I'm a nerdy 23-year-old college girl and a writer of equestrian romances.

Writing under the pen name Sasha Kay Riley, I am working on the Anderson Stables series (m/m romance that involves high-stakes show jumping and training retired racehorses).

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I wrote 199 words tonight

Fuckkkkkkkkkk

I wish I could get into a groove again like I was in while writing my fantasy novel.

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suntanna:

menagerieofchaos:

suntanna:

thestasher:

shounentastic:

homebeccer:

"oh my god stop criticizing young girls who like 50 Shades of Gray or Twilight you can’t tell them what they can and can’t read"

no we can’t but we have to protect young girls from mistaking abusive behavior for genuine affection at all costs

Eh ok so…

It’s not that the readers should feel ashamed. The writer should. I would be. How do you write about an alternative lifestyle that you know nothing about? I do research. She didn’t. I’m not even into that and it pisses me off.

If you aren’t writing what you know you should be researching until you’re drowning in information and can rattle off fun facts at dinner parties to freak out people you don’t like.

This is what pisses me off about both books more than anything. The writing quality is crap, and the lack of research and effort put in is just insulting. 

I think the point is that male authors get away with stuff like this all the time but because these were female authors, they seem to have received more criticism.

Maybe it’s cause I’m writing right now, but I can’t off the top of my head think of a book that’s been so poorly written as Twilight or 50 Shades that has had the same level of commercial success that’s written by a guy. I would hate it less if it was poorly written and got the same level of attention as other poorly written crap (and I don’t mean poorly written as in has abusive themes and unhealthy relationships, I mean one that has as much bullshit faux research as 50 Shades and the technical errors in both books). 

That’s what makes me angry too. Someone can just whip out a pathetic fanfiction and then publish it. Not that there’s anything wrong with fanfiction because there isn’t. I can’t think of a book written by a man that was so terribly written either. The author is not dedicated or serious about her work. It’s obvious. No one should get away with that kind of work ethic. The books should not have become that popular. It’s discouraging to real writers who are truly dedicated to writing quality stories.

http://teenwolfgay.tumblr.com/post/95515136955/shounentastic-homebeccer-oh-my-god-stop

shounentastic:

homebeccer:

"oh my god stop criticizing young girls who like 50 Shades of Gray or Twilight you can’t tell them what they can and can’t read"

no we can’t but we have to protect young girls from mistaking abusive behavior for genuine affection at all costs

Eh ok so…

It’s not that the readers should feel ashamed. The writer should. I would be. How do you write about an alternative lifestyle that you know nothing about? I do research. She didn’t. I’m not even into that and it pisses me off.

If you aren’t writing what you know you should be researching until you’re drowning in information and can rattle off fun facts at dinner parties to freak out people you don’t like.

Anonymous asked
How do you write good smut?

luthienebonyx:

woodelf68:

sfiddy:

thestraggletag:

woodelf68:

thestraggletag:

ravenclawslibrary:

I can’t tell if this is a compliment or just a general question… haha

I only really jumped on the smut train a year or so ago (thanks Straggle & Lost, you are such bad influences), so I can’t claim to be an expert by any means…

Personally, I think good smut is realistic smut. It doesn’t have to be a thousand crazy positions with twenty orgasms a piece. It just has to be something you’re comfortable writing and something believable for the characters you’re writing for. For example, I don’t shy away from putting dialogue into my smut because I really believe that good sex is about communication. It might be sexy to make it all moans and groans, but I think partners talking to each other - telling each other what feels good where and how fast - is just as sexy. Plus, dirty talk is kind of one of my kinks haha.

Logistically, make sure you know what body parts are where, what clothes are coming off, and what the layout of the scene is before you start in on the dirty stuff. You don’t want your reader to be mid-sex and confused about whether they’re in the bed or still against that wall in the hallway.

Otherwise, just write and write again! That’s the best advice I can give you :)

Fun fact: I love dialogue in sex scenes. Love it to pieces. I don’t know if it’s just me but… yeah.

And yeah, keeping track of what is where is kinda important. 

Also, I’m not sorry, Raven.

I just read something last night where one moment Rum was clothed and then he was naked and I went back thinking ‘did I miss a sentence saying he undressed?’, but nope. It didn’t need a detailed description of item-by-item removal, but that sort of thing takes you out of the moment completely, as does trying to figure out if they’re still standing or in bed, or who’s on top, etc. And the ‘he gives her several orgasms first’ has actually become an overused trope in this fandom, in my opinion. So yes, stay realistic. Unless, y’know, there’s a spilled lust potion involved. Then go crazy. :D

My number one problem when writing smut is remembering to take the time to let the readers know when clothes are coming off. Suddenly I’m in the middle of writing and then I remember technically Gold still has his pants on so I have to go back and take them off… Such a hassle, but it’s a labour of love.

I do agree with the “several orgasms first” being a bit much (unless there’s some sort of specific reason involved, a special occasion, Gold wanting to prove something, first time doing something so he really gets into it, some sort of beast-mode, love-potion or viagra cocktail…).

The logistics of writing a sex scene are hard and I admire those who can write a good sex scene without so much description. I don’t know how to explain it but some people can do it, and make it really hot, and I’m really jealous.

The thing I like to keep in mind is while descriptions can be very sexy, you really shouldn’t describe everything. For starters, a story that has its roots in the characters/plot really didn’t need to devolve into multi sentence musing on the texture of pre-come. I don’t want to know how many veins trace a cock nor read a profound piece on the heft of a tit. Everyone has bits, and going into it too deeply kills the mood, slows the story, and makes passion read like stereo instructions. Be strategic in the descriptions you DO select and give those particular details careful attention, while not losing the emotional connection (or lack thereof, depending on characters and purpose).

That said, I throw out every word if you want to write parody. That’s an art form unto itself, and highly underrated.

I hate writing physical description myself, and too much of it can slow the action down. And unlike a book, if you’re writing fic for a TV show or movie, your readers know what the characters look like, you don’t have to keep mentioning Belle’s brunette curls, for instance. Be strategic in what you describe, as you said, as far as the physical goes, I don’t need a big info dump on every detail of someone’s wardrobe, or a whole paragraph on the pinkness and wetness of Belle’s labial folds, for instance. One well-crafted sentence can give the reader more of a mental image than a lengthy but boring narration. Yeah, writing smut is hard. 

How to Write a Sex Scene by Resonant, one of the best writers I’ve encountered in any fandom.

Personally I go for the emotional part, like what the characters are actually feeling emotionally and not just physically. I hate slang and too much gross talk and too many details.

I’m a prude I guess. I like soft smut.

And I’m a romance writer. How did that happen.

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writingwithcolor:

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Anonymous asks: The protagonist of my novel is half black and also the daughter of a prominent political family with a white Senator for a father. I imagine her home life as being dominated by white upper-middle class culture, but I don’t want her to be completely…

I hate forcing myself to write

Like, I’m not in the mood to write but I have to.

I don’t know why but I’m crazy stressed out and can’t focus. Alcohol is not helping.

diaryofaworkingstudent:

lokigodofmischieflaufeyson:

Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z with the Aga Khan trophy.

The USA won the Aga Khan trophy and then Chill R Z wasn’t so chill about the band and then this happened.

This horse is kept behind electric at shows

fozmeadows:

scienceofsarcasm:

Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.