Advice to new LitE writers, part 2

Don’t expect a lot of help on improving your writing from Literotica. Before I started publishing there, I had thought that the site would have lots of authors that were working together to improving their writing. A large number of authors go to Literotica to publish their stories every year and there really isn’t other place to discuss your erotic story. It’s not like you can discuss your latest LitE story with your co-workers before the start of your next departmental meeting. To my surprise when I did start writing, there wasn’t a lot of help from my fellow LitE authors.

There are three main places to turn to on LitE for help. The first is the storyfeedback forum. Go there to create a thread asking for feedback on your story. Sadly, not many people will provide you feedback. If your story is about a less-popular topic, no one may bother read it and give you feedback. I hang out there quite a bit.

The second is the Author’s Hangout. Before I started hanging out there, I would have thought there would have been a lot of deep discussions about writing. Writers would bring up an issue that they are having in their current story and other writers would offer their insights. There aren’t too many threads like that and most of them get just superficial responses. Too many of the responses are sniping or snark.

The last place is Adult How To story category. There are a number of writing articles posted there, but I find them shallow and full of platitudes. That category is really better if you want to find out how to perform some kind of sex that you have don’t before like anal. Lots of articles on how to give head and eat pussy.

Lastly, the last source of assistance to improving your writing on LitE is the comments and Private Messages you get. I find those not very helpful for improvement. People leaving comments rarely take the time to provide enough detail to be helpful. For example, I’ve seen lots of comments like “get an editor” and “re-read your story before posting it”, which aren’t helpful when I re-read the story many times before sending it to an editor.

Advice to new LitE writers, part 1

My biggest advice is to have low expectations, but I’ll save discussing that for another time.

My next biggest is to start small. I see so many first time authors start with a multi-chapter story. And their first chapter sucks. Then they are committed to a major project that’s going to have a small and shrinking audience. I was going to do that and fortunately decided to start small before publishing the first chapter of my magnus opus (turns out the first chapter of my magnus opus sucked). Your first story is not going to be very good. Write something small (2-4 pages) and get your feet wet.

Nervous time

“My Cousin Shows Me Around Campus” is out to beta-readers. I got some feedback for an earlier version and have incorporated that. I thought of a couple little changes after I sent it out. I’m not expecting to make too many more changes. So now it’s time to worry about how it’s going to be received. Ever since “My Daughter Interrupts My Work” got a sub-4 initial rating, I’ve decided I’m a poor judge of how my stories are going to do. So much work and it’s a crap shoot as to how people are going to like it.

I’ve sent the latest version of “My Cousin Shows Me Around College” out for beta-read

I thought I had a version of it ready to beta-read a month ago, then two days after I sent it out, I decided that I wanted to make some major re-writes. If any of my blog readers want to beta-read for me, the most secure way of sending me your email address is probably sending me a Private Message through Literotica.

I’m going to be publishing an extended version of “My European Summer Vacation”

From its beginning:

As I was editing My European Summer Vacation, I came to the conclusion that it was too long. It was double-digit pages and had five sex scenes where the same two people fuck. I cut out about 10% of the story including one sex scene, then published it. The response to the story was overwhelming positive. No one complained about it being too long or having too many sex scenes between the same two people. Instead, people asked for more. So I’m publishing an extended version of the story with what I had cut out restored. If you just want to read what I restored, it starts on the bottom of page 6 with the paragraph that starts “From Oslo” and runs to the paragraph that starts with “The next night”. I’ve also added an epilogue.

Originally, I was only going to restore what I cut. But this weekend, I decided to write an epilogue that covers Noel introducing Sinead to his family. Will publish it on 8/23, which is the one year anniversary of “My European Summer Vacation” being published.