Erotica Writer's Secret Life: How Do You Account For Your Time?

Are you a writer of erotic fiction? Would you like to be? Here's one of my dilemmas---how do I account for my time when I'm engaged in my secret life?

More specifically, here's my problem. In addition to writing erotic spanking stories, I also write funny chick lit type stories. None of them have been published yet (stay tuned) but I do want to work on getting them to a publishable state. I have a friend who also writes mainstream fiction and we often read each others work etc.

Her head would pop off if she knew about my secret life. I'm not kidding. So, for her sanity and my own, I will never tell her about my work as the mysterious Celeste Jones. (ha!)

That's all background to get to the time issue. My friend knows that I have quite a bit of time for writing these days, but as far as she knows, I have nothing to show for it. In actuality, I'm close to 12K words in a great three chapter story, but she doesn't know that. It's not like she's competitive or I need to account to her for what I do, but it's sort of weird when she tells me that she's edited five chapters of her book this week and she knows that I've had plenty of time to write, but I don't have anything to tell her about.

I have been feigning a cold in order to excuse my lack of productivity, but that can only last so long.

One idea might be to work on both stories at the same time, but I'm just not very good at dividing my attention that way, especially when one story is really getting good. Plus, I've made a New Year's Resolution to finish every story I start, no matter how bad it is, so I want to finish the spanking story that I'm working on before I move on to the next thing.

What about the rest of you? Do you keep your erotic writing secret? What are some of the challenges? Do you have any advice for me?

Comments

  1. I do write erotic fiction, unpublished, however, I make little effort to hide it. I say that bc I hid behind a mask for 30 some odd years and I've finally grown into my own (in a way). I spend more time in my head, lost in eroticism than on paper but merely bc I am too busy in life to pen it all down.
    I would look into self publishing - it is working for quite a few ppl out there with the introduction of Kindle, etc.
    Best of luck to you!!!

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