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Saturday, September 24, 2011

More about the creative writing process

My Internet has been down all day.  So I thought I'd create a post that I can hopefully get onto the blog when service is restored.  This one is less about the erotica itself and more about the technical & creative aspects of how I write.

I've been complimented from time-to-tim about my writing quality (not to brag) and I thank everyone for that as I really appreciate the remarks.  But it's not really a "natural" ability that just flows out of me.  It's the result of simple multi-pass refinement.

What I am hoping to do with this post is show you how almost anyone can achieve the same level of prose if you're truly dedicated to doing so.  I'm going to write an uber-short "erotic story" right now from scratch and show you how it develops into final form from a less than auspicious start.

Now the end result probably won't be anything special, but the point is to notice how it vastly improves during each pass.

First draft:  (Throw ideas down, get the general direction... ignore all errors)

He walked by window, noticed light and saw girl undresing. Hes undetected so split decision required to walk by or ssatify lustful pervy need to peep.  Checkuing around no one out that obviously sees him so he hides and watches her finishi undressing for night. Just as light in room goes out he finishes slef-pleasuring.

***

OK.  So obviously the above is very short and crappy quality.  It's riddled with spelling mistakes galore and incomplete thoughts.  But the purpose is to record the initial idea flow as it occurs to me as quickly as possible.  I never stop to edit unless I make a mistake that's SO bad I won't be able to decipher what was even intended when I go back to edit.

Now having completed the draft, I can go back and address each idea, expanding it as I correct all of the obvious mistakes as well.

First edit:  (Fix errors, further refine text & story ideas.  Add some ambiance)

Coming home from the bar he noticed a light emanating from her bedroom window.  Not really intending to peek, but still... the sexy young coed's partially-undressed body was clearly visible from the street.

He had a decision... walk by and be thankful for the brief exciting view or stop and watch this young lady.  He was on the fence, but had to decide quickly.  Glancing around to ensure no one was present, he slipped into a dark shadow to watch her.

He really couldn't help himself.  The spontaneous display was just so exciting.  So he stopped in the shadows, unzipping his pants and turning his attention to his own sex organ.

The moment only lasts briefly as she finishes undressing and then reaches for the wall switch and extinguishes the light.  But the moment lasted just long enough for him to complete his perverted pleasuring outside her window on this dark, but now noticeably warmer, evening.

***

OK, so after first edit it's much better.  This might be the point I stop at for a blog post or other partial idea.  But for most stories I'm intending to publish, I'd go back at least one more time (more likely 2-3 times) refining and embellishing the story each pass.

Second edit:  (Embellish story.  Add even more ambiance.  Start to develop/describe characters.)



Coming home from the bar Tom was enjoying the cool still night.  There had been a new moon earlier in the week so it was mostly pitch dark.  The darkness made it easy to notice the contrasting light emanating from her bedroom window.  Not really intending to peek, Tom simply couldn't help it... the sexy young coed's partially-undressed body was clearly visible from the street.  Her blond hair, long and straight, hung down in front of her already naked b-cup breasts .  Her skin was tan and smooth and he imagined how soft it must feel to the touch.

Tom had a decision... to walk on by and be thankful for the brief exciting view he'd already seen or live up to his name and decide to stop and "peep" this young lady.  He was on the fence but had to decide quickly.  Glancing around to ensure no one was present, Tom went with his genetic male tendencies and slipped into a dark shadow to watch her complete her undressing.  

She was just starting to remove her pants and even from a distance of about 12 feet Tom could make out the tattoo, a simple red heart, located right above her pubic patch and peeking out from the top of her white panties.  He could also see through their thin fabric that this beautiful girl was not a true blond though she did seem to keep things trimmed up nicely.

Tom really couldn't help himself.  The excitement of this spontaneous display had already inflated his sex organ to half-mast.  Without even considering the risk he unzipped and removed it from his trousers now eagerly coaxing his cock to full attention.

Without a moment to spare Tom's body, or most specifically his groin, had quickly reached a heightened sense of arousal which peaked just as the sexy girl, now fully nude, extended her dainty hand towards the wall switch that would extinguish the light.  Fortunately for Tom, her body had turned to face the window straight on and her full-frontal nudity was all the visual stimulation Tom needed to complete his perverted pleasuring outside her window on this dark, but now noticeably warmer, evening.

***

So the story is still nothing special, but it's quite a lot better than the mess I started with in the hasty first draft.  Now honestly I wouldn't normally write the first draft spontaneously like that.  I would have already planned out the scenes, mentally and in outline form, ahead of time.  

But the point simply is... when it comes time to write, what I feel works best is to not get bogged down spending lots of time during the first draft creation.  Just getting ideas down is the most important part.

Then expanding the story, fixing typos, or adding flowery text can all come later during subsequently editing passes.

So if you have a desire to do your own writing, but feel like you cannot attain the "finished quality" of some other things you've read, just remember that those pieces mostly likely got to that level through this multi-pass refinement process.  

Give it a try yourself.  It might not work for you initially (or at all) but I happen to know that quite a lot of writers do in fact use a process very similar to this.

And if you have no desire to write at all, but still read this far anyway, I hope you found this post to be entertaining or enlightening.

xxx
Gina

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