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Utilizing Daydreams and Observations to Kick-Start Story Ideas

 Quick and Dirty Skye Tips #3 – Daydreams and Observations: Story Idea Generation at Its Finest!

Hello Skye Readers!

I was reading over a self-help writing book that told people how to get ideas for writing. That’s one thing I’m not lacking on. I have so many awesome ideas and too little time to write them all. However, I was surprised to find out two missing mental tools missing in the book I was reading that I have come to value: Daydreaming and Observing. Let me break both down.

1. That Far Off Look In Your Eye May Be Your Next Story

Has a parent or teacher ever told you, “Get your head out of the clouds!” Maybe a person was talking to you, noted your vacant look, and asked, “Are you listening to me?” That’s a big one I hear most often because, honestly, sometimes I don’t. The world is a busy and noisy place, and sometimes I tune it out. Most times I don’t realize I’m doing it, but sometimes I do.

In my upcoming story, The Alpha Warlocks’ Desire, my heroine is a daydreamer herself. Claire, as an earth witch, always makes her way down from the clouds sooner or later. Me? Sometimes it takes me a little longer, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

You may have noticed that one of my taglines is “Conquering New Worlds and Conversing with Her Characters Daily.” This may seem quirky, but it’s true, and yes, I am a little crazy from it. I think most writers will tell you they’re a little crazy, but so are actors, singers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who longed to break the conventional path of life.

The reason why I use this as a tag is because I’m constantly thinking about my characters and their journeys in new worlds. I’ve tried to force things in outlines and stories, but sometimes characters guide what they want to be without me pushing and prodding.

I’ve always been a big daydreamer. Movies have always been a passion of mine, and usually they cause me to think and daydream long after the credits finish rolling up. Some of my best ideas come from daydreaming up stories after watching an awesome movie or T.V. show. 

I watched Being Human (both UK and US versions), Lost Girl, and Witches of East End last year, as I have ever since they all started. I thought it was awful that these shows had season finales and wished that I could keep some magical elements going for my own enjoyment. Then the seeds of the fictional town of Kala West, Florida was planted.

The next time someone tells you to stop daydreaming or start listening, say okay, and then jot down your daydreams. They just may be your next story idea.
   

2. Observing Humans (and Sometimes Animals and Aliens) Interact Builds Ideas


Let’s face it. As a society, we’re nosy by nature. Haven’t you ever been in traffic, only to realize it was partly in due to nosy drivers gawking at the scene of destruction? Be honest. You were probably one of those nosy drivers. 

As a Central Floridian, I-4 is our biggest interstate because it leads people straight to tourist central: Universal Studios, Disney, and loads of other fun for outsiders. Not so much fun for us locals, let me tell you.

But one great thing about living in a big city like Orlando is that there are many opportunities for people watching (animal watching too). I have got some good ideas for verbal fights by watching couples scream at each other in Barnes and Nobles, noting how strangers greet each other at Starbucks, and viewed how religion can help (and hurt) people when going to church. 

These small instances add up and can help when creating your own character relationships. The alien comment stems from MegaCon coming to town soon, but it can also be from movies, since loads of films give personification to animals and aliens (Avengers sequel anyone?).

Anyway, the point is that observing people, and other living things, in their habitat can enhance storytelling. The same goes for dialogue. I love dialogue. You are definitely going to get loads of dialogue when you read any one (or all :-D) of my stories. But the way I talk isn’t the way everyone talks, so hearing the voice of others helps to portray different characters outside of myself.

It’s your turn again. What was a daydream you had that could have been a kick-ass story idea? Remember, it’s not too late to start it!

Happy Sensual Reading (And Writing),

Auriella

Chapter Endings and Wandering Sexual Minds

 

Quick and Dirty Skye Tips #2: Ending Chapters on a High (Orgasmic) Note!

Hello Skye Readers!

Recently, I went back and reformatted some of my stories on Amazon. I got caught up in some of them, and I realized that in order for readers to enjoy my stories, I have to enjoy them as a reader too. If I don’t like the storytelling, why should I make another person suffer through it?

