Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Frolics: Plot or Pants


YES, it's Friday and we're back on track!


Little too excited there? Maybe. I'm just starting to feel stronger...life has been a challenge lately, but that's another blog...and all my planning is back on track. Which, you guessed it, another lame lead in:

HOT authors, what do you think works best for our genre - plotting or being a pantser?



Generally speaking, plotting. It happens that sometimes I deviate from the plot, but usually plotting works best for me. I have a general idea of who the characters are, personalities, likes and dislikes. This pretty much gives some idea of what the characters will do or how they will react to situations, especially sexual situations in erotica or erotic romance. But of course, there is the flexibility that if I think of something else that will fit a character's development or interest, then I can go with it if the change feels good.



I'm writing short stories for bedtime, but because I'm working through the months/seasons I do plot them out a little. I try for the celebrations happening in each month, the weather, what may just be part of my characters' history.

With that said, the stories sometimes have taken off on their own. Moving ahead based on one word. The ending for box set 2 took me for surprise as I hadn't planned part of that story until set 3.


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Frolics: Done and overdone

Hello February Friday!


Into our second month of 2017 and hoping it's a great year for you all.

My weak lead in this week? How overdone are my openings...hey, howdy, hello...so what's overdone in our HOT genre?




I haven't read much erotica or erotic romance, but I'd guess what's overdone is the number of people jumping on the "50 Shades of Grey" bandwagon. Yes, "50 Shades" revealed that there is a sizable readership for such a subject, but that doesn't mean people should jump on the bandwagon. Try to be creative. And, oh yes, not every character should be a rich CEO or young college graduate. There's other people of more humble means in the world.




The wham bam thank you whomever. Tossing a story together just to toss a story out there, I'm tired of slapped together reads.



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Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Frolics: The erotic story arc

Finally Friday.

Have you been getting back into the swing of things, those post-holiday days can be more stressful than the pre-days. My writing has taken a toll...the mind struggled to maintain and is now struggling to get back into the flow. Which is a bad lead to today's question:


Every story genre has its own story flow, arc, is there/what is the one for erotic writing?

Let me first state...I love our HOT authors' input, they know their genre and teach me so that hopefully I'll have better questions this year...thanks Musers!



The question oversimplifies the genre. There is no one story arc or even flow as erotica can come in many forms... fantasy, contemporary romantic stories, paranormal, adventure, and plain smut. Each is unique and it the intent is to write a good story, the writer has to pay attention to the tropes that are appropriate for that subgenre. Conversely, in general, all storytelling uses the basic Joseph Campbell heroic myth arc (which is the elegant version of the Lester Dent formula for popular fiction)... the characters have a situation that gets complicated by internal needs or external desires and are forced out of their comfort zone. Their attempts to rectify things seem to work, but actually creates new problems that continue to get worse. Then comes the final straw, where all is doomed to failure... unless. The main characters take actions and either succeed or fail, but the situation is finally resolved.

(adding when asked again...I don't want to miss any of Kurt's insights)

In general, in erotica the arc simply follows changes in circumstance and characters resulting from sexual experiences. That's too simple, but reasonably accurate. Having said that, I think that the absolute best stories in any genre are those that defy all clichés. Authors often react to market forces, which suggest readers expect certain tropes. The truth is that defying the clichés and ignoring tropes is the genesis of great stories. But it’s dangerous, and they have to be done well. The writer has to be willing to fail.




Well, I haven't read enough erotica or erotic romance to decide if there is a separate story flow or arc compared to other genres. But, I suppose that it can't be that much different from non-erotic writing. There's fully developed characters and a plot with a beginning, middle, and end, and of course, one or more crisis to propel the story forward to a conclusion. I'm thinking that the sexual journey of one or two, or more people, is central to such writing. And of course, whether this sexual journey ends with Happy For Now or Happily Ever After. So, I guess, the one thing that separates this writing from other genres, is the importance and impact of the sexual journey.



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