Lucy Felthouse in The Building

Ladies and genterbugs, we’ve got a guest in this morning! She almost needs no introduction, but I am going to give her one anyway in case you have no idea who she is.

She is Lucy Felthouse.

This is Lucy, by the way. Just in case you need a visual.

She is an erotica writer who hasn’t stopped writing since she got challenged to write something saucy back in Uni.

Author of countless short stories.

Creator of websites and PR/marketing genius.

Daredevil who once scaled Mount Snowdon in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

And all-round lovely good lass.

And she is here today, giving you writing advice and introducing her first foray into M/M smut, Ditched!  Welcome Lucy!
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Some Writing Tips from Lucy Felthouse

When Jilly asked me to supply some writing tips for her fab site, my first thought was eeek! I don’t consider myself to be any kind of expert. But then I thought about it and figured that although I’m not an expert, I have improved since I first began writing, so I must have something to offer others. And here are some very basic tips that I came up with – in no particular order.

  1. Read widely in your chosen genre

That way, you’ll learn what’s being published, by whom and at what standard. You’ll pick up on what editors and publishers are looking for, ideas and authors to watch out for.

  1. Learn to edit your own work

Give yourself the best chance you can by learning to edit your work. We’re only human, so mistakes happen, but do your absolute best to find them and polish your work before sending it off anywhere. Check for repetition of words, head-hopping (frequent changes of point of view), telling instead of showing, spelling mistakes, typos, continuity and much more. All writers (especially me!) have been guilty of those things, and although editors will correct these things before publishing something, they may also reject your work for poor quality. Give yourself a fighting chance: polish, polish, polish!

  1. Practise, practise, practise

This is pretty self-explanatory. Keep on writing. Once you finish something, start something else as soon as you can. A few months down the line, you’ll read your early work and realise you can do better, which is a sign you’re improving.

  1. Try new things

When you start building up a collection of work, whether it’s published or not, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Maybe you just write paranormal, or contemporary. And only m/f, or f/f. I’m certainly not saying any of those things are bad, but I’d definitely recommend trying something new. Even if it’s something that doesn’t interest you—you might think you’ll be no good at it, but you’ll probably surprise yourself. I never used to like writing in the BDSM genre, but now I really enjoy it and have had quite a bit of success getting those stories published.

 

Another example of me trying something new is my latest release. Ditched is my first m/m title. It’s an erotic short story with military themes. Yum! I was worried about the reception it would get, but it gained a silver star on All Romance eBooks less than 12 hours after its release and has had a great review already!

I hope these tips prove useful.

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Private Damien Stone is living in a nightmare. He’s out on exercise on Salisbury Plain with Lance Corporal Michael Scott—who also happens to be a huge pain in the arse. He’s a teacher’s pet who seems to delight in bossing Stone around. But that’s not the real reason Stone appears to dislike him so much. It’s because Stone—who’s bisexual—is seriously attracted to his superior, but he can’t do anything about it, because Scott is straight. Or is he?

More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/ditched/

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Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, Decadent Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Evernight Publishing, House of Erotica, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour, Seducing the Myth, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

 

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  1. Excellent post. I am going to apply these tips to my own writing.

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