Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone – Lost Bets and Time Travel Erotica

I’ll start this post off with a cautionary fable:

“Once upon a time, some writer guy got drunk on St. Patrick’s day, lost a bet, and had to write an erotic short story involving time travel, much to his embarrassment. Moral of the story: Don’t make stupid bets while drunk.

The end.”

If you haven’t guessed by now, that poor writer is me.  Now if you’ve read my first book Shadow of Wrath (*Warning, Shameless Plug* only $2.99 for a limited time), you’ll know that my stories tend to be edgy thrillers filled with action, violence, and a smidgen of romance. Erotica is definitely something I haven’t put into my work…yet.

Over the weekend I started writing this erotic time travelling fiction piece entitled : The Seeds of Time , though my friends recommend me using the title Time Sluts — which I rejected on the grounds that it was a pretty offensive title.

Anyways, after giggling and blushing my way through 2500 words, I’ve put it on the back burner so I can go back and concentrate on my next book Awake the Ghosts, the sequel/continuation for Shadow of Wrath.  However, the one thing I can say about Seeds of Time is…I’m glad I wrote it.

Why?

It allowed me to explore a genre I was uncomfortable with. I experimented with this entire concept of eroticism, taking one step further into developing my genre repertoire and allowing me more flexibility to include sexuality into my writing. I’m not saying that my books will become ‘Word pornos,’ but now, I feel more comfortable including sexual situations in my book if it fits into my story (and believe me, sex will play an important role in my main character’s growth).

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, write something that makes you uncomfortable, and perhaps you’ll become comfortable with it. It’s like learning a new language or a skill. I know this kicks the entire concept of “write what you know” in the teeth, but you know what? Fuck it. Write something different not for anyone else but for yourself.

No genre caters to everyone, but you might surprise yourself as to what you can produce if you write even 1000 words of horror, hard science fiction, fantasy, erotica, romance, western, etc. The vast world of imagination is not limited to only what you’re used to.

On that note, for those that are interested in reading the sexy stuff I’ve written so far, feel free to sign up to my mailing list, and I’ll send over these precious 2500 words. Who knows, if people like it and want to buy it, I’ll finish off the story and put it up on Amazon.

Read 2500 words of Seeds of Time (or Time Sluts for those who like that name better).