Jury Member: Marc van Lier

Marc van Lier

During the five weeks in which you can enter for the Smut Marathon 2018, the jury members introduce themselves.  Last week you ‘met’ Tiggs, and this week it’s time for Marc van Lier to introduce himself. He is a writer of sex articles and erotica and has been a jury member for the Dutch Smut Marathon. He is in the process to making his site bilingual.

Marc van Lier is an alias that I use to write on my own blog or as a guest on other blogs. I have been blogging and writing erotic stories since the 1990’s and I have published two non-erotic books under my own name. Although I usually blog and write in Dutch, I am used to write in the English language for business purposes, as I have been working for international companies for like ages.

In 2017 I became a jury member for a Dutch erotic writing competition, after I had participated in that same marathon in 2015 and 2016. I respectively reached the semi finals and finals. It is a great honor to be one of the jury members for this Smut Marathon.

Erotica or literotica is a well underestimated genre, with lots of pitfalls and platitudes. A good piece of erotica to me must be surprising. Prevent cliches. Challenge yourself. Go beyond your comfort zone. There are three major principles that I advocate and will be judging on: ‘show, don’t tell’, ‘start with the throw of the stone, not with the run-up to the throw’, and finally, good use of punctuation.

I wish all the contestants big fun and lots of stamina in this great Smut Marathon!

Twitter: @Stout_Besigheid
Website: NBRplaza

~ Marc van Lier

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