I’m exhausted… just completed the editing of a sex scene in the manuscript.
Shew! Did that ever drain my brain. Still have 3 more of those to edit.
Maybe I should take a cold shower before I tackle the next one. LOL
“Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly every day.”
Slash fiction is a genre of fan fiction that focuses on the depiction of romantic or sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex.While the term was originally restricted to stories in which male media characters were involved in an explicit adult relationship as a primary plot element, it is now often used to refer to any fan story containing a pairing between same-sex characters, although many fans distinguish the female-focused variety as a separate genre commonly referred to as femslash. The characters are usually not engaged in such relationships in their respective fictional universes.
“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.” ~ Baltasar Gracián
Each evening before going to sleep, I snuggle all comfy in my bed, turn on my reading lamp and lose myself in a few chapters of a gay novel. It’s the time of day that I look forward – to escape my perception of the world and enter the creation which someone else has written. Books are stacked next to the bed that are waiting to be read, many more sleep on overly stuffed shelves across the room, those are the adventures that I have already read.
During my vast reads, I have discovered that there are two different kinds of writers in the field of gay (man-on-man) fiction. One would think that one gay fiction would be similar to another, at least I thought so, until I discovered the author’s gender makes a difference. Male authors tend to write with a sense of “drama” with exciting fast-paced plots and engaging characters. Not to discredit female authors, but their plot lines are softer and more predictable. There is another aspect that seems to be prevalent between the two, in that male authors do not take the reader into the private bedrooms. They tend to close the bedroom door, leaving the door barely ajar, so that the reader gets a glancing peek into the private sex lives of his characters. While the female writer flings open the door, revealing a microscopic view of the sexual encounter. It makes me feel like a voyeur, that I am intruding on something that I was not welcome. Not to mention the fact that I enjoy my reading time as a time to relax — not wishing to become aroused, where I will be left with a tired hand covered in lube. If I had desired erotica, I would have clicked on the laptop.
Mind you, I am not bashing female gay novelists or females in general. Yes, I am a gay male, but I enjoy the company of females, but I prefer to be laying with a man in my bed. I am simply stating an observation, with a sprinkling of my own reading preference thrown in. However, I have come to understand that a female writer is writing for a heterosexual female audience (who would have thought that straight women would want to read about gay male romance?), while the male is writing for a gay male audience.
Now that I have come to grips with why there is a difference in writing styles between the genders, I can appreciate both writing styles. Yet, I prefer novels written by men. To read those, does not require a bottle of lube on the night stand.
“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison
Ending up with 17 extremely lengthy chapters, I was not happy with the flow and what seemed like a “long-read”.
Looking at the first chapter, I began breaking the manuscript into smaller segments. Re-reading the modification, I was surprised at how fast the segments read and how the flow had improved.
Breaking all seventeen chapters into smaller chapters (averaging about 6 pages each). Without cutting anything from the story, I broke up the chapters by scenes, resulting in 53 quick read chapters.
Not only does Auf Wiedersehen – Journey to Goodbye read faster, but editing has been made much easier as well, working with the smaller chapters.
“The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea.” ~ Thomas Mann
I made a 2010 new year’s resolution, to challenge myself to do something that I had not done before. Not a simple challenge like building a model airplane or putting together a puzzle, but something that would really challenge me. For months I considered my options but nothing inspiring.
One May afternoon while reading a collection of over 300 email that my boyfriend and I had shared during our time together. I realized that I was looking at a story that I wanted to share with others.
Using the collection of email as a crude outline, a story exploded on my laptop screen. Page one lead to page two and another and another. Interesting characters entered the story with challenging situations and obstacles.
Three months later, a rough draft was complete. The rewrite began and then the next rewrite and another. Six rewrites later, I had a full fledged manuscript that told a story which began from a real life experience had transformed into a novel of fiction.
This blog is my accounting of my world of writing gay fiction.