Monday, December 06, 2004

Smut-Writer - and Damned Proud of it!



Erotica Authors and Self Respect.
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How do you deal with someone saying that erotica writers have no self-respect?
--A Fellow Erotica Author

Okay kids, *rolling up sleeves* it goes like this. You get in their face and say:

"Yeah, I write SMUT
-- and I'm crying all the way to the BANK, you B*TCH!"

Repeat as many times as necessary.


Now, why do people say this crap to us?
There’s a couple’a reasons…

1) It’s all about THEM.

Ordinary people rarely think outside their own heads. They measure everyone else against their own perceptions: “Well I hated that movie, so no one else will like it either. Don’t drink that! That brand of soda sucks, you won’t like it.”


It’s called Tunnel Vision or Narrow-mindedness. If they can’t do it, or they don’t like it – you shouldn’t be able to do it, or like it either.

"Well if that was me I would never...!"

Yeah well, YOU AREN'T THEM--which is why you Do, and you Have, and you are getting CASH for it--when they are not.

Unlike the average human, the writer is a unique creature - we can get out of our own heads long enough to view a perspective Other than Our Own. In fact, in order to write successfully, we are forced to view MANY different perspectives - frequently opposing and usually simultaneously. Consider how many characters are in the average novel - with ONE author to think for them all.

As a writer, USE that unique talent to step out of your feelings of rejection and get into Their head. As a writer, you have the ability to look at the character traits they are displaying and interpret pretty darn closely what’s really going on in their twisted little reality tunnels.

2) Petty jealousy.

Ever spend time with someone who just bought a new car? Without fail, someone just had to come along and tell them what was Wrong with it. This person would list fault after fault until the new owner was deflated enough to salve the bruised ego of the person who Didn’t have a new car.

The technical term is: SPOILSPORT.

3) “That's not real writing. Anyone can write a smut story…”

Oh yeah? Let’s see them TRY it! The results ought to be hysterical – and really, really bad.

Writing Fiction is freaking hard work. It takes anywhere from weeks, to months, to years of hunching over a keyboard word-crunching – plus research, plus plot-crafting, and character development, and dialogue, and sentence-structure, and manuscript formatting, and fighting with the computer…etc.

"They can write - they have a college degree to prove it."

They do? Oh, that's too bad--for them.

College degrees won’t help anyone write good Fiction of any kind, never mind smut. (Unless of course, their degree is in something useful, like history.) Fiction writing is a CRAFT that takes unique skills that you just can’t get in the classroom.

Formal Education teaches you to stuff as many words into a paragraph as possible. Preferably using the biggest words possible, (with extra points for obscurity.)


Fiction Writing is the total reverse – you want the most amount of information using the least amount of words. Think ‘Advertising Copy’ and you have a clue. And that’s just the Grammar.

Imagination is the real sticking point.

Even if you have perfect grammar skills, you STILL have to have an imagination beyond: “Hey I had one hell of a night with this kinky so-and-so I picked up!” Boooooooooring! Go send it to Penthouse, ‘cause it won’t sell here in the Erotic Romance market. It takes more than an overnight sex romp to sell a book to these readers.

Writing good Erotic Fiction takes skills the average Literary author would cringe at. Let’s see one of THEM write a sex scene that holds the reader’s attention long enough to Really Satisfy! -- Without repeating the word penis or vagina 5-million times. (Personally, I’ve never used either word once.) AND give it a Happy Ending.

So yeah – let’s just see them Try to copy your accomplishment. You’ll laugh for weeks!

4) Ordinary Embarrassment.

Most people are raised to believe that Sex is bad, so anyone who actually Likes sex is a deviant. Yeah, and us deviant's are Popular with the opposite sex too!


So what do we, as Purveyors of Fine Smut, do about this kind of “No self-respect” crap?

We DON’T take comments like that personally. Those comments aren’t meant for US, they are meant for the Speaker that opened their mouth, and drooled that filth out of it. Those words are a reflection of THEIR personal hang-ups--not yours.

YOU are making money, making friends with fellow writers, and generally having a good time making your readers squeal with delight, among other bodily functions.

So, they have a problem with you writing smut? So what? No matter the reason, it’s Not Your Problem--it’s THEIR’S. When someone opens their big fat slobbering gob – just smile and consider the source, because it really IS all about them.

Morgan Hawke
http://www.darkerotica.net/
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Smut-Writer - and Damned Proud of it!

6 comments:

  1. I must say, I just found your blog today, while procrastinating on my own stuff, (through Daria's blog) and I LIKE YOU!!! Can I link to you?

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  2. Nice to meet you Sasha,
    - Of course you can link to me. *grin*

    Morgan Hawke
    www.darkerotica.net
    www.darkerotica.blogspot.com
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  3. How do I'm a writer too (well budding I'm actually just friends with a writer) and she writes for a fanfiction site and some of her sutff can be *eyebrow raising* but I don't agree that people are narrow minded just because they don't like smut. It could just be that they wholly disagree with the concept because that's just what they dislike. It does not mean they are close minded.
    But I do agree that 'they' could be a lot more diplomatic and more civil instead of being insulting and not doing any research into their petty arguments. Otherwise....keep up the good work. Great blog.

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  4. Hey Morgan,

    I love this article. Exactly what I have been saying for a while. Anyone who thinks it's easy to write good Erotica hasn't written it.

    Tabitha Bradley

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  5. Thank you for all the Quills, just amazingly enlightening and provocative.

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