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30 Days of Writing: Romance

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing?

Do I ever.

I'm kind of tempted to leave it at that, but that would seem to violate the point this exercise, so. ;) Yes, I write romantic relationships; I'd say a solid half of my fic is poking at a 'ship, one way or another. Paine and Nooj by far the most often, especially in my first few years of writing, largely because I find their dynamic fascinating. I have discussed this before, often and at length, so I won't go into all the details here, but it's safe to say that I'm not done turning over the rocks of this pairing yet, even if I don't spend as much time writing them these days.

I write plenty of other pairings, too, some based on requests, others because I see interesting possibilities to explore. I rarely write romance for the sake of romance; I write romance because I want to see how romantic involvement or UST affects the interaction of the characters. I have a hard time writing romance or UST between characters if I don't see a basis for it, either in canon or in their general personalities. Even when writing to prompts, I have to come up with a "hook" for a pairing, some reason that they would be talking, interacting, interested in each other, making out...

Which takes to the last part of the question: the porn. I do write sex scenes, but not usually very explicit ones. A lot of soft focus and fade to black. Partly it's circular: I don't write explicit sex often, so I don't have a lot of practice, so I don't feel super-comfortable in my ability to write them well, so I don't write them very often... I sometimes feel like I ought to get more comfortable, but most of the time, I feel that I can tell the stories I want to tell without them. My sex scenes are as character-driven as anything else I write, so unless I feel like the explicit details help show something about the characters or their relationship, I don't bother with them. There's definitely a place in my life for porn without plot, but I have no interest in porn without characterization, as either a reader or a writer, in original fiction as well as fanworks.

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3_2_1
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
I do write sex scenes, but not usually very explicit ones.

Well, now I know what you're getting from me for on next challenge meme.

*cackles*
owlmoose
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Well, there *are* still slots on the alphabet meme... ;)
auronlu
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
"There's definitely a place in my life for porn without plot, but I have no interest in porn without characterization, as either a reader or a writer, in original fiction as well as fanworks."

THIS. OH THIS.

I refer to the latter as Nametag Porn, because it's basically two or more anonymous bodies wearing proper nouns.


I sometimes wonder why many of us write and read so much romance. I wrote a lot of romance in college, I realize in retrospect, yet I think most of us are into genfic and characters. I guess it's the most common way to explore relationships, and there is a vicariously satisfying component (even when writing of imperfect or downright dysfunctional romance), but I think most of us are capable of imagining many other sorts of relationships, too.

(She says, while writing an Aulu reunion scene on one side of the computer and an ff_yuri_drabble on the other.)

Edited at 2010-07-29 06:44 am (UTC)
owlmoose
Jul. 29th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Nametag Porn

Heh, I like that one too.

I agree that there is an overemphasis placed on romance, in society at large but particularly in our storytelling, and I try to make room for interesting, complex family/friendship/partnership relationships as well. And when for whatever reason I get the idea that two characters are "just" friends, I can be very stubborn about it (Paine and Gippal, Balthier and Fran, Harry and Hermione, Lightning and Hope, etc.) And I can find non-romantic relationships just as satisfying to explore. But I am similarly stubborn about the couples I see as romantic, or potentially so. Once something becomes my headcanon, I can have a hard time letting it go.
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