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Writing 102: 2-F Fun Facts About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Writing 102 
This is the final lesson of the Writing 102 series. This is the last lesson that you should read while writing your first draft, and today I'll show you how to conquer the nagging urge to make changes to previous passages while writing.


In the immortal words of Mr. Peanut: "Tonight's the night we ALL go nuts!"


First up, why should you resist it? Well, making such changes is the number two reason some writers can never finish a manuscript. Back in writing 101 I explained the number one reaso...

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Writing 102: 2-E I Should Have Taken A Left At Albuquerque

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, November 19, 2012, In : Writing 102 

In the Writing 101 3-A lesson we covered research, and putting place holders where you knew you'd need further research. These are markers for information you need, such as research. For example, in The Violin Case I thought something was fishy about people staying awake with concussions when I never had to, so I left a place holder by highlighting all the relevant text in orange, denoting I should research it later.


After color-coding your conflict and hero myth steps and placeholders, your ...

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Writing 102: 2-D Alms for the Poor?

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : Writing 102 

If you've been following along with Writing 101 & Writing 102 you're in good shape. This lesson should come when you are 50% done with your first draft.It's time for critique partners!

Put that gun down! You'll need it for when you get the critiques back.


If you just groaned then you remember this from school. Yes, it's still that bad. Yes, it can work. No, I don't do this really. It's up to you, but the very first time you write fiction I recommend this. If you have any parts of your work y...

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Writing 102: 2-C What's Your Kryptonite?

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, October 21, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Now that you're writing, one issue you may face is writer's block. Remember our first, best defense against writer's block is a proper outline & summary. Why? Struggling to generate content is one main cause of writer's block. Let's examine the causes now:

Here is one of the few places where "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" rings true


1. Inability to generate new content
2. Difficulty maintaining attention
3. Strong desire to work on another project
4. Not being in the mood (aka ...
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Writing 102: 2-B Get Bent, Tax Maaaaaaan!

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, October 12, 2012, In : Writing 102 

It's time to audit yourself. Does that word make your flesh crawl? Okay, goof off for a moment and watch Stranger Than Fiction. Every writer should watch a movie about writers just to see how amusingly insane they are, and how far off from reality they'll be. Bonus: you'll also get the title of this post.

Breaks are good whenever work has you feeling like this


Done? Good. It's time to revisit budgeting for time which we covered in Writing 101: 3-C.  Did you do those calculations? Realllllly? ...

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Writing 102: 2-A: Regulators, Mount Up!

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Welcome to writing 102 2-. We've covered preliminary research you need to do as you start writing. Now this section can come towards the middle of your first draft, but you should read through as you write. We'll cover formatting, writer's block, critique readers, updating research, and battling the overwhelming urge to make drastic changes in media res


Hot & sexy proof that to get shit done, that shit has to be organized 

Today we start with formatting. Now, whichever way you're going to s...

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Writing 102: 1-D Seeking a Needle in a Haystack? Use a Magnet!

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, September 24, 2012, In : Writing 102 

It's no secret the low opinion I have of Literary Agents. Still, they can help you, and we've covered how. If you decide that's the way for you to publish, this will help you. If you're on board with me and want to go self publishing, read on as well. If you're tempted to try Vanity on, read on.


Writers always feel this way when it comes time to publish


Let's keep this short and sweet. When looking for an agent, find one or an agency that doesn't have a #1 NY Times Bestsell...

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Writing 102: 1-C Why You Hear 50 Million "Who" Songs Every Day

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, September 8, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Resuming writing 102, we've gotten our idea, designed our plot, paced our conflict, created character bios, have written a few chapters, and started to build a fan base. In our last lesson you decided if you want to publish the old or new way. Now you have to make some adjustments for that. C'mon kids, it's time to sell out!

To sell out: (v) To place the goal of making money over any artistic merit or construct. Surprisingly effective


Writing is an art, but it is also a business. Never forge...
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Writing 102: 1-B The Wheel Of Fish or The Mystery Box?

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, August 19, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Finally, I'm back! The computer rides again, and so I am back with updates, and working on the next Marly Jackson, so stay tuned.

A portrait of me after nearly 2 weeks with no computer


In this modern age there are really only two ways you can publish: The traditional route or self-publishing. It's always been that way, but self-publishing is free and easier than ever now thanks to eBook readers. Choose carefully which path you follow, because that will determine a few things about your novel...

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Writing 102: 1-A When Someone Offers You Free Drugs Say "Thank You." Drugs Are Expensive!

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, August 4, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Welcome to Writing 102. You should be 1/3 to 1/2 way done with your first draft at the time you read this. In Writing 102 we're going to cover the basic nitty-gritty that needs to take place NOW  in your process. We'll cover deciding how you will publish, tailoring your manuscript to market, and the most common issues that plague you while you write. Today we begin with finding a fanbase.

Today we learn the difference between self-promotion and attention whoring. Pay attention!


Whenever you ...

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