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Dicewriting for Erotica and Erotic Romance by Zak Jane Keir

DicewritingLast summer, I did a session at Smut Leeds on using dice for generating story ideas. It was a lot of fun, and people said it got their imaginations going. Afterwards, someone mentioned that it would be really useful to have a whole book of story charts, so I went off and wrote one.

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Zak Jane Keir is available to run sessions on Dicewriting at writers’ groups and other events – contact her at dirtysexyworld@gmail.com

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Want to write erotica or erotic romance, but don’t know where to start? Been writing it for years but worried that you are running out of kinks/character traits/unusual locations for that first kiss –  or the crucial farewell spanking? Dicewriting works for anyone with an interest in the genre, whatever your level of experience.

A set of random concepts will push your imagination in different directions, by suggesting juxtapositions you hadn’t thought of before, providing a surprising motive for a character’s behaviour, or maybe introducing a type of sex act that wouldn’t otherwise have occurred to you.

The charts in this book relate to characteristics, locations, plot twists and different desires. All you need to get them working for you is pen, paper and a single six-sided die.

Dicewriting is a writing prompts method you can use on your own, or incorporate into a session with a writing group. What happens next is up to you – and the dice.

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I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside – At Smut by the Sea! (@smutbythesea)

Hi all,

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

Yes, I know, I’m terribly behind in writing and getting this post up, but I have been stupidly busy all week, what with a new book coming out, and a bazillion and one other things to do. I’m sorry 🙁 *slaps own wrist* but I’m here now, so here’s my write up of Smut by the Sea

This year, the journey up to Scarborough was a breeze. Last year we had to leave late afternoon, which of course meant we hit rush hour traffic, and it went to hell from there. This year, the other half and I zipped away around lunchtime and pootled north east until we got our feet wet. We had a few hours wandering, playing 2p machines and buying fudge, before we convened in The Black Lion pub to start the celebrations off right! We didn’t have too late a night, though, knowing we had to be up early and reasonably sensible the following morning. After all, I had to be all editor-like, and the other half had to be a book selling maestro!

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

Saturday arrived without too much trouble, where we quickly realised one book selling table was not going to be enough – there were lots of awesome smutty books up for sale at a mere £5 each! The other half arranged them all (I don’t interfere – he likes things just so) while I wrote jazzy price labels, highlighted trilogies, exclusive tomes and encouraged folk to get their purchases autographed (what can I say – it makes us writers feel very special when we’re asked for an autograph!).

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

I’m sorry to say I missed the welcome session and the sessions from Victoria Blisse and K D Grace as I was still busy helping out on the book stall, putting swag on the lovely swag table and generally chatting with folk I see once a year if I’m lucky! By the time my session rolled around, I just about tore myself away from my lovely networking and headed in to the main room to be all editor-like. It was nerve-wracking indeed to see people sitting there who’ve been writing much longer than me and looking for editorial advice! I’d deliberately added in some interactive parts to the session so I didn’t just chat at people. Questions/prompts included:

  • Think outside the box! I shouted out several themes in turn and the attendees were to scribble down a story idea on that theme that was outside the box. The themes: seaside (well, it would have been rude not to!), alfresco, city, curvy women (or men!), lesbians (I was thinking of Sapphic Smut for this one).
  • Input time. I asked the audience to put their hands up if they knew how to double space a document and add indents.
  • Input time. What do people do, or think they should do when writing to avoid repetition.
Photo by K D Grace (used with permission)

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

There was a great deal of frowning (which I was later told was a thoughtful expression), pursed lips, “eureka” moments and frantic scribbling, so it seems my session hit the spot for a lot of people. Hopefully I armed the group with enough information to increase their chance of impressing editors in future – or at least making editors’ lives easier.

Lunchtime ensued, which prompted a mass exodus to the groaning (with weight, not disappointment!) sandwich table, where I was delighted to see Cadbury’s Mini Rolls. Loooove me some Cadbury’s. I reconvened with my book selling maestro other half to let him know how the session had gone, and he let me know how book sales were going. It seems there’s been a definite shift over the past few years we’ve been doing this – people have gone from preferring anthologies to preferring novels, so I was very glad I had copies of Stately Pleasures available 🙂

Photo by K D Grace (used with permission)

Photo by K D Grace (used with permission)

