There’s a little truth in every bit of fiction. When we authors share our stories, we’re sharing a little bit of ourselves. Lucy V. Morgan, whose novella Beautiful Mess is now available [Kindle link, more at the bottom], volunteers a little more in this guest post. Her insight into the craft of romance and erotica is tough, honest, sometimes hard to swallow, but always invaluable. If you enjoy this glimpse, pick up Beautiful Mess–her funny, sexy, honest tone is infused throughout the prose, and you won’t be disappointed. [Also, that’s my cover design! /cheer]
I’ve always felt there was a strong link between sex and honesty. Not the performative aspects–the moves you choose, the partners you choose–but just the very act itself. Being seen naked, submitting (or dominating); being watched for any hint of arousal or desire. I like being honest. When you’re naked, you know where you stand.
Writing is a little bit like that. In order to write something compelling, something that resonates–even in a lighthearted way–you have to find a new method of expressing a truth. You have to acknowledge the secret little things people hide within themselves and say, I know of this. I’ve felt this too. That’s the point of connection, right there. (more…)
After “erotica for men,” the search term that brings the most traffic to this site is “literotica tags.” I have no idea why this is the case since I’ve never written a post explicitly about tags and literotica. I wrote one about the site in general, but after a quick skim, I didn’t even mention the tags. So on this happy Friday, I’ll give the internet what it wants: my thoughts on tagging on fiction sites (erotica ones included).
This is actually a subject I’ve given quite a lot of thought to long before I created this site and had to tackle the challenge first hand (and more recently, since I’ve embarked on a more user-friendly fiction sharing site). With a large catalog of content with varying subject matters, organization usually takes two forms: categories and tags. Just taking an example that’s immediately at hand, the metadata that WordPress has baked in its initial install are Categories and Tags.
Here’s the quick of it before I get to burying the lead. On the internet, with search so prevalent and our browsing habits the way they are, the distinction is blurry — antiquated, even. Tags are the way to go. Categories (as they’re used in the majority of story sites) should probably either go away, or be rethought of in a less exclusive way. OK, on to my reasons.
Remember in my last post when I talked about how Literotica misposted my sequel to Little Miss Communication? And remember the convoluted steps I had to take to get it removed and reposted? Well, I did those and it was reposted… wrong again. As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me (but really, double shame on you). I’m done being fooled. And for the time being, I think I may be done with Literotica.
I wrote a post a while back reviewing the three major free erotic sites out there: literotica.com, eroticstories.com, and storiesonline.net. In it, I said that none of them are perfect. This short post is a reminder to myself how true this statement is (and primarily, I’m looking at you, lit!). (more…)