Have you met the Random Name Generator?

  I always find picking names for my characters particularly tough. First of all, there’s a whole legion of names I don’t want to use because they’re family names, or names of exes, or the names of childhood nemises who I wouldn’t want to share pages with. So I used to trawl around baby naming sites for inspiration—ghastly pink and blue pages with unspeakable adverts. Now, however, I have much more fun.  ...

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How to use the Hero’s Journey to write erotica
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How to use the Hero’s Journey to write erotica

Is Joseph Campbell’s “monomyth” relevant or useful when writing erotica? I’ve been using the monomyth or the hero’s journey, as it’s also known, as a writing aid, and more specifically as a plotting tool, for longer than I’ve been writing erotica. I’ve been writing erotica for about four years now, but I’ve always written fiction—literally for decades—and the fact that I really...

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Help! I don’t know what to write next…getting past writer’s block

In fact, this isn’t a sentiment I’ve ever suffered from, apart from dithering between projects as I can’t make up my mind which the clamouring ideas in my head to tackle next. And the solution to that problem has to be which one of them is shouting the loudest, which one seems like it would be most fun, and which one I want to write next. But, when talking to other writers, this is an issue I quite often come across....

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Do I need to use beta readers?

To be honest, this could be a very short column. The answer is yes. YES, YOU FUCKING NEED TO USE BETA READERS! (I don’t know if I’m allowed to swear on this site, but no doubt I’ll soon find out if I’m not!)   Right, that’s the short answer for you, but I’ll play fair and give you the long answer too. It doesn’t matter whether you’re following the traditional publishing route or...

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What I’ve learned from writing a monthly serial

December 1 sees the publication of the thirteenth (!) and final instalment of my monthly serial, Alchemy xii. I feel proud of myself. Each and every episode has been published on time (December is already uploaded and available for pre-order) and I’ve written, edited, had beta-ed, formatted, uploaded and scheduled 200,000 words of the epic BDSM love story of Harry Lomax and Olivia Roux. Not to mention designing 18 covers—for...

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