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David Wiley

I have been writing for a long time, although more as a hobby than anything professional. In January of 2012 I decided to start up a blog as a way to share some of my old writing and, eventually, it reignited my interest in producing new stories and poems. I dedicate most of my time to writing short stories that fall into the fantasy genre, with the occasional foray into Science Fiction. I've also dabbled with other styles of writing and have spent a lot of time writing poetry. I love the written word and telling stories and hope, someday, to share my passion with the world through my writing. My blog can be found at

Story: Ogre Hunt


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
“That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
The majority of my writing comes from jumping right in. My best planning comes when I go for a run. Something about being outside, surrounded by the tranquility of nature, inspires creative thought.


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Very good story. I especially liked the ending. Whenever you think something is impossible someone will always set out to prove you wrong. Ava is a tough girl. And in some ways she did revenge her father; the people responsible will suffer. If you have the time please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

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