Reading some of my other favorite erotic romance authors and getting into my own long writing marathons for second parts of my two erotic romance series, Alpha Warlocks of Kala West and The Erotic Circus, I’ve noticed a few things that can make both readers and writers satisfied with the end of a story. These are my Quick and Dirty Skye Tips #2:

1. The Build-up Must Be Strong and Authentic to Set the Mood

This may be a “Duh” moment, but I don’t just mean candles and music.You need to set the characters up for a strong connection long before they get down and dirty. I love reading quick and sexy reads just as much as the next person, but I’ve noticed with my dirty, I also need sexy foreplay first, both emotional and physical. I am a woman, after all ;-). 

If you throw characters into bed, I want to know why they are there, even if it is only for meaningless sex. This way when the sheets are ruffled and the hot action is done, I can leave satisfied with events too.
   

2. Sexual Tension Needs to Be Real, Scorching, and Include Everyone Involved


A lot of my writing has more than two people. Usually, it’s two men and a woman, which is a favorite storyline of mine, especially since there are few interracial BWWM (Black woman, white man) menage stories. However, it’s easy to get lost in writing a story and forget the third player. 

I make it a goal to have everyone do or say something every couple of lines. Remember that childhood lesson about giving everyone else a turn? It definitely applies here. Otherwise, the reader will be a few pages into the sex scene asking, “What happened to the other guy (or girl)? Did they fall asleep or something?” That is a bad and boring thought to give any dedicated reader. 

This is kind of an expansion on the first set of Quick and Dirty Skye Tips, but I want to take it a step further. The reactions of all parties involved also need to be described. If someone is being licked somewhere, how does the receiver respond? And when a third person gets involved, do they react the same way or differently? This helps to make the scene steamy but technically accurate and real for the scene they are all actively participating in.
   

3. Emotions Mingled with the Five Senses are Key


I’m sure you remember the emphasis on the five senses in grade school: taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. Well, these never change, especially in romance writing. Whenever you create a setting, visualize yourself there and share it with readers. 

How does his lips taste in a kiss? What does her skin feel like as his fingers glide across it? How does the rich billionaire look in his designer threads? What smell invigorates the alpha shifter so he’s ready to pounce and claim his sexual prey? What does her moan sound like to urge her lover on?

Never assume your reader knows these things. I tend to get caught up in my own fictional worlds, so I tend to accidentally do this as well. It’s so clear and vivid to me that obviously my readers can experience it too, right? Nope. That’s what description is for, to use as an invitation to your world. Go ahead. Invite some people in.

So, now it’s your turn. What was the best erotic romantic ending that left you hot, bothered, and still satisfied but craving more?

Happy Sensual Reading (And Writing),

Auriella

Sex Scene…What?

 Quick and Dirty Skye Tips #1: Romancing Up to the Sex Scene!

Hello Skye Readers!

I just finished a story, and guess what? My big sex scene was the last thing I wrote. Crazy, right? Especially for a person who writes mostly erotic fiction.

But I realized this was a good thing. Why? It’s all about the build up. That’s even more important the the sex itself.

 
A look. A small touch. A craving. It all leads up to the big connection. It’s part of the fantasy. 

 
The stuff that rarely happens in real life. Okay, it happens to the lucky ones. As a single girl, I’m happy to live out the fantasy until the real build up comes along. Maybe even after that.

What did I learn along the way? I’m calling these Quick and Dirty Skye Tips #1. LOL

 

1. Story Elements Need to Set the Romantic Mood

This may be a “Duh” moment, but I don’t just mean candles and music. I mean if it’s a werewolf romance, show him graze her skin with his fangs. If he’s a warlock and she’s a witch, something magical needs to happen, damn it. The story elements need to be present in the romancing.
 

2. In Threesomes, A Person Can Easily Be Left Out


A lot of my writing has more than two people. Usually, it’s two men and a woman. I’ve noticed that I can easily make one person the third wheel. It may be that the character hasn’t spoken in a while or the other two aren’t acting and reacting to them. Everyone deserves a chance in the spotlight.
 

3. Dialogue Needs to Work With the Action


If the female lead is being, let’s just say orally, pleasured, chances are she’s not going to say three long lines of dialogue. Unless someone is really bad at the task at hand. Short and clipped dialogue can come in handy during peak moments. 😉

 
So what’s your fantasy build-up? Is it a werewolf that can smell your arousal from a mile away? A vampire who craves your body and your blood? Or just a good old-fashioned guy who can’t get enough of you?

Happy Sensual Reading (And Writing),

Auriella

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