I'm a writer who lives and works in Alaska.Several years ago I was casting about for an idea for some new stories. I came upon the premise of people who go out on a limb and take a risk by making a bet. Sometimes their motivations for doing so are sound and reasonable and sometimes those reasons are unsound and unreasonable. Sometimes those motivations are impulsive and sometimes they are carefully considered or have a particular purpose behind them. I thought the idea was an interesting premise to pursue as it allowed for people to be placed in jeopardy for various purposes: to gain something, to exact revenge, for entertainment, to accept a personal challenge, for personal growth in some way, and so on. And sometimes those plans work out well and they come out on top, and in some cases the plans blow up in their faces. Regardless, the act of taking the chance, making the bet, and seeing it through, win or lose, will profoundly affect that person's life and relationships.The most important decision I made early in the writing process was to root the stories in the real world. I wanted to write characters who are genuine, complex, and who grow and develop. I wanted the making of and the result of these bets to be part of the real world, to have all the real consequences that might flow from such an experience: personal discovery, affects to self-image and self-esteem, impacts on relationships. I hope I've been successful in that regard, and I believe I have been if the reactions to and the reflections on these stories I've received from readers is an indication. Readers consistently point to the realism of these tales as being a valued feature.All of that has meant that I've had to leave behind most of the conventions of 'erotica' or adult prose fiction. As I have, I'm sure you've read stories with a similar premise in which the character involved ends up discovering that they just love the experience of losing a bet and spend their time in complete bliss. But that's not the real world or real humans. Making wagers is often bitterly adversarial and losing such a bet can become an unwanted, even painful or humiliating, ordeal. Many of the bets in these stories (but not all by any means) end up that way, and I intentionally work for that realism.In 'erotica' or adult prose fiction the protagonists and antagonists are often undeveloped cardboard cutouts. But I wanted to write real characters in real experiences.Another aspect of 'erotica' is that the prose is almost always heavily or exclusively themed to a particular sexual orientation, practice, or fetish (gay male, lesbian, BDSM, spanking, cross-dressing, exhibitionism, and the like), but I specifically did not want to confine these stories in that way. They are prose fiction stories that just happen to have a great deal of sexual content (that I approach honestly and non-euphemistically). So the sexual events in these stories range from the tenderly romantic to the edges of kink. If you're looking for a specific sexual 'thing' I can't promise you'll necessarily find it in these stories. All I can promise is that you'll read stories with a fresh take on adult fiction, interesting and developing characters, and engaging plots. The stories of Taking Chances are available at smashwords.com, and I hope you will find them interesting and rewarding reads.
I'd say go for it. I did a quick search on smashwords for 'wiccan' and came up with five title word matches and two hundred and some tag matches. So those are not any terribly great quantities for a site with 290,000 books on it. Most of the entries seem to be novella length (say 20K to 50K). Some seem to be short novel in length (60K to 80K). Fewer are short story length. But having a look through what's published on smashwords might give you an idea about what's out there now.BTW - the same search on Lush returned ten matches out of about 30,000 stories. So you may be on to a lesser explored area.
I know that this distinction is commonly used all over the world to make it easier for English students to understand the differences between the way words are spelled in the UK and the US. It also makes it easier to keep words like lift and elevator straight. That's not an American thing. Very helpful when you start out.But back to the topic on hand. As far as I know was "I was sat" a very common expression in some parts of the UK. In the last decade or so it got accepted by the broad public. I even noticed that expression while watching the BBC. Not an linguistics expert though. It's a new one for me, which is why I was asking the OP for a reference. It would be nice to see it in context. All kinds of weird things come down the pike from time to time. That's why I was thinking it is perhaps a recent colloquialism, rather than something that is accepted in the mainstream for serious writing. In that regard it's similar to the relatively recent advent of 'alright' as a substitute for 'all right.'
British English? Is that what they call it over there?We call it English, you know, from England, lol. We might even say the Queens' English but I've never heard of British English, I love that. Just a way to distinguish between two slightly different and unique ways of doing the same thing. I suppose another way to do it would be you guys could have The Queen's English on your side of the pond and we could have The President's English on our side! (although I think the concept of The Queen's English has a lot more style and panache and doesn't cause one from time to time to winch in embarrassment. I mean, sure, 'The President's English' is fine as long as the president being referred to is Obama or Clinton. But, good God, George W. Bush's English!!!)
Can you provide any references to where you've seen this on the site? I don't know of any usage that would work like that. Maybe the examples are from the same author and he/she is just getting it wrong? There are certainly spelling, usage, and some mechanical differences between American English and British English, but I don't know of any differences like that which would go into the usage of a verb, in straight verb form, as a noun/predicate nominative (unless it is a slang or colloquial or very geographically localized idiom, or a character speaking in a very idiomatic way).It's really just a matter that 'to be' is a linking verb (here linking 'I' to 'sat' or 'we' to 'sat'). A linking verb links the subject/noun (here 'I' or 'we') to a predicate nominative (and a predicate nominative is a noun that renames or describes the sentence's subject). So a gerund like 'sitting' can function in that noun capacity. But another verb like 'sat' can't.So, again, unless this is some highly localized idiom used in some corner of Wales or Scotland, then the usage is just wrong.
I know what you mean. I have a strong preference for first person. But some stories simply can't be made to work any way but in third.
