Sunday, 18 May 2014

My Writing Process

In lieu of writing a real blog post today, because I am a lazy ho, I'm going to have a go at doing the meme Blacksilk did recently, sharing her writing process. Like her, I'm not going to tag anyone - I'm just going to post it here with the comforting knowledge that you'll find my answers so awesome, you'll immediately run off and write one yourself.

Credit for this one goes to SheBoppin. since they thought of it first, apparently.

Anyway... post!


What am I working on?

Officially, I'm working on a couple of pieces of erotic fiction told (as is the way) from a female point of view. The bit of erotica I wrote the other day is one of the rare instances where I actually wrote as a boy. In any case, I have about three stories that I've started but haven't finished. I suck at getting things finished.

The same goes for the soft porn script I started writing, the novel(s) I started while at university, and the musical screenplay I'm meant to be revising for my family to perform. But when it comes to sex writing, once I start something I like to finish it. Hence why the blog posts vary wildly in length!

But in reality, I'm not really working on anything. I go from day to day, often writing something but also sometimes not doing so. There's nothing that's unfinished that I'm genuinely aiming to work on enough to finish. I'd rather write ten more blog posts than something else the same length that's never going to see the light of day.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It depends, but I think I'll focus on my blog posts here.

Okay, you all know what I'm going to say. There aren't many straight male sex bloggers. There are some, certainly, but there aren't many, and I think out of all of them, I'm one of the ones that posts the most frequently. But then again, the things I write are somewhat varied: the things I focus on most are dreams I've had, sex I've had, views and opinions on sex, soft porn reviews and conversations with my friends. Amongst other bullshit.

A few of these things I haven't seen on any other blogs. I've rarely seen softcore mentioned outside of my own blog. I don't often see transcripts of conversations with friends - I think those are some of my favourite posts to write - and when it does come to writing about my feelings, I won't try to hide them. I think it's a shame to pretend everything's OK, especially when it isn't.

The thing about writing my blog is that I'm not actively trying to be different. I started it back in 2007 when there were markedly less sex blogs around and I didn't have much of an idea what I was doing, except that I had plenty of opinions to share and addictions to confess. I still have that mindset - I'm not trying to please anyone or achieve anything in particular - so if there's something that's unique on here, it's just me being me! And I'm different!

Why do I like what I do?

Well, why shouldn't I? I love creative activities, I love words, I love sex and I love computers. I also love cake, but that doesn't contribute... much!

In all honesty, writing ILB is the best thing I've ever done. It's a creative outlet which is unparalleled by anything else, and I've got plenty of artistic endevaours which I've tried over the years. This is one of the ones that stuck and, for me, it's the one that comes most naturally.

I'm not sure why that is. I can't pretend to be an expert in sex and sexuality. But I'm still finding things to write about after seven years - so I must be doing something right!

One thing that I do love about sex blogging is the community that comes with it. I'd never have guessed that I'd meet dozens of new people and good friends when I started, so that's a bonus and a half!

How does my writing process work?

I know I'm going to sound awful here, but I never redraft, nor do I check or revise what I've written. I start writing whatever it is I'm going to write, and I write it until I finish. I don't like interruptions and I don't want to have to second-guess myself, so I don't give it a readthrough when I'm about to post.

Despite this, I often do read back over what I've written (out loud, as if I am performing them on stage; they usually read quite well) usually months after the first time I post it, and then I'll notice a rogue typo or missing letter which I'll hastily put back in!

I don't like to stop, but if I am suffering the occasional writer's block, I tend to go and make myself a cup of tea, and by the time I get back from that, I'll have thought of a way to continue. And I'll have tea, which is never a bad thing. This was more effective in my old house, where my bedroom was as far away from the kitchen as possible, so I had more walking time. Here in SH, everything's so close together, it hardly feels like a break at all!

So, yeah - no redrafts. You can probably tell, too.

One thing that I mentioned at Eroticon (which prompted someone - I apologise for forgetting whom - saying that she'll never look at a blog post the same way again!) was the fact that, due to Blogger changing its default font sizes, I always start with one line of HTML to keep the font size at 85% (the previous default size for "small"). So, in every case, that's the very start of the writing process, before the first word.

I'm hardcore, me.

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