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Dear Diary,

One of the questions I get asked most often (and by most often I mean damn near twice a week) is how to write a story – how to get from point A to point Z. And I legit hate this question, though probably not for the reasons you may think. I hate it because I highly encourage everyone to come up with their own modus operandi, their own way of crafting a story that is not only unique but comfortable and natural to them as well.

However, I understand why they’re asking. Writing can be (and often is) scary when you’re first starting out. You’re always wondering if you’re doing something wrong, how to be better, and how to get an edge over what everyone else is doing to make yourself stand out and sell more books.

I understand. I get it. I was like that when I first started out too.

And then I just said fuck it. 😅

I don’t agonize over sales anymore, and generally don’t care what the next author is up to (though I do admittingly stalk several authors such as Amanda and Selina because I find them fascinating as fuck). I also don’t write what I think will sell best (shut up Quickies), I write what’s screaming to rip its way out of my head. But that’s me now. I’ve clawed my way to this point, and to be honest, it wasn’t easy.

So I understand. I get it.

Which is precisely why I’m about to do a short series on story crafting. I’ll be posting it on Patreon at the rate of about one episode a week, with a link to it here in the pages of my Diary and on social media. So keep an eye out for it. 😊

Some of you may be like “Hold up wench. What makes you qualified to produce a series on story crafting?!”

I’m glad you asked.

The quick and dirty answer: I make a reasonably decent amount of money every month doing it, so I must be doing something right.

The better answer: experience.

See, I’ve learned a lot over these past few years as a self-published author, most of which from being hard-headed and making about every mistake imaginable. Hell, my first handful of books didn’t even have a table of contents or metadata because I was trying to be different. It wasn’t until I had a spicy back and forth with a representative from Smashwords (whom I no longer publish through) that I began to see the error of my ways. It was then that I decided to start taking this author stuff seriously. On several levels.

Hopefully, you’ll come check the series out and let me know what you think.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to writing a tale of love, ghosts, and incest… 😏

#Alexa

 

“If I practiced sex, out of moral conviction, that was one thing; but to enjoy it… seemed a defeat.”

– Martha Gellhorn

7 Comments

  1. John Nelson on 26th September 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Hey Alexa,

    You never fail to pleasantly surprise, and to dumbfound me with your candor and elucidation. You often quote from Stephen King. I suspect I may know the reason (besides perhaps admiring some of his work). He essentially started a genre and got in on the bottom floor to become very, very successful even though he is not a superb writer. My hunch is you aim to achieve something similar in your own way, and I would not be surprised if you pull it off. You’re a natural.

    How the hell you remain single is amazing, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

    • Alexa Nichols on 28th September 2018 at 9:35 pm

      You are 100% correct about the Stephen King thing – I’m beginning to get an inkling of how observant and erudite you are. Which is very cool. I tend to have a lot of readers that share that same trait with you… which makes me a very fortunate (and pleasantly surprised) author.

      Now as far as how I remain single: let’s just say that everything has a price. I’m fortunate enough to have become a moderately successful writer through the years, but only because of the copious amounts of time and energy I’ve bled into it. To be able to do that, I’ve had to sacrifice a great many things, relationships being only one of them.

      Which is precisely why I’m taking a vacation: to try and mend some of those relationships and enjoy the fruits of my labors a bit. Wish me luck. 🤗

      • John Nelson on 28th September 2018 at 10:41 pm

        I do, …and now be gone with you. Be luxuriously human and happy (with nary a keyboard in sight).

  2. Lamar on 26th September 2018 at 8:17 pm

    And knowing is half the battle! 😂😂😂😂😂😁😁😁 Those are questions that keep me awake at night. 😭😭😭 You are a pro, Alexa. 😍😍

  3. Richie on 27th September 2018 at 11:41 am

    Hey Alexa, In my experienced opinion you’re one of the best erotic authors out there and probably on an equally important level, one of the most business savvy erotic authors at that. You’re doing all the right things promoting yourself and your writings.

    Kudos to you.

    Keep up the great work.

    Your favorite fan,

    Richie from Kinky Literature

    • Alexa Nichols on 28th September 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much for telling me that. Your opinion means a great deal to me, as I’m sure you know. I’m so glad I kept you on staff when I took over Kinky Literature! 😜

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