Well, some of you may have noticed I didn’t post many stories this summer. That doesn’t mean I didn’t write much, it’s been a very productive summer, but it has all been big stuff, novel length stuff, that has mostly been both frustrating and difficult.
So let me talk about how each of these rules has played out.
5. Write beautifully, descriptively and in an unrushed manner. Create tension. Write poetically without fear.
This has been the rule that I have enjoyed following the most. I freed myself to write purple prose and to be flamboyant and poetic and I love how that has changed the way I write and in some ways changed the way I feel when I sit down and write. Good rule.
6. Seduce the reader. Make them squirm. Make them physically react.
This has also been a great thing to concentrate on. Making seduction of the reader one of my main goals has helped me write and has helped my writing. Good rule.
4. Stay away from both white-centric language (i.e. idealizing pale skin, pink parts, etc) and not using “colonialist” type descriptions of skin tones (i.e. ivory, chocolate, coffee)
At first I struggled with this, but it has both been getting easier and feeling like the right discussion more and more. Not only does it support non-oppressive language, but it actually makes me stop and think about every description and every character
3. Write about characters of diverse body types, gender presentations, and especially races.
I thought I had done this all along, but although the characters have always have been diverse in my head, I realize I haven’t written them that way. This has been difficult. In one of the novels I am writing, called “The Negotiation,” one of the lead characters is of Southern Indian decent and tall and in general a big girl. The other lead is white, but mixed racial background.
I tried to get into their family backgrounds and it got far more complex and interesting and difficult than I imagined. I’m still wrestling with that, but in general it has been positive and thought provoking. I’m breaking down how I describe characters and why I focus on the elements I focus on.
I hope to post more bits and pieces of that novel, but right now I am writing a lot of new stuff.
As well, in general, I’ve been letting my characters grow organically. Luckily I am attracted to all kinds of people. I’ve been trying to express that.
1. Do not play out actual power dynamics (dissimilar ages, teacher/student, boss/employee, experienced/non-experienced) and instead write about created dynamics between peers
2. Explore negotiated (even if implied, inferred, or prior) BDSM instead of scenes of coercion or force (even if obviously fantasy/metaphor)
These two have been the most difficult and have really left me questioning how I write and why I write and what I want to put out into the world.
I’ll be frank, deep down one of my main drives is to write fucked up things. I want to write beautiful things, real emotion, real sex, real hungers and pains and happiness and jokes and fun and fucking. A big part of all of that is fantasy. A big part of that will not simply be confined to the real world and real kink scenes or relationships between people.
A part of that is because when real people play and roleplay and fantasize, their fantasies are not constrained by reality or morality or even logic. It is one thing to write about two people pretending to be two other people, but throwing that into a story is a bit too complicated.
I want to write the story in their heads as they fuck. When she bends him over the bed and spanks his ass, she is playing out a narrative. In that narrative she might be his boss or a criminal or a dominatrix or his babysitter. Whatever. That is the story I want to write. I’m just struggling to rationalize that desire.
Do you know what I mean? What do you think?