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105-1-3A: (Legacy): Be Vewwy Vewwy Quiet, I'm hunting Agents

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Legacy 
I’m just a book, oh I’m only a book, and I’m desperately seeking a hook… Sorry if you didn’t automatically sing that to the tune of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill,” but thanks to Saturday Night Live I’m hoping even Millennials get the reference.

Anyway, I’m a book. I’m a science fiction novel of the distant future and how it’s affected by twenty-first century cyberpunk. I have some romance, lots of action, and a kickass hero, Brock Lardner, a man with MacGyver’...

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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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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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Writing 101: 3-B Screw Feng Shui, I Practice the Ancient Art of Ikea

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, June 28, 2012, In : Writing 101 

We're here at an often over-looked but crucial step in the writing process. It's the one thing all writers (myself included) and bad at: organizing. Yet people who are organized know how much time it saves, and that's what we need.

We never know when we'll run out of time


At each step I'm going to write out directions for digital and hard copy organization. Despite the digital age some of us do better with hard copy as we're kinesthetic learners and hard copy helps. Some of us also have smal...

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Writing 101: 2-D The Long and Short Of It

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, June 15, 2012, In : Writing 101 

If you've been following along with the writing 101 lessons, it's time to write your outline. You will only have 2 more steps before writing your story, but both can only be done once you write your outline. You won't need your summary to write, but you will need your outline, character bios, and stat-sheets. You're almost home and ready to write.

If your office/writing area looks a bit like this, you're on the right track    Credit


Why use an outline? As we've covered an outline is best for...

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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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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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