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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 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 101: 3- Supplemental A: Ein, Zwei, Drei, Horse 'n' Goggle

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : Writing 101 

When you write, you need to know how many words to aim for. Not only does it help you set goals and pacing, if you seek to publish this will help. Agents and editors abide by these informal guidelines of word count, and readers subconsciously judge books by size, aka word count. 

For your first attempt at writing a first draft, aim for the middle of each range. Remember good editing will make it shorter and tighter, and going for the middle means you often end up towards the low end, but still...

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Writing 101: 3-C The 3 Kinds of People: Those Who Can Count & Those Who Can't

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, July 12, 2012, In : Writing 101 


It's a good idea to get familiar with budgeting time and word count before you actually write. Funny though, it works best to do this after writing your first chapter. Actually, it works best if you've written before, and kept track of your output, but let's be honest and laugh for a minute. Better? Good, now there's a method to this madness.



Don't worry, the only way to go from here is up    Credit


  
 
 

Budgeting time is the single biggest challenge any author will face if they already have the...

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Writing 101: 2- Supplemental C: 4 Out of 5 Voices In My Head Say I'm Sane

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Writing 101 


In this supplemental we take a closer look at choosing your narrator. Let's keep it as painless as possible and dive right in to the different styles of overall narration to choose from.



There's a good reason Doyle chose Watson to narrate Sherlock Holmes' adventures


  
 

Third Person: The best according to writing teachers everywhere. The easiest for a reader to read and enjoy, think of it as how you'd tell a story about another friend. ("Then Suzie told the carnie to go fuck himself and dumped a...

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Writing 101: 2-E Because...Fuck You, That's Why

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Writing 101 


Conflict. It's what drives on plots in stories for readers and creates things to bitch about for suicide kings and drama queens in real life. For writers it is a tool. In editing it's a tool for managing length (gods it's hard not to laugh using these words) and before you write it's a tool for pacing and plot. Let's sink our teeth into it now.



Yeah...kinda like that


  

Most writing teachers will preach conflict as some kind of holy grail. Nope, it's more like a handy all-in-one drill, hammer, a...

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Writing 101: 2-Supplemental B: The Same Thing We Do Every Night, Pinky...

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Writing 101 

Please read Supplemental A first. Trust me, it makes more sense that way.
 
In the post Writing 101: 2-A we went over creating protagonists and antagonists. In Supplemental A we covered the 12 steps of the protagonists's journey. These are the 12 steps of the antagonist..Remember your antagonist will have gone through some of these steps before your story start. They should have completed 7 of them by the time the protagonist starts so that the protagonist's step 2 (Call to Adventure) lines up ...

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Writing 101: 2- Supplemental A: Hoagies, Grinders, Subs, and...

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Writing 101 


 
In the post Writing 101: 2-A we went over creating protagonists and antagonists. In it we covered the hero myth, 12 (or so) steps taken from the great hero epics, and we discussed how they are key to fully-fleshed-out protagonists and antagonists, and how applying the 12 steps can help generate your plot.

The names of these 12 steps give you a clue:

Act One (Separation)
1. Ordinary World
2. Call to Adventure
3. Refusal Of the Call

Act Two (Transformation)
4. Meeting the Mentor
5. Crossing the Thresh...

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Writing 101: 2-B Just the Facts, Ma'am

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Writing 101 


It's time to revisit, in detail, writing your summary. I often talk to people who tell me "I get started writing but it never gets going, my mind wanders," and when I ask them if they write a summary they always ask me "wha?" This is how important the summary is: it's nigh fucking impossible to write a full story without one.

 

With no summary, you look like this when writing.



  

Some people can do it. I can, but the stories I write without one always need heavy editing for continuity. Shorter sh...

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Writing 101: 1-A Ode to Joy

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : Writing 101 


A series of blog posts I've wished to do are based off my lesson plans from when I taught creative writing. I've been debating for a while, but then Fifty Shades of Grey came along. Oh, I have no intention of reading that crap, and if you like it...sorry, it's crap.



OMG! You mean I can re-read Twilight but there's sex in it? EEEEK! 


 
I've worked in BDSM and have been a Dominatrix for almost 13 years. As much as I enjoy BDSM I personally prefer Dominant Women/ submissive men which don't sell, so...

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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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Pet Peeves

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
How would the story have gone if Scrooge had a beloved cat? What if Scarlet O'Hara had St. Bernard in the middle of house training? What if Heathcliffe and Catherine had to argue over which one got the beta fish? Yeah, there's a reason why pets aren't very common in novels; they're expensive, time consuming, and little shit factories.

 

Or sometimes downright shit-your-pants scary, suitable only for Bond villains


 Oh, they are also our best friends, and the unconditional love of...a dog is a bea...

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Scheisse! or How Real is Too Real? (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Eating, drinking, fucking, shitting, pissing, belching, sweating, farting, nose-picking, wedgie-undoing...these are things all humans do. However, of this list, what is the only one you regularly expect in most fiction? Fucking. Humans are weird about that, they love their fucking, and disavow their nose-picking.

 
Fetish erotica manages to combine many taboo behaviors into one!


However when was the last time you read a story where the protagonist solves the crime while taking a shit? How many t...

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