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January 25th, 2007
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Why Do Our Characters Have Sex?

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From:talktooloose
Date:January 27th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
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***Warning: Contains spoilers for Mo's war on mutants storyline of a couple of years ago.***

When I write, I always feel like I'm weaving the whole from strands and that each strand must support the others. Action must illuminate character; the arc of a relationship must dovetail with and help create the action crises. So every element I choose becomes part of the tapestry.

Sex is (in addition to be pleasantly tiltillating) one of the most useful conjunctions in writing. It allows us to see characters at their most emotional. It allows characters to reveal parts of themselves they otherwise hide. It allows emotions to come to the surface that can trigger big decisions and lead to action. It can underscore the importance of an action. The sexual arcs of Bobby, John, Kitty and others in my current novel are all tied to political and personal events that are also pushing the action forward. Climaxes and climaxes go together for maximum impact.

An example of this from Mo's fic is Scott and Logan fucking in the woods as they lead a group to the Saskatchewan shelter during the war. The scene has a lot of levels. First of all, it is observed the night before possible battle by another character and becomes part of the resolution of an arc around Scott being accepted as a gay teacher. It shows how people's love burns hottest when it is threatened. It brings sharp contrast to the characters of Scott the Leader and Scott the Sexual Bottom. Because it occurs during a time of war, it shows what that the characters are fighting for their right to love and live.
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From:mofic
Date:January 27th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
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When I write, I always feel like I'm weaving the whole from strands and that each strand must support the others. Action must illuminate character; the arc of a relationship must dovetail with and help create the action crises. So every element I choose becomes part of the tapestry.

Very well said, and I like the illustrative examples from both your fiction and mine. Of course - speaking of pleasantly titillating - you're in part foreshadowing stuff you haven't published yet in yours. ::stamps foot impatiently::

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