Author Archives: Nora Bailey

If You Want Change, Change It Up!

My most productive writing month ever was July 2014. My boyfriend was on deployment, and I was unemployed. It was basically a glimpse of what life could be like as a full-time writer, and it was awesome—I wrote 24,172 words! (Okay, boyfriend being gone sucked, but it did make for a lot of free time.) It was no surprise that my productivity tapered… Read more »

Post-Hiatus Hello

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Welcome back! No, not to you, to me! It’s been a little bit since I’ve blogged. I make no apology, since it was an entirely planned absence on my part. My boyfriend returned from his extended deployment two months ago, and I wanted to spend time focusing on reintegrating him into my life and processing the general change and upheaval… Read more »

Critique Blog Hop!

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So as I recently finished up novel 7, I’ve been getting into the exciting/nerve-wracking stage of submitting it! Oh, the joys of querying. Anyway, I’ve had zero success in two contests now and so far no positive responses from the first batch of queries. It’s enough to make a writer want to crawl into a hole and say “Sorry for… Read more »

Life-Cycle of a Nora Novel

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Okay, maybe a Nora novel isn’t an officially recognized category—yet! In any case, I have a pretty methodical way that I go about writing a novel, refined over several manuscripts. So I thought I would share that method in case it is helpful and/or interesting for anyone else! The video describes it pretty well, but I thought I would also… Read more »

Writing Tool Review: WikidPad

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I want to take a break from navel-gazing (an occupational hazard, I swear) to offer something a little more concrete and useful.   There are a million tools for writers out there. For the most part, I ignore them. People chatter about Scrivener, but I plug away at my drafts in Word, crafting Excel spreadsheets that lay out detailed plans… Read more »

2014 Wrap-Up: Another Year In Review

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Well, well, well, 2015. Here we are. Together at last–or already? It’s hard to say for sure, because on the one hand, holy shit it’s 2015. But on the other, 2014 was eons long!   It was definitely a big year for me, both in terms of my personal life and my writing.   In February, I applied for the… Read more »

I Wanna Be A Novelist! (Throwback Thursday)

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Okay, I’m not saying that this is going to be a regular thing, but I kinda had fun doing Throwback Thursday last week. So I decided to dig back into my archives for a prose sample. I like to see how far I’ve come over the past 14 years! Because, yes, this excerpt is from my very first novel that… Read more »