I'm on Lush to read, meet new friends, and indulge a long held interest in writing erotica. In my stories, I strive to imagine interesting characters seeking, finding, or creating sexual adventures, often with power exchange and BDSM elements.I don't usually hang out in the chat rooms, but feel free to PM or poke to get acquainted.You can also find me on literotica.com under the same user name.
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I agree with the comments about developing characters with sufficient depth that readers can suspend belief and 'enter' the story. It's also important to find a main character's individual voice through actions, dialogue, and emotion. Another angle I strive for in my main characters is dramatic conflict, meaning a challenge or obstacle to overcome. It can be emotional, physical, subtle, obvious, internal, or external, but has to be there, otherwise he/she is just going through the motions. If I can get these elements in place, then, when I write the sex scenes, the sex is hopefully a facet of my character's personality - a means rather than an end.
I wouldn't normally recommend a 'How to Write...' type of book because there is no substitute for throwing down words. That said, there is one that I did find helpful. Writer's Digest Books "Characters, Emotions, and Viewpoint" by Nancy Kress addresses the 1st and 3rd POVs. By helpful, I mean it made me think about the process of writing in these POVs. It is not a tips and tricks book, but rather shows illustrative examples with discussion of what works and doesn't. BTW, Nancy Kress is a successful science fiction author with many excellent novels and short stories to her credit.
I do not write when I am tired - the wheels just spin and the words go nowhere. My best writing happens very early in the morning. On weekends I like to get up well before dawn and have a few hours of solitude to write. My characters may not always appreciate this, given some of the very bad things my sleep-refreshed imagination has dreamt up for them :)
For me, it was the feature stories in Penthouse Variations magazine (the Forum letters never did much for me). These stories were slick, well-written, and covered a range of categories. I also encountered a few mainstream but racy novels early on - Harold Robbins, anyone?
This is a problem I wish I had. At my current output rate, I won't have to worry about it for another two years. As a reader, the order of stories is irrelevant. I like to graze through an author's story list, short or long, looking for whatever strikes my fancy.
Usually, I only have a rough plot idea and a more polished character sketch or two in mind when I start a story. I try to get the characters talking either to themselves through internal dialogue or to each other and the action flows from there. If I hit a wall, I back off, go read for a while, and somewhere in my subconscious, the path forward gets sorted out. That said, I don't necessarily writing the story sequentially. I typically jump around in the plot and usually have the ending before the middle is complete.
I have not used on-line grammar checkers. However, I have used the trial version of Grammatica (for MacOS), but found it generated too many false alarms, often with acceptable sentence constructs. My preferred method to check myself is to have my computer "read" the story to me. This is easy to do with MacOS or Ubuntu (don't know about Windows). Our ears are excellent grammar filters and will often notice anything that sounds wrong.
I almost never have a "photograph" of my characters in my head when I write. I try to keep their physical details to a bare (sorry, couldn't help it) minimum by sketching them in with broad strokes, dropping in specific details where necessary. As a reader, I prefer to let my imagination fill in the blanks, so I write this way.
I don't think you can have too many ideas. When I get a hot idea I might want to pursue in the future, I usually write a few opening paragraphs to sketch the characters - I "see" characters long before before I see a full plot - and save it. I am continually adding to and weeding this boneyard, but the interesting ideas seem to persist and eventually get fleshed out into stories.
If you're tied to the bed, what choice do you have? ;)
I have this fairy-tale daydream about being stranded with Byron on a lush island. We kiss amid rustling palms and fragrant bougainvillea. Salty breezes wrap our skin as we stroll white sand beaches. We bathe in a turquoise lagoon, laugh, and make love in the sun. Only in a dream can I make love with Byron. I make love with my devoted husband in our bed, in our house at the end of our...
Added 12 Jan 2014 | Category BDSM
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To call the private studio of the Dominatrix a dungeon would, for the fortunate, earn only her contempt. Eschewing the contrivances of male sadomasochistic fantasies, the walls were painted a passionless shade of gray-green, the oak floor polished to the luster of ancient gold, and the sole window decorated with an embroidered ivory curtain, now closed. The eclectic wood furnishings, a large...
Added 05 Jul 2013 | Category BDSM
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Saturday afternoon on a brisk November day in Calgary. I was into my second month of a six month stay, having come up from Houston for a consulting job in the oil fields. So far, Calgary had been nonstop hard work, and this day was the first break I'd taken. Keith, a foreman with the company I was contracted to, had invited me to watch a hockey game with his girlfriend Danielle and his crew...
Added 28 Oct 2013 | Category Reluctance
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Nikki sat in her dresser chair with her arms wrapped around her knees, staring at her boyfriend Eric, nurturing a copious mouthful of his semen, and contemplating her next act of devilry. She liked looking at Eric, often peeling back the sheet to watch him sleeping nude after sex; deep love and voracious lust, he was her man. A cyclist and runner, his body was like a naughty girl’s...
Added 22 Oct 2013 | Category BDSM
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The afternoon sun cast the big Harley’s shadow across the simmering asphalt. Not a breath of wind rustled the gnarled mesquites and thirsty creosotes dotting the low hills. A few cottony clouds drifting above the distant mountains spoiled an otherwise ocean blue sky, but their presence heralded the coming desert monsoon that would break the June inferno. The bike’s pillion creaked as...
Added 21 Jun 2013 | Category Straight Sex
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