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Old 03-31-2012, 12:11 AM   #26
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Lightbulb character development?

I'm waiting for my first story to get ok'd, it's all of 2 pages. I was kind of wary of spending too much time on character development, because I've noticed that the higher rated ones had very little of it. Is there a way to do the character thing without having your potential readers lowrate you or just tune out all together?
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:17 AM   #27
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There really isn't any "everybody" or even "most people" to please on a site with the huge reader base this one has. Suggest you just write the story you want to write and be happy with the reader base you create with that.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:07 PM   #28
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I'm waiting for my first story to get ok'd, it's all of 2 pages. I was kind of wary of spending too much time on character development, because I've noticed that the higher rated ones had very little of it. Is there a way to do the character thing without having your potential readers lowrate you or just tune out all together?
I'm not sure which "higher rated ones" you're looking at. If you're looking at the same top lists I am, character development is a prerequisite. If you think about it, the folks who are coming for the quick sexual relief fix aren't hanging around to vote and comment afterwards. IMHO, it's the sentimental folks that are more willing to linger around long enough to give feedback.

Still, character development can be painful when it's done poorly. Here's a couple o' things I can think of off the top of my head to combat that...

1. Be as economical as possible.
2. Make the characters themselves interesting.
3. Sprinkle character details/observations around in your story, i.e, avoid the dreaded info dump.

There's bound to be better suggestions from the rest of the crowd here. Just thought I'd stoke the fire.

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:18 PM   #29
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I'm not sure which "higher rated ones" you're looking at. If you're looking at the same top lists I am, character development is a prerequisite. If you think about it, the folks who are coming for the quick sexual relief fix aren't hanging around to vote and comment afterwards. IMHO, it's the sentimental folks that are more willing to linger around long enough to give feedback.

Still, character development can be painful when it's done poorly. Here's a couple o' things I can think of off the top of my head to combat that...

1. Be as economical as possible.
2. Make the characters themselves interesting.
3. Sprinkle character details/observations around in your story, i.e, avoid the dreaded info dump.

There's bound to be better suggestions from the rest of the crowd here. Just thought I'd stoke the fire.

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I agree with you, PF. Depending on the genre, character development makes the story.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:19 PM   #30
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I think the plot is primary to a story.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:24 PM   #31
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The toplists are all heavily skewed by chapter stories, which trend toward more between the sex scenes.

If the topists were split into chaptered and 1-shot, you'd see a different picture where strokers with little to no story can score very highly, and often with vastly larger numbers of votes and favorites.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:28 PM   #32
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I think the plot is primary to a story.
True. But weak character development doesn't help.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:33 PM   #33
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If a story is well written and graps the readers attention then length does not always matter but of course the longer it is the more the reader can get into it
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:45 PM   #34
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Talking thanks, everyone

for the varied and expanded answers. Maybe I was too worried about lengthening my story for no good reason. Again, thanks.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:13 AM   #35
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Current printed short story requirements ask for 20-27 pages. That's 3 to 4 Lit pages.

Size is not important (sorry SO). Colleen Thomas wrote a 29 lit-page sci-fi lesbian story that got huge readership and votes.

Recent contest winners seem to have stretched to 5-7 lit pages which gave them the chance to develop characters and plot.

I think Mistress Lynn puts her finger on the key point (sorry Paco). Erotica, just like all fiction, relies on character development to keep the reader turning pages. If you check out the top lists on Lit, in any category, character development - reacting to events -seems to get the best reaction, ignoring length.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:20 AM   #36
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Current printed short story requirements ask for 20-27 pages. That's 3 to 4 Lit pages.

Size is not important (sorry SO). Colleen Thomas wrote a 29 lit-page sci-fi lesbian story that got huge readership and votes.

Recent contest winners seem to have stretched to 5-7 lit pages which gave them the chance to develop characters and plot.

I think Mistress Lynn puts her finger on the key point (sorry Paco). Erotica, just like all fiction, relies on character development to keep the reader turning pages. If you check out the top lists on Lit, in any category, character development - reacting to events -seems to get the best reaction, ignoring length.
I agree. The all time incest story is 42 lit pages long and has a 4.89 rating on over 4K votes.

If you can keep them interested people will read and vote well. It is insulting to think every one here has add or only reads until they get off.

I did back to back chapters in my series that were both 8 lit pages long, with no sex at all, and in the notorious stroke incest category. Both chapters are better than 4.8.

Write as long as you want. There's an audience for everything here.

In fact, my personal taste as a reader is to look for longer stories. One lit page stories are of no interest to me, I like decent build up and a sex scene that's more than three paragraphs.

I also notice the writers who brag about how prolific they are, are mostly turning out 3k stroke pieces that take no effort whatsoever. When I see a longer piece I have more respect for that author, whether they deliver or not.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:31 AM   #37
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I do believe that the minimum is 700 words and I am currently attempting to locate the policy that states this. Just saying. Fifty words is miniscule, a few lengthy sentences.
The minimum is 750 words. My work in progress is about 1500 words and counting. I don't want to go over 5,000. Attention spans aren't what they used to be.
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Tone

I actually find tone to be most important in a story and that can be conveyed effectively sometimes in very short stories, and sometimes not at all in longer stories. I think reading back over to see what's working is going to be a good guide and adjusting with additional or different content. Not that I always follow that myself, but it's a goal.
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:16 PM   #39
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Wow! You bumped a 2012 thread! Must have been bored to find this in the archives.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:56 AM   #40
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I'm glad Klinsing did.

I'm a first time author going through the volunteer editing at the moment.

I found these discussion point very relevant to me as my story turned out to be ~25K words. I'm now looking at creating some chapters I suppose.
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Old 02-13-2017, 09:24 AM   #41
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One thing that should be noted is that there is a 750-word (I think) minimum for prose on this site. Shorter submissions will be bounced. I'm sure somebody can correct me if I got the specific number wrong.
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You're correct regarding story submissions. The minimum is 750 words.
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I do believe that the minimum is 700 words and I am currently attempting to locate the policy that states this. Just saying. Fifty words is miniscule, a few lengthy sentences.
Sometimes I write 50 word stories. Originally I posted them as Poetry which has NO minimum word limit.

But now I post them in sets of 15. 50 words x 15 = 750 words (and a few more for my copyright notice and the titles).

I have written a couple of How-Tos on writing 50 word stories and plotting flash fiction.

https://www.literotica.com/s/how-to-...fty-word-story

https://www.literotica.com/s/how-to-plot-flash-fiction

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https://www.literotica.com/s/fifty-words-how-to

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Old 02-13-2017, 07:57 PM   #42
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EquinoxRising -- it was the topic that caught my attention, an interesting one - so didn't notice the date of the last post. I tend to view these forums as truly asynchronous conversations - stretching out over time.
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EquinoxRising -- it was the topic that caught my attention, an interesting one - so didn't notice the date of the last post. I tend to view these forums as truly asynchronous conversations - stretching out over time.
I think ER failed to see that the last post was in 2015, not 2012.
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