Every now and then I see something that flips my bitch switch. Yep, it’s one of those Ranting Posts! Sit back, tighten the belt, and please hold your words until I’m done. Then, feel free to add your two cents in the comments. Thank you.
Writing isn’t easy.
Oh, well… let me rephrase that – because that’s what a writer does. They rearrange words until they’re in a pleasing combination. Writing Well Isn’t Easy. Even for those who have been doing this since they could hold a crayon and wrote their first illustrated story knows that Writing Well Isn’t Easy. So it really irks me when I see someone say ‘Oh I thought I’d write and I chose Erotica because I thought it would be easy, fast money.’. News Flash: Writing erotica, even if you do it well, unless you made mad money during KU1 and squirreled it away for when KU2 reared its cheap head, you’re not going to make mad money.
There’s proof! That’s right, proof. Visit the Erotica Authors forum on Reddit. Read the posts labeled [DATAPORN]. Yes, it’s punny. Go ahead and laugh, we do. Yes, there are authors writing erotica on there that are making mad money – not only making a living from their writing royalties, but they’re also vacationing, enjoying everything life has to offer, and more. That’s the goal, but guess what? It took them time to get there as well and it wasn’t easy. They sit down each and every day (because their day job is WRITING) and write. Some of them write 3,000 words a day, others write 10,000 words a day. They are publishing something every day, every week, every month. They’re using several pseudonyms, they’re writing in several niches and sub-genres.
Any form of writing is never easy. It takes the ability to sit your ass in the chair and get it done. It doesn’t matter if you plot or pants your way through the stories, it matters that you write them. Even more than writing them, it matters that you publish them. It doesn’t even matter that you fail and don’t sell any copies or have pages read – it matters that you learn what went wrong and how to fix it. Find people to help you better your writing and that will give you the benefit of writing better.
So you want to be a writer.
Your first step is to stop thinking it’s easy, because it isn’t. Even with a 3,000 word short story you better be able to grab your reader by the throat and hold them there for the 15 minutes it takes them to read every word. Because if you hold them there long enough to get to the end and they enjoyed it, they’ll go on to buy something else by you. They might even leave a nice review. End Rant.