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Writing 101: 3-D 10 Reasons Your English Teacher Would Shank You, Not Shiv You

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We have come at last to the final lesson of Writing 101! Once you read this you are truly ready to sit down and write. This final lesson is on grammar guides. The 102 series will pick up with deciding how to publish, and that series should be looked into once you've started writing, but before your first draft is 33% done. This is part of why in our last lesson you needed to plan by word count, it helps schedule the millions of tasks.



Finally! Er, wait...there's more?


  
 

For the moment let's ke...

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Writing 101: 3- Supplemental A: Ein, Zwei, Drei, Horse 'n' Goggle

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : Writing 101 

When you write, you need to know how many words to aim for. Not only does it help you set goals and pacing, if you seek to publish this will help. Agents and editors abide by these informal guidelines of word count, and readers subconsciously judge books by size, aka word count. 

For your first attempt at writing a first draft, aim for the middle of each range. Remember good editing will make it shorter and tighter, and going for the middle means you often end up towards the low end, but still...

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Writing 101: 3-C The 3 Kinds of People: Those Who Can Count & Those Who Can't

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, July 12, 2012, In : Writing 101 


It's a good idea to get familiar with budgeting time and word count before you actually write. Funny though, it works best to do this after writing your first chapter. Actually, it works best if you've written before, and kept track of your output, but let's be honest and laugh for a minute. Better? Good, now there's a method to this madness.



Don't worry, the only way to go from here is up    Credit


  
 
 

Budgeting time is the single biggest challenge any author will face if they already have the...

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Writing 101: 2- Supplemental C: 4 Out of 5 Voices In My Head Say I'm Sane

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Writing 101 


In this supplemental we take a closer look at choosing your narrator. Let's keep it as painless as possible and dive right in to the different styles of overall narration to choose from.



There's a good reason Doyle chose Watson to narrate Sherlock Holmes' adventures


  
 

Third Person: The best according to writing teachers everywhere. The easiest for a reader to read and enjoy, think of it as how you'd tell a story about another friend. ("Then Suzie told the carnie to go fuck himself and dumped a...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Writing 101: 2-A The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, In : Writing 101 


How do we select the main characters? Often we speak in terms of heroes and villains, but what we mean is protagonists (heroes and anti-heroes) and antagonists (villains). These will be the first characters that spring to mind when you think up a plot and you have to make them follow a delicate balance. The #1 protagonist is the person narrating the story or the person the narrator follows, and the antagonist is the person or thing that sets the plot into motion.

 

Sometimes it's easy to tell p...

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Writing 101: 1-E Play It Again, Sam

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 24, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We've come to the last Writing 101: 1- series entry. Fear not, we're going all the way to 105. The 101: 1-4- series will go over all the tools a writer needs to master before beginning a story. The 102 series deals with strategies for problems that arise while writing that should be tackled at or near the start of writing. The 103: 1-2- series deals with writing and and basics of editing, 104 deals with getting an agent for traditional publishing or preparing for self-publishing, and the 105 ...

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Writing 101: 1-D This Is Your Life

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We continue our work on the background of writing- inspiration and plotting, with how to turn real life into a story. First let me state all writers do this, you HAVE to do it. Still, you must always make clear when you get too close to reality, in a forward or author's note, that any coincidence to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Yeah, right.

 

 
Who me? I'd never do that!




We'll go over how to take a entire plot from reality and adopt it, how to make yourself the protagonist i...

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Writing 101: 1-C Once More With Feeling

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 13, 2012, In : Writing 101 


 
Yes, we're still on Inspiration, or getting started writing. This shouldn't surprise those of you who've tried it, writing is hard work. If it was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing.



If you look like this, you're doing it right.   Credit.


 
One of the most common problems for authors is the plethora of old ideas that frustratingly never came to fruition. Maybe you just couldn't take it in the direction you wanted, or it simply stalled. It happens all the time, and it's not a mistake. The only mis...

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Writing 101: 1-B Under the Influence

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, May 4, 2012, In : Writing 101 

Last 101 lesson we discussed gaining inspiration from direct sources, basically crafting tasteful fanfiction. Today we delve into the world of "no copyright lawsuit worries" inspiration drawing again from stories, movies, and TV shows, but using basics and not directly specific plot points and characters. Indirect influential inspiration is about using voice, themes, and imitating minor arcs.



Just hang in there, we'll get through it. Credit.


 
A note on voice: it is basically comprised of your w...

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Writing 101: 1-A Ode to Joy

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : Writing 101 


A series of blog posts I've wished to do are based off my lesson plans from when I taught creative writing. I've been debating for a while, but then Fifty Shades of Grey came along. Oh, I have no intention of reading that crap, and if you like it...sorry, it's crap.



OMG! You mean I can re-read Twilight but there's sex in it? EEEEK! 


 
I've worked in BDSM and have been a Dominatrix for almost 13 years. As much as I enjoy BDSM I personally prefer Dominant Women/ submissive men which don't sell, so...

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