This post was supposed for Carnival of Aces. March was for “Writing About Asexuality”, which I do. 😛 I unfortunately have been entirely lacking in focus lately so…
I write what moves me and what speaks to my heart at the moment of inspiration. I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl when it comes to writing. I hadn’t outlined anything when Nanowrimo 2013 began. As it usually does, writing that many words in a month lead to plenty of plot issues and things to be fixed later but it came out in the end to be a novel I was proud of. I spent the next year editing and rewriting it to it’s final state.
My 2013 Nanowrimo novel is called Endless Days of Summer and will be published on July 1st. It’s about a girl traveling the path of sexual discovery and all the trappings there in. The experience of writing was great. I rode high on a wave of endorphines for approximately 30 days, until the end of November. Then it was a lot of stress and hating the characters I had so lovingly penned into life. 😛
After the editing process and the agonizing wait to see if a publisher would take my story and care for it like I did, I got great news that Supposed Crimes, LLC wanted to supply my story to the masses. I was elated.
It sounds all rainbows and sunshine but I promise it wasn’t. I’m simply selectively remembering the parts I chose to. I don’t want to focus on the nights I spent in tears deleting paragraphs and rewriting the same scene for the fourth time.
One thing that I didn’t do until after my first draft was done was to investigate the troupes associated with Asexuality. I wanted my story to come from my heart about the characters I had dreamed up, unsullied by the stereotypes of people who judge before understanding.
Due to this slight oversight I ended up writing something that could be construed as a common troupe for my main character and after a lot of consideration I decided I was going to keep the story as it was. More came from that particular plot point than what the half-formed troupe itself implies and I think the link between the two are tenuous at best. I know this is all rather vague, but no spoilers!
I guess to summarize, it is good to research before you write a novel. (Especially if you have no first hand experience.) But by the same token, you need to write what lives inside of you. The story that is in there beating itself against your brain and heart. Don’t be afraid to imagine your characters complexly (John Green) and sometimes that will lead you down rabbit holes you couldn’t see until you were already in them.
And for your perusing pleasure: Common Tropes and Caricatures Pertaining to Asexuality
- The asexual character who is magically cured of their asexuality by falling in love / having sex with another character.
- The asexual character who is asexual because of something traumatic that happened in their past.
- The asexual character who is torn between their self-identification as ace and their overwhelming sexual attraction to another character.
- The asexual character who is tragically asexual despite how much someone else wants to have sex with them.
- The asexual character whose otherwise healthy relationship is completely destroyed by their desire not to have sex.