Something I’m struggling with

My next story, “My Crocheting Little Sister”, has spanking, light bondage, roleplay non-con and anal sex in it. Personally, I don’t like stories with spanking, bondage and/or non-con, and I’m not a big fan of anal sex in stories. But I think those elements work in my story to make a really wonderful tale.

So what I’m struggling with is do I put some type of warning at the start of the story about the spanking, light bondage, roleplay non-con and anal sex? I can see getting angry comments about how they weren’t expecting that in one of my stories and are upset that I snuck them in on them. But as I said, I think they really work in a non-offensive way in the story and being warned ahead of time will lessen the pleasant surprise of when they happen.

Letting go of stories that are too hard to write

Recently, I’ve decided that two brother-sister story ideas that I really liked would be just too hard to write. I consider this a part of my maturation as a writer.

The first story was going to be “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and it was going to be a series of steadily escalating sexual incidents over the twelve days of the story. It was going to start fairly innocent – the brother accidentally catches the sister facing away from him while wearing just panties – and ends with them fucking on day 12. I’ve already written through the first incident. I’ve got lots of interesting scenes in my head for the story. But each incident what have to be set up and that would be a huge amount of work. Eventually, I decided it would be too much work.

The other story was going to be “Flash and Vape”. It was going to be about a minor rock band on their first tour. The band was three eighteen-year-old women and the twenty-year-old brother of the lead singer. The brother ends up fucking regularly all three women. A pretty awesome fantasy. However, I don’t know anything about what it would be like to be a minor rock band on tour. And I would have to cover months and months of story. Eventually, I decided it would be too much of a story for me to ever write.

Lastly, I’ve gotten a comment and a PM recently asking me to continue on “Heather and Michael”. The initial negative comments on Ch 03 killed my enthusiasm for writing any more chapters. I’ve done a re-write of Chapters 1 & 2 with the idea of I’d publish it when I finish writing what was going to be Chapters 3-6. But Ch 4, 5 and 6 are really tough to write. In Ch 4, Maddie seduces Michael. I’ve just not been able to come up with a scene where that happens that I’m comfortable with. I’ll keep that story in the back of my mind, but there’s no point in working on that story until I can resolve that.

I/T writing is my hobby

I got this comment the other day on my 12/20 writing status post:

I haven’t been making much progress on the “My Crocheting Little Sister” story. But I have written a couple of long outlines …
Everyday, sit down for an hour and write 500 words to your story. Sometimes its easier to write a little than it is to write a lot.

That’s great advice…if I was serious about my writing. My understanding is that if you’re trying to build an audience, you need to constantly provide new content. “My Cookie-Baking Sister” contains my understanding of what it is like to be a writer – the need to constantly write new content and how poorly it pays.

I’m not serious about my writing. It’s a hobby; something I do because I enjoy it. The two things I enjoy the most is thinking up the stories and the comments I receive when I publish them. Some parts of the stories are easy to write; vanilla sex scenes are the hardest for me to write. And that’s where I’m stuck.

As writing is a hobby, it competes with many other things I do with my free time. If some new game captures my interest, I’m going to spend my free time on it and not write. That’s what makes me the happiest with my limited free time.

I haven’t written much about how I feel about the response to “A Week at the Lake with My Sister”. It was an experience that didn’t motivate me to spend a lot of time writing. I don’t think many commenters realize that leaving less-than-positive comments effects the amount of content that gets generated.

The stupidity of negative comments

The other day, I got a message from a reader who wanted to know what was going to happen next after “Heather and Michael Ch 03”. These were the first three comments I got to that story:

Please don’t break the twins. I love the story.

I really hope…
I really hope that this is not turning into another threesome story, or that you are going to break Michael and Heather up and put him with Maddie…..If you were thinking of doing any of that please don’t it would destroy the story.

I really want them to find a way to be together.

I agree
If you make this story into a treesome or having Heather and Michael break up then stop the story here and now. I am tired of writers who start a good brother sister story only to ruin it by adding someone or having the brother and sister break up or never talk to one another ever again. So I hope you keep the story going with Michael and Heather and build their relationship.

