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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Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Frolics: Who to read?


Happy Friday, again.




Any plans (or did anything exciting happen, since we're a little late). Doing any heated reading?

Personally, I don't know who to read when it comes to our HOT genre, but I know who to ask:




I think that a number of writers of erotica do it because they think it's easy and a way to make money, not because they have any interest in erotica as literature. A lot of the assumptions about erotica evolve from the availability of those books, which can be relatively plot-less romps. From my encounters with many of those writers, they aren't even familiar with classic erotica, such as the stories by DH Lawrence, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, or Nabokov. It's not grounded in anything except the knowledge that sex sells. I have no trouble with that, because I think writers should write what they want and for their own reasons, and readers should read what appeals to them, it's just a shame that the current climate conflates the erotic with sex.



As far as recommending an author, Anais Nin immediately comes to mind. She is a wonderful writer of the erotic, and was one of the first female writers of the erotic. Both of her collections of short stories, "Delta of Venus" and "Little Birds" were published after her death. I haven't read Emmanuelle Arsan's novel, "Emmanuelle" though I have a copy and have seen the movie. Usually movies are not as good as the novels, but if the movie is any indicator, I should finally get around to reading the novel. And, that's about it, I guess. Truthfully, I haven't read much erotica or erotic romance, though perhaps I should.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Frolics: what’s coming up for our HOT authors


GO FRIDAY FROLICS!

Has there been a bit of a blip...yup and I wish it was as much fun as a frolic, but nope.

However...HAPPY 2017 and what is coming up for our HOT authors:




Boris and Bonnie will be hitting the Muse and other vendors' shelves this year. Working on the third box set which is taking a turn from what was originally intended.



What's coming up for Brent Archer? The third and final story of The Golden Scepter series is with Muse It Hot, and hopefully will be out sometime in 2017. This will also be the year I get the brentarcher.net blog up and running. Beyond that, I have another novel, tentatively titled The Officer's Siren, in the initial editing phase. There is another short story, The Wedding Weekend, also in the works. Lots going on in 2017. Stay tuned at brentarcher.com or follow BrentArcherWrit on Twitter.



I'm working on a major novel project (outside of erotica) and some shorter pieces that explore deep and sometimes dark, emotional regions.

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