Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Today is the first time I have ever tried to write with someone else. Adrian and I have been toying with the idea of writing something completely outrageous and ridiculous for a few weeks. We started it today. Alien erotica. Yes, you read that right.

Full disclosure: This is not my preferred genre, and we both completely realize how insane it sounds. We're doing it anyway. Today we've written three chapters, which as any writer knows, is a LOT for one day of work. I've discovered that it moves much more quickly when there are two people trading off and that's it's honestly a lot of fun.

It's odd, too. Skipping most of the plot, going straight for the action and putting together the character development after the relationship is, at least somewhat, established. In an weird way, it's a challenge because it's not the typical way that I write. As much as I loathe to admit it, there is a certain formula to novel writing. In most genres, there is some sort of relationship. You introduce the characters, the plot, develop the characters, create conflict, add tension and move toward the climax, which is the wrapping up of the conflict. There's also likely a conclusion to the relationships you've created. For me, erotica is so far out of that comfort zone it isn't even in the same realm. Here's how it works: characters meet, get busy, you introduce some sort of present but not too important plot with a fairly easy to resolve in three chapters or less conflict. The relationship develops after they've fallen into bed and if you don't have some sexual contact in three out of every four chapters, you're going to lose readers. Oh, and nothing is off limits. As long as there is a lot of sex. As in, copious amounts of sex in multiple positions, places and with different people. And, the kinkier it is, the better.

Come to think of it, maybe erotica is closer to real life than other genres. Who woulda thunk it?

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