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I've looked for a discussion about this  but haven't been able to find one, so forgive me if this already exists.

Someone asked me if my zines are written in a character's voice, and I realized one of my characters would totally write zines, so I started writing a zine in her voice. Has anyone else done this? I know somemeone must have. And if you did, did you treat is a writing exercise and that was it, or did you trade?

Any experience about this or opinions would be greatly appreciated.



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I think I've seen a couple, though I suppose it can be hard to tell.  I've always wanted to do something like this, and I'd definitely trade it :)  I'd love to see yours if you decide to trade.

I think it's a really cool idea.  I've sort of done the opposite-- most of the stories in my zines are purely fictitious, but I wrote and published one in first person that did not specify the names of the characters, and I kind of like that it read like a perzine and was a blending of fact and fiction.  I do think that because zines are so often personal (and almost diary-like) that they provide a unique medium for creative genre blending.  I like the idea of readers picking up a zine they don't know anything about, and, given expectations they might have from reading other zines, wondering what is real and what has been totally made up.

Molly Ramdon is a character I've been living with since High School and she is the inspiration for all my zine ideas.



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