As of yesterday, the second round of the Smut Marathon has come to a close. I admit I’ve been kind of bad this round. I failed to inform you about the voting period for this round, and that has probably cost some of you the opportunity to cast your votes, or even knowing that the entries were available.
I remember when reading Stephen King’s memoirs, there was some insight he gave, and I’m paraphrasing: “A bad writer can become a good writer. A good writer can become a great writer. But a bad writer cannot become a great writer.” In following this, I wrote 9 Tips to get you from Amateur to Less Amateurish which was an outline of writing advice collected from a variety of popular authors. Sometimes, I go back to that article to remind myself of what I’m doing wrong now, and what I should be doing. Now it’s time to move onwards and upwards. I’ve collected some more tips to explain where to go once the quality of your writing is no longer the problem. It’s not as many tips as last time, but still just as helpful.
Recently I heard about the #SoSS (Share our Shit Saturday) movement going on across Twitter. In an effort to fight back against the social networks that ban and/or censor the adult content and sexuality that we all enjoy, there are many creators out who have taken up arms to help spread the word about their fellow adult creators. So I’ll be joining the supportive march, and use my site to tell all of you about the amazing writers I know. I don’t think I’ll be doing this every Saturday, but I’ll be keeping a collection of things I’ve found entertaining, and posting them when I can. So, without further ado, these are a few of the stories and content that have caught my attention recently, and I think you’ll enjoy as well. If you like their work, consider following them too!
Some quick updates for you guys. I know it’s been a little while since my last post, but I’ve been busy recently with finishing my ebook, editing, setting it up on Amazon for pre-order, and all that good stuff. It’s been a lot of work, and it’s taken considerably longer than I thought it would. But I’m happy that it’s done now.
Good evening, readers! Last month, I learned of a competition for erotica writers. One that would take place over the course of an entire year, and I couldn’t help but sign my name up for it! Which is why you’ll be seeing my the new badge in the sidebar of this site. But now that sign-ups are over, and the details have been sent, allow me to share some of the details.
Last night, I was browsing through my twitter feed, and came across one particular tweet that kind of perturbed me. The tweet was made by @Epiphora, and included a picture of a magazine opened to a specific article. Mind you, I couldn’t read the article, at first. But the title read: “Different Strokes for Different Folks: Can Sex Toy Reviews Be Sex Negative?”. In addition, there was a block quote in the middle of it, which read: “In cases where a product is simply not a bloggers particular cup of tea, why are some of them actively driving sales away from ethical, sex-positive, all-inclusive companies?”
I want to take this moment to say, first off, that all of you who follow me, signed up for my email list, speak to me on social media, sent me story requests, or just regularly stop by to read what I have; you guys are some of my favorite people. It’s because of you guys that I’m motivated to keep doing what I do here on Forbidden Writings, despite what pitfalls I’ve had in my life this past year. When I started this site on Wordpress more than two years ago, I didn’t think I’d still be doing it today. I was almost positive this would just become another blog that disappeared when I realized no one would want to read it. Was I ever so wrong.
In recent days, I’ve been seeing quite a few people on Facebook groups and Reddit pages discussing the viability of erotica as a source of substantial income. Since the craze ran during 2015-2016, everyone and their mother turned up to lay their stake into that particular oil well. For a while, things were going well. Demand was higher, and supply was much higher, and it had never been a better time to start as an erotica writer.