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How to be Prolific

byWFEATHER©

Many people have written to me or spoken with me in person to say that they are amazed at how prolific I have been. I must admit that, while my ego certainly likes such compliments, I do not particularly see myself as being prolific. Yes, I write a lot, but it is really not because of me, but because of the characters and their stories which fill my head. In essence, I am simply a means for the characters' stories to be told.

That said, there are indeed strategies which can help someone to become a prolific writer. These are strategies which I employ in order to tell the characters' stories, but they are simply strategies, and they can be used for erotica or probably any other genre of writing as well.

The first is to not attempt to be prolific. This may seem counterintuitive, but it really is important. By focusing on such a goal, it could become very easy for someone to lose sight of the reason(s) one writes. Those who read a lot have certainly found this: Some authors who seem to write an encyclopedia's worth of books in a given year lose the quality of their writings over time, so while they may still be prolific, whatever their initial reasons for writing could be getting lost in the quest for higher profits for their publishers, greater fame for themselves, etc. Yes, money and fame can be good, but those goals are probably going to cause more issues than benefits in the long run – if quality drops, for example, fewer people will buy the books, which could put that person's writing career in jeopardy. Therefore, one must focus on other reasons – like the initial reasons – for writing and continually tap into those reasons to maintain a steady stream of output over time.

Related to the above is to never lose sight of the reason for writing. Personally, I simply enjoy it, in part because it is a great way to "forget" the issues and stresses related to my job. Writing also allows me to relive some experiences, and dabble with new concepts. Perhaps a side benefit of all this is that I am almost never bored: When things are slow, I can always think about whatever stories are currently in progress, or consider new stories to be written, so that I am always "writing" even when I am away from my laptop and do not have pen and paper on hand.

Inspiration simply cannot be overlooked. Personal experiences and interests can be a great source of inspiration, and once one thinks about personal interests and the various details and facets of them, for example, the number of stories which can be told could potentially be innumerable. Experiences and interests can also be "combined" in various ways to create new stories. For example, I love auto racing and video games, so I turned the final lap of a racing game into a story, from the point of view of the driver in the car as if the driver was in a real race and not a digitized environment. Using that same combination of interests, I have an idea for a story (which I have yet to map out on paper) in which the characters within a video game try to understand why things suddenly go dark all the time and then their next memory is of starting at the same places and situations when the darkness recedes. There are likely other permutations of the racing/gaming interest combination which would yield interesting stories.

In the end, what really helps a writer to be prolific is to have a strong character or set of characters which practically live in the writer's mind and take on lives of their own. Unfortunately, I have yet to understand just how such characters are created or why certain characters tend to have such a lengthy "lifespan" in terms of the stories they can tell. Yes, this can lead to lengthy tales with dozens of sequential chapters, or perhaps dozens of standalone stories featuring the same set of characters. It is usually easy to recognize when such a set of characters exists, for suddenly the end of a story featuring those characters is no longer the end of their story. Unfortunately, there will be a set of readers who balk at such series and can be a source of frustration for the writer.

Finally, the most important strategy of all is to get into the habit of writing daily or at least almost-daily. For writers with very busy schedules, this may even mean staying up rather late or waking up rather early to write. The main idea here is not necessarily to write one story or chapter per day, but to write something on a daily basis. There are various places online which offer a writing prompt or writing challenge every day, and these can be useful both for maintaining a daily writing habit and for inspiring what could potentially be a significant story or series. There are also various challenges available online to produce a certain amount of writing within a given time frame: NaNoWriMo is probably the best known of such challenges (writing 50,000+ words in the month of November), but one cannot underestimate the power of Literotica's own Survivor contest (being the most prolific writer on Literotica in a given calendar year). While life events may force a writer to skip one or two days of writing per month and still allow the writer to "win" NaNoWriMo or be named the #1 Survivor, neither goal can be attained if there are significant periods of inactivity. That said, once a daily writing habit has begun, it tends to maintain itself, even if only in the form of short fragments of unrelated stories.

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