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What's Up Doc? Part 2 of 4

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, In : Writing Advice 
In this installment of examining how psychology can help writing, we’re going to look at some lifelong mental disorders that are surprisingly common in real life. Manic Depression (called bipolar by many), borderline personality disorders, and antisocial personality disorder are all conditions you would think belong only to villains, but they in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM make a sufferer automatically bad (but the last two make going bad much easier). With regular therapy and in many cases medici...

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What's Up Doc? Part 1 of 4

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, October 18, 2014, In : Writing Advice 

My educational background is in psychology, and I went pretty far with it. So often my friends ask me what you can use from psychology in writing fiction. The short answer is: understanding science doesn't have all the answers, and remember that correlation is not causation. However, if they want a long answer, well...there's a lot.

I remember going into an Introduction to Personality class in my undergrad years. The first thing the professor said was "if you're not a psych major, but a writ...


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Writing 102: 2-F Fun Facts About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Writing 102 
This is the final lesson of the Writing 102 series. This is the last lesson that you should read while writing your first draft, and today I'll show you how to conquer the nagging urge to make changes to previous passages while writing.

 


In the immortal words of Mr. Peanut: "Tonight's the night we ALL go nuts!"



  
 

First up, why should you resist it? Well, making such changes is the number two reason some writers can never finish a manuscript. Back in writing 101 I explained the number one reaso...

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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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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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Drama, Conflict & Fiction

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, March 12, 2012, In : Strangeness 
I had a very interesting conversation with a friend last night. I've made some major changes in my life, cutting away all the people who cause "drama," or in the vernacular, are unhinged asshats who always fuck up your life. My friend made a slight moan when I told her my day consisted of "waking up, playing Star Trek Online, writing three chapters of fiction, writing copy for my job, reading half a book, and playing games of tug with my dog." I know, I know, riveting, isn't it? Yet with my d...

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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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