3-A Applying Magnets to Needles in Haystacks

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Writing 101 

Welcome to the 3 series of writing 101. Here are the strategies for making writing easier. Today we're on research. A word of warning about research: try to do what your outline tells you you need to research before you start writing the story. If when writing something comes up you need to research the details of, mark it and continue writing. Do not stop to research in the middle of a story!



Research used to be like searching through this...but now we have computers and the Interwebs!



  
 

Why?...

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Writing 101: 2-F Combing the Desert

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, June 21, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We are at the final step requiring you to edit your Outline. Here comes the research.



Noooo! The horror, the horror! Keep calm, how to research comes later, now we're organizing research and minimizing it to remove some of the pain    Credit



  
 
In Writing 101: 1- we covered inspiration, in 101 2- we wrap up creating materials for guidance with this lesson, and in our next lesson we move on to 101: 3- where we cover the things you'll need to know when you start writing your manuscript. At this p...

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I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


Let's move to an important life lesson, kids. How can you tell something in the world of writing is a scam? It's easy: do they want money? If yes, IT'S A SCAM. Even if they don't, do they make inflated/exaggerated offers? IT'S A SCAM.

I was trolling facebook today and saw an alleged writer's society had a pot about a contest. No, don't enter it! Can you guess where this is going? No? Really?! You didn't yell IT'S A SCAM!? It's horrifying that a supposed writer's group could be suckered in, as ...

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Writing 101: 2-E Because...Fuck You, That's Why

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Writing 101 


Conflict. It's what drives on plots in stories for readers and creates things to bitch about for suicide kings and drama queens in real life. For writers it is a tool. In editing it's a tool for managing length (gods it's hard not to laugh using these words) and before you write it's a tool for pacing and plot. Let's sink our teeth into it now.



Yeah...kinda like that


  

Most writing teachers will preach conflict as some kind of holy grail. Nope, it's more like a handy all-in-one drill, hammer, a...

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Sexbomb (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, June 17, 2012, In : Writing Advice 



Taking a break from the more structured lessons, let's explore one of the most popular questions people ask me: how do you write a sex scene?



Not quite, though this way would actually be trickier    Credit



  
 

It's very individual, but first let's explore a dirty litte trade secret. Dianne Warren, who has written most of the top love songs of the last 20 years, wrote them as a virgin who'd never been in love. I write inspirng romances and I'm so commitment phobic if I spend a night with a man I ...

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Writing 101: 2-D The Long and Short Of It

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, June 15, 2012, In : Writing 101 

If you've been following along with the writing 101 lessons, it's time to write your outline. You will only have 2 more steps before writing your story, but both can only be done once you write your outline. You won't need your summary to write, but you will need your outline, character bios, and stat-sheets. You're almost home and ready to write.



If your office/writing area looks a bit like this, you're on the right track    Credit



  
 

Why use an outline? As we've covered an outline is best for...

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How To Piss Off A Writer

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, In : Strangeness 


Why do people read so much into stories? I've been wondering this since reading a few feminist blogs on Prometheus. If you haven't seen this film, by the way, do so! Go with friends. There will be plenty of theory and conjectures you'll need to discuss after seeing the visually inspiring film. If you haven't seen it, don't read on, there be spoilers ahead.

 

Not symbolism but plot: you won't understand the first scene of the film until you go home and discuss it with others.


  

In the middle of t...

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Writing 101: 2-C Clowns To the Left of Me, Jokers To the Right

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Writing 101 


By now you have your fleshed-out idea, you've mastered the complex art of creating strong protagonists and antagonists, and you have a summary. Before we get to the outline, you need to determine your secondary characters.

 

Secondaries set the tone of the story, fill out the world, further the plot, and aid in character development. Don't neglect this step!


  

Remember how in your summary some came up, and some became protagonists/antagonists? Well if they didn't become a major player these are ...

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R.I.P. Ray Bradbury August 22, 1920- June 6, 2012

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Strangeness 


It's a little late in come, this, my version of a eulogy for a hero. It's been a very busy week and the weekend continues to be just that. Thursday night on the bus between dinner with friends and then drinks with friends (and later a date) my best friend called to give me the news. One of my many heroes, Ray Bradbury, had passed.

If you know much about him, you can appreciate how much he would hate this being on a website. Sorry, Ray, I admire you, I worship your story-smithing skills, but th...
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Writing 101: 2-Supplemental B: The Same Thing We Do Every Night, Pinky...

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Writing 101 

Please read Supplemental A first. Trust me, it makes more sense that way.
 
In the post Writing 101: 2-A we went over creating protagonists and antagonists. In Supplemental A we covered the 12 steps of the protagonists's journey. These are the 12 steps of the antagonist..Remember your antagonist will have gone through some of these steps before your story start. They should have completed 7 of them by the time the protagonist starts so that the protagonist's step 2 (Call to Adventure) lines up ...

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Writing 101: 2- Supplemental A: Hoagies, Grinders, Subs, and...

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Writing 101 


 
In the post Writing 101: 2-A we went over creating protagonists and antagonists. In it we covered the hero myth, 12 (or so) steps taken from the great hero epics, and we discussed how they are key to fully-fleshed-out protagonists and antagonists, and how applying the 12 steps can help generate your plot.

The names of these 12 steps give you a clue:

Act One (Separation)
1. Ordinary World
2. Call to Adventure
3. Refusal Of the Call

Act Two (Transformation)
4. Meeting the Mentor
5. Crossing the Thresh...

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Can't Write? Happens To Us All

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


There's something worse than writer's block: it's those times when you want to write, have ideas, but no time. You've probably read many patronizing lists of writing tips on the web that always say "write every day." It's good to try, but sometimes it's just not possible. That's life. 




Unless life also gives you water AND sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck     Credit



So what can you do? Keep in the right frame of mind. Yeah, easier aid than done, right? Well I'll use myself as an example here. ...

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Writing 101: 2-B Just the Facts, Ma'am

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Writing 101 


It's time to revisit, in detail, writing your summary. I often talk to people who tell me "I get started writing but it never gets going, my mind wanders," and when I ask them if they write a summary they always ask me "wha?" This is how important the summary is: it's nigh fucking impossible to write a full story without one.

 

With no summary, you look like this when writing.



  

Some people can do it. I can, but the stories I write without one always need heavy editing for continuity. Shorter sh...

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