erotica

Write What You Know

eroticaHow does a writer get an idea for a story? The old saying “Write what you know” comes to mind.

Recently, a new follower on Twitter sent me the tweet “You’re really beautiful, so I take it you write all your novels from an autobiographical standpoint … Research & all.”

She was sweet, and I took it as a compliment, but it got me thinking. Was she suggesting I’d lived my characters’ lives?

I write erotica. It’s fiction, though a lot of who I am shapes my female characters. They’re strong women who love deeply, travel the world, and have sex with men—sometimes multiple men at the same time.

So … is my writing a thinly veiled autobiography? And if you write fiction, what does “Write what you know” really mean?

It’s not about events, as I can assure you I have not experienced everything I’ve written. For me, it’s about the emotions associated with events. The extent to which I can connect these emotions to an experience, whether real or imagined, is what breathes life into characters and their stories.

How I can write about the beauty of Thailand without actually having been there? Research it. But how can I convey the magic of falling in love there if I’ve never set foot in the country? The answer is I’ve fallen in love before—that is the part I know. Along with fear, longing, lust and a range of other emotions, I weave stories from my imagination.

The measure of good writing is how successfully you connect your fiction to your readers—on an emotional and an imaginary plane.

 

 

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Eden Baylee writes erotica incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. She enjoys weaving together stories with edgy themes, and sex is but one way to do it. Her first book, Fall into Winter, a collection of four erotic novellas, is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.

Her second book, Spring into Summer is set for release July 2012.

Connect with her via her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

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