Sunday, March 13, 2011

Naughty Bits

Have you ever been embarrassed about what you wrote? No because you thought it wasn't quality writing but because it was... well... naughty?

I'm trying to focus my work. In the past I've been a bit all over the map with it (as I am with my reading, to be honest) so I wanted to pinpoint "what is it I really love and can truly be passionate about?"

Many moons ago, I thought I would write romance. A massive market welcoming to new writers. One problem: I wasn't an avid romance reader. I've read some really good ones and some really bad ones. The bad ones only ignite that old writer's cliche: well, I can do better than that! But was this really where my passion lay? No pun intended.

Who do I read? Michael Crichton and Robin Cook: stories I enjoy immensely even though they can make my brain hurt. Not something I could write. Clive Cussler. Also really enjoyable stories but... I can't see myself writing action/adventure. Maybe from the woman's point of view? Create a female Dirk Pitt? Hmmm... file that thought away for later. But what do I read the most? Horror. Dean Koontz, John Saul, Bentley Little. I have two faves who I read absolutely EVERYTHING from: Stephen King and Laurell K. Hamilton. So, as a big fan of horror, why not focus my writing in that direction? I still am a romantic at heart but I can work that in with the scary. Okay, you talked me into it.

Right. So I have my genre, Paranormal Romance to be exact, and I'm writing away on the project that I'm excited about, when I get to... the Sex Scene. Lemme just say I have read some really good sex scenes in my time. I think I can write them as well. The problem is that now I have to let someone else read it. I'm blushing just thinking about it. What are my kids gonna think? Is my mother going to read this? Are people going to look at me sideways now? Maybe this is why writers drink. How does one release that creative flow without holding back, without being afraid of what others might think?

I wrote the scene. And I think it's good. Now if I can just work up the nerve to see if anyone else likes it, too.

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