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105-2-2B: (Indie): Build With Bricks To Keep Wolves At Bay

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, March 6, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

We’ve come to arguably the most difficult process for the self-published author: formatting your eBook. It may seem easy. You can read all the numerous guides published y Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Oyseter, Google Play, iTunes and you still won’t get it right. Why? Because those who write the manuals and those who wrote the software are two completely different departments, and never the twain shall they meet.

Until you come along, trying to self-publish your first novel, yo...

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105-2-1A: (Indie): The Only True Fast Weight Loss That Lasts

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

In a world where all authors want to be noticed, but few are self-aware…

They wanted to lose themselves, he came with a book that took no prisoners…

Jane was a simple writer, unaware that her life was about to hilariously change forever…



What do these things have in common? Well, you probably read them in the movie-trailer voice. If you did, good, if you didn’t, try it. These are examples of what your catchphrase should never be. Movies can be cheesy, books cannot (chick lit is just…fu...

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105-1-2B: (Indie): What Hotel Maid Services Really Do

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

Now that you have the images you want for your cover and a design in mind, it’s time to edit images. Before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s make sure you have all you need in place. Do you:

Have public-domain pictures, or have pictures to use with consent of the owners?

Have either Jasc Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop and a manual for your program?

Have a quiet place to work where you can say “Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!” without anyone bothering you?

Have about 8 hours to...

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Writing 104: 2-A:Why Fondant is Inedible

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 17, 2015, In : Writing 104 

Fondant. Bear with me here, I'm of Irish blood so my stories can sometime wind their way slowly to a point. I was once at an engagement party and there was Rockabilly pin-up girl cake made with vanilla fondant. The parents of the bride cut it, and everyone but me started eating it, fondant and all.

I could only stare. See, chocolate fondant is edible. Vanilla is not. It's a pretty coat you put on a cake to sell it, but you can't eat it.This isn't about old idioms, it's about the art of the sel...

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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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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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As Steve Winwood Said: Roll With It, Baby

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, August 30, 2014, In : A Writer's Life 
One of the hardest challenges for a new writer is finishing a story. But once you master that you face two great challenges: the Muse and the emotional roller coaster of life.

I feel the Muse should be capitalized because it is a concept combining two things every writer needs: inspiration and drive. Like many writers before me (including the Greeks who took it to another level) I personify a lot of concepts. The Muse is genderless to me, but I do refer to it as Her sometimes (because the Gree...

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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-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-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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New Secret Desires Chapter Up & Wolf Tales Volume I Update

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Books 
The latest chapter of Secret Desires is finally up here. Look for it on literotica soon.

 

If you feel this awesome you've either figured out how to master serial writing while publishing a book, or you figured out how to mix coke with E



  

I am super-jazzed tonight. Wolf Tales Volume I is uploaded and just waiting for deployment on Amazon, and the original short stories that are part of it on literotica.com are down. I had to send a private message to Laurel, the site owner/admin. She took the t...

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I Like Work, It Fascinates Me:I Sit & Stare At It For Hours

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

A friend in need is a fiend indeed. Let me state first and foremost I love my friends, many like siblings, but god, having a social life precludes being productive, particularly with writing.

 

Seriously, does work look appealing compared to this?


  
 

I really think college is valuable in only one way: it teaches us we only have time to fully enjoy two things. Want to do well in school and have friends? No sleep for you. Want to have good grades and a full nights sleep? Gotta be lonely. Want to s...

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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-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-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 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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Feral Pet Peeves

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, July 8, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


Don't ask me why, but I've been in the mood to read romance novels lately. Okay, I kind of know why; reading them shows me how much love is pure fantasy and illusion, which reinforces my commitment phobia. A good lesson there is readers will almost always get out of your stories what they want, so try never to get that hung up on your message, or you'll end up as crazy as Alan Moore.



This is not the face of sanity


  
 

Something I lament as a reader is due to my education, my writing, and teachin...

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Missives From The Abyss

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


A writer's life is always...fun. by fun I mean that sometimes it's ha-ha!" fun, and sometimes it's "goddamn it, kill me NOW!" fun. Usually, it's both.



The good news is waking up like this everyday is the master class in learning not to give a fuck


  
 

Lately it's been both for me. Mostly because of the Tournament Stories. I'm working on something with them with people outside writing, and I won't say just what, but it means changing things around. By changing things around, of course I mean "rap...

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Important Note about "Case of the Missing Millionaire"

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 27, 2012, In : Books 

 
The second edition of Case of the Missing Millionaire has been uploaded to Amazon and will be available by Sunday May 27th early evening.

As sometimes happens, I was re-reading my proof copy and noticed some typos I and my editors had skipped over time and time again, as does happen. I also touched up some formatting issues.

The content does not differ from the first edition, about 5 typos were fixed and 3 style issues were. However, if anyone bought the first edition and would like the second...

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Battling The Sexes: Genderbending Writing

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Strangeness 
So...a little divergence for a moment from writing into the land of my personal insanity. First off, I have a shaman named Steve. He's full-blooded Navajo, I just find it hilarious to call him Steve. Now, why a shaman? Well I was raised by hippies, and I am also a licensed therapist. Knowing all the tricks of therapy kind of ruins it, so for my therapy I turned to Navajo shamanism, something my parents touched on in my childhood.




With a childhood that looked like this is it any wonder I retrea...

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Extemporaneous Anachronisms

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, March 31, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


I'm going to tell you a secret. Pull up your chair real close. Closer. No! Not that close, I can smell your lunch on your breath. There. Better. Okay, here goes: I love to read slightly-better-than-mediocre writing.


Guilty pleasures are often the best things in life

 

Er, wha? I know, I know, but writers get inspirations from the strangest places. For me it's the above-mediocre writing, you know, a story with great potential but the author fucked up one aspect. I read that and it makes me think ...

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Intro To Marketing

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, March 29, 2012, In : Marketing 


 I was just featured over at The Indie Spotlight (permalink is here), and learned a few things about marketing. Imagine me sighing heavily, because that's what I do when I hear that word. I'm no expert, I'm still learning it myself, but I did just learn an important lesson to share with you, and I have a few others for the self-published author.




For every writer figuring out any part of marketing feels exactly like this 

 

There are 5 stages of marketing: 

1) Before writing your book
   - Marketin...
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By The Numbers

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


The first thing most publishers, editors, and agents will ask is "how long is your piece?" or "what is your word count?" Now, what they mean is (for books) did you research enough to know general fiction shouldn't be 100,000 words, but historical romance or fantasy can be? For articles, they really want to know, "will it fit on the page?" and for short stories "will it fit in the room allotted for the cover design?"



Sorry, but it's true
 

 
No matter what they want to know they make you focus on ...

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The Dangers Of Reading

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
If reading isn't dangerous, why ban books? Why was illiteracy so popular when the Christian church ruled the western world? Reading gives you ideas, makes you think, challenges you perception. Dangerous stuff right there, those in power prefer ignorance in the masses, and writers are the vanguard of freedom of the mind.

Still, there is a reasonable line of too dangerous, when you just have to say "fuck it, censorship got it right!

Now we've all heard the reading-is-fundamental spiel, but we're ...

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Damn You, Ray Bradbury

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
I have many heroes, and one is Ray Bradbury. Oh, I immensely enjoy his horror writing, but one thing the man is a genius at is taking short stories and re-writing them, mashing a series together into a novel, rewriting quick-fixes. And it's always brilliant.

Now my editor friend suggested for a romance novel I, instead of the one I was writing which is..."alternative," as she put it, I should re-write a traditional erotic story of 1 man, 1 woman. Okay, no big deal, right?

So she suggested Auto ...

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