Monday, 1 February 2010

No porn, please, mother of mine!

So guess what. Behold! Elated by some friendly and encouraging comments from the very first short story, I have decided to try another one. I know, some of you probably think “Oh, God please no, no!!”.....But some might enjoy it, right? I mean, thousands of people enjoy Dan Brown? And what about Twilight? I secretly read them all. Under the cover, when nobody was watching.

Anyway, I thought I would share with you what happens when you try to involve your family in the development of the plot. The very first person, of course, was my mother. She has always taken the keenest interest in anything I ever put on paper (or rather, a computer screen).

I told her I was writing this sex scene.... (Oh, yes, my friends. There is a sex scene in this one) and I wanted to demonstrate certain sides of the main character’s personality, without getting too explicit.
I don’t want it to turn into soft porn.” -I told her.

The next morning, during our regular webcam chat, my mother announced, excitedly, that she thought of a perfect scenario. Just perfect, she said. And then she proceeded to tell me what she had in mind.

Mother of mine! - I exclaimed in shock- What part of "no porn" did you not understand?

Honestly. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say.

I later decided to get my (visiting) father-in-law to read the first draft.

“His personality is not developed properly...- he told me afterwards. - He needs to do something more....you know, dramatic to draw the reader’s attention to himself.”

-Maybe, you need to get him to do something really nasty? - He suggested helpfully- Something that would make us realize how weird he is?

-But he is not weird!?- I said, laughing- He might not be very nice but is a pretty regular kind of guy.

Don’t you always think that older people, especially your older people, have respectable and innocent thoughts in their heads? But no. My mother seems to want me to write porn, and my father in law is clearly hoping for a rape at the very least, and maybe even a murder. Not necessarily in that order.

In the end, I decided it was me who had to work on it, alone. Well, not entirely alone. But with my character, perhaps not a very nice guy, but not a murderer or a porn star. But yet, alive in my head, talking and walking, going for an early morning run....It is quite fun.

Oh, and while we are on the short story subject, here is the Part II of the first story in Women's Forum.

10 comments:

  1. Loved this post! Now I;m going to check out the Women;s Forum.

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  2. Perhaps your mother should also be a writer, huh? Put that imagination to good use!

    Your current story has now hooked me, and I am worried for her--that's a good sign! You made me care...

    P.S.: I wouldn't go looking for help from Dan Brown on that sex scene--he shows no capacity whatsoever for those!

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  3. LOL!
    I guess we are used to see our "old people" as if they've had always been old and demure. Especially demure. And we are surprised when we find out they have their own secrets.
    I'll read your part 2 righ away.
    ¡Saludos!

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  4. Love your mum! Early morning run???

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  5. @Sharon: "..Early morning run???" -You reckon that makes him weird enough? :)))

    @Ani: I don't know how I would feel having a mother who writes porn. Unless, of course, she makes a fortune. You are right, come to think of it, about Dan Brown...He is not good at sex scenes, is he? but then again, what was he good at, I am still not sure...

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  6. You certainly know how to make us eager to read it, Scary. (And, if your mother writes one, you will direct us to it, won't you please?)

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  7. I think it is a little bit better than the first one. I hope so anyway. :)

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  8. It is harder to age than you may imagine. Impossible standards have been imposed. The facts are we do not have blue hair, we have radical opinions, we are not naive, and we curse. We can be unexpectedly shocking. Damn, we're good.
    Sharon Hickey.

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  9. Is there going to be lots of humour in your second story? Please? You're definitely very good at writing funny posts, so why not use it to your advantage in story-telling too :)

    Nessuna

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  10. Nessuna...

    No. :) There is not. I dont know why. :) Maybe in the next one? Good idea. right now, I am struggling to even write this comment. too much red wine! :)

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