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Holly Lyn Walrath

Holly Lyn Walrath writes weird stories and poetry, as well as writing- and creativity-related essays.

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Holly Lyn Walrath is a writer of poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Apex Book Company, Mithila Review, Flame Tree Publishing, Litro, Liminality, Crab Fat Magazine, and elsewhere. Her chapbook of words and images, Glimmerglass Girl, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a freelance editor and host of The Weird Circular, an e-newsletter for writers containing submission calls and writing prompts.

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Creating an Environment Where You Have License to Try New Things

Published Sep 7, 2018 · 682 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 10 views

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I was freezing cold staying in the tent cabins in Half Dome (formerly Curry) Village in Yosemite Valley with my dad who was there for work, so I got up and drove around the valley at 6 am. There’s been lots of fires in the area and the valley was filled with this thick smoke. Stopped at a turnout near Tunnel View and shot this photo - I really love the symmetry of it and the smooth gradients the smoke produces.
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Art as a Way Into Writing

Published Aug 3, 2018 · 598 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 4 views

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The juxtaposition of art and writing isn’t just about responsivity. In writing about art, or using art as inspiration, or having a background of visual art as writers, we’re not just responding to the art itself — to the way it looks on canvas, but something deeper...

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On Creative Breathing Room

Published Jul 9, 2018 · 512 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 4 views

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How to Prep for #CampNaNoWriMo in 7 Steps

Published Jun 30, 2018 · 2,833 words (11 minutes) · 1 like · 4 views

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The goal of Camp NaNoWriMo is a bit different than November. You can work on any project (not just a novel) and set any goal you want. Maybe you're looking to do some revision, get some poems on the page, or else work on short stories. Or maybe you want to go old school and work on a novel. Anything goes! 

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Subscriber Preview: Confessions of a Tree Nymph

Published Jun 23, 2018 · 378 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 2 views

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Writing Flash Fiction + Mermaid Hunt eBook

Published May 14, 2018 · 1,295 words (5 minutes) · 1 like · 2 views

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Odd Jobs and Past Selves

Published Mar 30, 2018 · 622 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 4 views

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I’ve been thinking about odd jobs lately, specifically those of creative people. Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, was a personal bodyguard. This makes total sense to me as a fan of his writing...

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Published Feb 26, 2018 · 430 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 2 views

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Art is Love

Published Feb 16, 2018 · 484 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 6 views

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Something I’ve come to learn is that as writers we can never truly stop comparing ourselves to other writers. We will always be chasing the market in some way. We’ll always be writing to a certain journal or writing for a certain audience. That’s, well, it’s inevitable after a while...

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Writing Boldly into the Next Beyond

Published Feb 10, 2018 · 595 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 4 views

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Words are deep roots. They can seep into your heart, into your very bones, and stick with you. They are sometimes worth gold--but are better practiced as an art form. Old stories are often strong ones passed from generation to generation. Writers who write outside the fold are not lost. This last I believe so strongly it hurts...

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