When I was young I tried writing a novel. It was what might be called “urban fantasy” and definitely had erotic aspects to it… but I didn’t really know where it was going.
Tonight I’ve just published Chapter 10 of a (rather explicit) novella called “The Valkyrie’s Hunt” on Wattpad. And yes… it has a fully plotted out plotline.
Writing is a really strange process. There’s a degree to which it is like reading a book you’ve read once… I’m not entirely sure what is going to happen next but I’ve got a good idea of where I’m going. Sometimes the characters just don’t want to do what you thought they would, sometimes there isn’t time for an event that you thought would happen, or exposition doesn’t fit, or the characters need a bit more time before they commit to whatever is happening. Chapter 10 was very much like that. I was expecting a fight scene. Turned out there needed to be something else first, something that would make sense of the new character’s journey, would hint at something in the Valkyrie’s backstory, and would set up the final act (and possibly a future tale too). I’m finding myself invested in the people Luci meets, many of them have their own stories and it seems a shame to just leave them behind… but I know my brain. I must stay focussed, like the huntress of the title, and perhaps those people will want their stories told another time. There’s a whole world here and life is never as neat as a simple plot would have us believe, so why should a story be?
If myth and fantasy in a modern day setting with actual sex in it is your cup of tea… if you like the sound of a pansexual Valkyrie hunting down a thief and uncovering a mystery, while meeting lots of magical characters (and having sex, frequently), then please, do, go check it out. It’s 3/4 written (but not edited), and I’d really like to know what you think. Do you want to keep exploring this world? What should I do with it once it is finished? Given the choice, whose tale would you like to hear next?
Do you write stories? Do you write erotica? Why?