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Foolish Human… (Writing prompts)

Writing Prompts

Five little words. Maybe? For nearly a month it seemed that's all I'd written, five. little. words. Then I posted last week's writing prompt, black water, and I looked at it side-eye and thought, "I want to think about this thing." So I did. For a few seconds. Then I just…wrote some stuff. What turned out to be a dark ode kind of thing. And put it down in the comments of the prompt. And that was more than I had written in a month and I guess what I'm trying to say is writing prompts work. So here's yours...

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After Your Book Is Rejected—3 Dos & 3 Even Better Don'ts

After rejection Atlin Merrick Reference

Do pitch again. Sometimes an editor or publisher rejects your story or book but says "we really like your style, but we're looking something with more B, less A." For the love of all that's holy they just gave you a leg up in getting your book further along the process, please take it. All right, sure, maybe you don't want to put a lot more B into your book and that's fine. In that case pitch them another book, this one more B-centric. Do follow the yellow brick road. As an editor, when I turn down a manuscript but...

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Black Water... (Writing Prompts)

Writing Prompts

Every single week. We'll be here. With a prompt. If you need it. Even if you don't, we'll be publishing writing prompts each week to inspire something for someone. Most weeks a voice raises itself and we're delighted by wee stories, delicious tiny tales prompted from that week's prompts.   From last week's Start over… "'Do you mind?!' The merman snapped……freckles, dusted across the merman’s nose and cheeks like blue and green stars" * "Sherlock, a stone’s throw away and sitting contently on a garden bench, watched his little family. Who knew his life could be so full of love?"...

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We Want Free Books to Read — #Lockdownreading

#lockdownreading Atlin Merrick

First, we have two free ebooks for you and then we'll tell you about more! The Day They Met by me, Atlin Merrick with Improbable Press Scar Tissue by Narrelle M Harris at our mother press Clan Destine Now, over on Twitter there's a hash tag, go check it out: #lockdownreading While it doesn't point to just free books it's a resource that may carry you over for right now. That's what we're going to do here over the next couple days, only we want to share what's free out there, so do us all a favour in these trying...

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Start Over… (Writing Prompts)

Atlin Merrick Writing Prompts

What a difference a week or two makes. Sorry there wasn't a writing prompt up last week, as we know, shit got real for a lot of us. That's when Trinity College Dublin shut down, where I'm doing my masters degree, and like you I had Other Things On My Mind. Without further ado here's this week's writing prompt. I'd super duper appreciate a short comment of hello, a bit of companionship as it were, even if they don't feel inspiration brewing for this particular prompt.   Just for Writing Inspiration And a reminder, these are always and ever just...

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