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That’s Fighting Talk (Or how, and why, I learned the language of the British Army)

Atlin Merrick Guest Blogger Janet Anderton Art Kim Le Patourel

That’s Fighting Talk (Or how, and why, I learned the language of the British Army)

Guest Blogger: Kim Le Patourel (Kizzia)   I don’t come from a military family, I didn’t grow up on or near an army base, I’ve never served—not even in the Territorial Army—and I doubt if I’d pass basic training due to physically not the best specimen going and, more importantly, being incapable of taking orders without question.   But I am, and have been for a very long time, utterly fascinated by the experiences of the men and women who serve Queen and Country in the British Army and find myself drawn to both reading and writing characters with military...

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How to Go from Fan Fiction Writer to Pro Writer

Atlin Merrick Guest Blogger Sara Dobie Bauer

My name is Sara, and I’m addicted to Sherlock fan fiction. I’m also a published novelist, short story author, and journalist who gets paid to write—and you can be, too.   I first found Sherlock fan fiction after series two when I realized I couldn’t wait a whole freaking year to have more of John and Sherlock. Around the same time, I developed an infatuation with Benedict Cumberbatch. On sites like A03 and FanFiction.net, I could bathe in a warm bubble bath of Adlock, Johnlock, and even FreeBatch.   At first, I simply read. After a while, though, I started...

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Two Ways to Make That First Writing Sale

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Two Ways to Make That First Writing Sale

You’ve written tens of thousands of words of fan fiction and you want to make a sale damn it. Obviously you’re already a writer—you write, so that makes you a writer, that's the rules—but now you want to be a professional. A professional is paid to write. Even if she makes £1 then she is a pro. She was paid. So, how do you do it, how do you make that first sale? Well, below are two teeny tiny suggestions that worked for me. • Write for an Anthology It doesn’t matter what you write: Sherlock stories, contemporary supernatural, erotica, fantasy—there are small presses...

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Write Right *Now*…

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Write Right *Now*…

The day Improbable Press published A Murmuring of Bees I kind of had a conniption fit on our blog. That moment went something this, only these words below are amended to be even more shouty. Um, I mean encouraging. Write. Write. Please write. Write right now. There are a million things you could do instead that do mostly nothing for you. Watch TV. Scroll Tumblr. Be afraid. It's that last one that's the most damaging. Because unlike those others which sometimes rob you of time, being afraid robs you of courage and of hope. And fear doesn't give anything back,...

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Which Holmes (or Watson) Has Your Heart?

Narrelle Harris Dr John Watson Janet Anderton Art Sherlock Holmes

Which Holmes (or Watson) Has Your Heart?

A few years ago, I was bustling about the old homestead, being all domestic (making dinner I expect) while an old episode of Poirot played in the living room. And then I heard a voice speak. It was a warm voice. Kind, deep, caring. Whatever tension was in my body vanished in a rush of affection. I felt safe and infused with a sense of incredible wellbeing and the knowledge that whatever might be wrong in the world would be all right. Naturally, this also confused me. Who the hell was speaking that his voice should reach directly into my...

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