Oh screw you for beating me to this joke.
Standard answers to this question are… Ask somepony else, I haven't read most of the standard answers and so can't remember what they are. Cold in Gardez and his nonsense is a start.
For not-standard ones, I personally liked Romance Reports. It's not without flaws, but it’s the quintessential erotic soap opera, full of melodrama and such.
Then there's One Terrible Writer's work but he nuked his fics and idk where to find them. He writes… Let's call them "transgressive humor" shorts.
Blueshift is awesome. Serously he's a great writer. He writes comedies, fun lighthearted things.
You will eventually hear someone talk about Short Skirts and Explosions. He's ass-tighteningly prolific. Not everyone likes all of his stuff, but he is good at what he does and he has written a few shorts that are of from his usual. He's even explored genres, a bit.
Amit has written some interesting things. He's also an interesting person. His blog is as interesting as his stories, maybe more so.
If you're around me for long enough, you'll hear me talk about Applejinx. He's quite unique. I like him because he has wierdly deep characters, and because he will defend his stuff as being meticulously in touch with pony-canon despite… Well… Maybe don't read his stuff. It's not for everyone.
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