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If You Want To

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If You Want To By Jamie Ashbird   Should you write porn?   The answer seems pretty simple really. Yes—if you want to. If you don’t want to, then don’t. Okay, good. We’re done here.   Just kidding, it’s time to ramble.   First off, two things: I currently sit in the wibbly-wobbly very complicated spectrum of non sex-repulsed, mentally arousable ace-hood. I’m not a person who feels particularly comfortable writing sex scenes. The link here seems like a no brainer but you’d be wrong.   To address point 1, sure, asexuality doesn’t always lend itself to having wide experience...

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Why Tropes are a Great Idea

Guest Blogger Sara Dobie Bauer

By Sara Dobie Bauer   Arranged marriage. Forbidden love. Age difference. Enemies to lovers. Gay for you. VIRGIN!   These are all tropes. Tropes are so-called “overused plot devices.” They’re plots, conflicts, and characters we’ve seen a hundred times before. Some might say they’re clichéd. Why would you want to write something clichéd? Because these clichés, these tropes, work and they allow readers to relate to your writing and even find the exact sort of story that turns them on.   No surprise, I write BBC Sherlock fan fiction. That show is a trope magnet thanks to all the unresolved...

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On Actually Doing

Darcy Lindbergh Guest Blogger

On Actually Doing By Darcy Lindbergh “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” - Earl Nightingale I’ve probably read hundreds of articles about writing right now, about putting aside the fears and excuses and putting words on the page, and agreed wholeheartedly with them. And I’ve always considered myself a writer anyway; I’ve always had stories to tell and I’ve always tried to tell them. So I was completely blindsided to realize that my own fears and excuses were stopping me from writing something bigger....

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

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

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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