Monday, September 21, 2015

Effects of Concentration

"Words are a lens to focus one's mind"
-Ayn Rand

What effect does writing have on the writer? This is a question that is answered differently by everyone. A writer might have a wonderful idea, struggle to begin or tap into their muse right from the start, but at some point the best writing in unleashed as the writer reaches "the zone." 

I like to think of "the zone" as absolute focus. It's the place a writer reaches where words flow from unseen places, characters make decisions for themselves, and no amount of distraction can pull the writer from their task. It is in this place that I've become fascinated with due to what other writers have said happens to them physically and mentally while in this place.

Here are the thoughts of several writers:

"When I'm in the zone, I feel what my characters feel (or is it the other way around?) But I do know this-- the things I write while in the zone can evoke the same emotions in me when I read it at a later date, even if I'm guarded. So I'd have to say that writing for me, if done right, is an emotionally draining experience. And I try not to indulge my darker side too much, since it could leave me unstable for days altogether." - Blue Spectrum

"When I get into the zone, I actually look away from my screen. My fingers are flying across the keyboard. My mind is picturing the scene. I don't need the distraction of looking at what I'm typing. Of course, those sections are always rife with spelling errors and homonym switches. I don't keep it up long, just bursts for really important few paragraphs, dialogue or action scenes." - Reed James

"It's a light feeling while I'm in the zone. I feel kind of hyper and like I'm moving to a rhythm. Usually I am literally because I listen to music. And I can write like a motherfucker too, easily 4k-7k a day." - Bryce Calderwood

"Being 'in the zone' for me is almost like a state of mediation. It's a lightness of body, or rather, an unawareness of body. It's being totally and completely in my creative mind. Time seems to go by at a much faster rate, and I often look down at the clock, shocked to find that much more time has passed than I thought had passed. I've described the experience to people as tapping into a certain part of my brain that I can only access while writing. Perhaps it's part of the subconscious? Whatever it is, it's a mystery, but I absolutely love doing it." --Scarlett Knight

"When I'm in the zone I see the story I want to write as a movie in my mind's eye. I can almost watch it play out. When I'm in the zone, all noise is canceled out. I can't even hear the dogs barking when they spot a car. My fingers move across the board in a blur. It's bliss. I love being in the zone." --Nessa DeArmond

"When I'm writing and I'm in the zone, everything around me disappears. Whether I'm sitting at a coffee shop on my laptop or at home at my desk, a fog takes over my senses. I write until I'm physically, electrically aroused and wishing I was in the story. An hour can seem like minutes in this state." -- Carmen Summers

"When I'm in the zone, thoughts float in and out of my head, almost like a conveyor belt emptying onto the page in front of me. The belt fills up and dumps again in constant repetition until I'm exhausted and my body has overheated. Usually in less than an hour, I'm drenched in sweat and have to change my shirt." --Angora Shade

Monday, September 7, 2015

New Erotic Fiction by Felicity Brandon!

"This is not a love story. This is the story of the hunger inside of me which must be fed before it consumes me entirely..."


The Depths of Desire is an erotic BDSM novel and a unique, intense and fast-paced exploration of one woman's journey into sexual submission. Set in the luxurious and mysterious location known only as 'The Tower', the story is told entirely through Janie's eyes and offers the reader an insight into every arousing high and insecure low that she experiences there.

Upon arrival, Janie consents to 'audition' for the men of The Tower and from there the reader is invited to bear witness as her every dark and delicious fantasy unfolds at the hands of her new masters. The books contains sizzling scenes of submission, sexual humiliation, and spanking, as well as those of the developing intimacy and desire she feels. Janie is prepared to submit her body for mutual pleasure, but when she meets an alluring dominant called Patrick Shaw, she'll have to decide if her heart is on offer as well.

Interview With Felicity Brandon

1) What led you to write erotic fiction?

Good question! I think a lot of people who find out I write intense, explicit erotica and erotic romance wonder the same thing! The answer is that I have always written--I love to write. For some years I struggled to write non-fiction, but somehow it was sucking the joy out of the creative process for me. After I had my second baby, I decided to put my filthy imagination to good use and start penning some erotic scenes. One scene led to a short story, and one short story into an anthology. Now my first full-length erotic BDSM novel has been published and I'm excited to see just how dark my erotic fiction will get!

2) What inspired you to write your new book?

My new release "Submission at The Tower: The Depths of Desire" is the erotic book I have always wanted to read. It's a passionate and personal story of one woman's exploration of her desire for sexual surrender. I wanted to fully express and explain the consensual need to submit. Too many stories see female characters 'lured' or persuaded into various types of BDSM, but my female protagonist knows exactly what she wants. The novel takes the reader on an intensely sensual journey between Janie and her leading man, Patrick Shaw, exploring her deepest fantasies and their growing mutual attraction. 

3) What is your favorite scene and why?

I managed to cram a number of scorching hot scenes into this novel, but my absolute favorite has to be Janie's punishment in the stocks. I'd been designing this scene in my head for so long, I was desperate to get it on screen and every time I read it, it still delivers!

4) What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

"Submission at the Tower: The Depths of Desire" is my first full-length novel, so my biggest challenge was completing the story. I knew I had it in me, but actually getting it written was the biggest achievement. In the process of editing and securing a publisher for this book, I have started another two, so I know this is just the first of many.

5) What message, if any, do you want your readers to walk away with?

This books is erotic romance. It's all about sexual exploration and discover, strong, enigmatic alpha males, and falling head first for the 'tall, handsome stranger.' I want every reader to live Janie's story with her, feel the heat of each blush, and the sting as a hand crashes down on her waiting behind. It's a rollercoaster of erotic submission and intensity.

6) Tell us something unique about yourself

I'm a complicated individual (as Mr. Brandon will tell you!) Aside from writing and sexual power-play, a few other things also get my pulse racing: I love rock music (the louder the better), sharks (especially the Great White variety), and all things paranormal!

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