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Why be nice when you can be naughty?

Writers tend to flock to each other. We connect over the thought process of taking a kernel of an idea and expanding it to a short story or to an entire novel. It’s one of the reasons that a whole bunch of erotic romance authors got together to form a blog called Naughty Romance Writers.

Here’s what’s good for you–During our grand opening, you can enter your email in the button that asks you to get the naughty updates. Leave a comment on the post over there saying that you did it, and you are entered into the giveaway contest. So, do it. Later, we’re putting together a round robin story. It might get crazy, but for sure it will be fun.

Beasts of Bother

The dogs like to bother me when I'm writing.

The white beasts hover, waiting for a free hand to touch them.

They hover around me, lying at my feet or resting a head on my leg. A heavy sigh fills the room. It triggers another. They aren’t content to sleep in the air-conditioned house as I attempt to make the story I dreamed the night before become sentences of sense. They nose me or lick my foot. Pet me, they say. Pet me. Leave those characters alone.

Six Sentence Sunday: From Party Favors

I set Party Favors in New Orleans, because of all of the sex that people assume happens here. We see mostly naked people all the time. It’s part of us, but that is also why Dani believes she is odd. Here are my six sentences for Six Sentence Sunday. Take a gander at the others.

As she waited for Jim, Dani closed her eyes. She wondered if she could ever tell Guy that she needed extra work to have an orgasm. She wanted to blame her strangely uptight parents and their strict rules regarding dating and the proper clothes to wear. Who in New Orleans repressed sex? Most people thought of the rowdiness of Bourbon Street with its titty bars and burlesque shows, although locals rarely walked down the street unless they had reservations at Galatoire’s. NOLA might be a religious city, but the line between Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday was as thin as a spider’s silk. On parade days, she’d seen more of the human body at the age of eight than most adults would admit.

On Conflict

I like conflict in stories that I read, and I put conflict in the stories that I write. I rarely pay to read a vignette. I can get that in a free blog post anywhere on the internet.

A character that you create as a writer should have a goal based on something believable, and an obstacle should get in her or his way. Whether your character’s motivation for that goal is believable is debatable and depends how well the writer sets up the world. You, as a writer, might get annoyed at the constant harping of your critique partners about the goal, motivation, and conflict, but you’ll be a better storyteller if you incorporate this.

I’m Ursula Whistler, and I want to read stories with conflict, because it makes me cheer when that couple gets together or captures the evil-does or solves the murder mystery, but too many writers forget about this.

An interview with me

Dawn Chartier writes paranormal stories will strong female characters, and I encourage you to read her novella from The Wild Rose Press Not an Angel. She interviewed me for her blog, and I’m so glad she did. I rarely think of what made me set my story in New Orleans. Yes, I live here, and that’s reason enough. Yet, it’s not the only reason.

So, why did I set Party Favors in the Crescent City? You have to visit Dawn’s blog to find out…