Date: 09/13/2007 11:25 AM Title: Chapter 1
Two more great stories - again, I want to tell you that you are a very talented writer.
And thanks for writing so much back! I have already read it several tiimes and will continue to read it. I have read Stephen King's book and found it excellent, as well - I like the "writing" books that have a practical approach to them and his definitely fits the bill. I actually just bought Orson Scott Card's book - how funny is that! - but I haven't read it yet. I'm not so hot on science fiction, but stumbled across Ender's Game several years ago and, I mean, how can you not bow to a master at the craft??? God, he's a good writer. I bought his writing book simply because he had written it. Now I'll take it off my shelf.
I knew you had to be "older" (I'm 37) - there's no way you can have the kind of insight into relationships and emotions that you have without having lived through a few of them. The emotional depth of your stories really carries them - that is a good thing. If it's just "sex, sex, sex," it actually gets pretty boring pretty fast and I start skimming. But give me a little meat with the gravy - give me that bit where Sirius thinks about what James and Lily have and can't quite put his finger on it - baby, I'm hooked!!!
I'd like to keep talking to you about this stuff, if that's ok with you.
Theresa (pen name 108)
Hi Theresa! I'm terribly behind on just about everything these days, so sorry for my late reply. September is one of my busiest months work-wise, and moreso this year because I was off for a few months due to medical issues. Coming back and being bombarded was a bit of a shock to the system. :-P
I'm definitely more of a plot-centered person than a PWP-person when it comes to my writing. (she says as her one PWP was just recognized for Featured Story this month! *g*) I mean, sure I enjoy the smut - both for reading and writing purposes - but I tend to prefer...a reason for the smut to be there, not just "I'm/we're horny". I have to admit that I sometimes find it difficult to write a lot of smut without feeling like I'm constantly repeating myself. Whether or not I do doesn't even matter - it's that I *feel* like I am. If that makes sense. I always want there to be something unique in each fic, especially when it comes to smut, but then there's the whole "pattern of progression" of sex, which is a hard trap to break. Plus, you don't want to make it so complicated or put them in positions that only skilled acrobats could manage, where it becomes silly or unebelievable. :-P
I'm always in awe of those authors who can churn out smutty story after story. Then again, I think I'm harder on myself - less forgiving, and that gets in the way more often than it should. But my interest in the characters goes beyond their sex lives, and I like having them interact with others. There's a fine line sometimes - especially in one-shots - and I'm always worried about writing a story that screams, "ooh, look, my pr0n is pastede on!" Even when I'm writing for exchanges where "it's all about the smut" like merry_smutmas and hpspringsmut, or where my prompt asks for "hot sex at the Burrow" like with this particular fic, I'm always conscious of that. Granted, I don't always succeed, but I try to make it more than the sum of the parts, I guess. With "Games", my prompt was basically "R/S established relationship, mild D/s, Remus wants to try a new kink/toy; Sirius freaks out." I could have gone the PWP route with that quite easily, but I chose to go a different route because the PWP way was, well, unsatisfying, for me as a writer. So there's that, too.
The fic I'm working on now, I came up with what I think is a pretty decent premise for the pairing requested, but I spent weeks agonizing over how to integrate the smut into the plot without falling into the 'pastede on' trap. We'll see if I succeed. :-P
I really enjoy Orson Scott Card's stories despite my issues with a number of his political and religious views, and his anti-fanfic stance. I met him once (and got a bunch of my books signed!) and he was very pleasant and intelligent. His book has a lot of really good insights into writing as a craft, so I decided it's best that we simply agree to disagree. :-P And of course it's okay. As you can see, I'm very talkative - when I find the time, anyway!
Thanks again! I'm really glad you enjoyed the story!