TO DO: #EroticWriters & #EroticReaders Resolutions 2015

Recently on The Erotic Writers Group blog, a couple of posts were published about setting resolutions as an erotic writer and an erotic reader and there was also a challenge for #EroticWriters resolutions. Today, I thought I’d take a minute to reflect on some of my writing goals for 2015.

#EroticReaders Resolutions

  1. Read 25 Books in 2015

    I’m participating in Goodreads’ yearly reading challenge. Last year, I think I put 50 books at first and then after starting my massive Sherlock Holmes, abandoned the challenge. This year, I’ve selected a more manageable number and have also started adding eBooks that I read (because I forgot you could do this on Goodreads).

  2. Write Reviews

    I’m not sure exactly how I want to go about doing this. I find that I’m often more critical of my review of things than I am of my own fictional or non-fictional writing. I struggle with giving criticisms of any kind as well, so that makes it difficult too. I mainly would really like to start publishing reviews on my Goodreads account and then venture elsewhere.

  3. Read Some Classic Erotica

    This is just kind of an ongoing role. I’ve been reading approximately one piece of classic erotica every year for the past few. Sadopaedia by Anonymous is my absolute favorite and I’ve read it about 30 times. Every couple of months I go back to it and flip through the pages. I am working on a list of book’s that I’d like to read in this genre including The Story of O and The Whippingham Papers (I’ll add it when it’s done).

  4. Join a Book Club

    Whether it’s finally getting down to making the book club I’ve always desired to make or just joining one of the many thousands of book clubs on Goodreads, I really want to try this out at some point this year. I figure that I won’t even consider it at the moment because I’m too busy elsewhere, but maybe in the summer or during back-to-school I’ll dedicate myself to it.

  5. Read More Poetry

    I tend to stick to non-fiction a lot when I’m choosing what to read. And I don’t spend nearly enough time seeking out new and interesting things to read. I’ve always wanted to spend some time reading poetry. I’ve purchased a variety of different books of poetry and save it to read all over the place, but I never really hunker down and do it. Poetry takes up a lot more mental capacity for me than other forms of reading, so I rarely dedicate myself to it. I’d like to change that.

  6. Actually Read Erotica

    Yes, I read publications from 100 years ago, but I rarely ever explore modern day erotica. Often times, I don’t know what I want to read, so I don’t know where I want to look, and I just don’t spend much time on it. But I run a community for #EroticWriters and #EroticReaders, it’s only right that I take a few moments to actually read what they’re doing!

#EroticWriters Resolutions

  1. Regularly Post to my Writers Blog

    I made my first post to my writing blog back in July 2014 and really enjoyed participating in The Erotic Writers Group #WritingChallenges for #EroticWriters. Ideally, I would be posting once a day or maybe even twice a day, one submission post and then one unrelated post. Currently, I’m nowhere near that! The goal for now is to at least post twice a week.

  2.  Complete a First Draft of The Brighton Tales

    This goal is taking me so much longer than it should. To be honest, I haven’t even looked at it since the last post I did about wanting to complete this story. At the very least, if I do nothing else on this list but this, I want to complete the first draft of The Brighton Tales. Mark my words!

  3. Participate in #WritingChallenges for #EroticWriters

    I’d like to participate in every single one of them, but I know how hard I find that, especially when I’m the creator of the challenges. Sometimes it just won’t work. So I’d like to commit to doing at least one writing prompt every session and it would be fantastic if I could do every single #ThursdayThoughts and one other challenge throughout the week.

That’s all I can think of for the moment, although I’m sure that I’ll come up with more as the days go on. What are some of your resolutions this year? Be sure to stay tuned to see my progress 😉

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TO WRITE: Finish The Brighton Tales

A few years back, after reading The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure, I was suddenly very inspired to write a story that it seemed I had been waiting my whole life to write.

The characters became vivid personalities in my mind and the plot spurted out without any force at all. I clearly saw the Kingdom of Brighton in all her glory and quickly knew that this was a tale of duty, honor, sacrifice, dominance, submission and most importantly, sex.

I sat in front of my computer and in 3 days had easily hashed out thousands of words on this story that nagged me with urgency. I remember complaining often that my hands hurt from typing so much so fast and the whole time The Boyfriend was commenting jealously, as his own story that he had imagined his whole life, sat untouched for weeks.

After this 3 day explosion of writing, I re-read what I wrote. And I realized that this was definitely the pre-first draft version. But I needed to get it down, get it out and it’s been an amazing framework to build off of. However, I’ve only been building ever since and I get stuck right around the same part every single time and therefore, The Brighton Tales is no closer to the end than it was when it began.

More and more everyday, I hear the characters that I’ve already written and the ones that I haven’t put to paper, calling me to finish their story. I have visions of the beautiful kingdom, the castle dungeon and the way of these people from another time, another place and how they lived their lives and the legacies they left behind. My thoughts are immersed in and consumed by The Brighton Tales.

And this is the reason why I MUST finish writing this story.

I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to do it just yet. I’m experimenting with a few different options at the moment. I have some notes going in Google Drive, of course. This is where I tend to just slap my thoughts as they come along. Then, to organize that, I’m using LitLift, sorta. I was using it a lot and then it slowly started being used less often. I look at it pretty often…

My main focus is just to continue to write what I visualize and eventually it’ll all come together. I tend to get lost in doing things like character sheets or thinking about how I’m going to make it even better writing. But really, I just need to finish the story! Stop trying to force perfection and just let it happen naturally.

You can see that pre-first draft version here on the old Rantings. Just remember that it’s just a framework! And you can always follow My Writing & Erotica to stay updated on how The Brighton Tales is coming along.