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Spanking stories for the theatre between your ears

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August 2014

Are you in the UK, US or somewhere else?

I write from deep inside my secret volcano lair, hidden somewhere within the UK.

One of those facts may not be absolutely true.

Judging by the number of messages I receive about Punishment Panties, it seems many readers of this blog have a secret fascination with panty pulling.

If you’ve ever wondered what I would be like to witness a naughty young lady being suspended by her panties, you’ll love this video posted by Michelle at alittlebitcheekywedgie.

Just imagine being summoned to watch your partner in crime dangle by her panties. Knowing that after she’s been spanked and let down, it will be your turn to dance – as you feel your panties burning between your cheeks…

Sweet dreams.

Can you do an age play(for a young girl) or ABDL story (spanked,treated as a toddler and put in diapers)? I absolutely loved punishment panties for the reason of making you feel like a helpless little girl again!

I’m sure future stories will inspire those feelings of innocence, helplessness and naughtiness you associate with being a little girl. ABDL though isn’t my thing, and as I advised in my recent writing tips, you should always write about what turns you on.

Those who’ve seen the early drafts of my new longform story seem to have enjoyed it immensely, so I think it will be a worthy successor to Punishment Panties – especially for those who want to feel like a naughty little girl all over again…

10 tips for (erotic) writing

Image via fuckyeahnotebooks

Writing allows you to share the wonders of your imagination. But many lack the confidence to express their thoughts in words. So here are 10 tips to help those who’d like to start writing, erotic or otherwise…

1 – Storytelling is the gift of new imaginings

We read stories because they give us a chance to imagine something we’ve never thought of before. A writer gives their readers a recipe of settings, characters and events and says: here, visualise this.

Writing is meant to be read. Seduce your reader, don’t baffle them with complicated words or overly complicated plots, or drench them in a deluge of descriptive adjectives. Allow your readers’ imaginations to fill the gaps between your words.

Don’t worry if you’re sexually inexperienced and you’re writing about sex. I’m pretty sure sci-fi authors don’t own spaceships and J.K Rowling has never cast a magic spell. It’s far more important to be able to use your imagination to create compelling happenings, ones readers will care enough about to invest their precious time and mental energy to recreate inside their heads. And if you really want to become more creative, sign up for improv classes.

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2 – Assemble your ingredients

So, think of storytelling as the process of compiling a recipe for your readers’ imaginations. And like any good cook, the first step is to source some exceptional quality ingredients. Characters, locations, events, dramas, conflicts, philosophical dilemmas, surprises and twists. Your mental pantry should be filled with raw ingredients, that unusual place you visited on holiday, that intensely erotic photo you’ve just seen, that disturbing dream you had last night.

All these ideas should go into a notebook. Physical or virtual, it’s up to you, but you need a notebook. As Linus Pauling said, the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. But ideas are such fragile things, they fade and dissipate so quickly, so you have to write them down. I keep my notes in several Google Docs, every time I encounter something I think might enrich a story, I add it to one of my documents. Then when I come to write stories, inspiration is never a problem. I have now collected far more ideas that I think I’ll ever use.

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3 – Plan your story

You only have the mental capacity to plan simple stories entirely in your head. So it’s much better to plan them on paper (or in an online document) instead. This is particularly important if – like me – you’re a part-time hobbyist writer, who writes for a few hours every now and then. Having the story in note form allows me to easily put down and pick up what I’ve been writing whilst keeping continuity.

So, begin by writing an outline of your story, just bullet points will do: Jane went here, Jane bought something, that kind of level of detail. Once the story is in summary form, then you can begin refining each bullet, this is when you can start adding locations, descriptions, interactions, and dialogue. Then just keep expanding and refining until your story has the depth of detail you want.

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4 – Write the ending first

Telling a story is like telling a joke. It’s moving towards a punchline. A story needs a destination, and if the destination isn’t worth reaching, the story isn’t worth writing.

So when you plan your story (see tip 3 above), you should have an idea of how the story will end. As Tolkien once said, stories grow in their telling, so it’s fine if you haven’t quite settled on all the details, but you should know the objective of the story. If you don’t you risk having to contrive an unsatisfying ending, just to wrap things up. You’ve read stories like that haven’t you? Grrrr. They sucked.

