Thursday, 9 April 2015

Bea Loved

Romance as a genre covers a wide range. From fairy-tale ‘happy ever after’ to the ‘better to have loved and lost’ themes. Through historical fiction to contemporary drama to a futuristic voyaging of the stars in a space-capsule made for two.

Then there’s the edgier type of story. The sort the womag market would blush to read: Erotica.

I lost my writing cherry yesterday when I wrote my first erotic short story! I did it to prove I could. It was an interesting experience to say the least. The naming of the parts was tricky. Anatomical words made it sound like a biology lesson. Colloquial terminology made it read like a bad porno movie script.

Should it be tender or thrilling? Gentle in tone or incite fifty shades of contention in the reader? Does it sound sensuous? Or merely a smutty tale whispered behind the bike shed?

There isn’t a definitive answer to writing the perfect erotic tale. All I can say is I enjoyed writing my story. Although I think it is a good attempt, I am too embarrassed to allow anyone else to read it so I shan’t get objective feedback on whether I succeeded.

I found it stretched me to write out of my normal genre. It was good for the writing muscle. Do you experiment writing outside your normal market?

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