Smut Marathon 2020 – Round 1 Thoughts

Day 29, post 28

This is my third year participating in the Smut Marathon. I always enjoy it because it gets my creative juices flowing. One thing I regret when choosing classes in high school and college is not taking a creative writing course. Which is a shame, because I excelled in those sections in regular English classes. I am glad that I have had a chance to join in on the Smut Marathon  since the beginning. I enjoy the entering the marathon because the tasks are challenging and get me to think outside of the box and step away from my comfort zone and writing style.

The first round of the Smut Marathon 2020 was to create a sentence that included alliteration. I have never been good at alliteration, so I found this task to be more challenging than previous assignments. The prompt left me feeling slightly confused, as I wasn’t sure how much alliteration I should use. I ended up emailing Marie (the one running the contest) to ask how much I should use (a whole sentence, most of the sentence, or a tiny bit). She replied back with “as much as you want.” I was hoping for something more specific, but I was at least relieved to know that as long as I had some, I was good to go.

I thought on my piece for a while, testing out different letters and words to alliterate with. I finally settled on using two different letters to alliterate with; S & L. My piece on the full entry list was number 27.

SLIPPERY SLIDERSLilly lathered lube liberally onto her silicone cock while smiling seductively at Sharon before sliding into her slippery snatch.

One thing that has always made me hesitate signing up for the marathon is the harsh criticism that we can get as writers from the reader. One thing I have learned though is that writing contests are a lot like food contests. It is all subjective. Just because one person likes a certain style, doesn’t mean the next person will, and so forth. It is all in taste. For this round, I found that readers either loved a piece or really disliked it. There were a lot that found things mediocre. I think this is the first year that I saw (mostly) only positive feedback. Some people found my story really hot. Some thought it had too much alliteration. Some thought it had just enough.

I personally picked (oh gosh, I did not mean to do that) pieces (now I am just toying with you) that had a lot of alliteration to vote for. Stories that played it too safe by only using two alliterated words did not stand out to me. I felt that if I had to dig for the alliteration, it was too subtle. I ended up picking ones that meant something to me. A lovely threesome, a carnal kitsune, my own naughty habits, clean sheets, etc. (all of these things I voted and commented on).

One thing I need to do as a reader is read the entries in small chunks. I found myself getting tired of reading if I read too many at once, making myself more liable to miss something crucial. By reading them in chunks, I was able to keep a fresh mind. As I read, I took notes of where I left off, as well as the entries that stood out. One thing I noticed with mine and Hikari’s entries was that when they are towards the beginning of the list they get more votes, and the farther down the list, the less votes we tend to get.

Overall, I think it was a good round, and I am looking forward to the next challenge.

6 thoughts on “Smut Marathon 2020 – Round 1 Thoughts”

  1. I actually remember both your entry and Hikari’s – that is a positive as there were 109 to read 😉
    I really hope round two works for both of you. Would love to have you in the competition when the tasks get longer x

  2. I am with May on her comment: I would love to have you in the competition for longer tasks. And you are so right about taste being subjective, not only for food and writing, but for anything in life. Thank you for your continued support for the Smut Marathon 🙂

    Rebel xox

  3. I enjoyed reading your perceptive and thoughtful comments on round one. I agree about reading the stories in small chunks. I like to take my time reading them and give everyone a fair crack of the whip, So to speak. I tend to read all the stories out aloud as well. I know how much effort everyone puts in to their entries and I like to repay that with a thoughtful analysis. Good luck for round two.

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