Endmaster's Map to (Im)Mature Story Writing
So you think you’re hardcore and edgy enough to write a level 7 taboo breaking story on the maturity scale do you?
You farking wish!
Many people have come here thinking they can just splatter swear words on the page, write a few unimaginative sex descriptions and hit the publish button. If they’re ambitious, they might add a disgusting description of something that they probably saw on some shock site or the deep web, but that’s about the extent of their creativity.
Page after page of how the protagonist had non-consensual sex with various things while inserting various things inside themselves and swearing like a patient with Tourette’s Syndrome does not a story make.
It’s just farking stupid and everything you thought was funny and oh so clever is just going to get farking deleted by the mods because that’s what happens to crap stories around here.
Now assuming you aren’t just trolling for the lulz and really do want to be a hardcore writer, here’s everything you need to know about writing a mature story without it breaking the rules or being so crap that it gets deleted. Now pay attention, because I’m not farking repeating myself. (Unless you read this article multiple times)
Before we start getting to the meat, keep in mind that this is just a basic guide of this topic and is geared more towards new folks that have little to no experience.
I should also point out that at this time there is no level 8 maturity rating. I know it seems like there should be since the scale goes up to 8, but if there were a “level 8 story”, it would be breaking most of the rules on the site.
So level 7 is as hardcore as you can get and it’s farking enough because most new folks can’t even get that farking right in the first place.
Anyway, let’s get this one out of the way first because it’s the main one people ask about.
This isn’t a farking porn site; and you can’t just write a story where the main purpose is to describe people farking page after page. If you want to do that, you’ll just have to go elsewhere. We need an actual plot to these stories. Why? Because it makes us care more about the characters who are farking if there is some deeper meaning behind it. What can I say; we’re romantic that way.
Even if your story is love or dating related and a relationship is going to the main premise we still don’t need a blow-by-blow description of any actual act of sex. Sometimes less is more. So it’s suggested that you tastefully write a sex scene this way:
And then they kissed and spent a magical night together...
See? Very tasteful and the reader can imagine whatever they want in their demented heads.
However, I get it. You want to push the boundaries and be all controversial…well okay, you can a little bit.
And then as they embraced, she moaned in ecstasy and wrapped her legs around him like a boa constrictor as he thrust into her with the power of a bull elephant and they enjoyed their magical night together…
Slightly more graphic, but still tasteful. You aren’t going on a five-paragraph rant about the act and mentioning all those nasty bodily fluids and you still got the point across.
Going back to what was said earlier, it helps if you space out sex scenes and only include them when necessary to the story. After all sex scenes weren’t the whole point of the story and you DID have well-structured plot and developed characters, right?
Okay, moving on…
You’ve got a little more leeway here, especially depending on how descriptive you’re going to be. It isn’t so much how much violence you put into a story, it’s how you’re describing it.
For example, if you write a story where say thirty people can die and you explain each of those deaths like this:
He shoots the guard who collapses to the floor.
You’re pretty much in the clear.
Now if you wrote a story and only five people can die, but you explain each one of those deaths like this:
She screamed in agony when the chainsaw messily sliced into her vital organs. The masked maniac laughed as the fresh warm blood splattered all over him and the stench of her innards enveloped his smelling senses. This event was everything he dreamed about and he made his dream even better when he brutally plucked out her eye with a rusty spoon and popped it in his mouth enjoying the squishiness of the ocular jelly.
It’s at that stage where you’re getting graphic, and need to raise your maturity rating accordingly. Though I suppose that was the whole point, since you were the one trying to be hardcore and all. However there are still a few things to keep in mind.
Gore description are a little less disturbing to some if you write the particular scene in a ridiculous over the top way. It’s really going to depend on the overall tone of your story of whether this is going to work or not.
The other thing is sexual violence. Don’t just farking throw it in for the sake of throwing it in. If putting rape (of any kind) in your story is absolutely necessary from a story standpoint, then you do what you have to do, but it is still probably on the safer side to not go into great specifics about the actual act itself.
As the naked masked maniac loomed over her, she knew the unthinkable was about to happen and she was powerless to stop this monster from defiling her. All she could feel was sheer terror and hopelessness of her situation.
And end scene.
It got the point across and you didn’t need to go into the gruesome details.
3. Controversial Subjects
The regular ol’ in-out and ultra v might be good enough for your average writer, but you want to be REALLY hardcore! You’re going to make a story about being a Nazi who enslaves poor kids from Africa for their child sex slave ring!
Yeah, better think again.
Unless you really think you’ve got what it takes to even approach certain subjects in an intelligent manner, you really should leave such things be, let alone attaching the main character to them. Last thing we need or want is a pedophile protagonist.
(And this shouldn’t need to be said, but I’m saying it anyway, for fark’s sake do NOT write a story with a farking pedophile protagonist)
The general rule of thumb here is don’t just include something taboo to be edgy. Actually have a good point to it and incorporate it into the plot of the story.
In general don’t glorify the subject either. We’ll use the Nazis as an example because they’re a safe villain and I don’t want to keep referencing “pedophiles” in this article.
Now say your protagonist has to go undercover as a Nazi to sabotage their work. Maybe he has to fit in as them to complete his cover and that might include doing something a little more than just bad mouthing Jews. He might actually have to kill a few. It might be either that or failing the mission (and possibly getting killed). Creates a nice little dilemma of choices for you to design for the protagonist.
From here you can also explore how farking horrible the death camp conditions are and the terrible shape the prisoners are in. You can also explore the possibility of how one of those guards isn’t just the usual master race loving, Hitler saluting Nazi. He’s just there because it’s the best way to support his family. He doesn’t particularly enjoy his job, but it’s either this or getting outright executed leaving nobody to support his family. The protagonist might even sympathize with this guy on a very minor level, but it doesn’t change the fact he’s the enemy and the protagonist can perhaps use the guard’s shaky dedication to Nazism to their advantage when it comes to choices.
My point is, this is all a somewhat reasonable way of approaching a setting like the Holocaust without being too distasteful about it.
Now the thing you’re going to have to keep in mind is if you are going to do a story surrounding a controversial subject, you’re going to get some people who are going to hate what you’ve done no matter what. Doesn’t matter how tasteful you approached the subject.
To that, there is no solution. You’re going to have to deal with people not liking you even if you’re writing a non-controversial story, so you better be double prepared for it if you’ve shoved stuff like incest and necrophilia in your story.
Hey, you’re the one who wanted to be hardcore.
Okay last, but not least...
Really this one is pretty farking tame compared to the others, but I’m including it anyway since some still find “bad words” to be well… bad.
Mileage is going to vary in what is considered too much, but you probably should at least use the swears in a reasonable manner according to the story. If you’ve set your story in a crapsack world, then swearing is probably going to be more acceptable for example. Still, unless the characters are a bunch of criminals or something of that nature, they probably still shouldn’t be saying “Fark this and fark that.” every two farking words.
One thing you might want to keep in mind is that it isn’t so much what the characters say, but how they say it. A swear laden conversation can be amusing if done correctly. The more creative you use the swears the better off you’ll be.
And that’s probably all the main issues.
Now one last thing, if you dig around you can probably find a few stories which seem like they break the “rules” that I’ve just mentioned (Possibly even all of them) and are still rated highly.
My answer to that is, this isn’t an exact farking science, and it all depends on how well you write. There are other articles on here that can direct you better in that regard, but the better writer you are, the better you’re going to be able to judge just how far you can push the “boundaries” and still produce a well written story.