Next, Victoria Blisse started the Reading Slam, which was broken into two sessions so we could have a break in between for refreshments. I was in the last session, but went along to the first to cheer along my fellow readers, especially since there were a couple of first timers in there. Nerves were high, especially since Mistress Kay (also known as my lovely and not very scary at all friend Kay Jaybee) was dressed to thrill, armed with a stopwatch and a paddle, ready to apply said paddle to the arses of those that went over their allotted time. I think the audience enjoyed the anticipation of Mistress Kay stepping out from her podium and sidling towards the current reader as much as the readings themselves. I’m glad to report that there were some spankings doled out – namely to myself and Victoria Blisse! But I got my own back, for when Mistress Kay did her reading, I took over as timekeeper got in a sneaky thwack on her bottom! The crowd were most impressed – I don’t think they’ll forget that in a hurry 😉 It was fantastic for me to read out loud from Stately Pleasures for the first time, and I’d deliberately picked an utterly filthy bit, which seemed to go down well, if you’ll pardon the pun!

Victoria Blisse Gets Spanked! (Photo by Me!)

Victoria Blisse Gets Spanked! (Photo by Me!)

After a sad goodbye and rounds of thanks to attendees and the wonderful sponsors, other half, myself and others helped Victoria and her hubby Kev pack everything down, clear up and make sure Scarborough Library was left more or less as we’d found it.

But the fun was not over! Folk staying in town overnight headed to The Black Lion once more for (absolutely terrible) karaoke (except for Victoria and her sister, who were, um, better), lots of giggling and chatting and annoying the other punters by totally ignoring the football match. Much of what happened will stay between those four walls I’m afraid, but needless to say there was much laughter and rude talk!

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

Photo by Cara Sutra (used with permission)

And that, my friends, is Smut by the Sea in the smallest nutshell possible. My highlight, as always, was seeing old friends and meeting new ones, most especially the members of The Brit Babes Street Team who attended, where I was able to give hugs and get to know them better, after corresponding online for so long!

There is a come down after every one of these events… people not chatted to, or not for long enough, people who couldn’t make it… but the bright side is in just a few months, we’re doing it all again, but in the city. Yes, Smut Manchester is nigh! The event is still in its planning stages, but I’m already hearing whispers of fantastic sessions, cool readings and lots more naughtiness. So if you can get to Manchester, England, on 15th November, I’ll see you there!

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

My Writing Process Blog Tour #mywritingprocess

I was tagged by K D Grace to take part in this blog tour/hop thingy-ma-jig, so here goes! Basically I answer four questions about my writing process and tag three other writers who will blog next week. They’ll then tag three writers, and so on…

1)     What am I working on?

I’m currently working on my next novel, The Persecution of the Wolves, which is a paranormal erotic romance and suspense – a bit of a mouthful, I know, but it’s been so much fun to write and is my longest work to date. Once it’s finished (hopefully soon) I’ll be giving it a breather for a few weeks, then coming back and doing a second draft, then sending it to beta readers. Hopefully I’ll have it sent to a publisher within a couple of months.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I suppose that would be down to my “voice.” I don’t ever try and write like someone else. I just write in a way that feels natural to me without worrying too much about it, and then it sounds like me. And nobody else can sound exactly like me, can they? Just like I can’t sound exactly like someone else.

3)     Why do I write what I do?

Because I got into it as part of a dare and never looked back. I found I enjoyed writing erotica, then I branched out into erotic romance, and now I write all kinds of things, all of which are smutty in one way or another. I’ll probably write mainstream books at one point, but while I still have all these sexy books crowding in my brain, waiting to be written, I’ll keep going.

4)     How does your writing process work?

I don’t think I have one, not really. For the most part, my writing takes a back seat to running my business (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk) as the business is guaranteed cash – someone paying me to work for them. Whereas earning an income from writing is much more unpredictable. So I squeeze my writing in around everything else that I do, and somehow books get finished, edited and sent to publishers. By some miracle, most of them get published! During NaNoWriMo last year things reversed and my novel took precedence over everything else, which was interesting – especially since the book still isn’t finished! As I write this post, it’s at just over 85k and still going… maybe three or four chapters to go. Watch this space.

Thanks for stopping by! I only got one response from the authors I tagged, so here goes…

Alison Tyler is loyal to coffee (black), lipstick (red), and tequila (straight). She has tattoos, but no piercings; a wicked tongue, but a quick smile; and bittersweet memories, but no regrets. She believes it won’t rain if she doesn’t bring an umbrella, prefers hot and dry to cold and wet, and loves to spout her favorite motto: You can sleep when you’re dead. She chooses Led Zeppelin over the Beatles, the Cure over NIN, and the Stones over everyone. Yet although she appreciates good rock, she has a pitiful weakness for 80s hair bands.