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5 – Make things matter

The defining feature of porn (as opposed to erotica) is titillation, where there’s no reason to think or care about what’s going on, just like the ‘action porn’ blockbusters that are just fights and things blowing up. Some punters are happy with that, but discerning viewers find such stories unfulfilling, because titillating stories offer no opportunities for emotional investment. There are no characters to care about, no points of view to take sides on, no drama, secrets or surprises.

So don’t be afraid to include some backstory, perhaps a brief history of your protagonists, or some formative events that provide some context to your story. This doesn’t even need to be done at the beginning, if you’re not keen on the once-upon-a-time opening, jump straight into the action and provide the backstory when you’ve hooked your reader by their eyeballs.

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6 – Be believable

Yes, you’re writing a fantasy, yes, fantastic things can happen, and yes, everyone likes a bit of escapism. But keep in mind the most erotic situations are the ones that just on the right side of believable. Stories should be congruent, internally consistent, with causes and effects. If complete strangers suddenly tear each others clothes off, you need to tell your readers why.

That doesn’t mean you can’t write sci-fi or magic realism (like my story Grimoire), where you bend the normal rules of nature, but events should not appear arbitrary. Your goal is to create a believable world inside the head of every reader, each of whom will have expectations about how people interact and the ways things should be. Naked nymphomaniacs do not roam our streets, if they do in your story, you’d better have a good explanation.

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7 – Surprise and Delight

OK, so your goal as a storyteller is to give people things they’d never imagined before, but within the bounds of believability. How can you do that? One way is to use the power of the surreal, using dreams and imaginings, like the statue scene in Punishment Panties.

An even subtler approach is to introduce diversions that the reader might not expect in a piece of erotica, like the potents of winter in the Fall story, or by taking the reader back through history like Lupercalia. It’s not about being tricksy, but having the vision to seeing the unpredictable paths the story could take.

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8 – Don’t be boring

This happened – then something else – and then something more, is not a compelling story. Stories are more than just a sequence of events, they should have at least one concept that makes the reader think. For instance, Throne of Shame is about authority, obedience and humiliation. Whilst in Treasure Hunt the key idea is playfulness, and how to keep the flame of passion alive.

Just as a lot of porn looks the same, poor erotic fiction tends to read the same; the setting is perfunctory, few details about the characters are explained, just their first names, genders and body shapes. The story itself is just a few different sex acts finishing with an orgasm.

But you can do better than that, and craft tales with thought-provoking concepts at their heart. Write the kind of stories you would like to read. If you like regency romances, or swords and sorcery, or pirate adventures, write those kind of stories. If you’ve ever written a love letter you’ll know: it’s easier to write about something you adore.

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9 – Be daring

Take a moment to enjoy this cartoon.

Its message? Never be afraid to experiment. Understand that a master has failed more times than a beginner has even tried. Just write, and publish. Then do it all again.

Don’t dismiss your results before you start by thinking it might not be any good. Writing is not a sport, there are no scores. All that matters is it brings you pleasure, and it is enjoyed by all those who encounter it.

So don’t worry whether what you write stimulates others or if it seems too filthy. If it arouses you – it will arouse others. Almost 900 million people speak English, that means plenty of people out there who think the same way as you. Across humanity, we have much more in common than our differences.

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10 – Write with passion

Write because you need to write. Write because you feel that almost primal urge to transcribe the imagery floating in your imagination into words. Write because you’re desperate to make what you’ve seen permanent before it dissipates forever.

Inspiration is not about coming up with the cleverest plots, the most elaborate scenes or the most unpredictable twists. It’s about harnessing an internal dynamism, your mind’s fiery forge of creativity. An inspired writer could make the view from their window riveting, and a walk down their street a thrilling adventure. Connect to your passion and your voice will sing, your words will flow, and your passion will buzz through your story like an erotic charge.

So, get writing, and I look forward to inviting your words into my imagination.

Happy scribblings…

Hiya. As an aspiring writer and a virgin, I need a bit of help writing sex scenes. Would you be willing to post a few tips?

Of course, always happy to answer any questions about writing.

As it happens, earlier this year I wrote down some tips as part of a story I was creating about storywriting. But as that tale is currently on ice whilst I work on other stories, your question provides a great excuse to raid my archives and post that advice!

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