I wrote a smutfic. You can read it here, if you want to (warning: yaoi, non-con, pwp)
Here's a big discussion about writing. There is no smut in this post.
Here's why writing is difficult.
First, let me just say. Writing two of my favorite characters doing unspeakable things makes me feel like some kind of benevolent yet sadistic god. And that is a feeling I like.
The downside is that there are tons - and I mean tons - of smut words that I hate. Not that I won't read them, just that I hate them too much to use them. I don't mean I won't use them when just chatting or something. Just that to me, their literary value is nil.
Literary? I thought you said smut!
Just because it's smut doesn't mean it has to be poorly written or lose any literary value! Hell no I'm not suggesting that smut qualifies for a Hugo or something. Just saying that if it's worth writing, it's worth writing well. And to me, writing it well includes not using some of the words. Lots of the words, actually.
It's like trying to describe a soccer match without using the words ball
. I take it as a personal challenge. (Also, you can't use the words sphere, orb, or toe.)
Not too bright, sure. But hey, avoiding "those" words allows me to sleep at night.
I bet this sounds kindof insane, but usually when I write, it's like I'm a director and the characters are the actors. Even though I am guiding the plot and the action, each character still has the freedom to interpret his or her own part. This means that sometimes I am surprised by what a character does or does not do in response to external plot elements. Like, a "Wow, I didn't expect she'd just walk up and slap him." or sometimes even "Whoa, he was a CIA agent the whole time!"
That part might have actually sounded sane, but this next part, this would be the insane part.
Sometimes characters talk back to me. "Look, I know you wanted her to die, but I am incapable of killing. Make it an accident or something." Me, the sadistic god, "OK, but it is an accident that you cause. Get your angst on."
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "You know, for someone who talks about writing all the time, we so rarely see any of your works!" That's true. I used to write a lot more before I got the internet (I'd say that was around 1998 or 99 or so). I had a really great Red Dwarf fanfic, but I lost it in a reformat several years ago. Unbeknownst to most, I DO have original works, but most of them are unfinished because I get sidetracked or because I was overambitious. I should do what vermilionsparro
does, and post portions of stuff as I produce it in a journal. But I am so paranoid about idea theft. One time, we had a green light for a television show. I was to be the head writer, and I would unplug my computer from the internet, write some stuff, print it out, delete it from my HD, and only then would I reconnect to the 'net. (The studio that was behind us was bought out in between concept and production, and the new studio canned it, so you don't get me on tv yet :)
Anyway, the point is... I guess I don't have a point. I just wanted to record this for posterity or something. I love hearing about how other people's creative process works, so I figured I'd share mine. Share yours!
In other news, I HAVE HAD A LOT OF COFFEE.. and I wnat more. I am wired as hell and I LIKE IT. I'm all :