Writing at the Speed of Loneliness

So… this week I spent some time writing my first erotic story meant for publications.  Like many novice authors, I have written plenty of stories in the past that were never meant to be published.  There are definitely trials and errors that any author will go through on the journey to publication, and I suppose one of the most difficult is actually writing.

This might sound strange, but how many people do you know, or have heard about, who intend to be novelists or authors, but simply cannot get past that beginning step of writing what is in their hearts to write?  Most, actually.  This seems to be the biggest hurdle to a career in writing.  Many people are fascinated with the idea of being a writer, but continually find excuse after excuse for not working on their craft.  In the end, even if all of the conditions are right to sit down and do the work, these people get bogged down in the minutia of the work.

I know this reality all too well.  I have spent many a night telling the people around me that, “I don’t have the time,” or “I can’t work at home because I get distracted, but I can’t work away from home because I can’t concentrate.”  When I finally did get those perfect conditions to do actually write, I would get so bogged down in a character’s back story, a culture’s social history, or the development of some device or another that would help move the plot forward, that it would take me months to finally get to writing a single word on the page.

When that work finally began, I would spend so much time revising as I wrote that I could spend eight hours writing my manuscript and only squeeze out 500 to 1000 words.  That is ridiculous.

Then, I stumbled upon a book by the wonderful Rachel Aaron.  Her book, 2,000 to 10,000:  How to Write faster, write better, and write more of what you love, helped me to realize that I just needed to get myself a little more organized, and then just write my damned manuscript.

So, what I wanted to get across with this short post, is that I took my day off this Thursday and wrote 8,000 words of my newest story in roughly six hours – and that even includes several distractions from some of the folks I live and work with.  I cannot express how amazed I was that I could simply sit down and write my story.

Of course, I will have to spend some time editing my first draft, but simply getting that first draft complete and under my belt has been the biggest obstacle of my entire writing career.  Editing and revising shouldn’t take very much effort (revising is actually something I enjoy quite a bit).

I want to give a great big curtsey to the wonderful Rachel Aaron for her words of wisdom.  Without her, I don’t know that I would have ever stepped out of my own way and completed any work.  So, thank you, ma’am.

Anyone reading this post would do well to read her book (mentioned above), and her blog (both her blogs) – and of course, read her novels; they, too, are wonderful.

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More Issues with Twitter… and other things

Today’s post will be a quick one. I spent nearly a week struggling with my Twitter account. I have sent several email requests to Twitter asking them to update their Captcha software and to unsuspend my account, only to receive several automated template replies that have been completely unhelpful. Hopefully the Twitter account will be up and running soon.

In other news, I have begun writing my first short erotic story – one I plan on selling on Amazon’s Kindle services. I have also been working on plot and character development for Decadent Publishing‘s “1 Night Stand” series. When both stories become available, I will post links to them so everyone will be able to purchase and read them!

Does my first post really have to be a complaint? …and other stuff.

Hello, and welcome.  I guess that’s what I should start with.  How are you?  Well, I hope.  I’d like to welcome you to my blog, and officially introduce myself.  My name is Bethany Fine, and I am an author of erotica fiction.  That almost sounds like an introduction to a support group, doesn’t it?  Perhaps that is what this blog will become…but, perhaps not.

I suppose I should also talk about my goals for this blog:  what I hope to achieve by writing it, and what I hope you gain by reading it, but first I need to get something off my chest.  It isn’t a big something, but it just happened as I was sitting down to start my introductory post here and I feel the need to share.

Twitter has officially irritated me…already.  In creating all of my accounts for my authorship (this blog, my Facebook account, and an email account), I felt the need to also have a Twitter account (that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days, aren’t they?).  So, I strolled across the interwebs to that wonderful social media site for those with no attention span, and started the account creation process.  During the process Twitter suggested that I follow some folks to “get started.”  I promptly searched for some of my peers and began following, and within the span of two minutes I was informed that my account had been suspended for “aggressive following.”

What is going on here?  I’m following Twitter’s suggestion of getting started by following 5 people, and my account is suspended for following too many people?  That’s pretty logical.

When I follow the link to rectify the situation, I’m given a couple of check boxes to agree that I will stop my inappropriate behavior, and one of those “I-am-not-a-bot-fill-in-the-blank-by-reading-this-squirelly-text” deals.  Which I proudly fill in, because I can read wavy, out-of-focus text like a pro.  Denied.  I follow these steps ten or twelve times before I nice little message pops up that says there must be some sort of technical issue and that it will be corrected shortly.

Well, I guess my first venture into Twitter isn’t going all that well.  You can certainly attempt to follow me there when and if my account is ever unsuspended.  In the meantime, please find me on Facebook.  We’ll have better conversations over there, anyway.

So, on to the show.  What I expect out of this blog is to express the trials and tribulations of my career as an aspiring erotica author.  I will be self-publishing some short stories on Amazon and other places shortly.  I plan on sharing my experiences as they unfold here on my blog.  I hope this information is helpful to any aspiring writer, whether it be mainstream fiction or erotica.  I also plan on sharing news from the industry and any other little tidbit of information that crosses my path and I find interesting enough to share.

Hopefully, between all of the social media I have set up (including Twitter, whenever that situation is resolved), you (my readers and fans) and I will be able to have some great conversations about what compels us as people – and what we so love about erotica.

So, until next time…

Ciao

B. Fine