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An old adage wisely advises that you only get  one chance to make a first impression. I think that is equally true when it comes to writing. As a reader myself, I know that I have little patience for a book that does not catch my attention right off. I’ll give a book a few pages, maybe even a chapter,  but something has to draw me in, or I am moving on. There are far too many books to read to waste time with one that doesn’t get my attention.

When that comes to books dealing with TTWD, be they spanking, DD,  BDSM, erotica, or whatever, the conventional wisdom seems to be that the best way to get people’s attention is you get to the good stuff quickly. I’ve actually had an  editor tell me that readers in this genre want that quickly. I learned a lot from this editor and honestly believe in most cases they are probably right.  However, in this one particular case,  I have to respectfully disagree. Long before I was the author in this genre I was a reader. I still am. As many of my fellow authors can attest I absorb books voraciously.  As such, while I realize that not every reader has my interests, I think I have some insight into what a reader wants. And frankly, what matters to me  isn’t  some sort of wham bam thank you ma’am jump right in set up.

So what does matter? I need to know your characters.. They need to matter to me..I need to understand their motivations. Why does he or she feel the need to but forgive or accept a spanking?  In the same way that not everyone in our community wants the same kind of relationship, not every character does either. It’s important  for me to understand why a particular character wants a particular dynamic or reacts a particular way. Because I want that as the reader, I try very hard to create it as a writer.

Secondly, I need an actual plot. I detest books that simply jump from one spanking scene to the next or one sex scene to the next. I don’t need to know the entire plot from page 1, but I do need to know there is one.

Really, it’s as simple and complex as that. If you really want to make a good first impression from the beginning, I need to know and care about your characters  and their story.  As a writer, I know that’s not always easy. I have a chapter in a current WIP that I have rewritten three times in the last week. I may write it another half-dozen times before the characters finally begin to walk and talk. To me, that’s what it takes, and that’s what’s vitally important about any beginning. It’s not about the spanking or the sex. To make a really good first impression, it has to be about the people.

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