Molly Moore

Jury Member: Molly Moore

During the five weeks in which you can enter for the Smut Marathon 2018, the jury members introduce themselves.  You have already ‘met’ Tiggs and Marc van Lier, and this week it’s time for Molly Moore to introduce herself. I’m quite sure that almost everyone knows who Molly is – blogger, photographer, speaker, Operations Director at Eroticon and a leader in the erotic blogging community. When Rebel told me her plans for the Smut Marathon I was really excited. Many moons ago when it was run by Alison Tyler I took part and managed to get right through to the final. It was a really valuable writing experience and one that resulted in more than one piece of writing that

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Marc van Lier

Jury Member: 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

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Jury - Tiggs

Jury Member: Tiggs

Last week the entries for the Smut Marathon 2018 opened and, starting today, the five jury members will introduce themselves. The first is Tiggs, a beautiful reader of so many erotic blogs and on occasion she has written something for Wicked Wednesday. I have struggled writing this as what could I possibly say that would appease, entice or seduce those of you reading this of my qualities to be on this jury? After all I have no blog or giant twitter or Instagram account. In search of a defence I asked advocates and eye witnesses what they would say about me. This turned out to be quite touching an experience; the kind words kinky folks took the time to write

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Smut Marathon 2018: Enter now!

I have been looking forward to this moment for months, ever since I have announced that I will be running the Smut Marathon 2018 (and hopefully 2019, 2020, etc too). The time has come! You can finally enter for the Smut Marathon 2018! But before you do that, first read through the next piece and then I will tell you how to enter. What can you expect? The first writing round of the Smut Marathon starts on 28 January 2018 and lasts for two weeks. The second writing round also last for two weeks, the third and fourth for three weeks and the rest of the ten rounds all last for four weeks. Between each writing round there is a

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Editing Your Short Stories

Writing a story of 3.000 words or less is different from writing a full-length book or even a story of 10.000 words. The shorter the story, the more important it is to get your reader ‘in the story’ as soon as possible, but also to give your story a good plot and ending. If you are used to writing longer pieces, it can feel strange to write shorter stories. The trick to keeping your stories tight and engaging lies in the editing. If you edit your story well, it will become more powerful. Editing tips Sit down, write your story and then let it rest for a day or two before you sit down to edit it. The following tips

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Self Editing

It is one thing to write a story, but something else to edit it. There’s always the option to send the first version of your text – whether short or longer – off to an editor, but there are a lot of things you can do to self edit your texts. The Editing Checklist Mechanics Capitalize the first word of each sentence. Capitalize all proper nouns (place, people, titles). End each sentence with a period, a question mark or an exclamation point. Use punctuation correctly. Check your spelling. Indent the beginning of each new paragraph (this is optional). Grammar Check for sentence fragments and remove them, unless they have a real purpose. There are no run-on sentences that should be

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How to use dialogue in your stories

Nowadays all fiction stories are filled with dialogue where the characters speak to each other and help to tell the story. Sometimes beginning authors are hesitant to use dialogue. This is rightly so, as it’s not easy to write dialogue. Dialogue between two characters should be written as if they live in the ‘real world’, but in this already lies a pitfall: the ‘real world’ has no plot. Everyday conversations frequently have no purpose at all and those don’t belong in a story. Necessary dialogue One way for an author to learn which dialogue is necessary for a story is to read a variety of novels that have been published over the last ten years and to study the dialogue.

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Story Endings

We have already looked at different story openings, but how you end your story is just as important. There are several different ways to do it: Advice: If you write an informative piece, you can end your piece with some advice for your reader. Capturing Emotion/Warm Fuzzy: Tears sting your eyes when you finish the story, or you the writer has at least managed to make you feel emotional in some way. Circular: End your story with the same idea, or even the same words, that you have used to start your story. Cliffhanger: This kind of endings teases the reader to read onto the next chapter or the next book in a series. It leaves the reader hanging or

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Describe A Voice

What does your character’s voice sound like? Does he always talk loud or does his voice barely carry across a room? Instead of describing your character’s voice, you can use different words to ‘explain’ the sound. Below are some words that will help you to describe someone’s voice. adenoidal if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sounds seems to come through the nose appealing your voice shows that you want help, approval or agreement breathy with loud breathing noises brittle if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you’re about to cry croaky a low rough voice that sounds if someone has a sore throat dead a voice that shows no emotion disembodied a voice that

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Character Flaws

Whether your story is long or short, you want to give your main character(s) some personality traits, but not all of them can be positive or perfect. Your characters should have flaws to make them come across to the general public as real people. Below you find a list of character flaws to use in your writing. absent-minded emo nervous shallow abusive envious noisy shy acts superior erratic non-violent smart-ass addict evil nosey sneaky aimless fickle obnoxious solemn alcoholic fierce obsessive sore loser anarchist finicky offended easily spaz angsty flirt oppressor spineless anxious forgetful outsider spiteful arrogant gluttonous overambitious spoiled assertive greedy overconfident squeamish attitude gruff overdramatic stereotypical audacious gullible overemotional stubborn avoids problems hedonistic overprotective superstitious big mouth holds

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