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Courage Works

I got a good rejection from an agent last week. "Nope, we don't want this script. But try with something else in a couple months." It's great because they liked me enough to encourage, it sucks because they said no. If you're like me, if you're like most writers I know, know this: You're going to get rejected. You're going to get a lot of emails and mails and to-your-face words that say "Sorry, this isn't what we're looking for" and I'm pretty sure at no time is that going to be less than really hard. Hollow-in-the-belly hard. If-I-was-any-good-they-wouldn't-have-said-no-so-I-must-suck hard....

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Violence isn't good story telling

Atlin Merrick

Okay. So. There's a lot been said about a scene in series four of Sherlock. One was how in "The Lying Detective" it was necessary that John Watson beat Sherlock Holmes—punching and kicking him, brutal and relentless. The scene was thematically necessary, it was said, so that Sherlock would need to forgive John, just as John had to forgive Sherlock for vanishing for two years and la la la blah blah blah no no no NO NO NO. In storytelling as in real life, in all the all that there bloody well is, tit does not mean tat, balance is...

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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

Atlin Merrick Janet Anderton Art Shouty Encouragement

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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