September 16, 2014

Wednesday Writing Challenge: A Picture's Worth

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge! 


Every Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author, hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help you improve your craft.

 


Some of these challenges may be very good ones or may include an element I consider highly important for writers to learn...so occasionally I may cycle through some of my favorites more than once. 

 

??  Want to Participate  ??

The Wednesday Challenges are open to all readers. In order to participate, simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise. Not only is it good practice, but you could win something nifty and fun!

 

August Prize: A 4-Pack of Brantwijn Serrah "Flirts"

Change of Pace

Phone Home

Eat Dessert First 

And the Breathless Press Bestseller

All Mad Here


All Flirts contain 2 coupons for more Breathless Press Titles!

~ For Full Contest Details, See Here ~

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER. OTHERWISE I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO NOTIFY YOU IF YOU WIN!

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 And now...

***Here's Today's Challenge!***

 

 Open up a magazine and point to a random picture. Write a story about the people in the picture. What are they doing?

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Hints and Tips:

Be creative! Look beyond the literal interpretation of the picture. Make it something unique and interesting.

Go with your first creative instinct, no matter what it is.

The point of this exercise is to allow you to create something without any boundaries but what you perceive. Take an exciting path and follow it freely. Your only limit is in length: try to do this in 5-7 sentences.


Give me your best, darlings!!

 

September 14, 2014

Talking Shop: Love in the Time of Erotica

Does erotic romance have to have love wound into it?


Short answer? Yes.

 

If you're a writer (or reader) of romance, you've probably heard by now a breakdown of the differences in "Romance", "Erotic Romance", and "Erotica". ARe Cafe has a short rundown here, but the quick and the dirty of it is:


Romance is a love story.

Erotic Romance is a love story with explicitly sexual description.

Erotica is a sex story. Love need not play a part; the focus is on a sexual journey.



By definition, erotic romance has to include a romantic element (just like my ice tea better have some damn ice in it). Oftentimes, though, when sitting down to write a new erotic romance story--especially if it's a short story or anything less than 20k words--incorporating that sense of true, abiding love, with time to also pursue hot, frisky sex, can make for a bit of a balancing act. If one element of that balancing act wobbles out of time, it can throw off the whole show.

 

Today in our Talking Shop post, let's look at ways to strike that balance without losing our sense of frisky fun.

September 10, 2014

A Thursday Taste: Sample of "Elvyn Nights"

Thursday is the day for little bits and nibbles of new works by fabulous authors! 

 

Today I'll be sharing a little bit of my current WIP, Elvyn Nights. Enjoy the little taste darlings, then pay a visit to my fellow authors also participating in the Thursday Taste Test!

 


September 9, 2014

Wednesday Writing Challenge: Sensory Deprivation

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge! 


Every Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author, hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help you improve your craft.

 


Some of these challenges may be very good ones or may include an element I consider highly important for writers to learn...so occasionally I may cycle through some of my favorites more than once. 

 

??  Want to Participate  ??

The Wednesday Challenges are open to all readers. In order to participate, simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise. Not only is it good practice, but you could win something nifty and fun!

 

August Prize: A 4-Pack of Brantwijn Serrah "Flirts"

Change of Pace

Phone Home

Eat Dessert First 

And the Breathless Press Bestseller

All Mad Here


All Flirts contain 2 coupons for more Breathless Press Titles!

~ For Full Contest Details, See Here ~

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER. OTHERWISE I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO NOTIFY YOU IF YOU WIN!

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 And now...

***Here's Today's Challenge!***


Write about an everyday interaction.

Walking the dog.

Gardening.

Eating a meal.

Chatting at the office.

Spending time with a loved one.

Make up your own.


Describe the experience as though you are completely blind.

September 7, 2014

Talking Shop: Writing Towards a Goal

Portions of this blog first appeared on Savvy Authors on 10 June, 2014

http://savvyauthors.com/blog/

I've got a few new projects in the hopper lately, and that means it's time to break out the organizer and start up the scheduling.

 

Top of the list right now is the sequel to Goblin Fires. My vision for this book: a full-length novel of 65k words, done by October 21st (I'm hoping to have it done before National Novel Writing Month). 

 

That's a significant goal and a tight deadline. This Monday's Talking Shop article is about how one goes about meeting such a goal.

September 4, 2014

Fuck-Me Frisky Friday: Satin, Lace and Handcuffs



I was most proud of my deception; Ryan had no idea what was being planned in his own house, under his very nose.  I played nice, with a laugh and a smile, throughout our normal weekend activities.  I drew up the grocery list—I did the laundry while he mowed the grass.  We went out to buy him new clothes and buy me new shoes for work—I sat cuddled demurely in his arms while we watched a little TV.  The five-o-clock hour finally rolled around and Ryan got up to leave for his evening shift at work, and he never suspected a thing.


That’s when I put my plan into motion.

Guest Post from Rhiannon Wellman!!

Happy Thursday, Darlings!!

Today we have a guest at Foreplay and Fangs.


Rhiannon Wellman is here to share a little bit of her newest projects!



And now, here we go!


Thank you for having me here today.


Hello and welcome to everyone, if you've been following me thank you so much and if you've just joined the tour I hope you stick with me for the rest of the month.


As promised today I'm going to go into a bit more detail about A Dirty Weekend. I'm not sure where the original idea for this story came from. I wanted to write something where I could get away with writing lots of sex. So hubby said, 'just write about a dirty weekend away.'


And this story is what my brain came up with. Would you like to read the beginning?


Good, here you go.