Lilith Langtree’s – Chaos Magic

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How to Garner the attention you deserve… or at least think you do.

There’s been a large spawn of negativity recently on BCTS, for various reasons: Reduction in comments, Kudos, Hits, RetCon still destroying their interwebs (even though there hasn’t been but one or two stories posted in that universe over the last two weeks), too many series, too little stand alone stories, etcetera, ad nauseum.

Go ahead and make up your own reason and it equates to a bunch of people bitching and bringing down the attitude of the whole. My own opinion? I think it boils down to a few things.

Warning: Some of you might be offended. If you have delicate sensibilities then you might not want to read these hard truths or sometimes course language.

1) Inadequacy – Some new authors or some older authors see others applauded for winning the Hit Count contest or not receiving well earned attention of their peers for something they’ve produced. They might be feeling that their story/plot/style/presentation wasn’t good enough. A semi-valid concern.

2) Jealousy – This one pretty much speaks for itself.  “Why should they get all of the attention? I’m great! I even have a friend here that says so, and they’re just as great as me!”

3) Genuine suckability – Their writing sucks, their plot sucks, their character development sucks, in fact everything about their attempt pretty much sucks. They couldn’t write their way out of cliché to save their word possessor, which by the way is Notepad, so even that sucks.

Here’s some ways to break out of that negativity and produce something that the masses will actually comment on, scramble to read, and leave kudos for.

Pre-first thing: You need to figure out if you write for yourself or for others. Frankly I think the writing for one’s self is a bullshit excuse that an author makes when they want to appear “above it all” when they really aren’t. If you were then why in God’s name are you posting it for public consumption and whining about not receiving accolades? If you are truthful then just go ahead and admit you want to be recognized in some way shape or form. Don’t worry, it’s human nature. Everyone wants and needs to feel appreciated for something that they put a lot of work into.

If someone tells you any different, then tell them to take their sanctimonious ass down the road and sell their shit somewhere else, because they’re a hypocrite.

First thing: If you’ve tried over and over again to produce something that you actually think is readable only receive nothing for your attempt, START OVER.  This means Create a nom de plume (pen name) because obviously everyone is avoiding your stuff because they equate your name to bad writing and clichéd plots. Do you have to stay this way and hide yourself? No. Eventually, once you start receiving the accolades you think you deserve, (After two or three successful stories) you can come out of the closet and let everyone know they can go suck on a pickle because it was you, and they’ve been wrong about your writing for some time. Oh, and I’m talking about an actual story…  10,000+ words, and not in 200 word chapters spaced a week apart.

Second thing: NEW MATERIAL!!!!! Nobody wants to read the same old boring crap over and over and over again unless they’re a Stephanie Meyers Twilight fan. (Hey, sometimes crap sells, who knew?) Anyway, even a cliché redone in a new way can be good. The trick is to present it in an interesting new way.  So how do you find that new and inventive way of finding out what’s popular? Introduce yourself to popular culture.

“What, you mean writing old Archie Bunker and Barney Miller jokes into my storyline won’t work because that was the seventies and this is 2010, and very few people will get it?”

Yes, that’s what I mean.

Open up your browser and go to Amazon.com. I’ll even give you the link.

Amazon’s Bestseller List

Look up the top selling books. What’s selling? Is it still clichéd vampire crap. Nope.

Here’s some of the latest topics:

Egyptian Pantheon story, Nerds winning story, Politics, Cloak & Dagger, Magic&Fantasy, Mystery thriller.

Now here’s a question for you: Do you see this subject anywhere on the list I just gave you? Whiney crossdresser endlessly describing the clothes they are putting on over and over again, scene after scene? How about, Everyday boring life of a crossdresser ‘getting away with it’ ?

It’s been done. TO DEATH! It’s been done so many times that the bones have been picked over, bleached in the sun, buried, only to be found by archeologists a billion years in the future fossilized and put into a museum .  But I bet you I can find five or six stories like this on the front page at BCTS and the author is sitting there wondering why they aren’t being celebrated as masterworks.

There has to be some kind of plot… an actual plot, where the main character is engaged in doing something other than  dressing in women’s clothes.

