[Smut Marathon] See You Next Year!


BlogDaysOfSummer, Smut Marathon / Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

As regular readers will know, I entered the Smut Marathon 2019 earlier this year. We have just received the result of round seven and my Smut Marathon journey has come to an end. 

Everyone who enters the SM does so for different reasons, last year I entered because incorrectly thought I’d do fairly well! I left in round two in 2018, with a much clearer understanding of the phrase ‘pride comes before a fall’, as I nursed a bruised ego and took a long hard look at the feedback I was given and my attitude towards my writing. 

This year I entered to beat myself. I wanted to get past that second round. That was my main goal. When that happened I hoped I would make the halfway mark, which was round five. I managed that with a couple of extra rounds under my belt as a bonus, so overall I am happy with my SM achievements. 

In truth, I was also expecting this result. Which I suppose is easy to say in an effort to save face, but as this week’s Wicked Wednesday prompt is ‘authentic’ I promise you to be entirely genuine about my thoughts surrounding the recent results. 

The prompt for round seven was a photo prompt. Padlocks locked in place on a bridge. I took a similar image myself whilst on holiday in 2017 and submitted it to F Dot Leonora for a Friday Flash prompt, she subsequently used it and I wrote a piece of fiction, What Love Is, inspired by it. When I saw the prompt for round seven my heart sank. In my head, I’d already had the idea for this round but I’d already written it, which meant I needed a new story but I just couldn’t get my head to comply with that fact. 

I could only come up with one scenario that involved a padlock and it was torture to write. I wrote it though because despite trying to remain open to another idea, nothing else came to me. Once my story was written is was dull and not remotely sexy, so I did what I could to inject some sexy as well as a side serving of emotion and off it went. 

I had no faith in my entry though and very little love for it, and I think that drips into your writing and it makes it a story that people are less inclined to vote for. A few days before the voting ended I still hadn’t thought of anything better but I did ask myself what I would have liked in a potential idea and in truth, I wish an idea had come to me that would have allowed for more smut, more perversions and definitely more oomph. 

Each round of the Smut Marathon presented its own challenge and it made me wonder more than once if I’d do it again next year. The truth is all along I knew that if I won, which I didn’t expect to, then I’d sit it out in 2020. On the flip side of that I also acknowledged that only winning would stop me returning, so next year I will give it another shot. Not with the aim to win necessarily but with a view to building on the things I have learnt this year. 

Another reason I will definitely join again is that I love being involved in something alongside other bloggers. Each year I connect with someone new through the Smut Marathon or have more exchanges with someone I was already following on Twitter, or via blogs. That in itself is a great reason to be involved. Yes, we are all competing against each other in each round, but certainly, for me, there’s also a huge amount of cheerleading going on too. I want my blogging friends to do well, regardless of my own performance. 

I was disappointed to see that E.L Byrne left alongside me because she’s awesome. But I was delighted to see that Cousin Pons, bluesubmisson and Zebra Rose are through to round eight. These are bloggers whose sites I visit regularly, whose words I love and whose personalities shine through the internet and brighten my days when I see them pop up. I will be cheering these folks on now with boundless enthusiasm and I hope very much to see at least one of them in the final. Although all three of them would be amazing! 

Up until this round I have loved all the stories I have submitted to the Smut Marathon and one of the things this has cemented in my brain is how important it is to me to write stories I am passionate about. Whether is a tale that is sweet and loving, or a twisted tale of taboo, I need to be invested in my words and my story, otherwise what I create isn’t my best work. 

I would love to see some new names competing in next years Smut Marathon, and maybe some returning names from 2018 as well. There are lots of folks writing great smut who have yet to give the SM a whirl. I think as an exercise in learning about yourself as a writer it is an excellent idea, provided you are willing to see it that way I suppose. 

In the interest of total honesty, I was mildly disappointed to be correct about how this round would play out but it didn’t last long. I have got a lot on at the moment and life isn’t slowing down any time soon. As thrilled as I would have been to continue in the SM, having one less thing to think about has actually come as a bit of a relief. 

To those who still remain in the competition, I wish you all the very best of luck. I cannot wait to see who makes it to the final. I know who I’d like to win, I know who I think might win, they may or may not be the same person. You will have to wait until it’s all over and maybe then I will have some further thoughts to share with you as a voyeur of the final few rounds. 

11 Replies to “[Smut Marathon] See You Next Year!”

  1. I was sad when I saw the results on my screen, and realized you were knocked out, as I really hoped you would make it to the final round. I can also imagine your despair when you saw the photo prompt and realized you have written that story already 🙁
    I am so happy to hear you will be back in 2020! Thanks for your continued support, not only of the marathon, but also for the other writers!

    Rebel xox

  2. Floss the effort and time required to substantively participate in this challenge is enormous. It’s not just writing the stories—it’s also reading and voting on all the others. And there are a lot of others. Your accomplishment is fabulous but your diligence in participation is commendable. All the best in your future. Maybe once I retire I’ll see if I can last a round or two.

  3. I’m so in awe of anyone who participated (and everyone who votes and comments regularly because that is a lot of work too!), never mind making it as far as you did as a writer! Awesome job, and a very thoughtful piece about your process.
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  4. I’ve been toying with the idea of trying it out next year and you’ve convinced me! I really do want to become a better writer and like you have said, I could learn a lot about myself. Thank you for being so open and honest about how you felt. Congratulations and making it this far and I look forward to reading your stories next year.

  5. I was sad to see you didn’t make it! I’ve been cheering for you silently over here throughout the whole competition. I loved your last story and hope to get my feedback submitted soon but have just been too busy. Thank you for rooting for me and I will do my best to make you proud!

  6. I really really rooting for you. You were one of my top five to win this year because your put out some solid pieces for the competition. I totally get not loving the story you submit though. You’ve had such a great attitude throughout and that’s to be commended. Better then mine last year by far. Look forward to seeing you in next year

  7. I’m sorry you went out Floss. You’ve written some cracking stories in the smut marathon. I only just crawled over the line with my whimsical story in a French romantic comedy vein. I’ll most probably need a following wind if I’m to continue. Thanks for your very kind words and continued support. It’s very much appreciated. I wasn’t too keen on writing about locks either but at least I hadn’t already written a story on the theme as you had. That’s a bummer, as they say in the Times Literary Review. I’m so glad you’ll enter again next year. x

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