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Inception Solved: the Totem at the End isn't Cobb's, it's Mal's, So Stop Analyzing

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : A Writer's Life 
Hello my faithful friends.

Once more I must apologize for a long absence. Working three jobs eats up my time, and doing such while battling depression is a challenge. It's gotten worse lately, just too many things going wrong, and last weekend a friend of mine was murdered. There are no leads on her killer but we've managed to raise money to help her family and are now working on putting together reward money for information on her killer.

It's a lot to deal with. I retreated into a strange kin...

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Writing 102: 2-C What's Your Kryptonite?

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, October 21, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Now that you're writing, one issue you may face is writer's block. Remember our first, best defense against writer's block is a proper outline & summary. Why? Struggling to generate content is one main cause of writer's block. Let's examine the causes now:



Here is one of the few places where "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" rings true


  
 

1. Inability to generate new content
2. Difficulty maintaining attention
3. Strong desire to work on another project
4. Not being in the mood (aka ...
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Don't You Ever Laugh As the Hearse Goes By...

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


I've had my best friend Susan "Devin" Droste staying with me for two weeks, and living with another writer opens your eyes. It's amazing how many things go into our subconsciousnesses to formulate the tapestry that is us. Nowhere is it more apparent than when you write.



How does the subconscious work? This picture is as accurate as any


  
 
 

Something funny happened. I started writing Out of the Past, a short story styled after those 1980's pulp novels you bought off the circular rack at a gas st...

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Writing 101: 1-E Play It Again, Sam

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 24, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We've come to the last Writing 101: 1- series entry. Fear not, we're going all the way to 105. The 101: 1-4- series will go over all the tools a writer needs to master before beginning a story. The 102 series deals with strategies for problems that arise while writing that should be tackled at or near the start of writing. The 103: 1-2- series deals with writing and and basics of editing, 104 deals with getting an agent for traditional publishing or preparing for self-publishing, and the 105 ...

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Creating Your Own Landscape

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 19, 2012,


I write this rewatching Stardust the film. I confess though Neil Gaiman is awesome I have a hard time reading most of his work, but the film adaptations are much more accessible. Why? Because Gaiman has the most completely unique landscape of any author I have ever encountered. Though it makes him slightly inaccessible to me, that's a good thing.
 


Many Gaiman stories have certain parts that make as much sense to me as this sign. Credit


  

Every writer should have their own landscape. What is a l...

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Writing 101: 1-D This Is Your Life

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We continue our work on the background of writing- inspiration and plotting, with how to turn real life into a story. First let me state all writers do this, you HAVE to do it. Still, you must always make clear when you get too close to reality, in a forward or author's note, that any coincidence to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Yeah, right.

 

 
Who me? I'd never do that!




We'll go over how to take a entire plot from reality and adopt it, how to make yourself the protagonist i...

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Writing 101: 1-B Under the Influence

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, May 4, 2012, In : Writing 101 

Last 101 lesson we discussed gaining inspiration from direct sources, basically crafting tasteful fanfiction. Today we delve into the world of "no copyright lawsuit worries" inspiration drawing again from stories, movies, and TV shows, but using basics and not directly specific plot points and characters. Indirect influential inspiration is about using voice, themes, and imitating minor arcs.



Just hang in there, we'll get through it. Credit.


 
A note on voice: it is basically comprised of your w...

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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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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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Smoke. Smoke. ARE YOU SMOKING YET!?! (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, In : Writing Advice 

 

There are many “subliminal” messages we are “treated to” every day. Even if, like me, you don’t watch TV to escape them, they’re still there. I can’t tell you how many damn times I’ve watched a “public good” ad online about taking to teens about sex and had to run out to buy a burger. Wait, wha? Well, those ads always seem to take place at the dinner table and families always eat either chicken or beef. Come to think of it, I eat way too much beef. Humans should only have...


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Fantasy v. Reality

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Writing Advice 

Fantasy wins, but reality pwns
 


Before the official post, I'll share a funny story with you that's true. Friday I met up with my best friend who gave me a tray of baklava, for she knows my sweet tooth is small, but I can never pass up baklava. Ever. She called to let me know she got home okay and asked me to kiss my dog for her. So I did, but at that moment he smelled the baklava, jerked his head, headbutted me...and broke my nose. Kind of funny, but now after 36 hours the swelling is going do...

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The Remainders Of The Day or Fucking Muse (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


Inspiration is one of the most common things writers struggle with. It either rains or pours. We know about the drought times, aka "writer's block" but not about the buffet time. It's frustrating just as much, and if you've never experienced it, picture this: you had a big lunch at home and are stuffed when a friend calls you up and invites to you a $2.00 all you can eat steak buffet, but you're so full you feel sick, and now you feel pissed off in three ways. That is the feeling of having to...

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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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Writing With ADHD

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
The one surprising question I never get when telling people I have ADHD (going on 30 years since I was diagnosed) is how it affects me when writing. The short answer: I need to do 50+ things at once, but they need to have a theme and help me focus. So when writing I ignore the phone, limit browsing the web, and watch movies on my laptop while I write. Movies are better than music because they have both the audio & visual component, and tell a story.

Here is a list of the movies I most commonly...
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The 10 Books That Changed My Ways Of Thinking & Writing

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : Influences 
Everyone should read. No, I'm not saying that as an author, or even as a bookworm, I'm saying that as a human. Stories are what make us dream and grow, what take us away from daily stress, what builds our imaginations. Something John Waters has said resonates with me: "If you go home with someone and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!"

Books shape us every bit as much as experience. What follows in short is a list of the books I feel have made me who I am:

The Red Badge Of Courage

Stephen Cr...
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