In all things important, she remains faithful to her partner of eighteen years, but she still can’t choose just one perfume.

Visit her website at www.alisontyler.com.

A Quick Update

Hi everyone,

nanoJust swinging by with a quick update. I know I’ve been quiet over the past few days, but I’ve had good reason! I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is basically where you have to write 50,000 words in a month. I’m having to squeeze that into weekdays, as I don’t work or write at weekends. Hence the quietness 😀

I’m doing well so far, though, being slightly over target of writing 2.5k a day. My WIP is called The Persecution of the Wolves and is an paranormal erotic romance thriller – so something a little bit different for me. At this stage, I’m hopeful I’ll complete the challenge of 50k this month, and after that I’m hoping to finish the entire book by the end of the year. Then, if all goes well I’ll have it edited and beta-read by the end of January and ready to go to a publisher. That’s in an ideal world, of course, as I have to juggle my writing around my business, Writer Marketing Services.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know why I’m so quiet just now. I have some new releases and fabulous guest bloggers coming up, though, so it won’t be quiet here for long.

If you want to check out my progress or “buddy” me on the NaNoWriMo site, I’m here. Also you see my progress in the widget on the right hand side of the page, at the top.

In the meantime, happy reading!
Lucy x

Multi Faceted People

This blog post has been floating around in my mind for a couple of weeks now, but what with the mad rush in the lead up to Eroticon and several other bits and pieces going on, I haven’t had chance to do it justice.

Now is the time. And actually, I’m glad now that I’m writing this piece after Eroticon because some of the things I learned and conversations I had will add to it.

I’ve blogged about this to an extent in guest posts on other sites, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually covered it here, which is mad, when you think about it. I want to have a little rant on my own website!

I suppose I’d better tell you what I’m talking about, hadn’t I?

It’s about erotica and erotic romance writers being multi faceted people. If you’re one of those writers, I suspect you’re now sitting there nodding and knowing pretty much where this post is going to go. You might even stop reading. But I want to get it off my chest, so there you have it.

Woman in PVCThis issue came up again a couple of weeks ago when I had a very interesting evening. I ended up sitting in a pub with two other erotic writers, an erotic artist and the erotic artist’s partner. Naturally, much of the conversation was about erotica writing and art, but it was also about other writing, other art. We all laughed at the reactions we’d probably get from the people around us if we stood up and announced what we did – but to be honest, none of us were all that bothered.

Why? Because we knew that despite what other people may think, there is so much more to us than erotica. It was proven in other topics we covered: litter, the outdoors, the environment, Pinterest, QR Codes, metalwork, moving house, divorce, children, health, pets… you get the idea. I’m sure I haven’t even mentioned half of what we chatted about. But the fact is we sat and chatted about a ton of things, despite the fact that the thing that had brought us together in the first place was erotica. None of us were sitting there in PVC clothing (though what the others were wearing underneath their clothes, I don’t know, nor do I want to!), wielding whips and trying to hump the nearest thing that moved. Because we’re just normal people – albeit with a fascinating facet of our lives. And, just because we write such naughty stories, doesn’t mean we live them.

I shouldn’t complain too much, because I know most people (including myself) are guilty of putting others into boxes, whatever their profession. We stereotype people – and we shouldn’t. Not all accountants are suit and spectacle-wearing bores with calculators in their pockets. Not all librarians are dowdy, spectacle-wearing, wouldn’t-say-boo-to-a-goose types. Not all builders have their arses hanging out and whistle and leer at every woman walking past.

FiremenNot all firemen are hot. (Sadly)

This topic fermented further in my mind last weekend, when I spent time with even more erotica writing people. Yes, we were at a gathering called Eroticon and that was our primary common interest. But once the day was over and we went off for dinner, drinks and chat, we didn’t just talk about erotica and sex. Of course, we talked about it – quite a bit actually. But again, we covered so many other topics – the craft of writing, our pasts, our education, how we met our other halves, pets (especially guinea pigs – just ask Victoria Blisse), children, policemen (several kept wandering in and out of the hotel lobby), travel, the outdoors, hot guys, careers, postmen, greengrocers and much more.

