09 April 2015

Common Dreams, Uncommon Writing - Angsturbation of a First Time Erotica Writer

I suppose it's the height of common folly to think that somehow MY stories will be all the rage, get a million sales, have people freaking out in reviews (both for and against). Especially when my writing is not in a popular category like BDSM. But that's every writer's dream, and even though it's common, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't my dream as well.

I'd like to think that writing well translates into more sales as long as I'm smart with my marketing efforts, but I know this isn't necessarily the case, either. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or bad that awful writing and awful covers are selling well. It could also be the height of common folly to believe my writing is better than anyone else's, because for one thing it really might not be and for another, comparing oneself to others is always folly. I should only worry about how well I'm doing compared to my own previous efforts.

Except I don't have any previous efforts, I'm new to all this. I'm still writing my first story. I haven't published or sold a fucking thing, yet.

So here I am, angsturbating.

I know what I like and don't like. I can try to be discerning without being judgmental. Instead of thinking in terms of better or worse, I can think in terms of like and don't like. Because everything's subjective, it's all personal. It's too damn easy to be an asshole. People are enjoying themselves, having a good time, and they don't care what I think. Maybe I'm just like Squidward from Spongebob: the idiot who thinks he has "standards."

I want to write the stuff that I love to write, I want for it to be better-than-average, and I want to make decent coin doing it.

That's all I want.

Thanks for listening to me rant. Now to get back to that first story!

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  1. Angturbating... I like that. Stuff like that I call "wangst"... combination of whining and angst. The only thing I can tell you, man, is just to do it and be prepared to have a thick skin. It'll be devastating when you get a day with no sales when you start out, and you'll want to give up. Don't! Just remember that making a buck off of your writing is a bonus... the main part of it is to have fun and do what you want to do. :)

    1. Ha ha, "wangst" is good, too. In all honesty I expect to have quite a few days with no sales just starting out. You won't see me giving up, I know that determination and perseverance are the biggest factors in success in any endeavor. Thanks for the encouragement, Alana.