How to use the Hero’s Journey to write erotica
Feb26

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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Getting reviews – what every erotica writer needs to know
Feb15

Getting reviews – what every erotica writer needs to know

Some people will swear up and down that reviews sell books. I’m not so sure.  I’ve had books with tons of glowing reviews that didn’t sell so hot. Meanwhile, my colleague and friend Emily Tilton has hit number one on Amazon in numerous categories and her books have very few reviews. I think in our genre, there are many people who are one-handed reading in the closet and there is no way in hell they’re going to leave a review. So...

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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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Getting the Max out of Your Author Newsletter
Jan16

Getting the Max out of Your Author Newsletter

Yeah, yeah, yeah. You know you should have a newsletter, but you just haven’t had a chance to really work on building it yet.  Or you have started a list, but there’s only 30 people on it. Or you prefer to just use the Amazon “follow” feature instead.  Believe me, I’ve been there, but working your newsletter sign ups and releases is like going to the gym. You might have to make yourself do it, but...

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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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Moving out of Writer’s Block

For my first couple years as an author, I couldn’t keep up with my ideas. My brain overflowed with plots and scenes, characters who screamed for me to tell their stories. I wrote as fast as I could, feeling like a hamster on a wheel. It seemed at the time that I’d never catch up to the endless supply of stories bubbling up. This past year I’ve experienced a series of stops and starts with my writing. A nudge from...

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