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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
I’m revising “My Cookie-Baking Sister”. I’m to the point where I meant to write, “I’ve never been excited about living in the dorms.” What I had written was “I’ve never been exited about leaving in the dorms.” How things get mucked up between my brain and my typing fingers continues to amaze me.
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.