[Smut Marathon] Round 2 Is Upon Us

As the voting ended for the first round of Smut Marathon and the results were revealed, I don’t think I was alone in having the following thoughts: 1. How have I done?, 2. What feedback will I get? And 3. What is the next assignment going to be? You can read my thoughts on points one and two in Smut Marathon Round 1: The Votes Are In. This post will cover my thoughts so far on point three and the assignment we have now received.

Once again as per the rules I can’t share with you what the assignment is. I can tell you though that when I open the email containing our instructions I was genuinely excited. I think it is a great assignment. It is one that my brain feels ready to attack due to some previous writing tasks I have engaged in. If the last round taught me anything though it’s that being prepared and feeling proud of your entry doesn’t actually mean you will do well. I’m also pleased with the creativity it allows for. While still challenging us to hone skills that we may not have perfected, or even to gain skills we don’t yet have.

IMG_6834.JPGOne of the things I am doing differently in this round is having more options to choose from. With the last entry I came up with two ideas, but couldn’t shake the idea that my initial metaphor was the one to go for. Hindsight as they say is a wonderful thing, and I wish I’d plunged into the depths of my mind for some more ideas, and been less precious about the metaphor I loved most because it made me feel something.

My second idea from the first round is below for those people who might like to see what else I came up with for the last assignment. Which I now know would probably have garnered the same feedback. I really do love a comma! I didn’t really give it the attention it needed though to come to anything more substantial. Which means that in this round more ideas will be jotted down and given a chance to be developed into something wonderful.

Kiss, click, I come undone, my body unfurls, with need, in peace, submission granted, I am home, at your feet, your passion released me, you are my love, my key.

In terms of the feedback I received and the feedback I took on from other peoples pieces, there are a few things I will be working on this time round. Punctuation, watch out commas I’m coming for you. Sentence structure and structure of the piece overall. I’m also going to be more aware of including useless words and be cautious with trying to over explain things. I think I need to be a little more subtle sometimes and let my readers draw up their own imagery, instead of directing how I’d like them to see the piece.

I know some people have been left questioning themselves and their decision to enter the Smut Marathon since the results and feedback from round 1 were revealed. I hope that every one of the 75 entrants who submitted to the first round do so for the second round too. Each round is so different from the other, and I suspect from future rounds too, that you just never know what you might learn or how you might grow by giving it a try.

I understand being wary of receiving the feedback and having your confidence shaken. IMG_6833Especially if you mainly write to share your personal experiences, it can be hard to suddenly be hit with critiques of how your writing isn’t quite on point. Many of us suffer with imposter syndrome from time to time and I think Smut Marathon may trigger that in many people. Remember you are not alone though. We are all sat at our computers, or on our phones during a commute, wondering what on earth we are going to write. Even those of us who have come up with something, are going to be wondering if what we’ve written is good enough to submit.

Our deadline for this assignment is March 3rd and voting for the second round opens March 4th. I hope we will have even more people reading and voting in this round, and I get a feeling that we will all be doing our best to leave more feedback than we did in the previous round.

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4 thoughts on “[Smut Marathon] Round 2 Is Upon Us”

  1. Oh Floss, I could absolutely hug you for this piece of writing. You have hit the nail on the head with so many of your observations… the imposter syndrome, the learning in each round, the having your confidence shaken…
    Each round is different from the next. Getting high points in one round doesn’t guarantee it for the next. The most important thing is to keep on writing, to keep on challenging yourself and most of all to have fun!

    Thank you for writing this!

    Rebel xox

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    1. This made me smile 🙂 I’m not sure what I’m enjoying more, the actual Smut Marathon or blogging about it, lol. It really has taught me so much already, and that is just from the feedback from round one and from reading the blog posts attached to it. I hope even more people get involved next year, so they can experience it too x

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