I have been writing like a maniac. This is good, right?
I resurrected an erotic romance story (novel? novella?) I started about a year and a half ago with many chapters, and supplemented/edited it in the past few days. I think out of the 50k+ words, probably half are ready for an editor to go through with a fine-tooth comb. But I’ll get the rest completed first before sending it out to have it proofread. I plan on publishing on kindle.
So that’s on the romance side of things.
On the memoir, I took a break this week. I spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood last weekend, some of which was new (to me) as told by my mom. Other things were shifting around in my memory. It’s exhausting reliving the events from that time, especially because of the trauma that happened, so distance is probably not just a good thing for my emotional state, but also a necessity to maintain clarity.
In addition, I also wrote some other things.. I’m a little perplexed with the readership though…
Let me give you some back story:
About two years ago, I embarked on an experiment by writing erotic flash fiction, steamy multi-part romance stories and some pure erotica. I picked that niche and played around with it mainly to gauge if I was able to push beyond my comfort zone and maybe drop some inhibitions. Open my mind to some possibilities, just to shake things up a bit. 😉
I felt like my writing had hit a plateau and figured a change was due. Some of you know about my mantra:
If not now, when?
So, I came up with some stories and experimented with them. I asked myself:
Can I write this type of content using embellished imagination, really dig deep into the creative outlet?
So I did that, and in recent months, published a few ‘less descriptive’ pieces here on this blog, as well.
As far as my two year experiment is concerned: I was surprised at the results. Not only did I enjoy writing this type of content, I gained a slow but steady readership.
But here’s what perplexed me the most:
The bulk of my followers (about 200) who make themselves known by liking and/or commenting my stories are male. 🤔
I always thought men preferred visual stimulation over written erotica.
My style of erotic writing is not vulgar (far from it). I don’t use porn-y lingo (mostly – it depends if the scene warrants it or not). 🙃
I do write descriptive, steamy scenes but often stop short before the ‘act’ itself is consummated, leaving much to the reader’s imagination. Most erotic fiction I’ve come across online focuses on the act itself. Not me. I work on the slow build leading up to the act.
Like I said, I began this adventure as an experiment, one I’m surprised I’m still playing around with two years later. I’ve dabbled in this niche mainly because I wanted feedback on my writing style; soft, not crude or coarse, focusing on desire, arousal and fulfillment, not obscene or profane sex.
Here’s the interesting thing though:
My initial target audience expectation was midlife women, like me. I geared the style of writing toward the women in my demographic. I thought for sure the GenXers would read this stuff.
I mean, there are some, and of those women there’s a small portion who live in or practice alternative relationship styles, such as power exchanges or kink. I know this because they write about their lifestyles and I read them too.
I checked my last few posts earlier and noticed at minimum, at least half (usually more) of the likes came from men. It’s kind of eye-opening.
Now, perhaps this has something to do with the character(s) I’m developing that has their radar up, that makes them coming back to read more. Or, perhaps they’re just searching randomly for tags that touch on some of the topics that interests them. I do use tags in all of my writing, and it’s also a method I use when searching content for research purposes.
Either way, I’m intrigued by this development. I had no idea that men liked the softer version of written erotic romance when I first began writing this way.
Which makes me wonder, if more women in my age group knew about soft core erotica, would they read it as non-lurkers?
My experimentation continues, at least for the remainder of this year.
So, on that note, I’m off to continue my writing. Lockdown weekend is upon us, again, and frankly, there’s not much else to do. May as well focus and get it done.
Hope everyone is doing well out there. See you in the comments.