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Act It Out

Atlin Merrick Janet Anderton Art

Act It Out

So this year I interviewed a couple fandom and book writers about acting. Or rather, acting out. Fic and fiction writers Verity Burns, Narrelle M Harris, and Jamie Ashbird talked briefly with me about how acting and reading their stories out makes their stories better. ATLIN MERRICK: So you three have written a lot of fic, as well as fiction for Improbable Press in our A Murmuring of Bees, and when I asked you after that about how you went about writing, all three of you surprised me in having a similar opinion on how pretending has helped you be...

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Courage Works

Atlin Merrick Janet Anderton Art Shouty Encouragement

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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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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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*…

Atlin Merrick Janet Anderton Art Shouty Encouragement

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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