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How writing deliberately bad stories has made me a better writer

Reddit is a massive anarchic community where there’s a forum (or subreddit) for pretty much everything. Recently I came across /r/worststory, where members post prompts designed to inspire awful stories, and respondents reply with short, deliberately bad stories that are often funny and thought-provoking. Clichés, repetition, awkward prose, beginner mistakes, typos and repetition are encouraged.

After reading a few sniggeringly good/bad stories, I started submitting a few of my own. I thoroughly enjoyed writing about Winston Churchill’s death in Nazi-zombie-occupied Paris (prompt: write a horribly inaccurate piece on the death of a significant historical figure), and an ignorant 13-year-old’s anarchist manifesto (Anarchy rulez!!!). I don’t claim they’re good or funny, but it did get me thinking about writing.

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