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If You Want To

Atlin Merrick Guest Blogger

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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Fuck That Right In the Ear

Atlin Merrick

I've been talking with a few fandom people lately about comments they've received on their fic. One writer felt so badly about the feedback they were ready to delete their AO3 account. Because of fucking comments. "I love this but here's how you've failed me…" comments.  "I love this but there wasn't enough sex," comments. "I love this but here's how the plot went all wrong," comments.  "I love this except you didn't write me the perfect thing I wanted and you were meant to know, so I'm going to shit in your kitchen," comments. How god damn dare.  How...

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The Garbage Will Do

Atlin Merrick

I have written for a living for over twenty years and so a non-writer might figure writing's easy for me most of the time. Ha ha ha. Ha. I write so much crap. So much. Tons of garbage. Words that are ridiculous. Awful. Words a particularly illiterate gerbil would be ashamed of. And yet… …that garbage gets me to the good stuff. It always feels like it shouldn't and yet it always does. Every time. Because writing nothing will never get me there but writing rubbish? Figuring out where the story doesn't go? It helps me find the exact right...

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Why Tropes are a Great Idea

Atlin Merrick 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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The Secret Truth About Fic Tropes (Spoiler: They're Terrific!)

Atlin Merrick

Do this:Ignore anyone who doesn’t like what you like. Ignore ‘em.Because there are seven billion people on this planet and about the only thing we’ll all agree on is the human need for food, water, and air. Beyond that it’s a crap shoot.This by way of saying that when it comes to fic tropes there will always be people who think they’re lame, over-used, lazy. Great! Let those folks go off and enjoy something edgy. You? Me? We can happily settle down with a beloved coffee shop fic, a college AU, or whatever the ever it is we love. That’s...

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