Monday, February 24, 2014

SMUT Does Not = POPULARITY

Ten-Second Tip:
SMUT Does Not = POPULARITY.

Whether you're posting on an Erotic story site, a fan-fiction site, or writing a hot short for a paperback anthology...

No matter what you've been told about making your stories popular, Sex isn't everything. People will like --and Favorite-- a damned good story Without sex faster than they will some slap-dash PWP (Porn without Plot). Believe me, I do it all the time. *grin*

The truth is, people like what makes them React


Whether it's getting them hot, laughing out loud, or weeping, they Fav'd it because it made them feel something strong enough to have a reaction. Look at your own Favorites list and think back on WHY you Fav'd it. What reactions did you have to those stories? What did they make you feel?

The hard part is that in order to put those feelings on paper, you actually have to feel them while you're doing it. This is why I really hate writing Angst.

Having problems writing a Scene?
-- Whether it's angst, crack, or sex, EMBARRASSMENT is normally the culprit behind that form of writer's block.

How do you get past it?

Memorize this:
You are Not your characters. 

That this idea came to you is Not because it's something You would do, but because it's something your characters would. You're just following their train of thought to its logical (or illogical) conclusion. See?

"Then how DO I make my stories POPULAR?"

That's easy:
Write something everyone wants to read.

"How do you find out what everyone wants to read?"

On a story site, that's really easy. Check out the 20 Most Popular Stories, (who has the most Fav's,) and figure out what they have in common. Also, pay attention to the posted comments. The readers will state their likes and dislikes right there.


In the case of Books, visit Amazon and check out 20 Most Popular Books under whatever genre you write for. Again, pay attention to the posted comments.

Make a list of the most common elements:

TYPE of Characters:
-- NOT what they LOOK like, their Personality Types!

  • What type of Female: Sweet? Sour? Mature? Silly?
  • What type of Male? Strong & silent? Sweet & caring? Sarcastic & Rude?
  • What type of Other? Vampire? Werewolf? Ghost? Demon? Angel?
  • Age bracket: Late teens? 20's? 30's? 40's?

SubGENRE:
  • Fantasy? 
  • Sci-fi? 
  • Contemporary? 
  • Romance? 
  • Horror? 
  • Suspense?

SETTING:
  • Castle? 
  • Forest? 
  • Office? 
  • Middle Ages? 
  • Modern Era? 
  • Ancient times?

SEX?
  • Romantic? 
  • Bondage & Kink? 
  • Seduction (mild Non-Con)? 
  • M/M? 
  • M/F/M? 
  • F/M/F? 
  • No sex?

ACTION?
  • Fight scenes? 
  • One on One Duels?
  • Epic Battles? 
  • Witty debates?
  • Chase scenes?
  • Monsters?

Once you know all these things, all you have to do is write within these parameters, and write it WELL.

Sometimes the only difference between a Winner and a Dud is NOT the content, but HOW it's Written.

Many readers are forgiving of bad grammar and head-hopping on story sites and even in published books. I am NOT one of them, and I am NOT alone.

When you have a lot of people that write the type of same thing, (SMUT!) someone that takes the time to use their spell-check, doesn't head-hop, and uses proper paragraphing will always pull ahead of those that don't. Someone that's easy to read will always have more readers than someone who writes stuff you have to struggle through just to figure out what the heck is happening.

SKILL counts a hell of a lot more than you think.

Why didn't I bother to list Story LENGTH?

Because when a story is GOOD people will gladly read an Epic. Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings anyone?

Enjoy!


Morgan Hawke
www.DarkErotica.Net

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