If you are getting tic...tic...tic then your brick is waiting for a firmware to be written to it. I would recommend looking at this for full instructions.
Basically, you need to re-flash the firmware onto the brick. I've done this a number of times as I use an alternate firmware called LeJOS (runs Java). There shouldn't be anything that breaks from this (not any further than what you've got). Make sure your batteries are not going to die on you while you re-flash the firmware. Just give them a charge.
Do a hard reset on the brick (should be a paperclip in one of the bottom corners held down for a few seconds). This shouldn't be required, as your NXT is already in this state, but just in case.
Connect your brick to a computer, it must have the Mindstorms NXT software installed on the computer.
Open up Mindstorms NXT, and go to Tools->Update NXT Firmware
Click "Check" and then "Download". This will install the firmware on the NXT.
You should now have a working brick. However, any programs you may have flashed to it are gone (and probably were already gone, as discussed in #1). All you need to do to restore those is write the programs from the Mindstorms NXT software on your computer.