Fire from ice.
Wanting to turn someone on - get them hot and bothered - that's what we want to do when we write erotica - isn't it? My little dictionary widget gives this definition of erotica: literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.
But what arouses one person doesn't necessarily do diddly-squat for another. Okay - today it's windy out. Wind Advisory level windy. The bare branches are tossing around and the trees are straining against each other. The sound of wind turns me on. Don't ask why, I don't understand it. But it does. If I had the time today I'd write myself a wind story. (Note to self: write some wind-based erotica.) I understand why the weather forecasters just love to be outside in a hurricane - they are getting off on it - no doubt about it. Why didn't I go into meteorology? We don't have TV - I miss good weather porn.
Last night I hosted an erotic poetry evening. In my opinion it fell flat. Maybe it was the audience, maybe it was the venue, maybe it's the economic climate. Being worried about your livelihood is one hell of an anaphrodisiac. Of course nobody (well, with one exception) there knows about this new erotica thing I've got going on. So it was a weird evening for me. I don't like hiding what is an important part of who I am. Did it for most of my life. Thank Eros I've gotten past that for the most part. But not completely. For instance - I'm a little nervous mentioning what I did last night. Notice I didn't link to it. Hahaha.
So I'm finding it interesting what I'm drawn to write. Longer stuff. I've been doing Alison's contests without missing one since I started in December. I view them as writing prompts. But I have trouble with the 250 word limit - hahaha - I regularly have to edit edit edit (I'm a bit anal about not going over the word limit). As a result I've realized that most of what I write in the future will be longer. I like the build-up, the exposition, the foreplay. And that's hard to get with a quickie. Which is so different from my poetry - which tends to be short and concise - for the most part.
Being so new at this, I'm fascinated with the whole process of writing something designed to elicit eros while at the same time being a pleasure to read just because. I still keep thinking about the story that EllaRegina wrote that I enjoyed so much that I was inspired to write my first flasher contest entry.
So, I'm wondering - what AM I wondering? - Haha, was just interrupted by my husband asking me if I was having internet issues because he was (he works from home too) - and my train of thought was derailed.
Okay, here's my question: What inspires you to write a piece of erotica vs. something else? Is it a conscious decision or does it just happen?
This is my way of easing into something some of us newbie erotica writers are thinking of doing - sharing a discussion through our blogs about what all is involved in this erotic whateveryoucallit (I just tried to google for fetish names to find the one that would be appropriate but there are well more than 9 million entries - don't have the time - hahahahaha).
I've got an admission to make. I've never read a book-length erotic novel before. Have pretty much stuck to short stories. And so I'm hoping to find the time soon to read some - especially seeing as how a number of recently "met" erotica writers have novels out or coming out (I'm not going to link to them all because I'm sure I'd miss somebody and then I'd feel like shit, hahaha).
Well, I'd better finish this up since I still have way too much to do today. But at least I got a chance to write this! Hope it didn't jump around too much. I'm not very focused today.