WritingWe didn’t draw any attention from the people around us, and nor did we want to. We just wanted to chat freely about whatever the hell we wanted – so we did. Writing took up much of our time, mainly because in our day to day lives, we don’t have people we can sit face to face with and discuss it in length. We all email regularly, but it’s not the same as sitting down at a table and chatting about the thing we love so much – which is also the thing that brought us together.

OutdoorsAnd that’s the beauty of the get togethers. They may be infrequent, but they’re always fun and we have some of the most interesting conversation.

But not, as so many people may think, just about sex and erotica. There’s so much more to us than that. We’re multi faceted, and the people that don’t ‘get’ it will do well to remember that.

I know that if you’re here (and still reading!!) that I’m preaching to the converted, but it was on my mind and it wanted to come out. So I let it. I’m all done now. Much better 😉

Christmas, New Year and Updates

4th January 2010 – Firstly, Happy New Year to you all! Hope you celebrated it how you wanted, whether it be with family, friends or by yourself. I personally had a quiet one in with the other half and midnight passed without much ado.

Christmas was a more traumatic affair, with lots of eating, seeing people and driving about. However, I got some cool presents, and some howlers. Amongst the coolest:

  • Spa vouchers
  • Books, including Ant & Dec’s autobiography, the True Blood box set and some more vampy ones
  • DVDs, including series one and two of Supernatural, which I’m now completely hooked on. I’ve since been out and grabbed series three on the cheap and am on the lookout for series four
  • Pyjamas and slippers, which for a comfort-lover like me, is heaven
  • Chocolate – ’nuff said

I can’t remember everything, and I’m sure I’ve missed something, but you get the idea. There were also smellies, socks, etc, etc. Supernatural has to be the most surprising present. Although it was on my list and therefore not a complete surprise, my reaction to it has been. I was pretty confident I’d like it, given recommendations I’d had – but I am soooo hooked! Of course, the lovely Jensen Ackles certainly helps – he’s very easy on the eye. And, if you agree, you might want to stop by tomorrow, there may be a little something here you’ll enjoy 😉

Over the weekend I had a huge clearout, with a lot of help from the other half. I have completely decluttered my study room, which was six bags of rubbish, and my bedroom, which was a further six. If you include the two bags of shredded paper… well, it doesn’t take a genius. I knew it was bad, but even I was surprised how much I got rid of. I’d hoarded stuff like my old uni work. I don’t need hard copies as it’s all saved – not that I even really need that, I’m unlikely to ever read it again! There was all kinds of other crap; and in my bedroom, tons of clothes that didn’t fit. I even got rid of a few books. So I’ve been down the tip recycling and charity shops too. So my clearout has decluttered my living space and also donated to charity – double dose of the feelgood factor!

And on that note, onto my New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Do not let my bedroom and study get that full of crap again
  • Lose weight – once all the Christmas snacks have been devoured, I’m cutting the crap. And when the weather gets a bit warmer, I’ll be doing more walking
  • No buying books. Having scoured the study top to bottom, I realised just how many books I have, and it’s a lot. Though they’re no longer teetering piles all over the place, I still know they’re there. I must get reading
  • More writing. Excuses do not a published writer make. I have tons of submissions I want to make, so I’m going to try harder. And blogging doesn’t count

Sex, Love and Valentines

Last, and certainly not least, this lovely book is available soon. Sex, Love and Valentines, containing my story E620 is out this month. According to Amazon, it’ll be available from the 11th. However, you can pre-order your copy now, by clicking here. I also know that the book contains stories from the wonderful Charlotte Stein and Justine Elyot, and I’m delighted to be nestling between the covers with them! Charlotte’s story is entitled Dirty Boy, and Justine’s The Heart-Shaped Box. Both sound delicious, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Don’t forget to check in tomorrow for some hot totty!

An Exciting Announcement

26th October 2009 – Guys and girls… I have exciting news. As some of you may know, I’ve had stories featured in a couple of issues of Bunnie, with another one coming up. Well, just to put the icing on the cake, I’m now going to be editing an issue! The summer 2010 edition, which is to be entitled Girls & Cars will be my project! At this stage, I believe it’s going to be an e-book, but this could possibly change.

Published by independent publisher Red Rabbit Books, Bunnie retails at £5 an issue – visit the [intlink id=”953″ type=”page”]Published Works[/intlink] page to get your hands on previous issues.

I’ll be putting out calls for submission closer to the time – so watch this space to make sure you’re a part of this exciting project!