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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 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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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-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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Curse of the Literary Agents

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, April 21, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 
Okay, a quick update as Yola has fucked up my attempted post on literary agents multiple times. So here it is in short:

  • Publishers put out a book that sells well
  • Publishers want more like it
  • Publishers tell editors to find them
  • Literary agents are mostly former editors or copyright lawyers who worked w/ editors/publishers
  • Editors call their friends, literary agents, and say "we want this type of book"
  • Literary agent posts nowhere in ads/website exactly what they are seeking
  • You mail off your manusc...

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Mental Illness in Fiction

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, March 5, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Hello my friends, I do apologize there was no post this weekend as promised. I was kept busy with my night job dissolving a business partnership that had reached its limit due to mental illness. My former partner has Borderline Personality Disorder, Manic Depression, and of course underlying anxiety with Histrionic tenancies and solid Narcissism. I am a licensed therapist so this means plenty to me; in layman's terms she's batshit insane.

Imagine if craziness were this simple...we'd be callin...

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3 Movies Better Than Their Books

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Strangeness 
For the reader and watcher in us all, today's post is on the unlikely but possible occurrence of when movie adaptations supersede books. A curious phenomena that happens rarely, we'll examine why.

Yes, it's true. Putting Rosie O'Donnell in leather lingerie once improved on Anne Rice's writing. My apologies for your brain exploding

The Book: Exit To Eden, Anne Rice (As Anne Rampling), Random House, 1985
The Movie: Exit to Eden, Directed by Gary Marshall, 1994

Book Synopsis: Lisa is a profession...

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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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The Art Of Murder

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Death is the answer to life, the final summons for the jury-duty of the afterlife. One truth of fiction is the average novel has more death than a battle between clashing ethnic clans in Sub-Saharan Africa. Writers are obsessed with it.

The beauty of doing it creatively is most deaths you create will have as much forethought put into them as only serial killers can execute.

Meet your writing soul mate!

 There are a few keys to stick to when murdering a character. Remember that murder is most oft...

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Top 4 Pitfalls Of Being A Published Author

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 
There are only a few differences between an aspiring writer and a published author, be it through a vanity publisher or under contract. It's mostly disillusionment, twenty pounds lost due to stress, and a haunted look in an author's eyes that clearly says they want to watch the world burn.

It's come to my attention I need to hang out with more writers and artists. I love my friends and family, but most are of the yuppie persuasion. Why can't I get a real job? Why do I take my "hobby" so seriou...
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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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