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GETTING BETTER RATINGS AND MORE READS
This info is already out there, but not every newbie knows where to find it. I kept myself under a thousand words.
This is not a “How to Write a Great Sex Story” essay. It would be pretentious for me to write that. I really haven’t been in this game that long, and I have some things on which I should improve. This is, as the title suggests, some simple tips for those writers new to the site and having trouble getting their great stories across.
BASIC FORMATTING FOR THIS SITE:
Take a little time and care to format your story in a manner that makes it easy to read. Otherwise, many readers open it and then just as quickly close it and move on. I confess to being one of them. Unless you have a story that looks extremely promising in the first few lines, I won’t battle through and read it without good formatting. If you title a story, “Cumming on My Short Busty Redheaded Little Sister’s Braces,” I am definitely going to take a look at it since you hit several of my fetishes. But if it isn’t well-formatted, I might just bail after a minute.
Forget about tabbing to indent your paragraphs. Double return and create a blank line between paragraphs. The readers’ eyes will swim if you don’t. I did not do this in the beginning, and some of my early stories are regrettably hard to read.
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to start a new paragraph, go ahead and make one. Most of the time, it makes your piece easier to read.
I will not give you a negative rating for poor spacing, but some readers will. Good ratings keep your story on the front page; so if you want people to get a chance to read the wonderful tale you wrote, the effort in formatting is worth it.
New speakers get new paragraphs. Do not include dialogue from two characters in the same paragraph.
By the way, don’t freak out if you click your story from your author’s page and the formatting looks screwy. It’s a peculiarity of this site. Go to the “Home” page of the stories section and click through from there. That’s what your story looks like to everyone else.
USE THEM. This is especially important if you write anything outside the “mainstream” of two heterosexual adults having consensual sex.
I will often skip over labeling some basic things like “oral” or “consensual sex.” They’re not big attention grabbers and most people expect some form of them anyway.
Write what you want, but “bestiality,” “rape,” “scatology,” “snuff,” et cetera should labeled. Some folks get pretty pissed off when they get little surprises like that. I rarely “neg” anyone, but this kind of surprise can get me to do it. If you label it, then I won’t “neg” it.
Don’t fear that you’re going to lose readers because of certain labels. Some things a little “outside the main” actually get more hits. My most-read story features a thirteen-year-old boy fucking his mom up the ass. Incest stories and stories with young characters will chase some readers away, but will attract many others.
If you do not use category labels, there are many people who will skip over your story.
In short… tell the readers the truth and give them a fair chance to make up their own minds.
Many of us have had English teachers drill the notion into our heads that if a story is written in the present tense it’s just plain wrong. I almost never read a story written in the present tense.
Proofread for slipping into the present tense. Oftentimes we tell our friends stories in the present tense when we engage them in conversation. So, it’s pretty damned easy to slip into it when writing a story that stirs our emotions on a personal level.
For the sake of clarification: “She slowly unbuttons her shirt and teases her nipples with the ice cube” is present tense. “She slowly unbuttoned her shirt and teased her nipples with the ice cube” is past tense. Write in the past tense.
POINT OF VIEW
Many different POV’s work for sex stories. The trick is to use the same one consistently throughout the story.
First person: “I had always thought that she was kind of cute, but it wasn’t until I saw her in that yellow sundress that I realized how incredibly sexy she really was.” Perfectly fine POV.
Second person: “You were standing there in the rain, and I wanted more than ever to kiss you.” This is like the present tense narrative. Most people with any training in writing will immediately classify it as bad technique and not want to continue reading it. If you decide to experiment with it, beware that not everyone will appreciate it.
Third person omniscient: This is the POV wherein the narrator knows everything that everyone is thinking. It is probably the most common form of narration. “Jake wanted to see Suzy again, but he knew that his chances were slim.” Occurs in the same narrative as “Suzy felt like she just had to find a way to ‘accidentally’ bump into Jake again.”
Third person limited omniscience: The narrator knows everything one character sees and thinks. Using the example above, the narrative has to stay within the confines what Jake sees or within the confines of what Suzy sees. Not both.
These last two POVs are the easiest to blend and get away with it. Some damned good writers on here do it well. Just be careful not to spring the switch from limited into full omniscience when you’re already deep into the story.
Now, get out there and tell us your sexy story. And if anybody wants to write the one about “Cumming on My Short Busty Redheaded Little Sister’s Braces,” I promise I’ll click on it!
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