One story down, a couple in the work in progress pile–novels, baby, novels–but now I have something else in my head and I need to work it out–
The last few days I’ve been given the push to do a little erotica. Maybe not like I once wrote, but the urge is back. As I wrote yesterday I the last few days I got to where I decided to show my Trusty Editortm some of the things I did in my bad old fetish days, and all of a sudden I’m giving opinions in my erotica writer’s group and I’m writing about it here and . . ..
And I’ve started a new story.
It’s probably going to be very simple: hetero couple meeting, hooking up, getting down to business . . . probably won’t be a lesbian or magical transformation in sight, but I promise it will get the juices flowing.
Is there a reason I’m writing this? Yes. Because I need the practice.
Writing is a skill, and if you don’t work it out now and then it gets rusty. Writing in particular genres requires skills as well: you can’t be a straight up horror writer and then suddenly switch over to science fiction and expect things to go swimmingly.
Erotica is the same way. It takes the right feel to make it work the way it’s suppose to work. I mean, sure, fucking in the back seat of a car could be seen as erotica, but if the set up involves a couple of horny teenagers in a dire need to get off, the chances are you’re not writing erotica, you’re writing smut, and that is not the same.
Or to put it another way: if you’re writing a story about the cable guy coming over to adjust things and the woman of the house is Asia Carrera, chances are good you’re watching Logjammin’, and if you think he’s going to fix the box atop her TV you’re being fatuous, Jeffrey.
I’m rusty at the erotica game. I’m playing with a story simply to get my chops back in shape, and also to show my Trusty Editortm how I think it should be done, since they’re interested in the genre and might even want to try their hand at writing their own story.
There is something else I’m considering as well: publishing the story here on my blog.
It’s going to be a simple story, and I don’t actually expect it to see the light of day. As I said, it’s an exersize, and probably the only person who’ll see it is my Trusty Editortm. Since I have my 100th post coming up I was hit with the thought: hey, why not show people what I can do here?
Of course this would be set up with NSFW tags all over the place, because I expect it to go places that . . . well, I could give a shit if it shows up at work, but I know managers are often tight asses, and I certainly wouldn’t want to get anyone in trouble with their dumbass boss.
So . . . if anyone’s interested in seeing this short story, drop a comment and opine.
Who knows? You try it, you might like it.
Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, I’m totally doing this story in Scrivener for Windows beta, and so far I’m loving the experience. If you write, you need to use this tool.