I got three more comments on that day, all of them with some amount of criticism. My plan for the series was to break Heather and Michael up, have Michael start dating and then Maddie would invite Heather into their relationship. The only payment I get for my stories are comments and I felt like the “payment” I got for this chapter was a kick in the teeth. So the first three commenters got their wish – I never wrote anything more on the “Heather and Michael” series. I didn’t write anything for a long time after that.

Think on that – the commenters all had enjoyed the series enough to read all three chapters. And because of their negative comments, the story will never be complete. Their comments hurt me, but hurt themselves too.

The story is up to 37 comments, most of them requesting me to continue the series. A couple of commenters have made the connection that the series stopped because of the negative comments I received on it, but most haven’t. Most of them seem to think that if they snap their fingers at me enough – “This story needs to be completed” – then I’ll do it. If you want me to spend hours and hours on a story for you to read for free, try positive encouragement.

 

All but two of my stories now have a red “H”

The ratings for my stories slowly but steadily climb over time. I haven’t been following “Heather and Michael Ch 01” closely and today I noticed that it’s at 4.5, taking it into red “H” territory. I think it started out with like a 4.37 rating.

I thought “My Daughter Interrupts My Work” would be a red “H” story, but I badly misjudged its appeal. “Getting Ready to Close the Deal” was intended to get a low rating.

Readers imagining what happens next

I was corresponding with a reader and he was kind of embarrassed to admit that he had definite ideas as to what should happen next in Ashlynne and Todd’s life (from “My Sister Set Me Up on a Blind Date”). He also didn’t like that Thomas from “Cruise Doubledate With My Sister” got back together with his girlfriend instead of staying with his sister.

I wrote back:

To me, there’s no greater compliment to my writing than the reader keeps thinking (positively) about the story after it’s done. I want people to think about how Todd and Ashylnne are going to live their lives together. I want people to imagine what Greg and Nora’s ski trip would be like. I’m fine with people pondering if Thomas would have been happier with his sister Caitlin instead of the overly religious Rebecca. I don’t want people to read my stories and then never think about them again.

 

How my stories have changed over time

Someone created a thread in the Author’s Hangout on Literotica for “How Have Your Stories Changed Over Time?” My response is below:
[W]hat changes, if any, have you seen in your stories?
* I’m much a better technical writer, with a much better grasp on grammar and sentence structure. My first story is very poorly written
* My sex scenes are much longer than from my initial stories (though I hate writing most sex scenes)
* I feel like I have a support system now, with a good group of beta-readers. It’s my job to get the initial concept done and then to incorporate the suggestions of others to fully flush out the story

Have your subject matter/erotic category interests changed?
Not much change. Brother-sister stories are my sweet spot and I rarely move from it. I’ve started a Fantasy story and a couple of Romances, but it’s hard to get motivated to finish those when my support system isn’t interested in those categories.

Has your writing style changed?
* I think my stories now have a lot more flirting, taunting and teasing
* My last story and the story I’m working on now have long descriptions of the sister while she’s scantily dressed. I don’t know if that’ll be a trend

Any other changes you’ve noticed? Good or bad.
* I’m not afraid to publish stories that I know I won’t do well. When I first started writing, I wanted each story to do better than the last and I’ve come to accept that that won’t happen – sometimes I only have a good idea for the next story after having had a great idea for the prior story
* I’m not afraid to write about topics I consider controversial. I’ve written about young single motherhood, guilt from a conservative religious upbringing, the damage from bad sex, positive consent, domestic abuse and free speech on college campuses. Presented well, I think bringing in those topics add a lot of depth to the characters

Yesterday was a great day

One of the most enjoyable in my publishing career. I thought “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In” would probably be a hit, but there was no way of knowing for sure. There was a long gap between when the story was finished and when it was published and the whole time, I wondered if it was really as good as I thought it was.

And it was as good as I thought it was! It was great watching the reads and votes steadily climb. I hoped that the story would get a 4.8 rating and it started out at 4.75 and gradually climbed upwards through the day. And the comments! Comments are what I like best about writing and regularly a new appreciative comment showed up.

Now that I’ve been writing for a while, I know that I may never get another story premise as good as “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In”. Knowing that made me appreciate its success even more.

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.