July 29, 2015
July 27, 2015
Last week we discussed some of the obstacles erotic authors face in terms of how our genre is viewed by others. Thanks to preconceptions over sex writing, expectations of publishers over sex and story structure, and the fact that readers are often seeking erotica more for graphic sexual arousal than anything else, there’s little appreciation for erotica and romance as a legitimate and more complex style of storytelling.
But another reason good erotic authors struggle to be more fully recognized for their actual talent is because there are a lot of “erotic” works on the market that are written badly. It’s not a rule of the genre…but thanks in part to those previously mentioned obstacles and in part to the ease with which writers can now self-published, there are lots and lots of amateur, untrained, aspiring writers putting out material that falls short of skillful writing. As our friend Tamsin points out in her article, there’s a mistaken assumption that just because a writer may have great sex, they can write great sex. I’ll go beyond that even more to say that many aspiring writers out there believe that because they may have story ideas, perhaps a supportive group of friends serving as beta readers, and access to self-publishing services, they are ready to start selling books.
July 24, 2015
Today's free read concludes our naughty version of The Three Musketeers. If you've missed any of the previous installments, you can find them here:
young creature who appeared on the steps of the Lady Di Winter’s home the next
morning was a shocking sight to the servants; they had never seen the girl
before, and her clothes seemed to indicate she’d be better off entering the
back way, with other ladies who tended the kitchens.
brought three men of the Musketeers—men that didn’t help the young woman’s case
to be seen by the Baroness. In the end, however, it was not a decision
left to the poor servants; Milady herself descended to the foyer, to see the
young girl firsthand, along with the three soldiers who accompanied her.
July 21, 2015
Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge!
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***Here's Today's Challenge!***
Start writing a story.
It must include a drawer, BUT...
...The story CANNOT be about someone opening the drawer.
Hints and Tips:
What other important things can happen without opening a drawer?
What might you do if your character already knows what's in the drawer?
What if your character doesn't know what's in the drawer?
Why might your character not be able to open the drawer? (Yes, you must come up with the reason the drawer cannot be opened).
Give me your best, darlings!!
July 19, 2015
Recently I read this article by one of my
favorite erotic authors, Tamsin Flowers. In it, she raises some very good
questions about the state of erotica, and the struggles erotic authors face.
Mainly, (to summarize), that our fiction, no matter how well-written, carries
with it the stigma of being little more than trashy, literary porn.
July 16, 2015
For today's Free Read, we continue our erotic re-imagining of The Three Musketeers. If you missed it, here are the first two parts:And now, enjoy Part 3: