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Smut Marathon 2019: Results round 3

The third round assignment was tough. Really tough. Writing a story of only 200 words where at least 150 of those 200 words have to be dialogue, is not easy. Writers had to be careful not to fall into ‘meaningless’ talk, but use the words in the dialogue to tell the story. Dialogue is always meant to move the story forward, and if the spoken words used in the story doesn’t benefit the story in some or other way, it’s better to leave it out. That said, I have an announcement to make. Due to personal circumstances, I had to do replace one of the judges. For the remainder of the Smut Marathon 2019 Brigit Delaney will replace Jaime Mortimer.

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Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 3

Seventy writers received the third assignment — an assignment that wasn’t easy at all. I try to give assignments in such a way that the writers can practice some element of writing, whether it’s to use alliteration, a metaphor or in this case, to write a story which is almost entirely dialogue. Writing dialogue is a tricky thing, as you have to make sure that your story is in the dialogue, and that the dialogue you do use, moves your story forward. Apart from that, punctuation and dialogue tags are very important too, as the reader might otherwise be confused and not able to follow the story. The assignment The third assignment was as follows: Write an erotic/sexy conversation between

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Name Your Characters

So many times I have a story in my mind, want to write it and then I sit staring at a blank page, not knowing what to name my character. I come up with several names, but then reject them either because I have used the name in a different story before, or the name just doesn’t fit the story I want to write. What I did in the past was to type use the search term ”female names’ or ‘male names’ to find something that fit. I always ended up on sites with baby names, and in the end I mostly found something, but by then I was half an hour or an hour further, and still needed to

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Smut Marathon 2019: Results round 2

The assignment for the second round proved to be more difficult than that of the first round. Something that will always be part of the marathon, is to ask writers to continue what other writers have written. It sound easy enough, but fact is that you have to study the other entries. Is it written in the first person narrative or the third? What tense is used? Does the other writer’s style seem the same as yours, or will you be able to continue the story in the same style as it has been written? What about the subject? Is it something you can write about. See, there are so many questions to consider, but all these things are basic.

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Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 2

Only two weeks ago the 102 writers who sent in stories for round 1, received the second assignment. It wasn’t an easy one. Having to start your story with something someone else has written, is never easy, but it is a good exercise in developing your own writing style, or to write something totally opposite from what you are used to do. The assignment The second assignment of the marathon is following another ‘tradition’ of the Smut Marathon: expanding on the words of others. The second assignment was: Use one of the entries from round 1 (not your own) to expand on what happens next. Specific requirements – mention the number and title of the story you use from round

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Smut Marathon 2019: Results round 1

When I started the Smut Marathon last year, I was already dreaming of the next edition (and the next, and the next), and here we are, at the end of the first round of the second edition. This year it’s a bit more work than last year’s, not only for me but also for the jury members, and I am thinking about maximizing the number of entries in 2020. But, we’re not going to think about that just now! Writers, just like last year, I want to address you here… by now you have probably read the feedback on your entry and if you have read feedback you don’t like, please don’t let that unsettle you. Turn it into something

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Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 1

The race is on again! For the writers the marathon started in all earnest the moment they received the first assignment, and today it starts for all readers and voters: the very first voting round of the Smut Marathon 2019! If you haven’t been part of the Smut Marathon 2018 — as writer, reader or jury member — please read through what is expected of you during a voting round. If you have been part of last year’s edition of the Smut Marathon, you might want to read through this anyway, as there has been some changes. The assignment In the true tradition of the Smut Marathon, the first assignment never is an easy one, although I think many writers

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Smut Marathon 2019: The Writers

Less than two months ago, on 2 December 2018, we announced the winner of the Smut Marathon 2018, and here we are, read to introduce the participants of the Smut Marathon 2019! We started the 2018 edition with 87 writers, and I am proud to announce that this year we have 116 writers who have signed up for the challenge. People who know me a bit, know I love statistics, and of course I have done so again: 26 of the writers of the first edition of the Smut Marathon have returned for the 2019 edition; 90 writers are new to the Smut Marathon; up to now I have a total of 177 writers on my list, the names of

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Jury Member: Molly Moore

Today is the LAST day you can enter for the Smut Marathon 2019. Tonight at midnight (Amsterdam time) the entries close, and a week from today the participants will receive their first assignment. So go on, quickly sign up now you still can! While you do so, I will introduce the last jury member (the others are Bee, Jaime Mortimer, Charlie Powell and Chris McClennan) for this year’s marathon: Molly Moore. As you all might remember, Molly was also a judge for the Smut Marathon 2018. I wanted ‘fresh blood’ in the jury, but there was just no way I couldn’t have Molly on the jury again! “When Rebel told me her plans for the Smut Marathon I was really

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Jury Member: Chris McClennan

Three days people, only three more days to sign up for the Smut Marathon 2019! Go on, quickly sign up and then come back to meet the fourth jury member (Bee was the first, Jaime Mortimer second and Charlie Powell the third) for this year’s marathon: Chris McClennan, who for many long years has been known to me as Stranded in Toronto, and who I still call ‘Stranded’ when I talk about him! You can also follow him on Twitter. CP is a novelist, sex blogger, and ethical non-monogamy coach. Originally from Calgary, he has been living in the mystical land of Toronto since 1986. He is the author of five novels including three books (so far) in The Savannah

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