Have you ever read a novel that takes place in a fantasy universe based on Medieval Europe, or a historical fiction that is set over a hundred years ago, or thousands of years ago, or a story that happens on a different planet to a race of people that have no knowledge of Earth’s civilization or culture? Then, once immersed in these carefully crafted worlds, the writer uses an idiom, simile, or references something that completely pulls you out of the story because they’re using an expression that doesn’t fit with the story time or setting? One of the things that always ruins the reading experience for me is when writers use out of place expressions.
Many writers will write an erotic or explicit scene at some point in time, and many ask themselves – is this really necessary? Perhaps you’re writing a steamy scene to attract a target audience. Perhaps you’re writing it because it’s important to the plot or character development. Or perhaps you’re writing it because it gets you off.
Hey, I ain’t gonna judge!
No matter the reasoning as to ‘why‘ people write erotic fiction, one thing is obvious; a novel tends to lose it’s credibility as serious literature the moment it crosses the arbitrary line into ‘overtly pornographic’ for the sake of just being erotic, and nothing else.
When I was in college, I had professor poo-poo all over the entire fantasy genre, and it bothered me greatly. There is nothing more pretentious to me than someone who scoffs and claims that all fantasy is just fairy tales and has no deeper meanings or greater substance. Now, of course, there is plenty of fantasy fiction that, to be fair, is pretty shallow as far as deeper meanings go, and just exists to provide easy to digest entertainment, BUT that can also be said for all the other genres in fiction. What these snobs don’t realize is that fantasy can be an excellent lens through which writers can critique the world around them and even the everyday social issues that we face in our own modern time.
I have officially completed writing Book 1 of the Convergence Series (Torn Apart). 30 chapters! (Well 29 + the Prologue) at 115k words. It took me 3 months and 5 days to complete the entire book 😀 I am going to take a little break from writing for the next 2-3 days then I’m going to get started on Book 2 in the series which will be titled “Blood Bound.” I’ll still only be uploading just one chapter a week (every Friday). Sorry to slow-walk you guys, but at least take comfort in knowing that with the story completed you won’t be left hanging and if you’re patient eventually the story will be up in its entirety for you to read.
Torn Apart (Convergence Series Book 1) Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Werewolf, Action, Adventure, Angst
The dimension of Chaos seeks to converge with their world, and the only way to stop it – is with blood. A powerful priestess must sacrifice everything to protect her world from the coming of this great destruction, but when her childhood friendship with the Lycanthrope, Varg, blossoms into love when they are reunited as adults, how will she choose? Will she fulfill her destiny to fight against the great convergence, or will she sacrifice everything to be with the Wolf King who loves her? In a world of magic, demons, and shapeshifters, will they be united, or will they be torn apart?
Ah yes, I can’t tell you how many times I hear people complaining about clichés in fiction whether it’s fantasy, young adult, romance, or any genre really. Clichés and the writers who utilize them are everyone’s favorite punching bag. Why just the other day I saw this meme:
and thought…Oh shit, I’ve written something like that myself!