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Important Writing Lessons from Stalkers

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 2, 2015, In : writing options 

Art is an all-encompassing thing. I can’t speak for other writers, and maybe it’s because I have ADHD and need to keep background noise going while I work on anything in order to focus, but I have to listen to music whenever I write. 

I’ve talked in writing lessons why it’s so important to get into a mood when writing, and how what you read, what you watch, what you see, and what you hear helps. But of those things, I hold music the most sacred. 

Nothing else can get you into a certain ...

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Writing 104: 1-A: Let's Shove Some Coal Up There And See If We Get A Diamond

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Writing 104 
Strictly speaking the old insult popularized in Ferris Bueller's Day Off isn't true: compressing a lump of coal (anally or no) cannot make a diamond. Yes, they both contain carbon, but mother nature made diamonds and your charcoal ain't gonna cut it. Still, the phrase refers to a mindset you should get into as we enter the final editing/beginning marketing stage of your novel. It's time to get Type A!






First off, do you own Mortimer J. Adler's How To Read A Book? If you don't, please buy it or ...

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What's Up Doc? Part 2 of 4

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, In : Writing Advice 
In this installment of examining how psychology can help writing, we’re going to look at some lifelong mental disorders that are surprisingly common in real life. Manic Depression (called bipolar by many), borderline personality disorders, and antisocial personality disorder are all conditions you would think belong only to villains, but they in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM make a sufferer automatically bad (but the last two make going bad much easier). With regular therapy and in many cases medici...

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What's Up Doc? Part 1 of 4

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, October 18, 2014, In : Writing Advice 

My educational background is in psychology, and I went pretty far with it. So often my friends ask me what you can use from psychology in writing fiction. The short answer is: understanding science doesn't have all the answers, and remember that correlation is not causation. However, if they want a long answer, well...there's a lot.

I remember going into an Introduction to Personality class in my undergrad years. The first thing the professor said was "if you're not a psych major, but a writ...


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