On being a smut machine

Today’s post is a little late. I’ve been on the road and in fact began writing this on my phone – from the passenger seat, I might add!

Last night’s reading was another how-to-crank-out-erotica manual. A couple of good bits of advice, one particularly pertinent.

Always have a week’s worth of blog posts written and ready to go, using the timed publishing feature. That way, if there’s an outage, or a travel day or some other disaster, the blog continues.

Second, write 2 500 words a day. The average erotica short is 7 500 words, churn out one every three days, the machine rolls on, inexorably attracting and feeding readers with a new sex romp twice a week.

I’ve tried NaNoWriMo a few times, and the comparatively modest 1 700 words a day was often beyond my resources, so I’m not sure how I’ll go with a target set much higher.

Besides, I’m not sure I like cranking out erotica following a formula. Maybe it works to roll the money in, but although that’s nice, that’s not what I’m about. Pardon my pretensions, but I want my stories to work on more levels than one.

Perhaps I’m aiming too high, and perhaps I’ll crash and burn, but I’m planning to enjoy myself, dammit, and if I enjoy my writing, I’m sure that one or two others will as well.

I’m still a couple of days away from publishing the full version of Coding by Candlelight. There are two good sex scenes coming up, and a bit of plot to link them in. Wednesday is a probable release target.

And when I say “release”, I mean it!

Britni

Written by Britni Pepper

Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures. Her schoolmates loved listening to her stories about princesses and pirates and dragons, and once she looked up to find the principal looking on. "No, no, don't stop, Britni," he said. "I want to hear what happens next!" What happened next was university, a job in the travel industry, and a career of travelling the world meeting the most fascinating people. Britni has travelled to thirty of the world's nations and loves making up stories about fascinating people doing interesting things in exotic places. No longer tales about princes and wizards, but her stories are just as much fantasy as ever.

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