This doesn’t mean piling more clichéd crap on the old in order to make it ‘better’. Example of what not to do: “I know! I’ll have my crossdressing hero’s father or mother, disapprove! Holy crap, they’ll love it!!! I’ll even have them beat the hero or kick them out of the house! They’ll definitely love that!”

No, no we won’t. We’ll click the “Back” button and find something else to read. If that’s all you have to go on then you’ve already shot yourself in the foot and killed your story. Hence more suckage.

Still more plot advice”: Get over the annoying EMO character that is down in the dumps and wants to suck on the barrel of a pistol every five minutes. While there is always a place in your repertoire for a depressing story, the goal here is to IMPROVE your popularity. In other words, do it later, after you’ve established yourself and then you can show how diverse you are.

For the most part, people want to read about who they fantasize being. This means that they can identify with the main character, but then the character grows and becomes powerful/strong willed/brave/whatever. Why not break the stereotype and have the crossdresser be the one that solves the crime instead of being the whiny little bitch that everyone wants to slap up side the head for being a whiny little bitch.

Okay, you’ve got a new pen name, a semi-original plot, and an engaging character.

Write your story.

When you’re done and ready for posting, write a decent summary. Dear God, some of the summaries I’ve read…

“Steve becomes Stevie and learns about herself.”

Really? That’s the best you can do? It sucks. Try again.

“The trials and tribulations of Steve/Stevie.”

Oh—My—God. That sucks even worse. Anymore suckier and there will probably be a Black Hole involved somewhere.

“Steve turns into Stevie and then goes to a party, meets a boy, and gets taken home, only to find out that the boy is really a girl, they get married and live happily ever after. Read my story and please review because I can’t write a summary, but the story is really good.”

Congratulations, Earth has just been destroyed by a singularity.

Here’s a hint. If your summary sucks, odds are very very very very good that your story sucks just as much, so people are going to ignore it.  You’re setting the tone here. Do better… in fact, get someone else to write your summary.

Pictures: Some people don’t like them. I do. Ask yourself this: How do you shop? Well I go out and browse around until something catches my eye, then I look at it closer and decide if i want to buy it or not. Same thing goes into the packaging of your story. It needs to be eye-catching.

This means it needs a title better than “The Adventures of Steve/Stevie”

This means it needs a good summary

And this means it needs a nice picture, preferably of the main character, so people already have an face to put to the name when you invariably don’t describe your character well enough to begin with. (I do this all the time. Don’t feel bad.)

Post. Reap the Rewards. in comments, kudos, hits, whatever you need to validate yourself.

How was that? Did I say Suck too much?

And just because I like cool pictures… here’s one.

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9 Responses to “How to Garner the attention you deserve… or at least think you do.”

  1. greeneggs 667
    23:17 on October 16th, 2010

    I think your screed is partial answer to why I read so little on FM, BCTS & a few other sites. The big reason I find is that I DON”T LIKE THE CHARACTERS! They lack any morals, ethics or for the most a backbone. I read to be as “The Bob” said in place of a six pack. IF it don’t reach my monkey bone in the first few paragraphs then into the bit bucket & I prolly cross that writer off for the future.

    Now that I think further on it when I first got on the web I read everything, fem dom, x-dress, humiliation, SF, magic, fantasy & every other permutation. I guess I built a base on what I like and it’s damn hard to make me read now bad writing. I mean good plot, nice people in hard or forced to grow siches, suspension of disbelief are IMO damn hard to do. So why do I keep going to the well? It’s easy, I like searching for the nuggets, the gold in the slush, the stuff that maybe needs a bit of work & just maybe I can help make it better with a comment & a nice word. What’s worse is losing writers who do good stuff and then disappear, FSM knows we’ve seen that happen in the past. I really do hope Lilith that whomever reads your comments takes them not as a destruction of their writing but as a cry to do better & work harder to show everyone who like this that THEY! DO STAND TALL!

    GE667

  2. Lilith Langtree
    06:04 on October 17th, 2010

    ^This

    I do this. I admit it. I give an author a chance or three. If the first story sucks, I wait for a little while and then try another of their stories. If it still sucks then I mentally block their name and wind up skipping anything they write in the future, unless there is an up-swell in positive statements.

    I hope they take it to heart as well. This was written a little tongue in cheek, but it all remains true.

