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NWWTHYW Month!

March is National Write Whatever the Hell You Want Month!

This page has been created in response to Donna George Storey's post on February 18th. Donna proposed that we dedicate March to writing without concern for markets or rules. We erotica authors juggle so many constraints related to genre, word count, publisher preferences, potential reader squicks or triggers - it can kill creativity. So for one month, let's accept the challenge. As Donna puts it:

Fellow Writers, that’s one whole month when you can write whatever the hell you want without feeling you have to meet some external standard of worth or profitability. Your ending doesn’t have to be happy or edgy or ambivalent--it can be as many of these things as you can manage. The protagonist doesn’t have to be attractive or likeable or complex or sexy. There can be as much or as little sex as you like and the length can be “too” long or short. The taboos—and isn’t it interesting that supposedly transgressive erotic expression has more publishers’ rules than any other genre?--need not apply because publication and pleasing someone else is not the goal here.
Anyone who has a Blogger account is free to post in the comments to this introduction. What should you post? A simple "I'm in!". A description of what you're writing or how many words you've created that are whatever the hell you wanted to write. A discussion of the problems you're facing, trying to free yourself from the tyranny of external constraints and rules. Snippets (no more than 300 words, please!) of what you've created recently. 

Of course we need to have a few rules here (yeah, I know...):

1. Please sign your posts with your pseudonym. Own your opinions.
2. Please refrain from promotion. No buy links etc.
3. Nothing defamatory or nasty, please. Politeness is always good business.
4. You're welcome to comment on others' comments. Use the "Reply" button under the comment so that your additions will form part of a thread.
5. Respect other authors' privacy.
6. You're welcome to discuss writing about forbidden topics (e.g. underage sex) but for legal reasons please don't post actual examples. 

It all starts on March first! NWWTHYWM!


38 comments:

  1. I'm in. I don't know what I'm gonna write yet, but something will spring to mind eventually. Happy writing. Lucee

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    1. I don't know what I'm going to write either, but I decided the first thing I'm going to do is explore--with a pen in a notebook and it's been forever since I've written that way--"if I could write about anything, what would it be?" The first thing that came to mind, oddly enough, are those little holiday candles you could buy at Woolworth's for 15 cents when I was a child. Pumpkins at Halloween, Pilgrims at Thanksgiving, etc. Why do I even remember those so vividly? And if no one else cares, so what :)! Happy writing to you, too!

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    3. Oh, Lucee! I'm so excited to be reunited here at ERWA. You are an awesome writing buddy!

      Donna--I'm intrigued . . . . keep going.

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  2. I always write what I want and never worry about wordcounts, publishers or genre expectations. I honestly can't imagine bothering to write to such restrictions. Which means, I guess, that I am definitely in!

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    1. My goal is to be like you, Sessha--"in" all the time!

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  3. Are we supposed to post the snippets here as well? Mine is extremely taboo. Clarification on that, please, since this is a public site (and I think posting amounts to publication)? Thanks.

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  4. p.s. Ok, I just read down to the end of the rules - no posting the actual snippets.

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  5. So, ok, I am writing about scat in the context of an anal massage a woman gives a man she's in love with.

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    1. And I may actually try to write my erotic enema story... talk about alienating the market!

      Wait a minute, I *did* write about an erotic enema, in Nasty Business. So long ago - before I knew anything about reader preferences...!

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    2. Lisabet, Great title, "Nasty Business." I'll have to take a peek at that. These days I bet an enema story would alienate a smaller fraction of the market then you'd guess, at least judging by FetLife, where enemas are not even low on the totem pole any more (compared to, say, AB/DL) when it comes to fetishes, as well as by some of the calls for submission I've seen lately.

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    3. Actually, the enema is just part of a long BDSM scene. Nasty Business is a novel.

      And AB/DL is Adult Baby - ??

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  6. I think I'll take Donna's lead, get off of the computer and see what happens on the paper tablet. I have no ideas yet . . . .

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  7. I'm in. Not certain what I'll write but I'll put out something.

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  8. Errr... since I rarely 'write for the market' anyway, this is going to be pretty easy. More "it's sexually explicit but is it really erotic?" coming up!

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  9. So today I wrote a 2000 word story for the OGG blog about a "comfort woman" - a Korean farmer's wife forced into sex slavery by the Japanese in WWII. I'm not exactly sure it's erotica. It might be. Certainly it has a sex scene. While it doesn't eroticize rape, it also shows that sex can enhance human connections. Also that in war, everyone is a victim.