There's a lot of great advice here. Characters are the most important element in your story. Before you write, sit down a figure out in detail who they are - their personalities, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, their virtuous characteristics, and their flaws. It's okay to tell the reader some of that, but you should really be figuring out how you show the reader who these people are. Shyboy is right for a lot of writing. But stories don't necessarily have to be in a believable world. There's a great deal of fantasy out there. But generally readers want to be able to identify with the world they are reading about. I have a series of seven stories and the last four are set in the Chicago area. I remember once a long time ago changing planes at O'Hare, but other than that I've never been in Chicago. It's one of the advantages of the world we live in that now you can visit a place virtually. Readers of mine from the Chicago area have gotten in touch to let me know they felt very at home in those stories.And someone mentioned about writing sex scenes. I suppose when I started writing the writing of sex scenes was a primary motivator. But I quickly got past that. One of the first stories I wrote - just because of how the plot went - had a great deal of sex in it. And I quickly found myself thinking, 'Oh, God, not again.' Writing the sex came to be, not a burden I suppose, but the least agreeable task. I soon found that making a plot and characters work, especially over a long story, to be what motivates me to write.
I guess it depends on how you define 'arrived.' And I think anyone who writes will attach their own meaning to that term. I too found it very satisfying when readers started getting in touch with expressions of enjoyment and questions about future writing. A couple years ago I published a series of seven interrelated stories called Taking Chances at smashwords. I don't make a lot of money from them - it's hardly a living. But I get a check every quarter. And it really is an ego boost that people will pay actual money to read my stories! I'm still amazed by that, and to me I guess that's 'arriving' in some small way.
Thanks for that. Is it likely they would be approved for explicit erotica? Subject matter isn't an issue. The avatar book cover I use is for one of a series of stories. I don't really think of myself as a writer of erotica. At least I don't sit down at a keyboard with the intent of writing erotica. But I do write stories that explore issues in human sexuality, and I don't gloss over or euphemize sexual interactions between characters. So the stories I have a smashwords, for instance, can only be accessed by deactivating an adult filter, and that's as it should be. But a book cover is a book cover, and these images are available for use as book covers. What's between the covers isn't an issue.
Hi all,Newbie here. My question relates to the photos used here primarily in the signature to promote stories. Where do you find photos that are free from copyright issues etc.There are millions of great images out there in web land but I'm uncomfortable about using them in case someone took exception to its use.Where do you get them?CheersTM There are several agencies/sites that sell non-royalty images. I use BigStock.com. I find their prices to be very reasonable, and their library is huge. The idea is that you pay a one-time fee for the use of an image (that is, purchase the copyright to use the image in a permitted way). There are some restrictions on what you can use images for. For example, you can't use one of their images on an actual product (like a cereal box or can of vegetables). But use for story/book covers is specifically permitted.The image that you see in my avatar/book cover is one of those images.
Also, and strictly IMO, do not use italics for long internal thoughts/monologues. Many readers find them hard to read and can distract from the story. Again, that's just my opinion. My concern with this would be consistency of style. If a writer has established that, of the two methods to render character thoughts, they use italics for the purpose then it's going to be confusing for the reader to read a passage designed to be character thoughts that doesn't use the writer's established method. I don't see why using the method for longer thoughts should be any different than using it for shorter thoughts.Another use for italics - I once used the method for a very long (several pages) dream/vision passage in which the character is internally experiencing some sort of alternate/imagined reality. Just one long, long paragraph - like what one might use for stream-of-consciousness writing - in italics. I also switched from past tense in the narrative to present tense throughout this passage. I thought it worked well, because it had the effect of setting apart by several methods a passage that was very much outside the normal flow of the story.
The following Spring, six and a half months later, in late April, early morning light shyly lit Peter's apartment as a key quietly slipped into the door lock. If the locks had been changed Heidi would know Peter was no longer there, but the key and the knob turned, and she let herself in. The plane had landed hours late. The trip from Hawaii, via Anchorage, had been held up at both airports...
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Creative Non-Fiction Creative Writing 214 Clara Gould Questions I saw you running in PE class! Your buns are really cute! They make me hot! the note read. Below the message, as a signature, was written: Your Admirer! Peter had waited until almost the end of the class on Wednesday afternoon. He wanted to put off disappointment should a note not be there, and to...
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Creative Non-Fiction Creative Writing 214 Clara Gould Questions I saw you running in PE class! Your buns are really cute! They make me hot! the note read. Below the message, as a signature, was written: Your Admirer! Peter had waited until almost the end of the class on Wednesday afternoon. He wanted to put off disappointment should a note not be there, and to make...
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Sandrine knelt again on Danielle’s command. Danielle didn’t do as elaborate a tie job this time. She just quickly tied Sandrine’s ankles and wrists and ran a rope between them. As she did that she was talking to Sandrine. “So still think the Stars are so great?” Sandrine just looked straight ahead and didn’t answer. “Well, listen skank, you might want to notice which one of us has all...
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Danielle rose and enlisted a couple guys to move the dining room table. The dining and living rooms adjoined in the shape of an L. She had them place the table on a diagonal in the middle of the floor some feet off the inside corner, half in the dining room, half in the living room. Then she was off down the hall and soon returned with a large armful of bath towels. These she spread in a...
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When we entered the living room every eye was on Sandrine. We took a position standing together in back of the nearer love seat. The living room was as it had been: the seating arranged in three sides, the coffee table in the middle of everything. The only difference was that from the edges of the seating to the wall in back of where Sandrine had danced the floor was covered with bed sheets....
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Danielle still had on her radiant smile. “Well, here she is: the star of the show!” The living room had been rearranged. The couch, two love seats, recliners and various chairs had been assembled into three sides of a rectangle. The fourth side was obviously where Sandrine would perform. Keith took the ‘stage.’ “Okay, you all know about Sandrine and Danielle’s wager. I told Sandrine she...
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