As it happens, some stories take on a life of their own. My erotica - turned romance is turning back into an erotica story again. I thought I was done, and that the story was just going to be a very short novel. Then I knew that wasn’t true. The story wasn’t done.
I didn’t expect it to go from his story to her story. I didn’t expect to see the story from her side at all. Still, I knew it would be better finished from her viewpoint. She’s the more sensitive and meditative of the two, so any erotic scenes from her point of view would be richer in imagery and bring a female reader into her world better.
What I thought was the big finale turned out to be the midpoint. It’s the finale of his part, and a good closing point, but definitely not the end of their journey together.
So, here I sit, letting plot ideas for her story run through my head. The good news is her story doesn’t need to be as long, though it will be just as deep. She has her own transformation to go through, as relationships touch both partners, not just one. I’ve already got some of the basic framework down for her, I just need to fill in the details. As I already worked out her past, that can come back and affect her present with him.
It’s amazing how one novel can be going so smoothly and simply and the other can take such a winding path to being written. One was pretty well plotted and set from the start, while the other has been reorganized twice, and now needs more plotting work because it added to itself. Writing is definitely an interesting journey.
I have a couple of other story ideas ready for when I finish these two books. Both are somewhat plotted out already as well, in varying levels of detail. It seems that it’s the erotica and romance books that are more likely to wander from the plan than the adventure books, where the characters wander around the worlds. Maybe that’s the reason? A physical journey is easier to write than an emotional journey, as the surroundings make everything new for an adventurer. In an emotional journey, the journey itself is on the inside, and we’re complicated people. Characters would be, too.
Go have fun, learn about plotting, and write something!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.