Erotica or Not?
During the last few weeks, I’ve been spending time away from home. The business travel is nice, but gets old pretty quick and as strange as it seems, I really enjoy getting back to the hotel to spend some time alone. Sure the isolation gives me some freedom to play, but like many of the trips I have taken, this one gave me a chance to sit back and think. I’ve been working on a new book after spending time focusing on some of the shorter pieces. This new book is longer and reminded me of something my friends have told me over and over again… that I am not really a hard core erotic writer.
I don’t know if that’s true, but the thought had entered my mind this week and was much more vivid as I finished up this most recent piece. How do we look at erotica? Is it just about the sex or does it have more meaning in it’s pages? The more I thought about this the more I looked at some of my favorite erotica authors. They are all different and while some focus on the quick short stories that build up quickly with an intense climax at the end, others have enough of a plot to understand why the “romance” is really necessary. Some of the authors I have read are erotica authors that those who don’t read erotica, think is erotica… I tend to call some of these writers porn writers. No better or worse than any other author. Everyone has their own interest.
This made me ask myself if I was a true erotic writer or not. I’ve written about this in the past, but this time I think things are different. I think I was more of an erotica writer before and slowly – as my writing has evolved – become more of writer of fictional stories. What do you think?
I write about people and really get into the characters head when I write. Sometimes too much, but when I complete a piece and go back through it, I find that the story, is much more about the character’s conflict and not about the sex. Don’t get me wrong, the sex is still there and is graphic, but it is not the entire story… at least I don’t think it is. Even my short stories include enough character backstory to make the sex scenes trivial.
So, if I am not an erotic writer anymore, what does the future hold? Does this mean my writing has evolved so much that I don’t need to be as graphic or is this just a mood or a phase I am going through? I am curious to get your thoughts, leave a comment or retweet and tell me what you think.