Current story inventory

One of the reasons I publish so few stories is that I’ll spend a lot of time on a story and then stop writing. I really need to finish up some of these and get them published.

A Doll Named Annie
Romance, 10K words written, ~1/3 done
This is a retelling of someone else’s story, “A Doll Named Holly”. Needs a major re-work as there isn’t much chemistry between the two main characters

Daddy’s Little Spy
Dad-daughter incest, 12.8K words written, ~2/3 done
Not sure I want to continue working on this. My only Dad-daughter story was a flop and I’m not comfortable publishing a story about a dad having sex with his living-at-home daughter

Fantasy, 3K words written, ~1/5 done
Can’t picture one sex scene. Would like to write something completely different

Family Business
Incest, One of three chapters written, 3K words
First chapter is cousin sex, second is brother-sister and third is mother-son. Can’t figure out how to make second chapter work

My Aunt Wants Revenge On My Stepmom
Incest, 33K words written, ~1/2 done
Huge, huge story. Would be a bear to edit. So-so reviews from beta-readers

My Brother Is My Inspiration
Brother-sister incest, 19K words written, ~1/2 done
So-so reviews from beta-readers

My Sister, The Beauty Pageant Contestant
Brother-sister incest, 2K words written, barely started
Been thinking about this story a lot recently. Think could do well

Mystery Man
Romance with slight sci-fi overtones, 5.5K words written, ~1/4 done
Set in Newcastle upon Tyne, I’d need a lot of help from someone familiar with that city

Owe You Big Time
Brother-sister incest, 19K words written, first draft done
So-so reviews from beta-readers

Tell Me All The Details
Brother-sister incest (with a lot of straight romance), 15.7K words written, ~1/2 done
Beta-readers have been interested. Not sure story actually works

The Hunt for Mr. Hardcore Parkour
Romance, 2.4K words written, barely started
Interesting idea

The Twins Go Camping
Brother-sister incest. 53K words written, First draft of first chapter is done. Need to write second chapter
This is a re-write of the Heather and Michael series

Working with Little Sister
Brother-sister incest, 31K words written, ~3/4 done
So-so reviews from beta-readers

Man, did I make a misjudgment

“My European Summer Vacation” is my story with the highest rating. It regularly gets an additional glowing comment. When I published it, I got a number of comments asking for a sequel or at least through when Noel introduces Sinead to his family. In my final edits, I cut out about 10% of the story as I felt it was too long. As it has been a year since it was published, I thought readers would like to read it again with the material I cut out restored and an epilogue where Noel introduces Sinead to his family.

Man, I was wrong. It started out with a sub-4 score (though that has risen to 4.47). The one comment so far is very negative. If it continues to go over poorly with readers, I’ll delete it.

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.