Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fifty Shades of Red Revisited

Several months ago when I mused that due to the Fifty Shades phenomenon erotica would be the next big genre, an interesting conversation ensued here and I finally had to confess that I would never be able to write it myself. Several readers left comments echoing those sentiments.

But I’m always up for something new, and having written some fairly steamy scenes in my first novel, I decided to try my hand at full on erotica. Just to see if I could do it. Just as an experiment. A challenge if you will.

As I was considering possible storylines I recalled a conversation I’d had with a friend some time back. Something this friend had said struck me as a wonderful title for a book, and I’d filed it away in my memory for ‘someday.’ I had never thought of it as an erotica title, since I was never going to write erotica, but now it sounded like the perfect title for an erotica novel. However, the very title itself required the story to include an element of infidelity, and I quickly discovered, by perusing some erotica publishers’ websites, that infidelity is verboten. Back to the drawing board. (My friend and I were disappointed—it could have been a good story.)

So I came up with a new idea and got to work. I soon discovered that writing erotica is rather fun—quite a bit of fun actually. And the only person I’ve allowed to read it, my Dear Husband, has been impressed. But there’s the crux of the matter. I can write it. I just can never let anyone read it. Ever. The thought of anyone I’m not married to reading my erotica writing is horrifying. You talk about Fifty Shades of Red—fifty wouldn’t even begin to cover the shades of red I’d be if someone else read it.

Or is what I actually fear the idea of allowing someone I KNOW to read it? Could I let perfect strangers read it? Something new to ponder. In the meantime I look on it as a good writing exercise. An exercise which most likely will stay hidden away on my flash drive.

Happy Writing!


  1. I haven't tried writing erotica...yet...but I've read some and enjoyed it. Like every genre, if done well, it can be great. If done poorly, it can be a big disappointment. The genre doesn't interest me enough to pursue it for myself, but I'm pleased to see so many authors being very successful at it. Like you, if I were to write erotica, I wouldn't want anyone reading it, which kind of defeats the purpose! LOL. :) My hat is off to those who let it all hang out and aren't ashamed to show it. Bravo!

  2. Good for you - trying something new. Even if only your husband reads it - you did say he was impressed. That is always a good thing, even if it is family.

  3. Great post! I applaud the fact you made the attempt to write it AND you let your husband read it. Writing is sometimes about pushing boundaries and discovering what we are made of creatively. Even if you never share this story with anyone else you know you ventured into the unknown and that makes it a little more titillating - a bit like wearing naughty underwear under a conservative suit.

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