    It will be up on Monday at Oh Get a Grip if anyone is interested.

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    1. I look forward to reading it!

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    2. A super piece, Lisabet. Anyone interested in various aspects and levels of noncon should look and see how its done.

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  10. I'm so excited about this I had a premature ejaculation that I posted on ERWA. Now I'm trying to do a story about another of my male fantasies- a guy with a woman much taller than he is. I've just started writing with no idea where its going.

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  11. Good progress toady. I've got it all in my head, now if I can just get it to the screen.

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  12. I'd say I'm in but I'm not feeling it right now. Maybe later.

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  13. At 5,500 words. Hoping to submit to Smut by the Sea. No title yet for a fantasy of a guy falling for and making love to a woman much taller than he is. Any suggestions for a sea based title?

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    1. I also submitted to that altho. Your woman isn't fifty feet tall, I'll bet. :>) Not knowing anything about your story, it'd be hard to guess a good title, but one that popped out of my keppie was : "Long Tall Beach Babe". Use it if it works.

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    2. Daddy:
      I called it "Love Above See Level".
      No she's not 50 feet tall. She's 6'7''

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  14. I just got a long email from one of my romance publishers, a response to the most recent novel I submitted to them. I tried to write it to spec, for a particular imprint. It's clear that I didn't really succeed.

    They have a long list of requested changes - some of them, in my opinion, fundamental. The characters I have created would not behave in the way this editor would like them to behave.

    I have almost decided to pull the submission and publish it somewhere else. I'm going to sleep on this decision for one more night, but my gut is telling me that it's the right thing to do.

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    1. Lisabet:
      You're well enough established as a writer that 'fundamental' changes should not be necessary. My conspiracy theory mind says that the publisher doesn't want to reject you, they want you to walk away.

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    2. One of the "fundamental" problems might be that in mainstream erotic romance, the author's vision is inconsequential. They don't care about your experience, sophisticated sensibility, insights into eros or anything. They want more of the same product with a slightly fresh icing. However, I myself see the appeal of publishing, it's not an easy call--what did you decide?

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  15. I'm in, but it's amazing how inhibited I feel about even writing the words down about "what". On the other hand, I've felt "constipated" - having this story and not writing it down, not finishing it. Not "giving in".

    And then there's the "shame" experience. Oddly enough, I didn't have that experience UNTIL I began reading about industry preferences. I'd never delved into erotica, except for Niin's works and maybe a Playboy. So, I'd never really known what "transgressive" was - until late in life, mostly because I'd never thought about sex in literature.

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    1. I've found that thinking about it and analyzing the how's and theorizing about the why's has been very empowering. "They" don't really want you to think about sex ;-).

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  16. I've only just come across this but I am so in! Writing to specifications is fun but I find writing from the soul really clears the cobwebs out. No idea what is going to come of it yet but I'm looking forward to finding out.

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    1. Writing to specifications can definitely be fun, but after a while you do need a change. I hope you're having fun with the discovery.

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  17. Funny, there were so many things I wanted to address in this exercise, but each time I sit down with something transgressive in mind, there's some kind of internal braking system that dials it down. Could it be that I'm a closet prude?

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    1. A closet prude? Never! On the other hand, I don't thing any human being on earth can be totally "free" of the pressure to be nice and safe. No matter what you actually write, paying attention to your process and the ways even erotica writers seek safety has to be a good thing.

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    2. Daddy - I'm with you there. That's the point of censorship - we've internalized the censor. Consider coming up with another pseudonym for the story. I know I am. I'm hoping that will make it easier to put pen to paper.

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  18. How's everybody doing out there?

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    1. What I'm doing is adding a few things in my sequestered memoir regarding my … ahem … formative years.

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    2. well, I'm glad you were formed... otherwise, you'd be a blob. hahaha (my jokes suck, I know).

      I've made two paragraphs... shake my head... I keep trying, but I feel like the house has to be empty before I can write.
      crazy

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  19. The point of NWWTHYW month is more an opening of the mind and possibilities rather than word count, but I hope everyone felt just a little freer. I definitely was able to pursue a few paths that I'd closed off to myself before. Why not keep the spirit going all year long? :-)

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