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So You Want Some Writing Advice?

Anarion

By Anarion Atlin Merrick asked me what kind of encouragement or advice I'd offer unpublished writers, and it took me a while, but here are the two things that were important for me. Writing Advice 1: Choose your friends wisely Most of us don't work in a vacuum. We want feedback. Yes, I write what I want to read, and my writing brings me joy even when nobody else reads it, I even tend to forget to post once the story is out of my brain and real life gets in the way. But! It is glorious when someone you...

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Come On (Writing Prompts)

Writing Prompts

Last writing prompt was an especially goosebumpy one for me. I'm besotted with every tale told, they are indeed gems, rare and shiny and precious. Each time I post one of these prompts I hope, I sincerely, so very much hope you'll them, or the stories others write for them inspire you to write. Look for that inspiration, seek it, for you, you, you are your own muse. How you see the colour of the water, how you hear the chitter of a squirrel, what you smell and taste and touch—all of it is water to grow your ideas, all...

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The Weirdest Thing You've Ever Written

Atlin Merrick Weird Writing

Improbable Press asked their own and other writers to tell us what strange stuff they're writing, want to write, or have written. Here are their fantastic replies. Now that’s a hard question to answer, I’ve written many weird things over the last two years. Whether it be fucking aliens in Area 51, a nudist romance, werewolf piss kink, or some frankly ridiculous renditions of straight porn (you know the kind). All of this has led to some strange googling and I hope no one ever sees my search history. But I think the weirdest of them all gets the title...

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As a Writer, I Don't Want Characterisation to Be Easy

Atlin Merrick Characterisation Characterization

Here's a picture of a writing prompt I put up recently. Simple, yeah? Some colours, a few words, no biggie. Except, here's the thing about it—it turned into a big thing for me because I had me some thinky thoughts while creating it. See, I'd put together the nice little boxes of colour, but since I had the dumb that day I couldn't think of words, so Skype-asked my friend Anarion for a few. She shared what you see: wifi, spin a tale, and empathy and as soon as I started typing them into the boxes I stopped typing. Cause...

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Spin a Tale (Writing Prompts)

Writing Prompts

I hope wherever you are life sees you well enough, good enough, with hope enough. This writing prompt post was going to be very different but I got caught up in writing for it and suddenly I just wanted to talk about writing no matter who's reading.   Small Stories Have Big Impact For those of us who post fic, or do Twitter stories, or in some other way share tall tales, it can sometimes feel like we're writing for maybe just two readers. Fantastic. That's two people who need our story. Two people who in their day are doing...

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