Tag Archives: Erotica

Olivia Glass: In Defense of Erotica

Posted by January 21st, 2014

In Defense of EroticaOur blog guest today is Erotica writer Oliva Glass.

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Because we are sexual creatures.

Because someone, somewhere, will click on that link, or pick up that anthology, and lean in a little closer, their body language somewhere between curious and alert.

Because there’s a moment, erotic in-and-of-itself, when a writer describes a phenomenon or sensation or fantasy precisely in the way that you have in your own mind, and here is someone else describing it, someone else who knows.

Because people have been punished for it, time and time again, and yet they have pushed through—pushed through censorship, pushed through prison and torture and worse, to bring the erotic to the page, and to consume it.

Because we have imaginations that are constantly moving outward, expanding like the edges of the universe.

Because sometimes it’s nice to read prose instead of watching a video or looking at a picture. Continue reading

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Love Is in Our Writing

Posted by February 14th, 2013

Brandi shares her Valentine’s Day challenge.

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Happy Valentine’s Day. The day when couples stock up on flowers and candy and wine and candles and teddy bears and hearts and cards and lingerie and things that are pink and red.

And romance. Lots and lots of romance.

My wedding anniversary is at the end of February, so my husband and I have never felt the need to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We joke that every day is Valentine’s Day, just another opportunity to dedicate ourselves to each other. Even when I was dating, it wasn’t that big of a deal for me; I always thought I was more Noir than Regency Romance.

Then I read a Regency Romance, the excellent Ravishing in Red by Madeline Hunter. Holy moly. Sexiest proposal ever. (Hint: it involves the placement of an emerald necklace under the protagonist’s skirts.) A sweet, romantic and sexy scene of the couple looking at the stars. The moment when he saw her in that breathtaking dress.

And it inspired me.

How could I bring this level of intensity and passion found in the best romances to my own work? How could I strengthen my characters’ intentions and connections to one another?

I have a scene that I’ve written that I know is missing something. I’m going to borrow from Ravishing in Red and see what happens if I add a moment when the characters really look at one another. What will seeing each other cross the room do to them? What will they say when they peer into one another’s eyes? I don’t know, but I’m going to give it a shot.

I’d like to challenge you, too. Find one thing from romances that can help in your own work. Write a scene with it, and let us know what you discover.

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