June 17, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #19

This month’s theme: men in kilts

I love this dude’s hair…and the tattoo. LOL

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

June 16, 2015

WPS Writing Tip Tuesday #11: Bronwen Evans

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When I was writing YA, I never thought about enlisting beta readers for my books. I used a professional editor and just went straight from that to indie publishing them and then contacted people for reviews. This time, however, I’m going to use beta readers. I subscribe to Romance University’s blog and Bronwen Evans’ post about How to Beta Your Book provided some good tips.

~ Friends and family are not ideal beta readers because they may not tell you the truth, and they might not have the skills or knowledge needed to provide the feedback for you genre. [This is interesting as I was planning on using a good friend as a beta reader because we read the same type of books.]

~ Use social media, your website, your newsletter or bloggers who review books in your genre to find beta readers.

~ Use beta readers on a trial basis. Not every reader will provide you with valuable feedback, so you may never use them again, but you don’t know how valuable they are until you try them.

Questions to ask potential beta readers:

  1. What genres they read.
  2. How many books they read a week – if only 1 pw then they may be too slow to be a regular beta reader as they might book up quickly.
  3. Do they have a blog where they review books – go and check how well written, or insightful, their reviews are.
  4. Do they review on Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads etc. – again read their reviews.
  5. Do they like sensual reads (very important if you have lots of sex in your books) – may not be a fit with you.
  6. Do they beta read for any other authors, if so who? – again, look for a fit.

Questions to ask of my beta readers?

  1. To be honest
  2. Be specific
  3. Be diplomatic
  4. Meet my deadlines
  5. Respect my guidelines
  6. Respect what I do with your feedback

What Bronwen asks her beta readers:

~ For a new beta reader she always gives them some kind of guidance.

~ Did they find anything confusing about the story?

~ What did they love?

~ Did the story take any turns that lost them?

~ What did they think of the characters?

~ Would they change anything?

~ Is there any place that they felt the protagonists acted out-of-character?

~ Did they find the ending satisfying?

What’s in it for the beta reader? 

  1. They get a free book to read and review and hopefully enjoy.
  2. They build a connection with the author and feel involved in the works the author produce and can become the author’s number one fan.

In return:

  1. Thank them
  2. Never get into an argument with a beta reader.
  3. Don’t take offense if they don’t love your story or characters.
  4. Let their feedback sit for a while before you act on it.
  5. Apply the ‘majority rule’. If you get several similar negative comments on a character or plot, then there’s a problem. If only one person doesn’t like an aspect of the book, think about it and if in agreement, fix the problem. If not, then leave it.
  6. Nourish the relationship with your beta readers.

Have you ever used beta readers? If so, what’s been your experience?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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June 15, 2015

Writing Quote of the Week

Story of my life. I’ve always said that I communicate better on paper.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

June 15, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Jason Statham

His break into the entertainment business came when an agent put him on an advertisement for the French Connection clothing company. So, he was a model at first. I can totally believe that because he looks as good as James Bond in a suit.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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June 10, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #18

This month’s theme: men in kilts

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

June 9, 2015

WPS Writing Tip Tuesday #10: Shanan

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In my other life, when I was writing YA, I used to compare myself to other successful writers in that field. That author could crank out a first draft in 3 months. That author got a movie deal. I was jealous that this person could get up in the morning and write for two hours before going to work. I envied that author for getting an agent on the first try. I remember reading about the different methods authors had for getting in some writing time or breaking through writer’s block, trying it out and getting frustrated when it didn’t work for me.

You know why?

Because I’m me. Not them.

What works for the goose, won’t work—if ever—for the gander. I found another writing blog to subscribe to and Shanan over at The Procrastiwriter [a self-proclaimed procrastinator when it comes to writing? And owns it? I definitely had to check this person out] summed it up best in her post about 4 Reasons We Should Stop Comparing Ourselves to Other Writers

4. Constant comparisons impede your ability to be awesome.
When you’re so focused on another’s accomplishments, whether in writing, traveling or life in general, it’s easy to quit moving forward in your own life.

3. You can’t learn from other writers when you compare yourself to them.
Bitterness shuts down the parts of your mind that are otherwise open, observing and adapting.

2. You’re comparing the best things they’ve ever written to your raw materials.
This is perhaps the most insidious working of social media: You’re comparing your everyday to someone else’s highlight reel. As the old saying goes, everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.

1. Comparing yourself to other writers makes you incredibly boring.
When you don’t keep your eyes on the road, you often miss where you’re going. When you keep your eyes on what other writers are doing, your creative drive loses its steam and direction.

So, what you about you? Have you compared yourself to other writers? Yes? No? Maybe so? What did you do about it?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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June 8, 2015

Writing Quote of the Week

Understatement. Of. The. Universe.

Still.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

June 8, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Jason Statham

He spent 12 years on the British national diving team, competing on the 10-meter platform and the 3-meter springboard. In 1992, he was ranked 12th in the world as a platform diver at the World Championships. I’m a huge fan of diving and wished I could’ve seen him.

Which makes it really cool that he can do shit like this. Look at those pretty pointed toes…

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

June 3, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #17

This month’s theme: men in kilts

In the June 2015 WPW Pinterest board, there’s a pic that says “I Brake For Men In Kilts.” And I totally would if they looked like all the guys featured in this month’s theme. Not all guys can look good in a skirt, but you gotta love a culture where it’s the norm. What does it for you? The legs? The accessories? The color of the kilt? Or the fact that they’re freeballin’ it?

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

 

June 2, 2015

WPS Writing Tip Tuesday #9: K.M. Weiland

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Hello, my name is Evolet Yvaine and I’m a pantser.

You’re going to see that a lot on here. I’m going to mention it so damn much, you’re gonna be like, “Yeah, yeah. I get it. Now shut the fuck up.”

The thing is, I was a pantser in my Other Life, when I was writing YA. I still want to be a pantser when I write in this genre, but I want to try and interweave some structure. I’m coming into this genre a real nube and I don’t want to mess it up. Which is why, in between reading for pleasure, I’ve gone back to reading Larry Brooks’ STORY ENGINEERING.

To be honest, outlining and plotting scare me. What’s the use of pantsing it if I have to plot the hell out of it first? Do I really need structure? How can I still be true to my pantsing nature and add a tiny wee bit of structure? K.M. Weiland’s article “Can You Structure if You’re a Pantser?” provided some insight by providing four approaches:

 

1. Identify your plot points before you write the first draft. [this could be a possibility for me]

2. Identify your plot points after you write the first draft. [this could be an even better possibility]

3. Learn about story structure. [I’m doing this right now with one of the authors she mentions]

4. Absorb story structure through osmosis. [With as many romance books as I’ve read, you’d think I would’ve done this by now!]

I also liked it when K.M. said:

Structure is important regardless your chosen approach to writing that first draft. If pantsing is the road that will lead you to your best story, then don’t let a need for structure pressure you into changing that. Embrace both, and learn how to work structuring into your pantsing routine.

Thank you!

This inquiring mind wants to know: Are you a pantser, a plotter or both?

Evolet

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