  3. Christelle
    10:04 on October 21st, 2010

    I hope all who read your blog take your advice for what it’s worth. After a while, the cliches do get suffocating, and good character development is rare.

    -Christelle

  4. Joy Anne Phillip
    04:03 on October 24th, 2010

    Hmmm. I try to avoid the cliches, but I find that sometimes I fall into them again. I hope there’s enough originality to cause others to like my writing. Never get enough comments, and very few seem to like giving out the “kudos” also.

    Not sure what that says about me, though.

    I take solace in the fact that Lilith did co-write with me on one story, so apparently I’m not a total loser.

  5. Lilith Langtree
    05:51 on October 24th, 2010

    It’s almost impossible to avoid cliches, because engaging plots are so very few and far between. The trick is what you do with it that makes the difference.
    Ex:
    Cheerleader cliche: Your character is cute and popular enough to be asked to join the cheer squad. Now what? Do something other than have her be the linchpin in the squad going to state competition and winning the championship. Have her serve some other purpose. Cheerleaders do lots of things other than cheer. (Well mine did at least)

    The squad at my school used to dress up and go to retirement homes, or volunteer for events in the community. Public service stuff. I never see any of that in stories. It’s more like dressing with the other girls and having them all accept her into the squad without reservation. Sorry, but I’ve never met an entire squad of selfless, caring cheerleaders. One or two, yeah, but not six to fifteen.

    Kudos: It took me a while to get used to the new button. I skipped over it several times and had to go back and use it. I don’t think most people are that self-conscious enough to go back. Plus, the old “Author’s are given two votes” is not in effect. If I get more than forty then I’m pretty satisfied. The average I see is around 25-35, but that’s increasing as time goes by.

    Joy: You’re not a total loser, you’re not even a partial loser. From what I’ve seen, you’re a niche writer that occasionally steps out of the niche she’s in. If I were you, I’d completely step out of my comfort zone and write something with a topic that is totally different. I think you did that with the Catwoman story and it turned out pretty good.

  6. Great Sage
    18:45 on October 24th, 2010

    This, this right here is exactly what has been on my mind – I am So TOTALLY freaking sick to death of all the P*** poor, sub literate Cross dresser/Sissification/ Forced Fem bilge that has been polluting the fiction sites lately – I am infuriated beyond reason that BCTS is incapably of enforcing a decent Synopsis policy – I mean how hard is it to actually TELL us what the story is about? A few authors like Diamond Lil here do a good job of that and it really helps but if all I have is a few categories and a title then how can I really tell if it is something I want to read?
    Oh and over on TG Stories all we get is the exact same dratted Bimbo C***sucker slut stories – written by ( I suspect) the same author using different pseudonyms – Give me Strength!!!
    I want a story, decent characters with personalities, integrity and the ability to make me engage with them – Lilith does this, The Professor does this, a few others do too,but all too many have the hated ” This woman who is supposed to love me is making me wear dresses as ‘punishment” BS – there is never sufficient reason behind this and it is just depressing to read – in fact I feel unclean just reading it and I really don’t want to feel defiled after reading something I want to get some sort of pleasure reading – do you?
    Anyway – rant over – just wanted to say that I agree 100% with what you say Ms Langtree – you really struck True with this.

  7. Lilith Langtree
    20:27 on October 24th, 2010

    Whoa… LOL. That was a mouthful there.

    Yeah, I never got the whole forced fem thing, but to each his or her own.

    I wish I had more to say, but I’d be repeating myself.

  8. Great Sage
    13:52 on October 25th, 2010

    Yeah, sorry – I’ve been sitting on that for a while and you just gave me the perfect excuse to UNLEASH HELL.

    I think what it boils down to is people want to read stories which match their fantasies I think, mine are of living a wonderful new life as a beautiful College age girl, not being bullied and tormented by a psychotic Beyotch – in fact given how badly I was bullied at school for being the weird kid I really cannot think of something which would turn me off more – except gore.

  9. Lilith Langtree
    14:56 on October 25th, 2010

    I agree a hundred percent. While a nice tear-jerker is fine every once in a while, I hate being depressed all the time. All the while, I’m screaming at the character, “Get some damn backbone, girl!”

    Being female does not equate to being submissive and wimpy all the time.

    Most of the time I just hit the big red X in the right hand corner and say, “Dink. Next story please.”