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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 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-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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All Things Must Pass

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : Writing Advice 

Happy Friday the 13th to you all. For you superstitious ones, avoid black cats today, and don't walk under ladders, or break mirrors. For the rest of us, happy Friday.

Ignore the hoomin, we're not bad luck, we're too busy taking over the Internet


I had an interesting conversation last night over very good beer with a fellow writer, one who's somewhat starting out, who asked a good question (that proved he was a real writer): "How do you stop?" As in, once you get going, and you have to be some...

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Conflict or How to Make Writers Fight

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Conflict, conflict, conflict. Just hearing it makes me feel like Marty McFly being called "chicken." Most so-called experts and teachers will try to tell you conflict is everything. Once you write enough, you realize just what it is:

It's a *spoiler* TRAP!

Seriously, some say "conflict is everything." Oh, really? Let's invent time travel and ask the greats that. Seeing people get bitch-slapped by Dickens could become my new favorite hobby. In prose you have important elements: characters, plot,...

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Fixing Characters

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : Writing Advice 
Back in 2008 I taught creative writing, and most of my students had been writing most of their adult lives, and wanted to learn tricks. There really aren't many tricks to writing fiction, but there are simple guidelines. Most classes will try to tell you there are firm rules, and yes, when it comes to grammar, spelling, and punctuation there are (if you can see what was wrong with the punctuation in the previous clauses then you are a master of punctuation!). When it comes to style, voice, or...
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