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Writing 103: 3-B: If A Mime Falls In A Forest, What Is the Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, October 3, 2014, In : Writing 103 
Well you're on a break from writing and editing now. First up, why the break? The short is you will return to editing again but you need a fresh mind. By now you have read your work so much you'll be tempted to skip parts as you read because you have memorized them. You need a good, productive break to keep your mind engaged elsewhere so when you return for your true, final edit, you will be the most effective.

Sadly, this isn't either type of break


Now is the time to start marketing yourself. ...

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Writing 103: 3-A: How Do You Play Minesweeper Again?

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, September 26, 2014, In : Writing 103 
You need to take a break. Your manuscript is 100% edited, needs formatting, but it's time to turn your eye to marketing. There are two steps at this stage and the first applies to you ONLY if you have been working on a story and any part of it has been posted on the web. No matter if you will be sending your book off to an agent, a publisher, or if you will be self-publishing, if you have posted any of the story, you must start clearing the field.

This describes the coming process, but is a go...

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Writing 103: 2-D: Anxiety Is When You Light A Cigarette When You're Already Smoking One

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, In : Writing 103 
One pitfall of the entire writing process is the constant need to revise and edit. It's ever present, writers are obsessed with perfection. The first thing to do is sit down, take a deep breath, and repeat this over and over: "Imperfection is perfection."

Science says that mathematically Elizabeth Hurley is the most attractive woman in the world. Is she perfect? No, but she is imperfect perfection.


When you're done you'll understand completely. But for now think of it this way: there is no such...

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Writing 103: 2-C Hello! Helllooo! Helllllloooo!!!!

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : Writing 103 
By now you have finished your first draft, edited it for content, cleaned up some little errors, and sent it off to an editor or critique readers. So what the hell do you do now?

First off, if you sent it to an editor, he or she should have a deadline you both agreed to. You're paying for it, so if they worth your money and time, they will stick to it. So you know the schedule and you don't need to follow up with them until the return date.

If you alternatively sent out copies to critique reade...

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Writing 103: 2- Supplemental B: If A Mime Falls Alone In A Forest, What Is The Sound Of One Hand Clapping?

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Writing 103 
Well it's time to solicit critique partners, the first litmus test for your book. You should have 3-4 lined up, and your first draft ready to go. So what do you ask them? First, review Writing 103: 1-E and think on what genre you have. Remember, no matter what genre there are a few standards:

1: Does the plot make sense?
2: If not, where is it weak? Where is it confusing?
3: How is the pacing? Does it feel too fast, too slow?

Next you tailor questions to your genre. The general ones are listed in...

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Writing 103: 2-B Know When To Kiss, Know When To Kill

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Writing 103 
The two most difficult things writers will ever have to learn when dealing with other people it's A) how to not let those extrovert morons interpret your introversion as being an asshole, and B) learning to resolve disagreements in such a way as you strengthen the relationship and do what's best for a third party.



Not knowing your proper role only works in comedy


The first I can't help you much with other than some general advice: If you date an extrovert demand for every night you go out with ...

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Writing 103: 2-A How To Make Use Of That Type-A Asshole In Your Life

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, In : Writing 103 
You have written your first draft, edited it, let your ego be destroyed while your work improved thanks to critique partners. Now it's time to polish that manuscript with a fine tooth comb and destroy whatever is left of your ego. It's time to hunt and peck for the thousands of errors you missed.

This is you, copy editing alone

It's time to get an outside editor. Mainly a copy editor at this point, particularly if you are going to publish traditionally with a publisher. But if you're going to s...

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Writing 103: 1-G Watch the Showgirl, Not My Hands Nor the Rabbit

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : Writing 103 
Welcome to break time. You've finished for first, most grueling editing, you've done background work on finding copy editors and/or critique readers, so now it's time to back off the manuscript, and resume marketing.



Readers should focus on the rabbit, not the false bottom and trap door that got it there. Credit




What's that, resume? You don't remember doing this before? Well, you should; Marketing 102: 1-A was important. In that phase you started joining story sites, uploading free work, and ga...

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Writing 103: 1-F Why Right Is Incorrect Yet Correct Is Right

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, June 22, 2013, In : Writing 103 
We have come to the hardest part of writing a book. Let that sink in: those sleepless nights, the writer's block episodes, the agonizing over what scenes to cut out or add in...and it was all child's play until now. We have come to copy editing.



Don't worry...in this film the theft as a MacGuffin, but of you followed the previous lessons your work was not Credit



You probably just laughed. Fine, keep laughing. Copy editing will kick your ass. Every met a copy editor? These people are not human. ...

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Writing 103: 1-E Calling All Cars! Calling All Cars!

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Writing 103 
Welcome back to the wonderful world of editing. I'll pause so you may groan.



Don't worry, you'll pass



The best writing comes from good editing. Once you've done this  process, that sentence will make sense. Think back to a creative writing course you took in high school or college, and think of some of the things you read. Some were great. Some were shit. The truth is, anybody can write, but not everyone can write well. However, if you know how to edit correctly, than yes, you can be shit write...

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Writing 103: 1-D There's No Business Like Show Business

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Writing 103 
By now in writing your first novel you've completed your first draft and your first edit. It's time for a working vacation! Put your manuscript aside, take a break, but now you need to make some really hard choices.



This difficult choice will also come up often during this step Credit




All along in these writing lessons you've heard my thoughts on traditional publishing. And now self-publishing is bigger than ever. Still, if you want your book in hard copies in stores, you have to go traditional...

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Writing 103: 1-C Get A Grip

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : Writing 103 
Last time we examined word count issues, and if you fell on the too-low or too-high side, you did a lot of work. In fact, if you did, please read this section, but you can likely skip it. For those of you who are proud your word count was just right...it's time for the heavy lifting.

 

Powerlifting and editing will cause you to make the same face


  

Today we review the first part of the aforementioned heavy lifting, the most difficult (emotionally) part of your journey as a writer: editing for co...

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Writing 103: 1-B The Thick & Thin of It

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : Writing 103 

 
Now that you have taken a break, it's time to begin the most difficult phase of writing: editing. Before you get into the nitty-gritty of editing for grammar and spelling, and even for content, we have to revisit an old friend: word count.

 

 
It's okay, go ahead and scream if you like
 

 
Yeah, I heard that groan. How many times do we have to revisit this, you're likely asking yourself. Well, given the fact that we have time and time again should clue you in to how important it is to have an outl...

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Writing 103: 1-A Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, In : Writing 103 
If you've been following along with Writing 101 and Writing 102, you've written a first draft. Congratulations! Now what?

TAKE A BREAK.



A portrait of how you should look after finishing your first draft
 

Read that. Read it again. Again, and again, and again until you fucking get it. Burning out is the worst you can do, and right now your mind is so full of plot lines used and unused that if you tried to edit you'd fail by trying to literally re-write the damn thing instead of editing it. Also, y...

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