This is a new experience for me. I think because I am so used to writing these blog entries and long, expansive prose, that I forget (skills I certainly had while at university) how to be concise and sharp with my writing. I am, however, happy that I will get better at this, the more writing I do for other people.
To explain, do you remember yesterday I talked about writing for Inspired Quill? Well today I finally got the hell around to doing it and put together the first drafts of two subjects that have been chewing at my brain cells for just about six weeks:
Swearing In Literature
Pornography vs Erotica
Now both of these were great fun to write and very difficult to keep below two thousands words. I might have happily kept going for reams and reams, with proper quotes, citations and input from research from all manner of other sources. But these articles are intended to be short and, for my first venture into the field of writing articles I wanted to keep it simple and tidy. Each piece is about 1,100 words and refers mainly to what I have experienced personally and what I feel to be true.
I’m not going to go into too much detail about the articles. I want IQ to be able to look at them, tell me what they want to edit and then publish them at their leisure without worrying that I have recreated the words elsewhere. However, before I do that, I’ll double check with them the in-house rules regarding my posting the articles here, or linking across to them. If I can do that, then I’ll happily post them here so you can all read them or else you can visit the IQ website along with everybody else. Haha.
I had particular fun writing the Pornography vs Erotica. That was the easiest to write and the hardest to keep short.
As you know (it says in my tagline) I do write ‘smut.’ However I do this under another name and haven’t done for quite some time. First of all, it was simply yaoi, mainly for the amusement and titillation of various friends with the same interests. In fact, back in 2007 I wrote a 36k word monster of a yaoi ‘short’ story. I wrote it especially for a friend as a birthday present and made sure that it featured characters from one of her favourite anime shows. I’m gratified to say she was absolutely thrilled with it (and still more with the original artwork I included in the bound copy I eventually presented to her) and that she keeps pestering me for another. I did start a second piece, in 2009, but I’m yet to finish it off because other projects have taken priority.
When I did branch away from yaoi – i.e. more into erotica rather than just gratuitous porn – I looked at stories and ideas that were close to me. These shorts were often about the beginning of a new relationship or the gradual growth in understanding about one’s own sexuality. The reason I stopped doing these is because they were all written in the first person and I didn’t feel that such a style was quite strong enough to give over the emotions I wanted. Its restrictive and I wanted to be able to explore the thoughts and feelings of everyone involved, not just the primary character. One piece called ‘The First Time’ and another called ‘Truth Seeking’ are both, for the moment unfinished because of exactly that. Both of these were started in 2009.
Since these stories are for me, rather than other people, the motivation to work on them is slightly less. Its a shame, because I would dearly love to come to the ending of ‘The First Time’ particularly, because it has begun in such a sweet, gentle and shy sort of way that it reminds me very much of myself. Talking to Carol Leeming during the party has made me wonder if I can touch on work like that again. I suppose that once Clash is done I’ll be able to do exactly that before diving back into SORB. In fact, I probably shouldn’t rush going back to SORB because Martin at
Talisman SavageMojo is currently doing another read for me and it would be silly to rush off and do more while while someone is still looking at it.
Hmm, maybe this really is the moment to start looking at smaller projects then?
I’ve talked myself out of it so far, over and over and over, but since I’ve talked about ‘Truth Seeking’ and ‘The First Time’ in this blog, I will put excerpts here when they are done. Then you can see the type of thing I’m talking about.