Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Twisted Sister

Well, here I am pondering sexuality and eroticism. Dark Inheritance wants to be very dark. Very erotic. Very spiritual. Very demonic. All at the same time.

My question is this: If the story wants to be that way, what aspect of myself wants the story to be like that?

Some sexually wounded part of me? Some kinky part of me? I so wish I were saner -- sexually speaking. Then I could stand afar off and say, "Aha! This is how the story should be told." But alas, there are those sexual struggles and wounds and proclivities. What to do?

But the problem goes even deeper. So much of my soul wants to talk about the cruelty in the world, especially the cruelty shown by religious people to other folks. Yeah, i know, it's old. But maybe that's why it's old, we really don't have religious writers dealing with it.

Anyway, what to do? I don't want my story to be full of bitterness. But perhaps some stuff has to be put into a story in order for a person to be healed. Must think.



Dawn Fortune said...

I envy your ability to write fiction. It is a skill/talent that I never developed that I have always admired. I have no advice about the characters in your book wanting to go places that make you uncomfortable. Perhaps you could let them go, just to observe where they go, and then use your editorial pen to correct and change the parts that you truly find offensive. Is there harm in letting them go where they will? I mean if you reserve the right to change and limit what gets submitted to the publisher? Might there be a chance of something really profound and healing coming out on the other side of this dark journey?
I do not know. I am asking real questions. My friends who write fiction tell me all the time that the characters do what they will without the author's say-so, it seems. I do not understand it, but I believe that it happens. Enough fiction writers have described it to me that I believe. Eh. Let them go. You are the final arbiter of what gets sent to the editor. Exploring dark places in the safety of fiction is far less dangerous than doing the field research yourself. Be safe. Be well. Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Oh, you must have read my Twisted Net blog recently, huh? :) I am encountering same problem with my novel which I will be editing heavily. I don't want it to be preachy(but it seems so to me), and I want the sensuality in it without feeling off. I think I would feel off because I'm Christian, but Christians make love too, right? I don't know...I hope you find the answers soon.

Your friend.

Carole McDonnell said...

Hi Erica:

Yep, I read your blog. And the myspace blog too. I don't post to the myspace blog though. But I go there.

I know you can do the editing. It seems that maybe God is calling all christians to honest art. A true witness delivers souls. But we can't go overboard.-C

Carole McDonnell said...

Hi Dawn:

Thanks so much for the suggestions and the blessings. I try to let the characters go. And yes, it's true that characters do what they will. But as authors we can real them back. The thing is once we discover who they are we can't remove some aspect of the character simply because we don't like them. But authors have some control... basically the control is what kind of characters they intend to write about. Once character is established we allow it. Trouble is... christian fiction world has issues. And secular fiction world has issues. Christians often walk around talking about God in regular conversation but secular people would think it weird cause to them it's abnormal. And Christians tend to have flaky sexualities as much as non-christians. But Christian fiction always has fairly missionary sex and sweet courtship. I have to figure out if my characters rein themselves in or not. Or if their sexual issue is born of them or their upbringing or is part of the demonic issue. Plus I want to be sexual without being destructively overly-sensual. A real thing to ponder. So, gotta think. -C

Dawn Fortune said...

I am fascinated by the fiction-writing process. Bless you for your efforts. I lack the patience to let things develop like that. I tend to force things. I was trained as a newspaper reporter, so I write quick and dirty to get it done and move on. Doesn't do much for character development. Good luck with the project and happy Thanksgiving!

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